Katie and Brad booked us without ever meeting us, or even better – without even a phone conversation. When couples put that much trust into us we know we are going to hit it off immediately. With their decision made based on a connection with our photography style and the way we write our blog, it’s pretty much a given that the couple knows what they want and appreciate what we do. When we did finally have the opportunity to meet Katie and Brad it was even better than we could have imagined!! They are an adorable couple, down to Earth, appreciative, charming, and soildly in love. We walked away knowing that their wedding would be a day we would treasure. And boy were we right!!
When the forecast called for snow I got chills. (Pun intended) The only better than Pere Marquette State Park, is a snowy Pere Marquette State Park!!! Located in Grafton IL – Pere Marquette is just one of those magical places that come equipped with unmatched views and lots of charm. So as we headed to the lodge with the sunlight dappling through the snow covered trees, the excitement grew. Katie and Brad could not have asked for a more perfect day to promise forever to one another. Enjoy their wedding day!!
Ice ice baby, too cold…
You have to love a girl who allows a man to take her dress outside in the snow for photos!!
How adorable are Katie and her sister jumping on the bed!?! Every bride should be so excited on her wedding day!! (And every sister should join in the excitement and jump on that bed like it’s her job!!)
Katie – you are adorable in every way. Your laughter is contagious, and the way you make people feel just by being around you is incredible.
I don’t think Brad believed that photos would be that fun. But look at him!! Like a tuxedo model just plain working it. Brad, admit it. You are a full time model.
LOVE a couple that chooses to do a first look!!
Brad has another girl in his life, and she’s gorgeous. The other sweetie lucky enough to be the recipient of Brad’s love is his daughter Emily. You cannot imagine a sweeter, more well behaved little girl and I know Katie feels so lucky to have her in her life as well! How cute is she?!?!?
BOOM. So hot.
We were so thankful that Katie and Brad were willing to brave a little more cold yet again to grab some photos as the sun was setting on the river. You can’t tell – but Katie had on flipflops. That’s dedication to good photos right there!! And Katie, now that the frost bite has worn off I bet the photos were totally worth it!! 😉 (You didn’t need that little toe anyway)
So I MUST give a shout out to the balloon animal guy (sorry – I don’t know the technical term for what he does. Balloon animal guy doesn’t encompass how awesome he is at what he does!!) for not only entertaining the kids, but for entertaining the adults as well. When I think balloon animal I think of a scary clown and a balloon made into a dog. MAYBE a flower if you are lucky. But THIS guy… this AWESOME balloon animal artist guy… he’s the real deal. If you are having an event, that’s excuse enough to hire him!!!
While we are giving shout outs we must mention their band as well!! The female lead singer sings like what I sound like in my head. OK – I’m not even that good in my head. They kept the dance floor packed all night, and had such a wide variety of music. Check them out!!
Katie & Brad – what a beautiful way for us to start off 2013 weddings!! Your day will be cherished by us!! The opportunity to be part of your world, for even just a day – was an absolute honor. The strength of your love and compassion for one another and the ones you hold dear is inspiring. Thank you for choosing us to capture your day and your love!!! We are forever greatful!!
Be sure to watch more of this gorgeous day by watching the slideshow below!!