Believe it or not, Melanie and Spencer planned their summer Starved Rock Lodge wedding in a matter of weeks. I first met these two in late February at one of our mutual favorite coffee shops in Logan Square. Shortly after then, it was clear that their original wedding plans would need to be altered. When they told me they wanted to get married this year no matter what, I was so, so excited 🙂
After exploring several different options, Spencer and Melanie decided to elope in August at Starved Rock State Park in the presence of their immediate families. Their mutual love of the outdoors – plus the fact that they got engaged on a mountain top – made this the perfect choice! I am especially partial to the colorful summer vibe (note Melanie’s bouquet and Spencer’s custom suit!). This aligned with their wedding vision from the beginning, described by Melanie as “colorful and filled with love and laughter.”
“We hope our wedding will be colorful and filled with love and laughter.”
Melanie and Spencer tied the knot in an intimate ceremony, complete with personal vows, Jewish traditions, and a bubble-gun sendoff. Spencer even surprised Melanie with recorded messages from their siblings who could not be in attendance. Oh – and you may recognize the handsome officiant! Jeremy was happy to tag along and perform the ceremony, and we were happy to have him.
We waved goodbye to family and headed to Illinois Canyon for some epic elopement photos! A summer storm the week before had us prepared for anything… including hopping over fallen trees and puddles of mud! Special thanks to Park Superintendent Alvin for helping make these photos possible.
Want to see more from their Starved Rock Lodge wedding? Check out their awesome Highlight Film by Carlos!
Melanie and Spencer: Thank you again for having us in August! Your wedding day was a blast to capture, I’m so happy you finally got to make it official. CONGRATS again to you both!!
Venue: Starved Rock Lodge/Bride’s dress: Tadashi Shoji/Bride’s boots: Rock & Candy/Groom’s suit: Alpha suit?/Groom’s tie: Hisdern/Groom’s socks: Blue Q/Florals: Blythe Flowers/Hair & Makeup: Luscious Moi Salon/Wedding rings: Love & Promise Jewelers/Videographer: Carlos for EMP