I think some of my favorite photo sessions are intimate in-home or outdoor couple sessions. I love that couples open up and allow me into their intimate space to capture moments that feel so honest and raw; warming to the soul. Nature can make for really beautiful images, but the photos that make me feel the most are the ones that make my mind wander somewhere a little deeper into a love, friendship, family, or emotion. Dalton and Payton are two of my very favorite people to photograph as they are so comfortable together. Everything about their love is contagious. I hope you enjoy their intimate session as much as I enjoyed taking them:
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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.
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 :)
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.
I absolutely love countryside engagement sessions. Especially this one, involving the sweetest couple ever. Nolan and Alyssa invited me out to Nolan’s family farm in Roodhouse, Illinois. It’s stunning lush countryside was wonderful for photos. I drove a distance to finally arrive, but the land was exactly what I was expecting. Beautiful rolling hills, fields and farmland (I’m a sucker for the countryside). When I arrived at the farm, Nolan drove us around in his big truck with a very long canoe hanging out the back. From barns, fields, flowers, a captivating sunset, canoe snuggles (without flipping might I add), and dancing in front of headlights, I could say we pretty much had it all.
I’ve known Alyssa since I was really young, she was a few years behind me in school. I’ve always looked up to her though, because she’s always been so incredibly kind and talented. She is so much fun to be around and has an energy and smile that is contagious. I’m so glad that Alyssa found her match in Nolan, who mirrors her fun-ness and kindness.
Thanks to Melissa Heart Weddings for featuring Nolan and Alyssa's Engagement Session!!!