Wedding Venues

Chad and Brittany's Rustic Chic Chicago Wedding by Meredith Washburn

Photographing Chad and Brittany's wedding was so much fun. I traveled from St. Louis to Elgin, Illinois where the two were married at the cutest wedding venue, the Haight. Brittany's little sister is one of my best friends, so it was extra special getting to see Brittany all dressed up as a bride and share in such a memorable day with her and her family. I seriously don't think I saw her smile leave her face the entire day, it was so sweet. Brittany lights up anytime Chad is around...he is the perfect match for her. I actually met Chad for the first time on the day of the wedding. His family and friends were so kind and helpful the entire day, and I heard so many wonderful things said about Chad; a testament to the person that he is and that his parents raised him to be. I'm so glad Brittany found someone so special that lights up her world. Thanks for having me as your photographer, Chad and Brittany <3! What a wonderful day.

Hotel: Courtyard Marriot
Wedding/Reception Venue: The Haight, Elgin, il
Officiant: Lesley Feyerherm
Wedding Coordination: Briana Bialk, The Haight
Bouquets, boutonnieres and other florals: Town and Country Gardens
Wedding dress(es): David's bridal
Headpiece/veil: David's bridal
Bride's Shoes: Amazon
Bridesmaid dresses: David's bridal
Hair: Courtney Taylor-Wilson
Tuxedos/Suits: GQ Formalwear
Catering: Chef's By Request
Cookies: Honey Bear Baking
DJ: Brian Towne Sound and Light Creations
Wedding Ring: K Hollis Jewler, Batavia, il

Keith and Chelsea's Romantic January Wedding by Meredith Washburn

John + Haylee | wedding by meredith

Every so often I get the honor of photographing a dear friend's wedding. I was lucky enough to spend the day hanging out with one of my lifelong best friends and his beautiful wife, Haylee, as they said "I do" surrounded by their family and friends.

Beautiful memories were made from the very start of their day at the Historical Hotel Blackhawk in Davenport, Iowa. From hair + make-up, beautiful dresses, flowers (lots and lots of them ♥), a ceremony filled with laughter and tears, a magically decorated reception hall in the Gold Room (Hotel Blackhawk), delicious eats (and treats!), and a pretty outstanding dance party, the day was beyond special.

Haylee had obviously put in an incredible amount of time behind the scenes in designing the reception venue...you can see for yourself below. The Gold Room was covered in flowers, elegant tablescapes, and candlelight. Every little detail was to perfection. When people say John + Haylee's wedding day was perfect, they aren't kidding...they really did have the perfect wedding day : )

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