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 - email@example.com
DJ - Nick Davis
Hair - Grace Stephenson - Evolve salon
Makeup - Adri Doolin
Tuxes - Men's warehouse
Dresses - David's Bridal
Rings - Helzberg Diamonds
I am so excited to share with you this beautiful white wedding at Springfield House of Prayer and The Rail Golf Course in Springfield, Illinois. There is a lot I could say about this wedding day, for example:
1.) This is the perfect example of a budget wedding done RIGHT
2.) These are color scheme #goals... all that white made everything so bright & airy and fresh.
3.) I can't believe those flowers are fake
4.) The CONSTANT outdoor rain and freezing temps during the entire day made outdoor pics of the entire party not possible, however, the pictures were still stunning.
5.) I can't believe she MADE HER DRESS!
Each of the carefully selected pieces that adorned their venue can only be described as timeless and elegant. This wedding made for one of the most simple-romantic designs I’ve ever seen. But this perfect decor was NOTHING in comparison to the love and joy that quite literally beamed from the faces of not JUST the bride & groom but from ALL who attended this wedding. In fact, I don’t know if i’ve every been to a wedding quite as joyful as this one. Why? Because Jordan and Blaine had their eye on the prize, their marriage. Since their relationship was long distance the ENTIRE time (Him in Illinois, Her in Tennessee), they were just so happy to finally be together and it SHOWED.
Jordan and Blake grew up in the same friend & church circles, about 3.5 years ago they began noticing each other differently. Their relationship began by mentioning each other in casual conversations with mutual friends until eventually Blaine decided to do this thing FOR REAL! Because they were dating with the intention of marriage, he decided to take a visit to Jordan’s family farm in Tennessee. After this trip, he was certain about her, their relationship, and their future. So, he began putting a plan together to make this thing official. His first move was to call Jordan’s dad and ask him if he could pursue a relationship with his daughter (Cue all the “awwwwwww’s…..) whoever said “chivalry is dead” has NOT met Blaine! But Jordan’s father made Blaine sweat a bit by making him wait and wait for a response…. until finally he gave him the green light.
But there was still one problem, there were 425 miles of Midwest Farmland between them.
They committed to seeing each other every two weeks until 6 months later, Blaine proposed to Jordan on her birthday. And 5 months after that, Blaine & Jordan stood together, hand in hand, in front of God and their family and friends, and put to words what their hearts already knew for so long.
Blaine & Jordan, from the moment I met you, Jesus’s love and light burst through you both. You’re kind and sweet, warm & loving, and SO MUCH FUN! You are truly as beautiful on the inside as you are on the outside. Never stop, and never change.
There are a lot of discouraging things in this world. But a couple like you guys bring hope to all. The only thing more powerful than the way we love people is the way that we love people together. And my prayer is that anyone who crosses your path, feel the same love that I and many people were blessed enough to experience on your special day.
God bless you both and congratulations on your newest adventure! It was such a privilege and a true pleasure to get to document your first day. I’ve photographed a lot of couples and a lot of weddings… but you two TRULY took my breath away!
Details Create the Big Picture.
Sanford L. Weill
We’ve all seen them. Heck, we’ve pinned 1,349,321 similar pictures to our own Pinterest “wedding board.” I’m talking about detail shots. Your rings placed so perfectly on your white veil. Your glittery shoes sitting on that perfect table that makes their reflection pop. A close-up of the grooms hands trying to tie his bow tie ever so perfectly. You and your bridesmaids toasting those champaign glasses with those perfectly done nails. They are what make a wedding gallery complete. Without images like these any our wedding gallery, something feels like its missing.
These magazine worthy weddings aren’t just thrown together last minute. They are thought out carefully, strategized over, and planned. But hey… some of us don’t always LOVE planning all the details. In fact, we find it overwhelming. That’s why I went to Brittney at Spruce Rentals in Peoria, IL. I first saw her on Instagram posting all of these swoon-worthy photos of her inventory. Ya’ll… if you need some beauty in your life… FOLLOW HER! So, I contacted her to see if I could meet her, interview her and take some photos of her BEAUTIFUL stuff for my brides!
You guys, not only is she the sweetest lady on the planet. This lady is a magician. She can see & cast a vision for those who need help and then executes it to perfection all while matching that couples vibe PERFECTLY. She is currently located in a temporary location at the Mill in the Peoria Warehouse District while they are still searching for their forever home. But she serves brides ALL over the Central Illinois area.
Her shop is FILLED with decor of ALL styles, big and small. Couches, Tables, Dressers, Centerpieces, Pillows, Candles, Vases, Typewriters, Chandeliers, Chairs, Chalkboards, Table numbers and the coolest arbors you’ve ever seen! Bohemian, rustic, classic, timeless… she has everything!!! Literally, as I was walking through I was like, “I want this for my house, and this for my house…” hahahaha!
Now, before you go assuming things like, “Isn’t it cheaper to just drive around to all the targets all over Central Illinois and buy them myself?” Hear me out. This is not necessarily the case. Trust me, I’m a penny-pincher myself. Spending money physically hurts me, lol. But I do believe that money spent in the right place, is okay!
Things to Consider
Transportation & Set-up (woot, woot)! Girl, your wedding day is going to be so busy and so eventful. Let’s not add the stress of worrying about how things are going to be transported, who will bring them, who’s going to set up, who’s going to take down, etc. Let the pro’s take care of that for you! You only get one wedding day…. you AND your family should ENJOY IT!
Vision. Setting up a table is a true art. It really is. Not ALL of us can be Joanna Gaines, am I right? Trust these professionals to decorate your venue in the PERFECT way that matches who you two are as a couple all while staying in your budget.
“The Regret”- This is what I call that phase after the wedding when you thought it was a really good idea to just buy all 75 centerpieces, signs, and backdrops instead of renting it and now you don’t know what to do with any of the stuff even though you have posted it to every “Buy and Sell” site that Facebook has to offer as well as craigslist and eBay and you still have all these boxes of wedding stuff taking over your house. Don’t do this to yourself. Instead just hire Spruce Rentals, have them deliver, set up, take down, and return so YOU can spend ALL your time enjoying your hubby!
So I encourage all you DIY brides out there to explore ALL options BEFORE officially deciding to DIY. And for all you other brides who don’t feel DIY-inclined… make sure you chat with Brittney at Spruce Rentals. I’m confident you will find just what you’re looking for for your wedding day!
Focus on “Picture Points”- When deciding what to rent and what to save on consider what I call “picture points.” The Ceremony Stage, The head table, The Cake table, right behind the first dance floor, etc.
Instead of doing an extravagant centerpiece on EVERY table, do simple ones on every third table as “fillers.”
Go Timeless- For timeless looks. Focus on neutrals, and simplicity.
Enjoy these pics from Spruce Rentals!
I ask a lot of my clients. I ask them to be open and vulnerable which is never easy. I ask them to tell me about them. Their likes and dislikes. Their strengths and their weaknesses. I want to know their story. I want to be able to produce images that when they look at them, they are brought to tears. For what they are seeing is not just a picture of them but a picture of their soul.
I realize that telling ones story is not an easy thing to do. We all have doubts and fears. Which is why I'm implementing this *new* little exercise for all of you here on social media. I'm not sure what I'm going to call it... (if you have any ideas let me know 🤣). But every Friday I'm going to reveal little truths about myself. Some will be silly icebreakers, some will be more deep, but all will be 100% honest and true. Because, if I expect you to be vulnerable with me... I realize that I have to do the same! <3
So here is the first one...
My name. I was, in fact, named after the little mermaid. My parents took my 2 older sisters to the movie theater to see it when my mom was pregnant with me. My dad REALLY loved the name. So he told my mom, "yup! We are naming her Ariel." Before that I was going to be named Alexandria. I am the third girl and all our names start with A's. Ashley, Amber, and Ariel. Did I get made fun growing up because of my name? No... not really. Other than the occasional "mermaid" which didn't really bother me. I've always loved my name. I even considered naming one of my own children after a Disney character just to keep that little thing going. <3 So now its your turn... were you named after anyone special or do you have a special story regarding your name?