Tags archives: Illinois

Abbey & Garret – Wedding in Kewanee, Illinois – May 13, 2017

Family first. It’s something we say, and often mean sincerely, but I saw it on display firsthand at Abbey & Garret’s May wedding in Kewanee, Illinois.

Shortly after I photographed their engagement session last summer, Abbey & Garret found out that they would be blessed with someone joining their family shortly before their wedding. Their joy was evident from the moment they found out, and it was incredibly touching how they involved baby Major in their wedding day. Garret held Major in his arms the entire time that he was at the front of the church with Abbey. They also had a surprise for their guests – they had planned with the pastor to have baby Major baptized during the wedding ceremony, with all of their closest friends and family there to witness it. It was perfect.

During their engagement session, I learned that Abbey & Garret have very unique style that they fully embrace and show the world. Their boot collection is fantastic! I got a hint of this at their engagement, but I was able to see the collection on full display at the reception, as they used boots filled with various wildflowers for their centerpieces.

One of my favorite things about Abbey & Garret’s wedding is how they made it personal, choosing to keep traditions that they felt were important, and creating new traditions. It was a fantastic day spent celebrating their beautiful family.

Ceremony: First United Methodist Church in Kewanee, Illinois
Reception: Parker Run Vineyards’ Big Red Barn in New Windsor, Illinois
Florist: Garden of Grace Florals by Lisa Knobloch
Hair/Makeup: Courtney Wagenbach
Wedding Gown: Adore Bridal in Morton, Illinois
Ceremony Musician: Sami Pearson
DJ / Entertainment: Jason Musselman
Cake: Cindy Bainter

Maria & Pete – Winter Wedding in Peoria, Illinois – December 3rd, 2016

Now that our recent strangely warm midwestern weather has returned to its normal winter state on this chilly Sunday, it feels like the perfect day to share Maria and Pete’s winter wedding with you. Maria made stunning choices with her colors, flowers, and decor, and just peeking at her Pinterest board before the wedding had me extremely excited for their big day. The dusty winter blue bridesmaid’s dresses, the eucalyptus leaf bouquets, Maria’s cream and peach peonies … it was all a photographer’s delight! There was no question that their hearts were focused on the right things that day, as there was so much love overflowing from both of them, for each other, for their families, and for their friends. There were so many amazing moments that had me tearing up behind the camera, in awe of the love that I had the honor to witness that day.

Hair: Molly Haefli – Marvella Salon
Makeup: Jill Andrews – Dunlap, Illinois
Wedding Gown: Allure from Bella A’more, Taylorville, Illinois
DJ / Entertainment: Top Hat Productions
Linens: Heaven on Earth
Decor: Heaven on Earth
Cake: Linda Dressen – Pana, Illinois
Ceremony Venue: St. Philomena Catholic Church in Peoria, Illinois
Reception Venue / Catering: WeaverRidge Golf Club in Peoria, Illinois
Floral: Bridal bouquet by Heaven on Earth, everything else done by family
Custom signage, invitations, wedding programs: Nicole Ely Creative

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