People magazine!

People Magazine published one of my wedding photos from Jim and Bill’s Eaglewood Resort and Spa civil union wedding in Oak Brook, Illinois a suburb west of Chicago.

People Magazine, Jim Verraros (American Idol) same sex wedding ceremony Photojournalist, Minneapolis Wedding photographer
The grooms exchanging rings during their wedding ceremony at Eaglewood Resort in Oakbrook, Illinois. I was the second photographer for this event so my main focus was documenting the key moments in a photojournalism style. Check out the full blog post with more images here.
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Same Sex Wedding Ceremony Photojournalism, Minneapolis Wedding Photographer

A civil union same sex wedding I photographed for as a Chicago wedding photojournalist second photographer was published in People magazine! Jim Verraros (American Idol) married entrepreneur Bill Brennan on Sunday September 6th, 2009 in Oak Brook, Illinois just outside of Chicago at Eaglewood Resort and Spa. After the ceremony, the newlyweds and their guests enjoyed cocktails in an old Hollywood-themed affair. Check out the article link below. Congrats guys!


Civil union weddings weren’t legal in Illinois until 2011 and same sex marriage became legal in 2014. The couple held their ceremony in Illinois for friends and family then went to Iowa for their civil union where it was legal at that time.

In 2011 President Barack Obama declared DOMA unconstitutional and in 2015 the Supreme court declared same-sex marriages legal in all fifty states in their decision on the  Obergefell v. Hodges case. You can see the history of the fight for same sex marriage rights here.

Theresa is now a Minneapolis wedding photographer after moving to the Twin Cities Minnesota in 2018! She is still available to document your wedding or event back in her hometown and still considers herself a Chicago Wedding Photographer, just contact her for more information for wedding pricing and availability.

Photographed for TW Photo Check out the full blog post here