Sydney + Jacob | Bloomington-Normal Engagement

So happy to *finally* blog this engagement session. Sydney and Jacob were so patient this spring waiting for, well, SPRING! As all of us Central Illinois residents know, the weather didn’t turn until about two weeks ago, so we were thrilled with this day. Sydney really wanted to wait for some greenery to show through in the trees and grass, but never did I think it would be almost May before we had some! Besides the warmer weather, it made my day to catch up with these two. They are so easy going, and their love shows through so perfectly in photographs. We started off the shoot at Merry Ann’s Diner in Normal – the place where Sydney and Jacob had their first date – and then we ventured to Illinois State’s campus to finish our time together. Can’t wait for the big day to arrive in July! Until then, here’s a peek at their engagement session! ❤

Jackie + Matthew | Bloomington-Normal Wedding

Jackie and Matthew’s gorgeous March wedding started off with getting ready pictures at the Marriott in Normal, Illinois. The day was perfect – with the best weather we’d had all year –  and I was happy to be reconnecting with a couple that feel like old friends. Jackie and Matthew’s relationship is so endearing, and they are such a joy to photograph. They laugh, have fun, and incorporate their own story into their wedding day. For example, Jackie requested we shoot a couple photos outside of their ceremony location at Second Presbyterian Church. “Okay,” I said, “Where are you thinking?” And as we walked outside, she and Matthew showed me. “There.” They said, pointing at the parking garage across the street. Although I didn’t quite understand the parking garage’s importance at the time, Jackie quickly shared with me that it was in the middle of the sidewalk, next to the shabby old parking garage, that Matthew had proposed and she had accepted. As it turns out, these photographs became some of my favorites. It is stories like Jackie and Matthew’s that bring a smile to my face. Their relationship is as genuine and true as the two people they are independently. Jackie and Matthew, thank you for entrusting me to photograph your day. Best wishes as you start your new life together as a married couple!

Elizabeth + Zack | Bloomington-Normal Wedding

First weddings of the new year are always exciting, but this year, the first wedding of the year fell on the first weekend of the year – which made for a sunny and snowy wedding day. We all know January in Illinois means it is going to be cold, however, this weekend in particular broke some records – both in the area, and also the record for the coldest wedding I’ve ever shot! The high was 10, but the temperature hovered around 0 all day, with a windchill well into the negative digits! Keeping all of that in mind, you won’t believe the amount of gorgeous pictures we were able to capture outside. Elizabeth and Zack, thank you for entrusting me with you wedding photographs, and allowing me to take you outside (in the negative temperatures) for some amazing wedding pictures. I so enjoyed working with you two and wish you nothing but the best as you start your new married life! Hope you enjoy the post!

Erin + Carl | Bloomington-Normal Engagement

Sharing a few of my favorites from this sweet session with Carl and Erin. I loved wondering around IWU’s campus, laughing and sharing stories about our favorite college days. Erin and Carl are two IWU alums that are getting married next June at one of my favorite venues, Fishermen’s Inn in Elburn. I can’t wait for their big day next summer, but until then, here are some sweet images from their engagement session. Enjoy!

Elizabeth + Zack | Bloomington-Normal Engagement

I love these two. Looking at these images just makes me smile because they are two of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. They too are IWU alums (seems to be a trend in my clients ;)) and I love all the laughs we shared as we wondered around taking pictures. Elizabeth just graduated, passed her boards, AND accepted a position in Urbana (had to give the proud new RN shout out, Elizabeth. Sorry!!) and Zack will be attending the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in the fall. WOW! Talk about a power couple! I’m so excited for all of their new adventures, and mostly, I am thankful that they chose me to capture their special day. Congrats on *all* of your amazing accomplishments so far, Elizabeth and Zack. Cannot wait to celebrate your new lives together at your wedding in January!