This beautiful wedding was two years in the making! Kaitlyn and Ryan were suppose to be married in the summer of 2020 but obviously the pandemic forced them to make changes. They’re both from different states and they now live in another state. Since people from all over were going to be traveling for this wedding, they decided to push it back a whole year in hopes that their dream wedding would happen with out any hiccups from the pandemic. Everything turned out absolutely perfect because when May 22 came along, it was as if the day was meant for them. The day couldn’t have turned out any more perfect.
There were 250 guests that made their way to Southern Illinois to the little town of Coulterville. Winkle Baptist Church is the where Kaitlyn and Ryan said their vows in front of all of the people that they love the most. It was short and sweet ceremony but super special. One of my favorite moments from the ceremony was instead of lighting the traditional unity candle, they decided to add dirt to a tree with dirt from Kaitlyn’s home where she grew up (Illinois) and dirt from Ryan’s home where he grew up (Minnesota). As I mentioned before, they met online and were from different states and it was perfect to combine their lives into one and later planting that tree where they live now in Virginia.
After the ceremony, a shuttle bus drove everyone over to the Lacy Farm. There was a huge white tent set up with round tables with fog blue tablecloths, lanterns with candles and beautiful floral arrangements. Sugar cookies were favors and they were in the shapes of the states Illinois, Minnesota and Virginia. Kaitlyn’s dad made so many things for this wedding that I lost cost. He made the dance floor, stage for the band and the bar. He also kept making sure that the power was staying on. When you bringing in a band and have string lights everywhere and try to keep a lot of other things powered up on your family property… it’s a LOT of work. Major props to him and both Kaitlyn and Ryan’s family for putting on such an amazing event. They truly had a wedding for the guests.
If you’re from the Winkle area, then you know how popular Polka and BINGO is. They had Polka music and BINGO games along with cornhole and other yard games during cocktail hour. Then, at the end of the evening, there was a sparkler exit that also ended in a surprise 20-minute fireworks display. I had to keep that secret all day! It was so much watching everyone run over to get a better view of the show. And that wasn’t all! After the fireworks show, there was a food truck there to help everyone with their snack attack at the end of the night. Corndogs, lemonade shakeups and funnel cakes never tasted so good!
It was such a fun evening and it was definitely a wedding that I’ll never forget. I’m so glad that Kaitlyn and Ryan finally got to have the wedding of their dreams. It was a complete honor to have been their photographer and I can’t wait to show you their wedding through my eyes.
A huge shoutout to these amazing vendors!
Bride’s Dress – Designer: Stella York
Bride’s Dress – Boutique: The Ultimate Bride
Bridesmaids Dresses: Mori Lee
Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Hookers Men’s Store
Florist: Roger Brand – Name Brand Creations
Ceremony Location: Winkle Baptist Church
Wedding Planner: Lets Put A Bow On It
Hair: Allure Salon, Percy, IL
Makeup: Sydney Valier, Jessica & Juhle Prange
DJ/Entertainment: Davis DJ Sound & Lighting
Videographer: Katt Films
Cake: Charlotte Goetz
Catering: Seasons Event Center
Invitations: Design by Angelika
Fireworks: Aaron Szczeblewski
Food Truck: Paulette’s Food Service
Shuttle Bus Service: Zee Express, Inc.
Honeymoon: Napa Valley, California