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Rachel & Ridge's May Wedding in Central Illinois

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!

Enjoy!

Florist - Linda berg - 231floral@niemannfoods.com

DJ - Nick Davis

Hair - Grace Stephenson - Evolve salon

Makeup - Adri Doolin

Tuxes - Men's warehouse

Dresses - David's Bridal

Rings - Helzberg Diamonds

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Central Illinois Engagement Session in Downtown Lincoln and Kickapoo Creek Park

Jessica and Kaleb recently had their engagement session for their upcoming wedding in October! This adorable couple has been together for 7 years and first met on the dating app: tinder. It’s so funny how more and more couples are meeting online these days! :) These two lovebirds definitely know how to have a good time and were full of laughter despite that fact that their session basically took place in a pig pen (see the image at the bottom of the page for reference). They kept their spirits high and their love was evident! I absolutely cannot wait for this October wedding! It’s going to be PERFECT!

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20 Father's Day Gifts for Every Kind of Dad

20 Gift Ideas

just for dads

So, I don’t know if any of you have heard of Gary Chapmans, “The Five Love Languages,” but its basically a book talking about how there are five basic ways people communicate and like to receive love. Well, long story short. One of my main love language’s is GIFTS! I LOVE giving gifts to those I love. But not just any gift, the PERFECT gift. Like when you see an ad for it online or in a store and your just like OMG this would be perfect for this person! :) However, not all people love gifts. My husband for example always says that the best gift I could give him is not spending money on a gift…. BLAHHHHH…. #nofun! :)

Anyway, because of my love of gifts! I have created yet another gift-giving blog post but this time… just for dads! Click the buttons below each photo to learn more about each item or purchase it! Enjoy!

For the Dad who loves coffee

Driftaway Coffee Subscription- 3 months only $50!

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for the dad who can grill

this deluxe grill set for only $32

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for the dad who can rock

the rise & fall of rockstars only $15

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For the dad who loves to camp

This amazing hammock only $25-35 (pending on color)

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for the dad who’s always tinkering with things

this tool is a spork, knife, fire flint, peeler, can opener, bottle opener, pry bar, box cutter, cord cutter, and flathead screwdriver and only $50

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for the dad who’s a health nut

no blender in the world can stand against this one only $68

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for the diy dad

this magnetic wristband allows him to keep those tools at his fingertips for only $10

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for the budget-minded dad

this nest smart thermostat will keep his money right where he likes it, in his pocket! Only $200

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for the dad who likes travel

get this airbnb giftcard on amazon- range $25+

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or

this cork globe to mark his travels only $30

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FOR THE DAD WHO LOVES CARS

driveshare.com allows you to rent a car for a day! Amazing opportunity to drive those cars he dreams of owning!

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for the dad who loves his facial hair

beard shampoo and conditioner

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for the dad who loves video games

He’ll love this vintage Atari Shirt

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for the dad who loves the finer things

He will definitely fancy these scotch infused toothpicks

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for the dad who loves beer

need I say more!?!

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for the dad who loves to read

these book darts are great for keeping his place in all the different books he is reading! Plus they can be used to mark important thoughts that he can come back to later!

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for the dads who love board games

Start with Settlers of Catan and then move your way to Scythe if you have a REAL board game enthusiast!

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for the hipster dad

this foodie cook book is something he will surely love

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for the dad who loves jokes

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For the musical Dad

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To my husband on the day he graduates...

Today we celebrate this amazing man and my husband! The reason we moved to Illinois is so he could get his masters from Lincoln Christian university. And today he graduates with a Masters of Divinity in the New Testament. The thing about time is that when you look at it in hindsight it all sounds so simple. He graduated with a bachelors we moved to Illinois, got his masters, etc. but that’s not how it works. In reality, There has been blood, sweat and tears pursuing this degree. There were good times and bad times. Financially, emotionally, and spiritually. It takes dedication, commitment, passion, drive, a humble spirit and an eagerness to learn when pursuing higher education and even MORE SO when you do it with a full time job, a wife with a business and three young kids. But the really amazing thing about Chase is his integrity and his humility. He always does the right thing even when no one is watching and see’s himself not as one to be served but as a servant to all!

So today I take a break from everything to celebrate him and the amazing human being, husband, friend, and brother in Christ this man is. He is everything I’m not and everything I want to be! I love you chase and I’m so incredibly proud to be with you on this journey! Can’t wait to see where life takes us!

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Best last-minute gifts for Mother's Day that don't seem last minute

20 Last-Minute Gifts

For Mother’s Day

Hey… procrastination is a thing… I totally get it! But mother’s day is THIS SUNDAY… so I decided to make you this list of the BEST last-minute gift ideas for Mother’s Day. Because whether its your own mama, your mother-in-law, your bff on their first mother’s day, or your wife… we ALL know a mama who deserves to be spoiled!


For the Mama who loves to cook: This Kate Spade Recipe Box! ($30)

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or this one ($16)

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For the Mama who loves alone time: Okay, lets face it, that’s ALL Mama’s! Pay for her a night alone (or with a friend) in a hotel or airbnb. Stock it with pizza, wine, and her favorite chocolate!!!! Trust me, it’ll be THE BEST GIFT EVER!

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For the mama with a green thumb: Succulents!!!! ($15)

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For the Mama who loves to read: This Bookmark’s are for Quitters T-Shirt ($16)

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Or A Kindle Paper White (Reg. $129 on sale for $89)

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For the Instagram Mama: Double-Sided Letter Felt Board ($20)

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For the Mom who Loves Coffee: ($11)

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OR these “If you can read this, bring me coffee…” socks ($11)

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For the Mom-Boss: This Mom-Hustle T-shirt ($17)

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OR this watercolor mouse pad: $6

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For the mom who LOVES pictures: Floral Camera Strap ($15)

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OR one of these camera bodies with this lens…

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For the Fit Mom: S’well Water Bottle! Keeps it cold OR hot for 24 hrs.

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For the outdoorsy Mama: “camping hair, dont care” hat ($8)

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For the Mom who loves Fashion: Co-ordinate Necklace ($18)- Put in the coordinates of where you met, where she had her first child, or some other significant moment!

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For the tech-saavy Mama: nest smart thermostat ($220)

for any mom ever: A CHILD-LESS shopping spree in Target: because Target is awesome ($50-500)

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For the thoughtful mama: A Hand-written Letter- Think about all the things she thinks you DON’T notice and talk about those! <3 There isn’t a woman in the world who doesn’t love being appreciated! ($0)

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