So it’s October and I’m finally doing something that I meant to do the end of July… blog Hannah and Christopher’s wedding! I don’t know where the time went or what happened to my “to do” list but I guess it’s better late than never 🙂
Hannah and Christopher were married in the middle of July at the St. Agatha’s Catholic church in New Athens, Illinois. It was warm that day, as most summer weddings are, and the sun was shining bright and beautifully. When I met up at the church with Hannah and her bridesmaids, everyone was just in a great mood and smiling from ear to ear. Some weddings get crazy and stressful in the mornings, but they were all relaxed and casual and ready to have a fun day. After taking some details shots of the wedding gown, rings and bouquet, Hannah stepped into her gown, along with her cowboy boots and was ready to head out to meet Christopher.
They decided to do a first look and get in as many portraits as we could before the ceremony, because after the ceremony we would be headed back to Christopher’s family farm to do bridal party photos and more photos of him and Hannah. We needed to have plenty of time there because we would be posing their large bridal party on a combine. I took a similar bridal party shot at Christopher’s sister’s wedding year prior and so he wanted to do the same for his wedding. I was all aboard and let me tell you, his bridal party had a blast with that shot. I loved that one of the groomsmen climbed on top of the combine and struck a pose… the dab to be exact. I didn’t even catch it that he did that till I imported the images later that evening.
After a long hot day of portraits and beautiful Catholic ceremony, the evening ended with a country themed wedding reception at the American Legion Hall in Sparta, Illinois. Sunflowers, beer bottles and tractors were the decor and there was even a wood panel backdrop behind the head table. Hannah’s family has a hog farm so there were little pig details throughout as well, even a little tiny pig in her bouquet. One of the best parts of the night was when Hannah’s family requested a song to be played. The song is called “Who’s Gonna Feed Them Hogs” by Tom T. Hall and when it started playing everyone ran do the dance floor, even grandpa! Grandpa danced and twirled Hannah around along with their whole family and it was so much fun watching everyone sing and dance with one another. I had never heard the song before but it definitely was unique and perfect for that occasion.
I’m so honored to have been a part of such an amazing day. I know I’ve said it before, but I truly work with the best clients. Getting to meet them and work with them through this photography process is special but meeting their family and friends is always a pleasure too. I can’t wait for you all to see my favorites from Hannah and Christopher’s big day. Enjoy!