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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

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.