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“A gorgeous spring wedding day, Matt + Justine’s modern vintage wedding is our next set of featured photographs we are blog posting. Their day was complete with laughter, sunshine, smiles, and sparkle. Justine and her family are from Naperville, and Matt’s side is from Western Springs. M+J first met while living downtown Chicago, and decided that planning a west suburbs of Chicago event and wedding at La Grange Country Club was perfect for them. In discussing the picturesque archways, columns and courtyard of Matt + Justine’s vintage Illinois church, we decided on photographing the bride and groom at the church instead of traveling around town on their day. Immediately after their first kiss and soon after they had become officially wedded, our bridal photo session began right outside the chapel in the church’s garden. The setting was perfect for Matt and Justine’s requested nature and vintage setting for photos.


On the day of our first meeting, Justine + Matt arrived at our photography studio on their motorcycle. We quickly learned that we had quite a bit in common with them, other than the fact of biking. For instance, Matt has an entrepreneurial spirit and is highly active in a number of different online media and creative industries. In the evenings and on weekends, you can typically find Matt and Justine at one of the popular music venues around Chicago. Usually on stage, Matt is the drummer of the Chicago-based rock band, Pet Lions If you enjoy discovering new music, we suggest listening to Pet Lions or attending an upcoming show. (Attending a concert and seeing a band is one of our very own memories from when we first started dating, too.)


Matt + Justine’s wedding day unfolded just as we had predicted: an eventful evening reflecting the roar and excitement of a live show. Matt’s dad is Steve Dahl. It was an honor meeting Mr. Dahl at the wedding. An inspirational life story, we have an appreciation for Steve Dahl’s rising career, and as business owners ourselves couldn’t help but to be inspired by his career successes and life story. Steve is a local on-air broadcasting and television celebrity in Chicago. Last summer when Matt first mentioned this info about who his dad was, we were intrigued to learn more about him; so we hopped online, visited the Steve Dahl Podcast Network at, , and also found a Wikipedia bio about Mr. Dahl. With so much information on the web, it was a great way to get to know the family before the big day. After all, the experiences of the Dahl family are a popular subject Steve talks about throughout his commentary; he’s commonly known to talk openly about his personal life and family experiences on-air. Enlivening Chicago airwaves since 1978, Steve is considered “a pioneer in talk radio.” Steve Dahl began his career in the Midwest in the 1970s, served as a columnist for the Chicago Tribune, worked for a number of Chicago stations including WLS, and has been “recognized as a highly successful American radio personality and humorist for more than 30 years.” On the wedding day, we enjoyed not only meeting Matt’s dad, but also had a great time photographing the numerous smiles and stories during each of the reception speeches, the endless moments of laughter, and later the dance floor packed shoulder-to-shoulder with guests surrounding the bride and groom!


Beyond being an extra eventful reception, it was also a well-designed day. From the reception décor, to the elegant fashions of each sparkly bridesmaid necklace and earrings, to the individual rhinestones on the bridal bouquet, each jewel was placed by hand for the ultimate in DIY brilliance. We arrived at the country club in time for the beautiful golden afternoon daylight to fill the reception room. The room’s tables were set complete with pretty sparkling and handmade items assembled by the bride and the couple’s mothers. The purple and silver room plus décor was exuded a refreshing spring elegance. The silver and purple theme was displayed throughout the room and even introduced as guests reached for their reception’s silver beaded place cards. While ushered to their tables, guests were greeted by table numbers in flashy frames, each displaying a different picture of the couple’s dog, Walter. Everything about M+J’s modern vintage wedding was totally personalized…right down to the couple’s donation to PAWS Chicago (where they adopted Walter) in lieu of favors. With so many exquisite details we captured in photos throughout the day, many of them coordinated by the family’s wedding planner, Bambi Caicedo Rogers of BCR Events, we could easily feature more favorites for our photography web site’s blog posting. Bambi was great and her expertise allowed the day to flourish without flaw.


Thank you Matt, Justine, and to each of your families in hiring us as your photographer – it was incredible working with you and we enjoyed capturing some amazing photo memories on your beautiful spring wedding day. We hope you enjoy our selection of favorite images above reflecting the passion you have for life, love, and family. Congratulations on your new marriage and all the best to you!”


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Matt + Justine’s details:

Wedding Theme: Modern Vintage
Ceremony Venue: First Congregational Church of Western Springs
Reception Venue: La Grange Country Club
Prep Location: Residence in Western Springs
Bride’s Lace Dress Designer: Modern Trousseau
Dress Shop: The Bridal Boutique of Naperville Consignment Shop
Bridal Shoes: Ivanka Trump
Bride’s Jewelry / Accessories: Sorrelli
Wedding Bands + Rings: Gregg Helfer
Makeup + Hair: Jennifer Soger of Chicago Spa Parties
Bridesmaids Shoes / Accessories: Homemade
Bridesmaids Dress: Banana Republic
Transportation: Windy City Limos
Caterer: The Country Club
Menu: BLT salad, filet, shrimp, carrots, mashed potatoes
Cake: Toni’s Patisserie of Hinsdale
Cake Topper: Groom and Bride on a motorcycle
Flowers: Shamrock Gardens of Riverside
Invitations: Rachel Coulter
Decor: Our mom’s Janet Dahl, Nancy Higgins
DJ: Paul Jerosimic from Go2Guys
Video: Leap Weddings
Wedding Planner: Bambi Caicedo Rogers of BCR Events
Ceremony Music: Ten Strings Guitar + Violin Duet by Gaudete Brass
First Dance Song: “Take Care’ by Beach House
Honeymoon: Maui


Special DIY projects and notes from Justine about their day:
It was all about finding the sparkle and including our dog Walter. Favors including a donation to PAWS the shelter we got our dog at. Table numbers and cards were bedazzled with jewels and picture frames of Walter. Janet Dahl and I beaded all the bridesmaids jewelry (earrings and bracelets). I even had sparkling rhinestones placed on the flowers of my bouquet. Out of town guests were surprised with gift coolers at hotel created by Janet Dahl. The coolers were gray with 2 love owls with the date of our wedding and stuffed lots of fun snacks, and mini Vodka’s + Tequilas.


Check out Steve Dahl’s current venture, the Steve Dahl Podcast Network at is an online network featuring the legend himself and fellow Midwestern and Chicago-area radio personalities. Following in the footsteps of his father, Matt is also creating his own podcasts and a presence within the broadcasting world at For music and upcoming show schedule for the Pet Lions, visit

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“Larry + Kelly are an adorable couple and what an incredibly fun time everyone had on their beautiful wedding day! Starting off the day, was their indoor church ceremony which took place at Kelly’s home town church in Burr Ridge at Trinity Lutheran Church. A special added touch, Larry’s home town reverend from Central Illinois traveled a few hours East to the Chicagoland area to speak as the second presiding reverend for the ceremony.


After the ceremony, Kelly + Larry set aside time at Kelly's grandparent's home estate which hosted the bridal party photos. The grandparent's cattle ranch, also in Burr Ridge and nearby both the church and reception venues, was a beautiful place for some personally memorable photos for Kelly. With memories of visiting the ranch for many years since her childhood, it was extremely meaningful to capture photos from her wedding day at her grandparent's property. The rain held off only long enough for a few photos outside by the home's private pond. Moving indoors, a spent a few minutes capturing photos in the home's dark wood and magnificent study. This regal room's interior was impressively decorated ... perfect for some luxurious, bridal photos. L+K look like royalty!


The reception took place at Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge and wedding guests were surprised with the unique and creative touches which were added around every corner… the fun just kept coming! While the couple was working, studying and traveling abroad, and eventually living in Denver, Colorado, Kelly’s mom Kim played a tremendous part in the planning of their wedding day. Kim was a big help in personalizing the decor and coordinating extra guest activities into the wedding day ( matching closely to L+K’s personalities… the newlyweds love traveling, the outdoors, spending time with friends + family, and making the most of life. )


As the saying goes, something new ( look closely as Kelly dressed in three wedding dresses ), something borrowed ( she borrowed her mom’s hoop skirt for her second / reception dress ) and well… there were a lot of things blue! A number of shades of pool blue were incorporated into the bridesmaid dresses, table decor, walls and ceilings within the reception’s ballroom, with blue ambient uplighting, tinted champagne flutes, a pool blue fondant dressed wedding cake, pillows, candles and fun blue paper lanterns in the attached to the reception lounge area. Guests enjoyed glow sticks, sombreros, hula hooping, and late night snacks like popcorn, cotton candy, pizza, fruit & veggies, and the specialty ordered groom’s cake. Not to mention, our reception photo backdrop, was an option amongst the guest’s extra after dinner activities beyond the lively dance floor.


If you are a frequent visitor to the Miller+Miller photo blog, you might notice something new… the black & white images from Larry+Kelly’s reception’s photo station backdrop. The Rock the Drop is what we call our Miller + Miller photo booth. The “drop” is an optional added fun reception, photography element and upgrade available for a couple of hours at the reception. We have five Rock the Drop weddings in 2010. As you can see, personalities are on display and guests really bring the life of the party into these photos. The drop was a hit and a fun was had by all. Larry, Kelly, Valparasio University college friends ( L+K met at Valpo ), and family visiting from out of town all rocked photos in our reception room’s backdrop photo station. Sombreros, cotton candy, cocktails, friends and smiles… it was a celebration.


Larry and Kelly we wish you both the best of luck in life, love and happiness. We enjoyed your wedding day and the mix of fun, elegance and style. Congratulations, you two and we’ll talk to you soon!!


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Reception Venue + Cake: Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge,
Church: Trinity Lutheran Church, Burr Ridge,
Wedding Dresses ( Ceremony + Reception ): White Satin Bridal,
Lighting Specialist: Precision Sound and Lighting,
Videography: Dennis Sagel from Beiteverso Productions,
Bridesmaids Shoes + Dresses: David’s Bridal,
Tuxedos: Men’s Wearhouse,
Hair: Salon Efthimia,
Wedding Veil + Bridal Shoes: White Satin Bridal,
Flowers: Bride’s Choice, (630) 512-0450
Honeymoon: Dominican Republic, Bavaro Princess in Punta Cana,

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