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Outdoor Summer Evening Rehearsal Dinner by Meredith Washburn

An Outdoor Summer Evening Rehearsal Dinner at Ravina On The Lakes

Gus + Abriella are two of the coolest people I’ve ever met. I had only met them through Facetime prior to their rehearsal dinner and wedding and I knew I already loved them. The week before their wedding, I chatted with them on Facetime and played a get-to-know-you game while they were driving to Chicago to catch a flight to California. They were flying out to California to apartment/house hunt because they BOTH matched into medical residency programs out there (heck yeah!). Both Gus and Abriella are doctors and are going to be completing their residencies out in California. I can only imagine the amount of dedication and commitment (and stress) it took to plan a wedding while finishing up their last year of medical school together, interviewing for residencies all over the country, matching into residency programs, and then moving across the country. Seriously, these people are INCREDIBLE. I am so proud of both of them it makes me want to weep. I’ve been down the medical school/residency route with my own husband, and it is anything but easy (and I’m just riding along with a view from the sidelines). The amount of time and sacrifice that job entails is outrageous (be sure to thank your doctors for your care, because WOW have they put in the time and worked hard for many, many years). I cannot say enough wonderful things about these two human beings, they are just lovely in all the ways, and perfectly suited for each other. Hope you enjoy browsing through their couple photos at their Rehearsal Dinner.

Venue: Ravina On The Lakes

Chris and Jordan's Countryside engagement session by Meredith Washburn

I love when couples bring their dog to their engagement session :). Especially when she has a beautiful flower collar made by the lovely Splendor of Eden!

Keith + Chelsea's Engagement by Meredith Washburn

You guys, I've had the most amazing couples to work with lately. I'm constantly blown away when I show up to photograph. From bringing doggies to their engagement session, flower crowns, and even canoes.

Keith and Chelsea are naturals when it comes to love and it was a true honor to capture. I can't get over how much fun it is to work with couples who love each other this much. The intimacy, passion, goofiness, laughs, adventure....just everything. I hope you enjoy scrolling through the photos of their love as much as I do :)

Jeremy + Kaitlin // surprise proposal by meredith

Christmas Day 2015 was extra special for Jeremy and Kaitlin! Jeremy planned a surprise proposal at Grandview Drive in Peoria, IL. As I hid behind a tiny little pine tree trying my best to blend in, (I probably looked like Buddy the Elf -- gigantic and awkward) Jeremy got down on one knee and asked Kaitlin to spend the rest of forever together. She said YES...and her reaction was one of my all-time favorites. Kaitlin is one of my best friends, and I seriously love when she gets super excited about something! Her reactions are so cute :). Anywho, I get to be IN the wedding (a bridesmaid) and I am WAY excited! Yesterday we went bridal gown shopping and she said YES to the dress. Now I'm even more excited for the wedding and to see my beautiful friend as a bride!

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