Shelby and Jake approached me a couple of months ago about their November wedding! I just HAPPENED to have that date open and after meeting her at the consultation I knew we would be a perfect match! When planning her engagement session she wanted to have the location be a place that was meaningful for the both of them so their first location was one of the firehouses that her fiance volunteers for and the second location was their family farm! Firetrucks, cows, chickens, ducks, sheep, kittens and the like were all involved making this engagement session one of the most memorable ones for sure! Enjoy some of my favorites from their session!
After moving to Lincoln, Illinois in 2016, Rachel was one of the first people I met! She worked in the nursery at Lincoln Christian Church and my child was THAT CHILD. The one who screamed and was inconsolable. But Rachel was one of her caretakers and she was absolutely amazing! She was dating Ridge at that time too but in 2018 they made their love official when he asked her to marry him! They decided that a May 2019 wedding would be perfect! Rachel planned this wedding WHILE SHE WAS IN NURSING SCHOOL! Isn’t she amazing!?! And not just that… she planned it from far away! Anyone who has planned a wedding knows that this is NOT an easy task! But she did it with grace and poise as she does with all things!
Rachel and Ridge! Your day was beautiful and so are both of you! You two are so full of love for each other and for God! You know that their marriage isn’t about you! You know that your marriage serves a bigger purpose and it’s these kinds of marriages that end up changing the world. It was such an honor to photograph the start of your life together!
Florist - Linda berg - firstname.lastname@example.org
DJ - Nick Davis
Hair - Grace Stephenson - Evolve salon
Makeup - Adri Doolin
Tuxes - Men's warehouse
Dresses - David's Bridal
Rings - Helzberg Diamonds
I had just finished up sweet Kyleigh's "Baby's first year" session... Jeremy (the dad) was loading props and outfits into the car when Emily (the mom) nonchalantly mentioned to me that it had been forever since her and her husband have had nice pictures taken together. I smiled and told her I totally understand as a photographer, I NEVER take pictures of me and my own family or even my own kids.
Later that night, I got it. I received the first message ever from a male inquiring about a photoshoot. Jeremy had overheard what Emily had said and since their anniversary was coming up he decided to book a surprise photoshoot for him and his wife. After deciding on a date and time we began to ponder locations. We decided to take a field trip to a special location that was near and dear to their hearts. Funks Grove Chapel in the Woods. It was where they had got married just 3 years earlier. What happens when you revisit the place you got married for your anniversary shoot? Magic... Magic happens
This session was beautiful and full of smiles, laughter, and kisses. The joy and the love between them even 3 years later is evident to any bystander. Happy Anniversary Emily and Jeremy! I wish you many more years of love and happiness!
You want to know one thing that is more beautiful than young love... old love.
A few weeks ago I had the honor of photography a 50th wedding anniversary party for Jerry & Esther Perschnick.
Their party was held at the Coyote Creek Golf & Country Club in Bartonville, Illinois, just outside of Peoria, Illinois. Everything was perfect. When guests entered they had a chance to write well wishes to the couple in a guest book and travel down this beautifully decorated table around the edges of the room. On this table was memorabilia and photos from every couple in Jerry and Esther's family over the last few generations who have made it to their golden anniversary. It is truly astonishing how many of these that this family has been blessed with. At the end was the wedding dress that Esther wore 50 years ago while marrying Jerry as well as a beautiful quilt made by Esther's sister. After this you got to pick your table and chat with the MANY people who were there to celebrate this moment with their friends. One thing was quite clear. Jerry and Esther were so well loved. They were joined by friends from childhood and college roommates, cousins, colleagues, and sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, grandchildren and other family from all over.
After enjoying some amazing food from Catering Peoria, the couple recreated their cake-cutting photos from their wedding by cutting a decadent 3-tier cake and serving it to each other. The cake was then passed around to the guests alongside the ORIGINAL napkins from Jerry & Esther's wedding in 1967.
Everything about this party was perfectly planned and absolutely stunning. But nothing was as beautiful or shined as brightly as the love between Jerry and Esther. The wedding may have been 50 years ago but the celebration continues to this day. These two people are great examples of what a marriage should be.
To Esther and Jerry: Your love and devotion inspires everyone around you. May the love that you share only grow stronger with time. Well wishes and Happy Anniversary!
Hailey and Austin are absolutely adorable. My first meeting with them was full of love, laughter and cinnamon rolls! At our initial meeting I learned that Hailey and Austin are quite outdoorsy. They enjoy camping, fishing, hunting, and farming. We decided to do engagement photos on his family farm. Pulling up to this property took my breath away! It was gorgeous and the PERFECT place for their engagement photos. The farm had corn and soybeans. We started out with some tractor photos and moved on to the corn field. I absolutely love doing engagement photos at a location that means something to the couple. Whether its where they got engaged, where they met, family property, or where they will be spending their life together, nothing makes a picture more personal than when everything about it, including the location, means something to you.
After we were done at the farm. We went to downtown Lincoln and had some more fun. I mean seriously, look at those smiles!!! You can't even tell it was literally 105 degrees outside and we were all sweating like pigs. Nonetheless, Austin and Hailey's smiles, laughter, and love was clear as ever in the photos at these locations.