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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.

Brett and Christina's Boho Wedding by Meredith Washburn

Brett and Christina's Boho Wedding is one of my favorites to date.

The day started off absolutely beautiful with some clouds in the sky and a nice cool breeze. I arrived at the house where Christina and her friends were getting ready in the morning and was so excited for the day. The house where they were getting ready had so much character and was filled with gorgeous light. Have you ever seen an Anthropologie home magazine? Well, the house was basically that. I felt like I was stepping right into a magazine filled with the most beautiful people. It was stunning. The atmosphere was so calm which was refreshing. Christina has the world's sweetest presence. Seriously, everything about her is just beautiful inside and out. I was so excited to see her all dressed up in her bohemian wedding gown. There is something incredibly special about when the bridal party gets together at the beginning of the day to get ready together. I just love the memories made with friends on your wedding day. The hugs, the tears and smiles when the bride first puts on her gown, the giggles as stories are recalled from the past, exchanging of personal letters and gifts, putting on jewelry with special meaning, seeing yourself dressed as a bride for the first time, the realization that THIS IS THE DAY, the groomsmen and their silliness, trying to put on ties and bow-ties, the laughs, the music, the inside jokes shared...just everything! If these are memories that you hope to have on your special day, think about planning something unique and fun for you and your friends! Also, it's great to take into consideration what you'd like your photographs to look like! A room that has some space to move around, windows, beautiful light, and neutral colors are always great for photographs! If you don't have a house that you think would be great for getting ready, think about asking a friend or family member or even look into getting a hotel suite for everyone to spend time together!!!!

Brett and Christina planned their ceremony on her father's land out in the country. There were miles and miles of open wild grasses, flowers, trees, and space. They had planned a first look so that we could take some additional photos of the two of them prior to the ceremony. The weather was SO incredibly hot! The clouds had left the sky and the cool breeze from earlier in the morning had completely gone. I can honestly say this was the hottest wedding I've ever photographed (luckily with the world's coolest people). Brett and Christina were easy going. They totally soaked in the sun, sweat, wet shirts, and the day in its entirety and didn't let it affect their plans at all. It was magical. After the ceremony, we started moving cars over to the location where we were going to be taking family and bridal party photos. We had a line of cars parked blasting air conditioning. One photo would be organized quickly and people would hop out of the car and into place for the photos. As soon as one photo was done, guests and family would hop back into the cars with air conditioning and wait for their next photo. It was heartwarming to see guests, family, and friends doing literally whatever it took to make their day and photos perfect. As a photographer, this was one of my most challenging weddings to photograph. Soaking wet shirts, intense sun, sweat dripping, and getting photos organized with people in/out of cars was difficult. When I look back at the day, I realize that it was all completely worth it. At the end of the day, the sweat and wet shirts isn't what you remember, it's all the laughs and giggles we shared together during the day while making all of these moments happen. I have so many fun memories from this wedding. When I look back at their photos, I can't stop smiling. I seriously love this day.

If you have any questions as you plan your wedding day, feel free to click on the CONTACT button at the top of the page, and send me a message! I'd love to help make your planning less stressful and more enjoyable. I've been there before and know that the planning can be stressful and overwhelming at times!!!! Remember, at the end of the day, your wedding will be about the moments between you and your groom, your family, and your friends. Don't get overwhelmed by all the small details of the day :)

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 

Quintin + Lacey // wedding by meredith

"People ask, “What was your favorite moment of your wedding day?” How do you answer that with a moment? The whole day! The whole day is my answer.

It is the day you have dreamed about your whole life, well at least I had. I dreamed who “he” would be, what would the day be like, the dress, the colors, the flowers, the guests, the location, the list could go on. The whole day was my favorite because it was OUR day. It was the day that every detail was perfectly planned out and it was all planned by us, so it was already our favorite everything.

But, there is one thing you can’t plan, the weather! On our wedding day, we woke up to snow! The first snow of a warm fall season, the snow we didn’t expect, the snow that could’ve derailed our perfect day. But, we wouldn’t allow that to happen. As I was getting my make up done, I looked out the snowy window, and knew that God had planned the snow for us on our day. The snow was a reminder of a sweet friend that died too young; it was a reminder that she was there with me that special day. The snow was a reminder that our life, no matter how planned, is in God’s hands. The snow, would not ruin our day, instead it was a blessing symbolizing our fresh white start as a couple together. The snow was our blank slate, and was the start of our story.

The start of our story was our wedding day that included so many favorite memories, but these are just a few:

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-       Seeing each other as the doors of the church opened.

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-       The first kiss as husband and wife.

-       Laughing with our bridal party as my husband shouted, “HEY WIFEY”, right after the recessional.

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-       Walking into our reception to the Chicago Bulls theme song.

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-       Our first dance as husband and wife.

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-       My surprise dance with dad.

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-       Dancing with our friends and family to our favorite local band.

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-       Celebrating the first day of the rest of our lives with people we love!

For the rest of our lives we will tell stories of our wedding day, but the story that we will share daily with people is our love and commitment to each other that we vowed on that day." -Lacey Scholl

Photography: Meredith Washburn Photography  Videography: Forward Motion Production, Delavan IL Ceremony Venue: Harvest Bible Chapel, East Peoria IL  >>>>>>  Pastor: Mark Schuler Hotel: Holiday Inn and Suits, East Peoria IL Reception venue: Metamora Fields, Metamora IL Event design: Garden Gate Floral, Mackinaw IL & I Do Events, Washington, IL >>>>>> Linens: I Do Events, Washington IL Bouquets, boutonnieres and other florals: Garden Gate Floral, Mackinaw IL Wedding dress: Tara Keely, Adore Bridal, Morton IL >>>>>> Jacket: Adore Bridal, Morton, IL >>>>>> Veil and Earrings: Sara Gabriel, Adore Bridal, Morton IL >>>>>> Belt and Bridesmaid Dresses: Adore Bridal, Morton IL Bride's Shoes: Ted Baker, Nordstrom Bridesmaid’s hair: B.loved Stylists > Hair and Makeup Design, Washington IL >>>>>>>Make-up: B.loved Stylists > Hair and Makeup Design,  Suits: Men’s Warehouse, Peoria, IL Cake: Cake Crumbs Limited, Morton IL Band and Sound: Seven West, Peoria IL Rings: Bremer Jewelry, Peoria IL Chivari Chairs: Morton Rentals, Morton IL