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Sabrina & Aaron – Panther Creek Country Club Wedding in Springfield, Illinois – May 19, 2018

Sabrina & Aaron’s wedding day was an absolute dream. When Sabrina contacted me initially, she told me that she is a wedding videographer, and that one of our mutual videographer friends (Hi Ingrid!) had recommended me to her. Talk about being flattered!!! It’s such an honor to be recommended and chosen by people whose jobs have them around weddings and other wedding photographers every week. Sabrina booked me soon after us initially talking on the phone, and after I met them for the first time at their engagement session a few weeks later, I was walking on air. Sabrina & Aaron are two of the most genuinely beautiful people, inside and out, and to see the way they interacted with and loved each other was the stuff that every photographer dreams of. 🙂

Their wedding day was everything. No detail was left undone. Some of my favorite things included Sabrina’s flower crown, their heartfelt and thoughtful gifts for each other, the epically beautiful bouquets, and their wedding party people (and families!) were phenomenally fun to work with and to be around.

Sabrina & Aaron’s first dance, to “Tightrope” from The Greatest Showman soundtrack, is one that I will never forget. Sabrina changed into a beautiful dress to dance in, and they hit the dance floor to perform a choreographed routine that had every guest’s jaw on the floor. They did SUCH a great job!!!

Thank you, Sabrina & Aaron, for choosing me to be your wedding photographer … it was such an honor!

Second shooter / Assistant: Andrew Guillotte
Hair / Makeup: Dalliance Spa
Wedding Gown: David’s Bridal
DJ / Entertainment: Federko Farmer & Isaac Verde
Ceremony & Reception Venue / Catering: Panther Creek Country Club in Springfield, Illinois
Cake: Specialty Cakes
Floral: Petals and Co
Decor: Sarah Ann Freeman
Linens: Signature Events
Videographer: White Lily Productions

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Ashley & Sean – Wedding

Ashley and Sean got married in Galena at Eagle Ridge Resort. I had never been there before, so I was super excited to check out this place I had heard great things about! The location and venue did not disappoint … the buildings were gorgeous and the trails were perfect spots for Ashley and Sean’s first look and for tons of photos later! They got married on a deck overlooking the lake, and later during the reception, they went back out to the same place and shared their personal vows with each other privately. At the end of the reception, they even had an ice cream sundae bar with their guests. Ashley told me at one of our meetings that they had ice cream on one of their first dates, so they wanted to incorporate this into their celebration.

These two are probably the most in love people I have ever met. They are always holding hands, smiling at each other, and they are absolutely at their most happy when they are together. Sean does this thing where every time he kisses Ashley’s lips, he then follows with a kiss to her forehead. He did this so many times that day, and it was so “them” that I started trying to photograph it every time. Ashley is so used to it then she even leans her head in for the follow up kiss. I loved it!

Ashley did the wedding reception decor, and it was simply amazing. Their theme for the day was gold, blue, and glitter glitter glitter! Glitter everything everywhere. 🙂 Their cake manifested the theme perfectly. Everything was simply beautiful, and their guests had so much fun dancing the night away, that it was really difficult to choose just a few photos for the blog post.

Venue: Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa
Floral: Valley Perennials Florist & Greenhouse Inc
Decor & Linens: the bride
Hair and Makeup: Stonedrift Spa by Eagle Ridge
Videography: White Lily Productions
Entertainment: DJ Scorpio
Wedding Gown: Maggie Sottero
Photography: Sharon Guillotte Photography

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wedding – laura & andy

Laura & Andy’s backyard wedding was personal, unique, and super pretty. They live in Portland, but decided to have their festivities take place at Laura’s parents’ house in Brimfield, Illinois. Every year for the last 10+ years, there has been a large music festival that takes place at Laura’s parents’ house. This year, the music festival didn’t happen … but there was a music festival that day specifically for Laura & Andy and their guests.

In the bar area in the backyard, there was a large banner with the Princess Bride quote about “twue wuv”. There were also cups provided as favors for guests with the “twue wuv” quote on them. So fun! During the ceremony, Laura & Andy not only lit a unity candle, but jumped over a broom (a first for me to photograph) and started their own custom of releasing rubber ducks into a wading pool. Their family and friends were given the opportunity to speak during their ceremony, and it was beautiful to see all of the love that was shared.

The food was not only colorful but delicious, provided by A Matter of Taste catering. I highly recommend them! The flowers (which were absolutely gorgeous) were arranged by Laura’s cousin, Heather Lied. The vases were all provided by Laura’s mother! Amazing. The wedding coordinator, Amy, did a fantastic job keeping everything running smoothly all day. Brokentree Coffee, a local coffee shop in Peoria, IL, set up a coffee bar in Laura’s parents’ yard and kept everyone’s coffee needs met during the reception.

Music was a theme throughout the entire day, as Andy is a talented barbershopper (singer in a barbershop quartet) and Laura and her entire family are quite musical. Andy & some of his friends sang barbershop quartet songs during the happy hour in the backyard. The Packway Handle band made a stop on their tour for Laura & Andy’s wedding and played throughout the day. They are fantastic! Bluegrass/folk/I am not good at describing music, but I loved it. Another band played during the happy hour time, a duo called Powerkompany. Both of these bands are on Spotify if you would like to check out their stuff! The last band of the night is the Peoria-favorites, the Amazing Kill-o-watts. Both of Laura’s siblings, Marsha & Tom, play in the Amazing Kill-o-watts. They have named Laura as their honorary cowbell player though, and they provided bride & groom cowbells for both Laura & Andy so that they could play along and rock out. Laura’s dad, Larry, also got to sing with the band on one of the songs.

This wedding was so much fun, and I hope that you can see that reflected in the photos below. Thank you, Laura & Andy for allowing me to document and celebrate your wedding day.

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wedding – jenny & mark

Jenny & Mark were married on an absolutely beautiful day for a backyard picnic wedding! Jenny put so much thought and time into planning the little details … Andy & I had a blast photographing everything. One of my favorite things included the time capsule part of the ceremony where each guest wrote a message for Jenny & Mark which the flower girls collected and put in a box for them. Another favorite part of the day was getting to take photos of Jenny & Mark on the specific bench along the riverfront where they had their first date and where Mark proposed – so awesome! Stay tuned at the end of this post for words from Jenny. Thank you to Mark & Jenny for picking us to document your special day!

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Flowers: Beck Florists supplied and Jenny’s friends Amy Smith & Heidi Smith arranged
Cookies: Goodness Bakery Shoppe – Morton, IL
Cake: Cracked Pepper
Chair Rental: I Do Events
Food: Friends and Family
Bride and Flower Girl Dresses: Country Bride
Coordinator: Pam Chism
Officiant: Pastor Steve Clason, the encounter church
Musicians:
Cellist–Christopher Adams-Wenger
Vocal–Mandy Pfeiffer
Guitar–Tracey Pfeiffer

Some words from Jenny:
“It was an amazing day and there were many great things which happened and we could never forget. Among them are our many friends and family because of them many things would have never happened; our flower arrangements, all of the new landscaping, the food which was served at the picnic, the cookies, our Guest Quilt, even our venue — Jenny’s parents’ home!

The thing we learned most from this experience; the assistance offered by friends and family is genuine and take them up on it!!! If it weren’t for Jenny’s old high school friend, Jen, we would have never taken our friends up on their offers!! They were rock stars and we love them for their blood, sweat and tears!!!”