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Chad and Brittany's Rustic Chic Chicago Wedding by Meredith Washburn

Photographing Chad and Brittany's wedding was so much fun. I traveled from St. Louis to Elgin, Illinois where the two were married at the cutest wedding venue, the Haight. Brittany's little sister is one of my best friends, so it was extra special getting to see Brittany all dressed up as a bride and share in such a memorable day with her and her family. I seriously don't think I saw her smile leave her face the entire day, it was so sweet. Brittany lights up anytime Chad is around...he is the perfect match for her. I actually met Chad for the first time on the day of the wedding. His family and friends were so kind and helpful the entire day, and I heard so many wonderful things said about Chad; a testament to the person that he is and that his parents raised him to be. I'm so glad Brittany found someone so special that lights up her world. Thanks for having me as your photographer, Chad and Brittany <3! What a wonderful day.

Hotel: Courtyard Marriot
Wedding/Reception Venue: The Haight, Elgin, il
Officiant: Lesley Feyerherm
Wedding Coordination: Briana Bialk, The Haight
Bouquets, boutonnieres and other florals: Town and Country Gardens
Wedding dress(es): David's bridal
Headpiece/veil: David's bridal
Bride's Shoes: Amazon
Bridesmaid dresses: David's bridal
Hair: Courtney Taylor-Wilson
Tuxedos/Suits: GQ Formalwear
Catering: Chef's By Request
Cookies: Honey Bear Baking
DJ: Brian Towne Sound and Light Creations
Wedding Ring: K Hollis Jewler, Batavia, il

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.

Dalton and Payton's Countryside Wedding by Meredith Washburn

Dalton + Payton's Wedding was an absolute dream. Both of them were so sweet, calm, and relaxed the entire day. They couldn't wait to see each other (like giddy excitement). When the moment came and Dalton saw Payton walking down the aisle for the first time I literally teared up. His reaction to seeing his bride for the first time that day was priceless. Dalton, you definitely win the award for best reaction to seeing your wife. You guys are one heck of a couple, and I'm so thankful you chose me to be your photographer. Now, a few words from Payton as she looks back and remembers their wedding day:

"Our day could not have been more perfect. Our hearts are so full. 

We chose to get married on the property of my childhood home. A place that held rich memories, and now holds an even richer memory. We each spent the day with the one's we love- the one's who would stand beside us as we became one, and would continue to stand beside us after our wedding day, the one's who will celebrate all of life's goodness with us, and the one's who will hold our arms up in life's struggles. 

As I got ready in my old bedroom and Dalt in the shed next to the house, I can remember the feeling of wanting to sneak over and see what he was doing, what his hair looked like (because let's be real- I style his hair most days) and the conversations he was having. I think this was the most time we spent apart since our engagement. We decided not to see each other until I walked down the aisle. 

Walking down the aisle was a moment I wanted to freeze in time. I wanted to stand forever watching tears, overflowing tears of joy, pour down my husband's face. The feeling of being so deeply loved by my husband in those few seconds made me think about the abundant love Christ has for us, the favor He has over marriage. I have known for a long time that I would marry Dalton, but this exact moment solidified everything. 

Two of my favorite parts of the ceremony: washing each other's feet and the exchange of rings. Dalton is the goofiest human I know. As I went to take his shoes off to wash his feet, I noticed he was wearing socks up to his knees! The most difficult pair of socks to get off, he wore. We laughed and cried as we prayed in those moments. Dalton then proceeds to wow me again in our ceremony as he pulls out a third ring to add to my wedding set. Something he picked out on his own. So incredibly special to me. 

Our reception was a few steps away from our ceremony. We had a gorgeous white tent and the most incredible dance floor with bulb string lights (my heaven!!)! We had a bonfire and did s'mores for dessert. We could not have had a more perfect night. I went out to the edge of the hill to soak it all in- the incredible beauty, the night sky, the stars, and the overwhelming joy.

The first day to our marriage journey was abundantly more than I could have ever expected and dreamed up. Dalton, thank you for working so hard to make our day, our life, and our marriage valuable. Thank you for relentlessly pursuing Jesus and my heart. You are the man of my dreams. "

^ and now you realize how special of a couple these two are. Seriously, could they be any cuter <3?! 

 

Ceremony venue: Bachman Residence  (bride's childhood home) Secor, IL
Pastor: Christopher Toews
Reception venue: Bachman Residence (bride's childhood home)
Event design: Rustic, boho
Event details: Opal Designs - instagram opaldesigns_
Wedding dress: David's Bridal
Floral Crown: Splendor of Eden 
Other Florals: Sarah Hedman
Bridesmaids Dresses: Forever 21, Ross, CAbi
Hair: Trisha Keeton
Make-up: Blake Bennett
Tuxedos/Suits: Express
Invitations: Holly Schafer
Cake: Payton White
DJ: David Little
Rings: 
(hers) Kevin Kelly Jewelers
(his) Nordic Jewelry - etsy

Keith and Chelsea's Romantic January Wedding by Meredith Washburn