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
PSA: this wedding will give you allllllll the design inspiration, including a tinted wedding dress, mismatched bridesmaid dresses, and a perfect fall color palette. I'm obsessing over this gallery so so much.
I've known Rachel for years and she's one of the kindest, most stylish, Target-loving beauties I've ever met. She was another one of my very first models when I started photography so many years ago, so I obviously jumped out of my shoes when she asked if I would be her wedding photographer. Like... YES girl! I literally died and came back to life when I saw her dress (the most amazing grey BHLDN gown), and couldn't shut up about the fact that she went with mismatched bridesmaids dresses of all different styles and colors (my absolute freakin' fav). Like, this wedding is goals and you'll totally agree with me.
Rach and Ethan have been my weather-plagued couple since day one. We had to reschedule their engagement session several times due to snow, rain, and just overall sucky weather. When Rachel found out she was pregnant with Elsie they made the decision to postpone their wedding from spring 2018 to fall 2018, which ended up being the best decision ever because their spring wedding date ended up being the freak snowstorm that dropped a foot of snow, whiteouts, and basically totally un-driveable conditions.
So when we saw the forecast for their fall wedding date, we weren't surprised to find that they were calling for unnatural freezing temperatures and rain. Fortunately, we ended up with partly sunny skies (still freezing, but we can't complain) and got to spend most of our day outdoors in the most perfect light. Seriously, the most perfect! Faith in Mother Nature: restored.
I'm so stoked to share my favorites with you!
I'm sitting here, currently in the middle of a huge snowstorm, paying tribute to warmer days and crying just a little (kidding... kind of). All wedding days are perfect – seriously, they are! – despite occasional minor setbacks and weather mishaps, but Mandy and Kyle's day was actual perfection. It was a random, perfect, sunny, fall, fair-weather day in the midst of a cool dip, and it went off without a hitch. Everyone was happy, fun, cooperative, and sassy. Sassiness makes my day way more fun and I love laughing 24/7, so these were my people 100% 😂
I'm so obsessed with everything about this day, so keep scrolling to see my favorites (basically everything).