From day one I’ve been obsessed with Kelsey and Adam. They’re the ultimate couple – smart, carefree, funny, personable. The list goes on and I’m sure everyone that knows them agrees.
When I first met them, it was at their engagement session. I was within days of my due date and we were shooting at the vineyards of Kickapoo Creek Winery, completely unaware that Kelsey was pregnant with their sweet little boy, Owen, at the time, too. They were super carefree and I loved that about them. My engagement sessions always involve a lot of effort – running, jumping, dancing, lifting (lol, seriously) – and they were down for it all and then some! We laughed so hard our cheeks hurt by the end of it, and the wait for their wedding has literally been killing me ever since! I couldn’t wait to see the vision that Kelsey explained to me come to life, and man oh mannnnn did she deliver.
Two weeks leading up to the wedding, it was pretty back and forth whether or not it would downpour on us all day. Obviously we always prepare for the worst and hope for the best, but the we didn’t get Mother Nature’s best this day. It rained the entire morning, then the entire afternoon, and finally stopped just in time for our “sunset” pictures (sans sunset). But ya know what? IT WORKED OUT SO PERFECTLY. Turns out, The Cannery had just finished up their Bridal Suite addition and it 👏🏼 is 👏🏼 gorgeous 👏🏼. It’s an all-white, rustic modern building just feet from the main venue with exposed wood, thick drapery, and A TON of natural light. I’d call it nothing short of a photographer’s dream. Because they had this room available, we were able to knock out all of our portraits and first look in there and didn’t have to face the downpour – it was perfection (and a killer spot for some ultra-classy formals). I can’t even type out how much I love this place. It’s that good.
In the end, their ceremony may have been moved indoors and Kels may have gotten a parking ticket on her own wedding night, but it was the most perfect, beautiful day and they absolutely deserved it! One last congrats to the Tanners! CHEERS.
Ceremony + Reception: The Cannery, thecanneryeureka.com
Officiant: Drake Hillard
Invitations: Minted, minted.com
Caterer: The Chanticleer, chanticleerrestaurant.com
Florist + Rentals: I Do Events, ido-events.com
Cake: Cake Crumbs Limited, www.facebook.com/CakeCrumbsLimited
Dress: Essence of Australia, www.essensedesigns.com
Dress Boutique: Marien Mae Bridal, marienmae.com
DJ: DJ4U, dj4u.com
Groom Apparel: Mens Wearhouse, www.menswearhouse.com
MUA: Misty Lacosse – Skin Dimensions, skindimensionsdayspa.com
Hair Stylist: Rachel Sever – Pure Bliss, www.pureblisspeoria.com
I love these two so freaking much! Originating from the midwest, Liz and Nikola flew all the way from California to be married in front of their closest friends and family on the rooftop of Hotel Lincoln and I’m obsessed.
I had never met these two prior to their wedding day and I had only communicated with Liz through phone calls and emails, but when I arrived it was instantly as if we’d been friends forever. One of my favorite fun facts about Liz and Nikola’s wedding was that nearly all of their vendors were close friends – their florist, coordinator, musicians, etc. It was a total family affair!
When I first arrived at Hotel Lincoln, I took a stroll around to visit all of the locations we’d be using for the day and ran into several of Liz’s friends on the rooftop setting up. The skies were as blue as I’d ever seen them, which was a huge relief considering how crappy the weather had been the entire month leading up to the wedding. Liz said one of her friends would text her a picture every single morning of the weather in Chicago so she knew!
As I was gathering up Liz’s things for some detailed shots I picked up a big, gold ring with an etching on it. Curious if it was hers and if I should be using it in my shots, I took it to her and asked what the significance was behind it. She told me an incredible story of how it belonged to her grandfather, how he had left it to her when he passed away, and how it’s her most prized possession. I’ll be updating this later to include the full story from Liz because I didn’t get all of the specifics at the time and want to include every last detail accurately. It’s an amazing story, and you’ll see that Liz has a tattoo on her arm of the exact etching on the ring. SO COOL
Another VIP in their wedding day was their pup, Gatsby. There’s literally nothing I love more than couples that involve their pets! Guys, he even had a tuxedo on. I can’t even handle it! See how many times you can spot his squishy little face in this post. I couldn’t stop saying WHO’S A GOOD BOY which was probably super annoying but my efforts to calm down were fruitless (if you don’t continually freak out about a dog in a tuxedo, there’s something wrong with you). He got so many smiles from random people in the park!
I also have to share more about Liz and her girlfriends’ killer wedding tradition they started because it’s amazing, so listen up! Liz and her close group of friends have passed around the same blue hanky at each of their weddings, embroidered with all of their initials and still bearing the makeup smears from all of the happy tears that were shed, as their ‘something borrowed and blue’. It basically reminded me of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and gave me all the feels.
I’ll be forever swooning over this day!
When KayDee first got in touch with me, I immediately loved her enthusiasm for her session. She was psyched, super involved, and had some awesome ideas of her own! This is her and Jason’s first baby, that I found out they’re naming Drake (SO CUTE), so this was a super exciting day!
When I got to their house I immediately fell in love because it’s old, has a ton of windows and high ceilings, and a lot of quirkiness just like ours. We chose to move our session indoors because it was was supposed to thunderstorm all day long but we didn’t want to reschedule, which means I got to get extra creative! I met their supa cute pups (we even snuck them in a few!) and they have a golden just like we do. My fav! KayDee also found this gorgeous nursery near their home that we got to explore and I’m obsesseddddd. I’m such a sucker for a greenery overload!
KayDee and Jason are the sweetest and I’m beyond honored they chose me to document their journey into parenthood. I love them forever and ever! Keep scrolling to see my absolute favorites from this day!
I looooove this family 😍 Even though I haven’t known them very long, it feels like it’s been a lifetime. Natalie first contacted me when she was pregnant with Aston, and her and her hubby Dave braved the cold and snow for the most extra maternity session I’ve ever done. Hell, I still talk about it to this day! It’s one of my all-time favorites, so of course I was pumped when they wanted me to document Aston’s first year. It’s a little bittersweet that this was our last session, but I have every intention of forcing them into family photos at least twice a year 😂Too much?!
Sweet, sweet little Aston. How awesome it’s been to see him grow from the tiniest little peanut to such a little man! He’s seriously the smiliest baby ever and I can’t even with his cute little face. I just want to squeeze him all da time. Also, I can’t wrap up this little love note without mentioning Natalie’s style and the outfits she always puts Aston and herself in. I always know I’ve got nothing to worry about and don’t even give her wardrobe inspiration anymore. I’ve said it before, but I would totally hire her as my personal stylist and if I ever stop caring about sitting around in no pants and a messy bun so much, I will.
P.S. this is my in-home studio! It’s a constant work in progress, but I’m psyched to finally have it close enough to completion to put it into use. Hit ya girl up to avoid the cold, do allll the cozy in-home sessions, or shoot some boudoir for your man. I’m obsessed!
Rachael and Eric are the sweetest, cutest couple on the planet. We had the most perfect fall day to frolic in the warm sun and inhale an infinite amount of little golden fuzzies. But the golden fuzzies in the sun? Like magical unicorn glitter. I’m pumped to share my favorites from their session!