Venue 5126 in Oswego is one of our favorite Illinois barn wedding venues. The venue's rustic charm makes you feel like you're spending a day in the beautiful countryside. Driving in, you're surrounded by 7 acres of farmland as you pass by the bridal suite, tearoom, and barn on this beautiful property.

With unique ceremony locations, you will find one perfectly tailored for your Venue 5126 wedding. Say I do inside the barn,  or outside overlooking the fields.

You'll enjoy every moment of your Venue 5126 wedding, and we'll capture photos that will grace your home for decades to come. You’ll dance the night away inside the open and airy barn with elegant chandeliers. Your guests will enjoy hanging out on the spacious outdoor patio complete with fire pits. 

As you look back, you'll be so glad you chose Venue 5126 as your wedding venue. 

- JoAnna & Tom

Chelsey was amazing to work with. She is so sweet and always made us feel extremely comfortable. She was a great sport and took amazing pictures even with the huge rain storm we had on our wedding day. She was so positive and always had a smile on her face. We were looking for a photographer to capture us at the right moments and not have it feel “staged” and she did just that. I couldn’t thank her enough! Looking forward to using her for any future photography needs.

“She was so positive and always had a smile on her face!”

- Jill & Mike

Chelsey is the ABSOLUTE best! We vibed well with her immediately upon our initial meeting and she made us feel comfortable. Because of this, we knew she was the perfect photographer for our engagement and wedding pictures. 

“Chelsey is the absolute best!”

The bridal coop is one of my favorite spots at Venue 5126. The space has the most beautiful natural light, wooden floors, and an adorable vintage pew. It's the perfect location for details photos of your dress and shoes, and is such a good spot for capturing the special moment of you putting on your wedding dress.

The "Bridal Coop"

Rain or shine the tearoom is a great spot for bride and groom, family, and wedding party photos. The tearoom porch is a favorite for capturing fun wedding party photos. Another great Venue 5126 photo spot is the side of the tearoom which has a beautiful vine growing on it. 

The Tearoom

The outside of the barn at Venue 5126 is another favorite photo spot. Head inside the barn and you'll see a perfect setting for your ceremony and reception complete with wooden beams and chandeliers. 

Venue 5126 Barn

The pond is a favorite outdoor ceremony site at Venue 5126. Add an arbor to add a little extra something special to your ceremony decor. 

The Pond

The patio overlooks a beautiful field that is a favorite amongst couples for photos at sunset. Depending on the year, the field will either be planted with corn or soybean crops. 

The Field at Sunset

We'll get to know each other as friends, and I'll help you feel comfortable in front of the camera with witty jokes and silly prompts so we can capture candid and natural photos that showcase your personalities. I got married at Venue 5126 in July 2015, and feel such a special connection will all of my Venue 5126 couples. Capturing you creating memories at such a meaningful place truly inspires me.

Why should we choose you to be our wedding photographer?

What do we do if it rains?

A first look is a private moment alone where you two get to see each other before the ceremony. It allows more time for photos, and also gives you the opportunity to spend the whole day together. You'll even get a chance to go to your cocktail hour, and have more time to mingle with your guests. I've never had a couple regret a first look. It truly enhances your wedding day experience.

Should we do a first look?

This is such a special part of the day, and I always recommend giving yourself more than enough time so you never feel rushed and are able to be in the moment with each other. From my experience, 1 hour for bride and groom portraits, 45 minutes for wedding party photos, and 30 minutes for family photos usually ends up being the perfect amount of time to capture these special moments.

How long should we plan to take bride and groom photos?

Most ceremonies at Venue 5126 start at 4:30 p.m. If you're having a Friday wedding, starting your ceremony at 5:00 p.m. might be a good idea to give guests some extra time to arrive. If you are having a fall wedding, I recommend the earlier ceremony start time since it gets darker sooner.

What time should we have our ceremony at Venue 5126?

The bridal coop at Venue 5126 is the perfect place for those special getting ready moments. The tearoom porch is a favorite spot for the guys to hang out while getting ready. In order to make the most of your time at this beautiful venue, I recommend the bridal party has their hair and makeup done at an alternate location before arriving at Venue 5126.

Should we both get ready at Venue 5126?



Rest assured that your venue has some great rainy day options. The side of the barn has an overhang and so does the tearoom porch. Both options allow you to take photos outside, while being shielded from the rain. Another great rainy day spot is the entrance to the barn. Still worried about rain? Check out JoAnna and Tom's wedding. It rained almost the entire day and they still ended up with beautiful photos!

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Hi friend! I got married at Venue 5126 in July 2015, and always love coming back to capture couples creating their own memories at this special venue. I've experienced Venue 5126 both as a bride and as a vendor, and I want to honestly tell you that you will never regret choosing Venue 5126 for your wedding. I'm so grateful to photograph many Venue 5126 weddings every year.


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