Walking into her Grandma’s house, the hallway to get to Jessica was lined with photos. Memories of grade school, birthdays, high school, graduation, the big moments that when all put together make up a lifetime. Voices floated through the rooms, and laughter filled the air. It could have been any of those days that were proudly displayed on Grandma’s walls. But this day was different. This day would change that hallway of memories forever and add to it with a new family, a new commitment, and a lifetime of new memories where the pattern would repeat. It’s an honor to have captured images that would adorn Grandma’s walls and add to the story – the story of Jessica and Kevin.
We’ve been SO excited to share this wedding day since the drive home the night of the wedding. It was in every way the perfect day. The temperatures were the best we’ve ever experienced on a wedding day (in March mind you!), the light was SLAMMIN, the locations were unique and had character, the details were gorgeous, as you’ll soon see the couple is RIDICULOUSLY good looking, and the list could go on and on – but I’d like to get on a photographer’s soap box and explain why – all of the aforementioned set aside – their wedding photos shined and their day was a photographers dream. It comes down to 2 simple things. 1st – a manageable sized wedding party. 4 bridesmaids and 4 groomsmen is the ULTIMATE sized wedding party. The more people you add the more chaos you add. Having 8 bridesmaids and 8 groomsmen doesn’t mean that your large wedding party is going to yield bad photos – it simply means more time taken away with corralling people and setting things up which ultimately means less time for photos. Creativity unfortunately isn’t something that instantly comes. It takes time to evolve. People also take time to get comfortable in front of the camera. Which brings me to the main thing that made this wedding day perfection… TIME. Jessica and Kevin had a first glance, a reasonable ceremony time, and had allowed plenty of time for us to get creative and work stress free. They walked away with a relaxing day that they could enjoy, and we walked away with HUNDREDS of stellar images of the couple AND their wedding party. Don’t believe me? Take a look!
Jessica will remember that I call her “fun sized” like me, and she blew my mind with her HOT wedding day heels to give her a little height for standing next to her oh so tall groom!
The ceremony was held at this AMAZING little chapel in the town where her Grandma lives. Built in 1890, this chapel is the oldest privately owned and operated church in Illinois. Let’s discuss Kevin for a second. Set aside the fact that he looks like country music artist Josh Turner (don’t believe me? Google him), ignore the fact that he’s incredibly handsome, and don’t even mention that he is incredibly sweet… because he is off the market. (OK – you can’t ignore it. Kevin – you OWN your handsome charm.)But here is where it gets ridiculous. Jessica. I can’t even stand looking at this photo because its way too hot. You are a photographer’s DREAM. I love your personality, I love your laugh, and I love the way you can look into a camera lens and make out with it with your eyes. This photo is on order for our office wall and I’m putting it right in front of me so I can stare at you every day. I’m not even afraid that Roger will fall in love with you because I already beat him to it. You rock my world.Kevin… still good looking.A heartfelt first glance…and we were ready to rock some awesome photos…I mean seriously… models can’t even pull this off.What gorgeous looks like.married!A kick ass tunnel? Why not.
LOVED THESE GIRLSand the guys weren’t so bad either! Gotta love men that do what you ask them to and don’t complain. Just a little stroll down the amazing streets in Lincoln IL. Beautiful reception? Check. Enough time to capture all the details of the reception without rushing or having to work around hundreds of guests? Check, check.Jessica and Kevin – we liked you the instant we met you. You two are kind, fun loving, and charming. Your day will always be remembered by us as one of our favorite days shooting. Thank you SO much for making a day that is potentially stressful and hard work, into a effortless, enjoyable day just by being you. It was an honor to be there to witness your love and the beginning of your lives together!
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