bridal gown

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
Website: floraldesigns-ltd.com

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
Website: bremerjewelry.com

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
Website: cloudninepeoria.com

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.

Ryan + Tara // wedding by meredith

"Ryan’s and my original plan was to get married in Springfield, IL, where I grew up.  After we got engaged, we started the venue-search pretty shortly after.  Unfortunately the dates and locations we liked the best in Springfield were either unavailable or booked.  We began looking in the Peoria, IL and surrounding areas, near our home in East Peoria.  We both wanted to get married outside and knew we wanted our reception venue to  be “different” and feel like a big party versus a traditional banquet-style reception.  We found Mt. Hawley Country Club and knew it was the perfect fit for our reception! Although we could have gotten married outside of the club, we decided to continue our search for the most perfect ceremony site. Our wedding coordinator, Sara O’Shea with So Chic Events told us about The Pettengill-Morron Home.  After I saw the location, I knew it was the place where Ryan and I would say “I do”.  wedding at the pettengil-moron house peoria illinoiscentral illinois wedding photographer meredith washburncentral illinois wedding photographer meredith washburncentral illinois wedding photographer meredith washburncentral illinois wedding photographer meredith washburn I had spent the night before the big day at my house with my mom and best friends, Dani and Becca. May and June had been unusually rainy this year, but my wedding day, as promised by the forecast, was warm and sunny. I woke up feeling calm, refreshed, and excited to marry my best friend.  There rest of my lovely, 9 bridesmaids showed up shortly after I woke up, with Starbucks in hand, ready for hair and makeup.

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He was so emotional and it was very sweet to see him like that. We had a predominately Christian ceremony, but added Hindu wedding traditions like the “Tying of the Knot” and “Seven Steps”. One of our co-officiants is one of my dearest friends, Kendahl, whose husband officiated the wedding. After the ceremony concluded, on our way down the aisle, Ryan and I stopped and touched the feet of my grandmother which is a sign of respect in the Hindu culture. She was so happy to see us do this. 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Hawley Country Club was a blast – there was lots of loving, laughing, and dancing.  The food was perfection and Ryan and I made sure that we ate and also got a piece of our signature menu item, World Class Chocolate ice cream cake!   We are so lucky to continue to relive the moments through the pictures and videography.  I’ll never forget that day, as marriage for us is once in a lifetime.  ♥

 

Wedding Coordinator: So Chic Events, Morton, IL Ceremony Venue: Pettengill-Morron House, Peoria, IL Ceremony chairs: Morton Rentals, Morton, IL Reception Venue: Mt. Hawley Country Club, Peoria, IL Catering: Mt. Hawley Country Club, Peoria, IL Event design + florals: Create A Scene Events & I Do Events, Washington, IL Wedding dress: Allure, Adore Bridal, Morton, Illinois Veil: Adore Bridal, Morton Illinois Bridesmaid dresses: Bill Levkoff, Adore Bridal, Morton, IL Bride’s & Bridesmaid's hair: The Loft, East Peoria, IL Groom’s suit: H&M Dark Blue Slim Fit Suit Cake: Cake Crumbs Limited, Morton, IL; Baskin Robins, Peoria, IL DJ: Music Source DJ, Springfield, IL Videographer: Black Olive Studios Pastor: Bryan Throckmorton, Springfield, IL // co-officiants: Kendahl Throckmorton & Aruna Mathur Make-up: Jill Andrews, Dunlap, IL (Hindu portion of ceremony) Sahyog, Springfield, IL