Central Illinois Wedding Photography by Meredith Washburn

Ryan + Taryn // wedding by meredith

Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn
Central Illinois Wedding Photographer Meredith Washburn

Click here to check out Ryan + Taryn's same day edit by Park Life Films

Ceremony Venue:

Bertha Frank Performing Arts Center in Morton, IL 

Reception Venue: Warehouse on Water Street in Peoria, IL

Floral arrangements:

Floral Designs, Ltd. in Morton, IL

Wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses:

BHLDN 

Flower Girls & Jr. Bridesmaid Dresses:

Chacha Louise Etsy Shop 

Catering:

Cracked Pepper in Peoria, IL 

Cakes:

Cake Crumbs Limited - Tammy Woodmancy - of Morton, IL 

Videography:

Park Life Films 

Brian + Caitlin // wedding by meredith

We could not have asked for a more wonderful wedding day. Brian and I are both so lucky to have family and friends that care so much for us. We can’t thank everyone enough for helping us to celebrate our big day – especially our parents. It was a day we will never forget and always cherish. The night before our big day, I spent the evening with my mom, Brian’s mom, his sisters, my sister and my childhood best friend in the bridal suite at the Holiday Inn. We ate snacks and watched one of my favorite movies Father of the Bride with Steve Martin. I’ve always said that’s what I wanted to do the night before my wedding. The next morning I had the best time laughing and drinking mimosas with all the ladies while Brian was supposed to be getting ready with the men-folk. I came to find out later that Brian had forgotten to pick his tux up. I don’t know what he thought he was going to wear that day. But he got it all figured out in the end. It felt like the morning flew by and before I knew it, it was show time. 

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At the church I started to feel anxious. I hadn’t seen or talked to Brian in over twelve hours at that point and was dying to see him. At the very last minute I made the decision to ditch my wedding shoes. I thought I had broken them in enough to wear them, but I just knew I couldn’t make it a whole hour of just standing in them. I decided to wear my white and gold sparkly flip flops instead - which proved to be the best idea I’d had all day. When the church doors finally opened and I saw Brian waiting at the end of the aisle I lost it. I was shaking and on the verge of crying. I cry at everything – especially weddings. But I knew I had to keep it together for my own or I would never make it through the whole ceremony. Marrying my best friend, surrounded by our family and friends and a priest that Brian had grown up with, was the most incredible experience of my life. 

 

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After pictures with the bridal party, Brian and I had some time to ourselves when we got to see the ballroom before anyone else. It was a magical moment for us to just take it all in and bask in our newly married moments. The ballroom was absolutely stunning if I say so myself. Once the reception got started, we got the chance to taste the amazing food and cake. My mom and I had found some silver decorations from my grandma’s wedding cake and we asked The Cake Shoppe to incorporate them into my cake.  We had our first dance that ended with our bridal party busting a move with us. We had a special anniversary dance as well for Brian’s parents since it was their anniversary after all. The rest of the evening was spent dancing the night away with our family and friends.

 

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Our wedding day was the most spectacular and unforgettable day of my life. The only regret I have is that it flew by way too fast and that I didn’t take more selfies! ☺ Even with a few mishaps and last minute changes to the plan, it was a perfect day. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for us and I look forward to the adventures that come our way with my best friend by my side.

Details: Ceremony venue: St. Bernard Catholic Church, Peoria IL Reception venue: Holiday Inn & Suites, East Peoria IL Event design: Create-A-Scene and I Do Events, Washington IL Wedding Coordination: So-Chic Events Bouquets, boutonnieres and other florals: Gregg Florist, Peoria IL Wedding dresses: David’s Bridal, Chicago IL & Peoria IL Headpiece and veil: David’s Bridal, Chicago IL & Peoria IL Shoes: Nina Bridesmaid dresses: David’s Bridal, Peoria IL & Bobbie’s Bridal Peoria IL Bride’s hair: Grace Konsky – The Parlor, Morton IL Bridesmaid’s and flower girl’s hair: Rachel Brackensick & Erica Turney – The Parlor, Morton IL Tuxedos: Seno Formalwear, Peoria IL

 

Jeremy + Kaitlin // surprise proposal by meredith

Christmas Day 2015 was extra special for Jeremy and Kaitlin! Jeremy planned a surprise proposal at Grandview Drive in Peoria, IL. As I hid behind a tiny little pine tree trying my best to blend in, (I probably looked like Buddy the Elf -- gigantic and awkward) Jeremy got down on one knee and asked Kaitlin to spend the rest of forever together. She said YES...and her reaction was one of my all-time favorites. Kaitlin is one of my best friends, and I seriously love when she gets super excited about something! Her reactions are so cute :). Anywho, I get to be IN the wedding (a bridesmaid) and I am WAY excited! Yesterday we went bridal gown shopping and she said YES to the dress. Now I'm even more excited for the wedding and to see my beautiful friend as a bride!

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Alyson, Quinn, and baby by meredith

How cute are Alyson and Quinn (and baby#2 on its way)? Alyson made the floral crown headpieces herself & they are super adorable. Getting to romp around some fields in flower crowns and girly pink dresses was so much fun! I cannot wait to meet the new addition to their family in the next month :)! mom and me photography by meredith washburnmom and me photography by meredith washburnmom and me photography by meredith washburnmom and me photography by meredith washburnmom and me photography by meredith washburnmom and me photography by meredith washburnmom and me photography by meredith washburnmom and me photography by meredith washburnmom and me photography by meredith washburnmom and me photography by meredith washburnmom and me photography by meredith washburnmom and me photography by meredith washburn

Matt + Hannah // wedding by meredith

Sometimes you get to work with a bride who can't wait to put on farm boots with her wedding gown and hike through some mud...and that is an awesome bride! Working with Matt and Hannah was more like playing in rain puddles with two of your best friends. The farm boots made for the perfect shoes to hike through the rain soaked fields at Wildlife Prairie Park. They also made for some pretty cute pics :). I am so grateful to have been a part of their beautiful wedding! Below are some words from Hannah describing her perfect wedding day with Matt:


"Our wedding day couldn't have been any more perfect. We knew that we wanted our wedding to be casual, comfortable, and fun! Both of us love our families, friends, & the outdoors more than anything.  We are not your "cookie cutter" couple; un-traditional to say the least! We knew for certain we wanted to be married outside, and in my case..barefoot as well as in farm boots :)

I woke up the morning of our wedding to find it pouring rain. I refused to let it get me down and just knew God was going to provide us with the most beautiful of days, regardless. My morning starting by going to get my makeup done with my mom...running through the rain with our umbrellas smiling and laughing no matter what. The flowers, cake, and my bridesmaids all began to arrive to begin getting ready. Our dressing room consisted of jokes, laughter, and some outlandish pre-ceremony dancing (mostly by me)! Our amazing photography arrived soon after to begin the day of photos to capture our precious memories, and boy did she! Our ceremony began at 3pm, surrounded by my family and friends. A very close family friend that has seen me grow up was our minister and I could not imagine a more perfect ceremony! It had stopped raining, but due to the chilly weather we had a backup plan to get married in front of the fireplace at Wildlife Prairie Park and it was beautiful! God changed my life as I said my vows to the most incredible man I will ever know. The look he gave me when he saw me for the first time as I walked down the aisle is one I will never forget. After the ceremony, we hiked through a big open muddy field in my farm boots and had our pictures taken. It was cold out, but made for a good environment to take our pictures. We then returned to the reception hall for an amazing Italian buffet and jazzy cocktail music. After the cake cutting and serving we headed to the dance floor!  I spent the rest of the night on the dance floor with my new husband and all of my closet family and friends!  There were happy and sad tears as a new chapter in my life began, and I wouldn't have had it any other way."

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Venue: Wildlife Prairie Park, Prairie Hall Peoria, IL Event design + florals: DIY + Le Fleur floral Washington, IL Boutonnieres: Le Fleur floral Washington, IL Bride's Dress: Country Bride, Peoria, IL  Headpiece and veil: Brickyard Buffalo.com and Country Bride Peoria, IL Foot adornments: Etsy Bridesmaid dresses: Various from Country Bride Peoria, IL Groom’s suit: Black by Calvin Klien Country Bride Peoria, IL Catering: Peppers Cafe: On the Go Catering Cake: Diane Hemp (family friend) Sound equipment: Memory Productions, Peoria IL Music: John Hoffman Memory Productions, Peoria IL Minister: Julius Reed Peoria, IL