award winning elopement photographer Meredith Washburn

Maesyn, PCHS Senior by Meredith Washburn

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

Styled Summer Session with model Morgan Dunn and Justine Ulrich by Meredith Washburn

Awhile back I teamed up with Floral Designs Ltd. (Morton), Bremer Jewelry (Peoria), and Cloud Nine Bridal Boutique (Peoria) to make some images with Morgan Dunn and Justine Ulrich.


Floral Designs Ltd. is based in Morton, IL and loves to customize each wedding specifically to each bride. They work diligently to keep up with the latest trends in the wedding industry. From my own personal experience of working with Cheri and Kim, I know that they pour so much time and talent into their pieces, which are all unique and stunning. I've photographed a number of weddings with Floral Designs Ltd. and I am always overly impressed by the bouquets as they always flow seamlessly with the style of the wedding. Currently, Floral Designs Ltd. is loving the trend of the dark sangria color contrasted with the softer tones and the dramatic draping and cascading bouquets <--- can I second that?! I also love the draping and cascading bouquets....they are some of my very favorite to photograph <3!!!! I am always way excited when I show up to photograph and there are these amazing cascading bouquets done by Floral Designs Ltd.. Flowers can add such beauty and elegance to a wedding. Bouquets, floral arrangements, hair pieces, flower crowns, etc. always seem to enhance the mood and romance in photographs, as well as add beautiful pops of colors <3. If you haven't checked out their showroom in Morton, you definitely should! Their shop also has beautiful wedding rentals as well as pretty home decor. You may also see one of these beautiful models' photo hanging on the wall (how cool!?!).

Floral Designs Ltd. Instagram: @floraldesigns_ltd

Bremer Jewerly Peoria is seriously the coolest! If you haven't stopped in their store to take a gander at all their pretty sparkling jewels, you probably should. They have the friendliest and most helpful staff who are willing to answer all of your questions about diamonds and jewels. You'll notice in the images below some gorgeous arm bangles (which are SO affordable, ladies -- seriously every girl needs these!!!) as well as some beautiful earrings, and an engagement ring any girl would gush over.

Bremer Jewelry Peoria Instagram: @bremerjewelry

Cloud Nine Bridal Boutique + Fine Paper is an exclusive bridal boutique in Central Illinois offering stunning bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, and wedding invitations. Their staff is so sweet to work with and will help you pick out the perfect wedding gown! Head over to their store in Peoria, right next to Bremer Jewelry off of University St. to see their array of gowns in person! Head over to their website, or call to make an appointment today :)

Cloud Nine Bridal Boutique + Fine Paper Instagram: @cloudninepeoria

Also, huge shoutout to my models, Morgan Dunn and Justine Ulrich for modeling the beautiful Watters wedding gown, jewelry, and floral pieces -- you girls are always the best to work with <3.