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Tyler + Kacey | Fort Kaskaskia Wedding – Chester, IL/Steeleville, IL

April 24, 2015

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Ever since their engagement session, I have looked forward to photographing Kacey’s beautiful smile on her wedding day. Kacey is the type of bride that you look forward to working with all year. She had great ideas for her wedding day and one of her ideas was that she wanted to do a “first look” and get all the photographs taken before the wedding ceremony. She wanted time with Tyler so that they could be alone and enjoy the day together. I’ve never been married before but after shooting weddings for almost 3 years I know that the day goes by very quickly and I see lots of couples who don’t get a chance to just be together in peace and quiet. That’s what Kacey wanted. Her timeline that we worked out together gave us almost an entire hour to shoot bride and groom portraits and that was a DREAM to me! I never get that long with a couple LOL. There was a videographer team there too and we all just had a blast capturing the sweet moments between Kacey and Tyler.

Then the trolley showed up with the bridal party and that’s when things got real fun! There was a bridal part of 6 bridesmaids, 8 groomsmen and 4 ushers, so a big party. But I gotta tell you, I had the BEST time with this group of people. I let them have their fun, yes, but we got everything we needed to get done and then some. 
The day ended up at the Steeleville American Legion hall in Steeleville, Illinois. Kacey and Tyler opted to do a fast routine for their first dance instead of the traditional slow dance. It was AWESOME! When she told me they were going to be doing that I was a little shocked. It was fabulous just like the rest of the evening and I’m so honored that they wanted me there so capture their wedding day.
I seriously cannot wait to show you my favorites from their wedding! Enjoy!
P.S. I got stung by a wasp and then pooped on by a bird that day! I consider it a lucky thing LOL. But seriously…. it was kind of funny. Got great pics though.

Kacey and all of her bridesmaids had these shirts with their monogram. So cute!

When your best friends watch you get into your wedding dress…..

Reading a note from Tyler….

Kacey, you are absolutely stunning!

Waiting for Tyler to arrive.

Everyone should plank on their wedding day! LOL

How cute are these two!!!!!


One of my favorite parts of a wedding day…


One of the rare times I actually got to take family formals OUTSIDE! And they are fabulous! Natural light is best I tell ya!

One of my top favs of the day!

I do a same day edit at my weddings. Here is a pic of some of the groomsmen looking at some of my preview images.

I didn’t anticipate anyone jumping LOL. Most of the time the guys part right down the middle.

Ceremony: Fort Kaskaskia State Park, Ellis Grove, IL
Reception: Steeleville American Legion Hall, Steeleville, IL
Bride’s Dress: Precious Moments – Mori Lee Gown
Florist: Annette Hornbostel
Hair: Amber Nitzsche, Island Breeze Salon, Steeleville, IL
Make-Up: Kraiten Franklin
DJ/Entertainment: Krystal Klear Sound & Light Show
Videographer: Bella Vita Films, Union, MO
Cupcakes: Hoeckele’s Bakery, Perryville, MO
Catering: Steeleville American Legion
Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Treasured Memories, Chester, IL
Invitations: Megan Swafford (friend of the bride & groom)
Favors: Coozies, Mariah Design Agency, Chester, IL
Honeymoon: Tyler is surprising Kacey 🙂

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