Category archives: engagement

Justina & Jaeson – Engaged

Justina & Jaeson are getting married … tomorrow! We had their engagement session last summer, and I wanted to share a few of my favorites as I am getting ready for their big day. There was so much joy and exuberance at this session, that I can’t help but be super excited about what is going to take place tomorrow. The night before my people get married is a big night for me too! I’m so excited for them, for tomorrow, and for their future.

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Morgan & Brad – Engaged

Snow can transform the bleakest of winters into a magical wonderland. I’m one of these people that detests the cold but loves the snow, and I can’t explain how excited I get when I meet people that feel the same way. Morgan was brave about the cold, but shares my love of snow, so we decided to photograph their engagement when we had some! We waited, and waited, and finally it was the right time for all of us to go out and do their session. We laughed, played in the snow, and then warmed up at one of my favorite local coffee shops. Brad and Morgan brought the game that they always play together, Wahoo, and showed me how it worked while we were drinking our lattes. I loved hanging out with them, getting to know them, and taking these photos for them. They are so much in love, so happy together, and I can’t wait for their wedding in November.

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Tia & Austin – Engaged

I got to meet Tia & Austin in December at one of my favorite coffee shops, and we discussed how much we love coffee. Starting their engagement session at this same coffee shop was an obvious choice, and a great way to get us warmed up for the chilly outside weather that we had. We had several spots picked out for their session that they liked, and we had a great time at each one of them. I can’t wait for their wedding in Peoria in December 2016! Here are some of the photos from their engagement session.

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Maria & Charlie – Engaged

Maria and Charlie contacted me a few months ago about their upcoming wedding … but they then decide to get married even sooner than they had originally planned. So they are actually married already, but we still wanted to do a photo session to tell their love story in a less formal way. I get to photograph their wedding reception that is taking place in June, and it sounds like it is going to be so amazing. I love hanging out with people and getting to know them. Maria and Charlie live in Chicago, and asked me if I would be open to coming up there for the session, and I told them I would love to. It was so. much. fun. to be up there shooting in a completely different environment from what I am used to. Don’t get me wrong, I love our Peoria area locations (I really do!), but it is just so invigorating to photograph in a new and different environment. It was amazing. We started at the gorgeous Bahai Temple north of Chicago, and made our way into the city to shoot at Galerie F in Logan Square (where Maria & Charlie bought some art for their new apartment), and we finished up downtown near the Art Institute, surrounded by blooming trees. It was so much fun to hang out with these two, and I really love the photos we were able to take at their session.

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Shannon & Steven – Wedding Style

These are some of my favorite photos that I’ve ever taken. Shannon and Steven are friends of mine who got married in the fall. She had hired another photographer to shoot the actual wedding, but she wanted me to take some shots of just her & her love in their wedding attire. I was more than happy to do this. Shannon had the idea of taking photos at several of their favorite locations around Peoria, and she picked some great unconventional spots.

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engaged – staci & matt

Here are Staci & Matt … a beautiful couple that I met this year. They are getting married next spring, and we met up to do their engagement session a few weeks ago.

Some things I love about this couple & session:
– Staci plays the piano and wanted me to get some photos of her & this love of hers – awesome.
– Matt has a gorgeous red car … very fun to photograph!
– Their wedding is going to be wine-themed … hence the wine glasses! I can’t wait to see all the details that they are planning.

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maggie, dave & family.

maggie & dave are engaged and getting married so soon! maggie already had an engagement session taken, so we decided to do a fun family session with the kids involved. their whole family is beautiful, and i absolutely love these kids. this was such a beautiful spring session with the trees finally in bloom. stay tuned for maggie & dave’s wedding coming up in a few short weeks!

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engaged – brittany & nick.

brittany & nick are getting married in july, and to say i am looking forward to this wedding is an understatement. i got to see the location for the ceremony for this session, and it is gorgeous. it overlooks a pasture and rolling hills. brittany is working on so many fun ideas to make the wedding unique and true to her vision of what their wedding should be, and it sounds like it will be truly spectacular.

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