I feel truly blessed to be able to follow my dream of being a photographer. I absolutely LOVE what I do! From the time I picked up a camera, I was obsessed with taking pretty pictures. After 12 years, my focus has shifted… I have come to realize that one of the most important parts of my job is telling your story through my lens. If I’m photographing your wedding day, I focus on authentic, natural and real moments. If I’m photographing your senior pictures, your personality and inner beauty will shine through! These are the moments that you will forever cherish and remember. Welcome to the blog. I can’t wait for the opportunity to capture YOU and tell your story!
Ceremony & Reception: The Cannery, Eureka, IL
Florals and Decor: Create A Scene
Caterer: Childers Eatery
Cake and Cupcakes: Linda Veatch
Day of Wedding Coordinator: Ms. Shelby Miller
Wedding Gown: Cloud Nine, Peoria
Big sappy post ahead!
The bride, Liz is like a daughter to me. I have known her since she was a baby and she’s the daughter of one of my dearest friends. Liz and her mom didn’t give me a choice when it came to photographing her wedding, LOL, so I embraced it and LOVED EVERY SINGLE MOMENT!! I was chatting with her mom, Shelly yesterday and told her that I don’t think I have ever seen a bride and groom look at each other with so much love, so much mutual respect and complete & utter happiness!! Watching this beautiful human being grow up, go to medical school to fulfill her dream of becoming a Dr. and then watching her marry the love of her life has truly been a gift! And holy schmoley…. she was absolutely gorgeous on her wedding day!!
Their wedding & reception was held in Eureka at The Cannery which happens to be an event space full of history and charm. The Cannery was first established in 1895 and served as a factory that canned pumpkin. In 1960, the company, Libby’s (which probably sounds familiar if you live in Central IL and eat pumpkin pie) made it’s home solely in Morton, IL. The Eureka location closed and the building sat and fell into disrepair. In 2015, the building was purchased by the Knapp family who brought the old building back to life with countless hours restoring the space. The building is one of my favorite event venues and filled with history, aged brick and beams, hardwood floors, and a touch of rustic elegance. It was so perfect for Liz and Sal’s wedding day. I have photographed several weddings at The Cannery but took full advantage of the newly restored bridal suite that you can see below. The space is filled with amazing natural light, white walls, hardwood floors, feminine chandeliers, and large mirrors, tables/chairs, and a fridge/dining table! This added bridal suite is a photographer’s dream!
As you all know, we have had so much rain this Spring and the forecast for their wedding day was not looking good. It was a complete miracle that the rain decided to hold off and Liz & Sal were able to have their ceremony outdoors in the courtyard with all of their closest friends and families witnessing their vows. The ceremony was followed by a party that included a talented Mariachi Band, a yummy taco bar (ummmm, my favorite and every couple should have a taco bar in my very humble opinion!). Catered by Childer’s Eatery. Besides festive music by the Mariachi band, the party was led by the amazing… Complete Wedding + Event’s! I can’t fail to mention the breathtaking florals and table decor by Create-A-Scene. The flowers were stunning and incorporated sweet little succulents which were perfect for Liz, aka The Cactus Dr. She has a slight obsession with cactus and succulents, LOL. Sal embraced his heritage and wore a custom made Charro suit and sombrero that looked incredible! He was super handsome in it!
Sal and Liz, their friends and family (and even me!) danced the night away and then ended perfectly with a sparker exit!!
Congratulations Liz and Sal! I love you!