Hailee & Matthew – July Wedding at Camp Aramoni
Camp Aramoni is a new event venue and luxury campground near Starved Rock State Park in Tonica, Illinois. Set on 96 beautiful acres along the Vermilion River, Camp Aramoni is a bespoke setting for intimate weddings while expansive enough for full weekend buyouts. Our event venue, Bricks & Stones, is the only wedding venue in the Midwest located on a former brickyard. Constructed in 1870, this historic building recently underwent three years of extensive renovations before transforming into a unique gathering space with history and integrity. With 150 years of history preserved here, Bricks & Stones tells a story that we invite our couples to join.
This styled wedding shoot with Hailee and Matthew is inspired by a burgundy and pink color palette. The photos are not from a real wedding, but rather, a photoshoot with models to showcase the many possibilities for weddings at Camp Aramoni. Our staff collaborated with an incredible team of local wedding vendors to bring the vision to life. The photos at the beginning of this blog post were captured by Elle Taylor Photography, and the photos at the end were captured by Chelle’s Illustrations.
The Vendor Team
Venue and Event Coordinator: Camp Aramoni
Photographer: Elle Taylor Photography
Florist: Mary’s Special Touch
Cake: Kelsey’s Kakes
Photographer: Chelle’s Illustrations
Hair + Makeup: Luscious Moi Salon
Dress: Marien Mae Bridal
Rings: Sasso Jewelry and Gifts
Stationery: Happily Ever After Invitations
Elle Taylor Photography
Elle Taylor is a wedding and senior photographer serving head-over-heels in love couples and fun-loving seniors throughout Bourbannais, Illinois and the Chicagoland area. Her bubbly personality brought such a fun energy to this shoot as she shouted out creative ideas and posed the couple. Elle’s editing style is light and airy which really highlights all of the wildflowers blooming at Camp Aramoni.
Mary’s Special Touch
Mary’s Special Touch is the leading events florist in Starved Rock Country. Catering to the savvy bride, Mary Meccum captures the vision and personal style of each couple she works with. She creates breathtaking bouquets and arrangements while working within each couple’s budget and vision. Mary provided all of the gorgeous florals for this shoot, and we especially loved the greenery.
Kelsey’s Kakes is known for the most incredible wedding cakes in LaSalle County. With an attention for the smallest of artistic details, Linda Kelsey frosts each cake in traditional buttercream that is personalized for each client. To Linda Kelsey, the challenge of baking and decorating a delicious cake is an expression of her spirit. Linda also offers an array of cake stands and cake cutting sets like the ones she provided for this shoot.
Michelle Gallagher is a wedding and portrait photographer based in Freeport, Illinois. She is an advocate for self love and wants her clients to feel their absolute best while she’s working with them. Michelle has worked at Camp Aramoni many times and knows all of the hidden locations for the best photos. The remaining photos in this blog post were captured by Michelle which showcase her dark and moody editing style. Whether you prefer light and airy editing or dark and moody editing, Camp Aramoni’s rustic details can fit into any wedding vision.
Luscious Moi Salon
Luscious Moi Salon is the leading force in style and beauty in LaSalle, Illinois. Nestled in a beautifully restored building built circa 1877 with original tin ceiling and maple floors, Luscious Moi caters to anyone who wants to feel beautiful, handsome, and exhilarated. Their esteemed artists provide a real appreciation for global styles and offer a rare glimpse of true hospitality. Hailee’s bridal makeup is a gorgeous expression of the creativity and passion that Luscious Moi’s artists are so well known for.
Marien Mae Bridal
Marien Mae Bridal Salon is a bridal salon, event space, décor rental, and event planning company in the heart of charming downtown LaSalle, Illinois. Their team hand selects their designer wedding dresses each season to serve brides in Rockford, Quad Cities, Peoria, Joliet, and beyond. In addition to bridal dresses, they also offer tuxedos, suits, bridesmaids dresses, mother of the wedding dresses, table linens, chair covers, vintage rentals, and more. For this shoot, we instantly fell in love with the lace details on this dress and the flowing veil. When selecting your dress for your wedding at Camp Aramoni, you’ll want to consider ease of movement. With 96 acres to explore, our couples are adventurous and love exploring the property together for photos.
Sasso Jewelry and Gifts
Sasso Jewelry and Gifts offers a mix of fine jewelry, accessories, and homeware in LaSalle, Illinois. With a lifestyle perspective that ranges from classic to modern, Sasso brings a curated selection of merchandise to Starved Rock Country. They offer a large selection of diamond engagement rings, watches, and beautiful everyday precious and semi-precious jewelry for men and women. In addition, their services include jewelry and watch repair, gift registries, and personal wish lists for birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays. Their team hand selected the rings for this shoot which paired perfectly with the details of the bride’s dress.
Happily Ever After Invitations
Happily Ever After Invitations is a full-service stationery company based in LaSalle, Illinois. By working with the owner, Kristin Shapiro, couples can set the tone of their entire wedding with handmade custom invitations. Kristin works with each couple to create a full wedding package suite featuring save the dates, invitations, programs, and more. We love the custom floral art she added here to incorporate the burgundy and pink color palette of the shoot.
Camp Aramoni is an all-inclusive destination that features four outdoor ceremony locations, a historic event venue, and on-site luxury accommodations. This reduces travel times for guests and allows couples to turn their weddings into weekend-long celebrations with the people who mean most to them. We welcome couples from all backgrounds and believe love is love.
As you can see from this shoot, our historic venue, Bricks & Stones, is a unique setting for weddings. If you want to learn more about hosting your wedding at Camp Aramoni, please fill out the Event Inquiry Form. You can also contact us at [email protected] or (815) 224-7333 to schedule your tour today.