From the moment Kansas walked up behind Mark and grabbed his hand to turn him around during the “first look” I knew this was going to be a special day. I’ve never seen a couple so in love. They couldn’t keep their hands off each other. There were times where I seriously had to tell them to focus so that I could get portraits! Honestly I didn’t mind because it meant that it wasn’t going to be hard to capture good moments throughout the day and get good portraits.
Mark came up to me before the ceremony and told me a little secret. He had actually purchased a ring meant for Alexis, Kansas’ daughter. When you marry someone, you normally exchange rings to symbolize your love for one another. A love that has no end. Eternity. Well, since Mark was marrying Kansas AND her daughter, he wanted to get her a ring as well. Seriously, I’m not sure there was a dry eye in the whole church. I was crying to much it was hard to tell whether or not my photos were focusing or not! Such a special moment and I’m glad I was there to witness it as well as witness Mark and Kansas declare their love for one another in front of family, friends and God.
We were just about to leave for the Pierre Menard home when the groomsmen heard the snow cone truck coming by. They seriously stopped the truck and bought some. Kansas wanted cherry flavored and you just can’t eat a red snow cone in a Vera Wang wedding dress. I saw Mark holding it and she was bent over trying not to have any of it get on her dress.
We ended up the day at the Chester Country Club and let me just say that I think the groomsmen FINALLY felt like they were comfortable. They all play golf and are members at the country club. Mark wanted all the guys to put their golf shoes on and take pics on the greens. Definitely some of my favorite groomsmen pics I’ve ever taken. After all that fun, we went inside to start the dance. It was a huge surprise when Kansas was dancing with her dad to “Butterfly Kisses”. After the first chorus they broke into dancing a mix of songs from “YMCA” to “The Twist”. It was hilarious and definitely a treat for Barb, Kansas’ mother. Everyone had an amazing time and danced the night away.
Mark and Kansas, I’m so glad that you let me be apart of your big day. It’s so great getting to follow bride and grooms around all day. I wish you two all the very best. Enjoy my favorites from your wedding day!
The bridesmaids helping Kansas get into her dress.
The flowers were absolutely gorgeous!
Kansas wore her grandmother’s jewelry. Very special and her “something old” for her wedding day.
Such a handsome groom.
First look!!!! Love it when brides agree to this!
You don’t get these kinds of pictures after the ceremony.
Kansas showing Mark her cowboy boots! She didn’t want to wear heels all day LOL.
Seriously, you two are so stinkin’ cute!
Gorgeous Vera Wang dress!
Mark giving Lexi her ring. Such a great moment.
When you hear the snow cone truck, you run! And Mark ran for one after the ceremony.
Pictures took place at the Pierre Menard home in Chester, IL.
Canvas print right here!!! UGH.
Mark proposed on hole #9 at the Chester Country Club…so that’s where we went for pics just before sunset.
Favorite pic from the day!
Probably one of my favorite groomsmen’s pics I’ve ever taken!
Kansas and her dad surprising everyone with a unique father/daughter dance. It rocked!
I’ll end with this ring shot. It’s simply gorgeous. Look at the detail in Kansas’ ring. Beautiful.