July’s first wedding brought me to the Illinois Beach Resort to shoot my cousin Jill’s wedding. It was so neat to not only photograph Jill and Chris’s wedding but to witness the deep love they feel for each other. I was struck by how emotional they were during the ceremony–you could tell that this day was so special for them. Their self-written vows were beautiful and as they married along the beach while the sun began to sink behind the horizon, the setting couldn’t have been more ideal. I loved that Will (my other cousin–Jill’s brother) was the “Man of Honor”. What a testament to awesome sibling relationships! Jill and Chris have a love for all things Beatles (as in John, Paul, George and Ringo) and there were elements of that laced throughout the day. Chris has full-sleeve tattoos reflecting Beatles imagery and they went with a fun, imaginative cake with a Beatles theme as well. The party was rockin’ all night long, thanks to the lovely DJs from Toast & Jam. Congratulations, CB + J (and welcome to the family, Chris!).