31 March 2014

Weekend Roundup #3

This post is coming a little late for a weekend roundup but better late than never. I came home straight from work, did 30 minutes of Zumba, fixed an amazing dinner which consisted of shrimp, broccoli and mashed potatoes and then paid bills. It's okay to put yourself first you know.

This past weekend I had an amazing wedding in Evansville (Reception in Hecker) and then on Sunday I spent time with an amazing couple and took their engagement pictures. I feels so good to be getting back into sessions. The weather has been beautiful lately and I'm looking forward to it getting nicer. 

I'll leave you all with a couple preview images of the wedding and engagement session. Stay tuned for more this week!

Bruce and Whitney were married on Saturday! Such a wonderful day.

And here is Dustin and Natalie. They are so nice and it was so much fun doing their engagement pics.

28 March 2014

Johnny + Brittany | Plum Countryside Wedding, Walsh, IL, Hecker, IL

When a bride chooses purple to be her wedding color, you know I'm going to fall in love with it right away. That was definitely the case with Johnny and Brittany's wedding. Plum and other shades of purple were everywhere, the smell of fresh flowers filled the church and basement, and the sun was trying to creep out of the clouds. It was the perfect day for a wedding… Johnny and Brittany's wedding.

I booked them so long ago, I'm thinking the fall of 2012 so it's been a while looking forward to this day. I can remember talking to Brittany and hearing her exciting through phone calls and emails. She was exactly the type of bride I love working with. She valued photography and wanted to make sure we had enough time for plenty of pictures. So that's why they chose to see each other before the ceremony. I ended up with over 150 images of them on their wedding day and that doesn't happen if  you wait to see each other after the ceremony. I'm definitely all for a traditional wedding day but a "first look" is my favorite way of ensuring that each couple is going to have plenty of portraits on one of the biggest days of their lives. 

This was also the biggest wedding that I've ever shot. There were 26 in the bridal party I think. Maybe 28 (can't remember really, I wasn't feeling that well and the day just short of flew by). But it was a huge bridal party and it was a little trickily trying to get everyone to cooperate. They were all great troopers and we got some amazing shots. 

The night ended in Hecker, IL at the Community Center. It's a huge venue but it was definitely needed for the 400+ guests invited. Purple lights lit up the walls, chandeliers were hung on the dance floor and there was even a band. That's the 3rd band I've had in a row and I gotta tell you it's been wonderful to see. Such a great atmosphere. 

Johnny and Brittany, I wish you all the best in this next chapter in your lives. I truly enjoyed your wedding day, flu and all, and I wouldn't have changed a thing. I'm excited to share my favorites from your wedding day. Enjoy!



Loved the robes that all the girls had. And of course they are purple!!!




Brittany you are gorgeous and that dress was amazing!







Getting ready for the "first look".



Johnny was pretty excited!







One of my favorites!


Another favorite!









OMG! I loved their church.


Such pretty flowers.


One of my all-time favorite ring shots!











Here comes the bride….

They're MARRIED!

Look at that blue sky!





Beautiful reception!





Brittany's parents got her a matching necklace and ring set with her new initials.







Johnny couldn't keep his eyes off Brittany all day!

See…..






Ceremony | Zion Lutheran Church, Walsh, IL
Reception | Hecker Community Center - Hecker, IL
Florist | Lori Hentis
Wedding Planner | Weck's - Belleville, IL
Dress | David's Bridal
Bridesmaids | David's Bridal


Groomsmen | Hooker's Men's Wear - Sparta, IL
Hair | Erin Landgraf
Videographer | Memories Forever Video Production
Makeup | Mallory Wetzler
Invitations | Gregson Advertising
Cake | Blake Salger
Catering | Hecker Community Center - Hecker, IL
Band | Trilogy Band - St. Louis, MO
Honeymoon | Riviera Maya