Ashlei + Dave | Tinley Park Odyssey Country Club Wedding

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After a long winter with not much of a chance for outdoor portraits, I was so raring to go for the 2015 wedding season! I got started with a bang with Ashlei + Dave's wedding in Tinley Park, where we started with both the guys and girls getting ready at the Holiday Inn. The hotel was just a few-minute drive from the Odyssey Country Club, which was a GORGEOUS venue I hope to photograph at again. Though the sun was shining, the air was still pretty chilly, but the entire wedding party dealt with it well and did whatever I asked of them. Ashlei wanted lots of portraits and lots of details shots and I was happy to oblige! Once we'd gotten several of the "safe" and "must have" shots, I told her we were going to shift gears and do some more creative and romantic poses, and she was thrilled. :) I also love love love the navy + gold + champagne color scheme they chose, and especially the navy suits, which is something I don't see very often. The colors made for amazing details shots from the table settings to the flowers to the rings. (Obviously I had fun with the rings since I posted 4 different versions just on the blog!!). My favorite memory from the night was when Ashlei pulled me over to the window overlooking the golf course and pointed down to one of the gazebos where another wedding couple was getting photographed after dark. She said "Can we go?" And said of course, and said her photos would be even better than theirs! LOL -- thanks to the groomsmen who trekked out there with me to hold my flash!). Those photos are the very last two of the set -- be sure to check them out! #hbpweddings #hbpbrides Ashlei + Dave, thank you so much for having me photograph your wedding day -- I had so much fun and have a few new favorite images for sure! Hope you're enjoying St. Lucia!!

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Tinley Park Holiday Inn getting ready

Holiday Inn Tinley Park bridal suite

bridesmaids getting ready

wedding party Odyssey Country Club

off-camera flash Odyssey CC

First Look Reveal

beige champagne bridesmaid dresses

navy tux groomsmen

white navy champagne wedding decor

wedding candids

white blue candy bar bouquet

macro ring shots

bridal portraits

bride and groom portraits

bride and groom at ceremony venue

portrait time

bridal ceremony entrance

Here comes the bride

ceremony candids

First Kiss and celebration

wedding day celebrations

blue skies March wedding portraits

Odyssey Country Club wedding

wedding toasts

Odyssey Country Club reception venue

father-daughter dance

mother-son dance

couple's first dance "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran

bouquet and garter tosses

reception dancing candids

off-camera flash portraits at end of night

Vendor Team Venue: Odyssey Country Club, Tinley Park Dress: Candice's Bridal, Springfield Bridesmaids: WTOO Tuxes: Jim's Formalwear Limo: Chicago Elite Limo DJ: Admit One DJs Hair & makeup: Mici Birch & Ashley VanEtten Jewelry: Mark's Jewelers Programs & Invitations: Cortineo Creative | The Wedding Studio Florist: Kloeckner Preferred Flowers Photographer: Holly Birch Photography