portrait photography by meredith washburn
If you know me at all, you'll know that I'm a dog LOVER. I would seriously adopt a thousand dogs if I could afford and find space for them. So when Jessica asked if she could bring her doggie, I of course said YES. I love when seniors show their own style through their session. Jessica was so sweet and so much fun to work with!
I had such a good time hanging out with Phil and Becca. I'm really surprised we ended up getting this session in as Becca was due like a week after we photographed. She ended up having a sweet little baby boy a few days later (maybe hiking across that field and climbing down the hill really did send her into labor!). In a few weeks, I get to meet their new sweet addition to their family, and I'm way excited. Because honestly, how could their family get any cuter?
"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:
- Our first look.- Pictures outside in the snow BEFORE our ceremony! (Yes ladies, I went out in the snow! Thankfully, naturally curly hair loves snow and doesn’t tend to move much!)
- Seeing each other as the doors of the church opened.
- The first kiss as husband and wife.
- Laughing with our bridal party as my husband shouted, “HEY WIFEY”, right after the recessional.
- Walking into our reception to the Chicago Bulls theme song.
- Our first dance as husband and wife.
- My surprise dance with dad.
- Dancing with our friends and family to our favorite local band.
- 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