Sunday, June 15, 2014

Jeffrey and Jenny

A Glamorous Country Wedding

We sat in a small winery, Willett’s, in our hometown, …it was winter, but inside it was glowing and warm.  We talked farming.  And when I say ‘we’, I mean all three of us…me, the groom, and the bride.  We had all three been raised on farms.  Al three of us are still involved in agriculture.  We talked grain. We talked livestock.  As only farm kids can do.But we also talked weddings.  In the bride’s words, she wanted her wedding to be ‘glamorous country.’  She wanted sophisticated cream flowers and glowing candles, but she also wanted their reception to embody their love for the farm, their families, and their friends. Jeffrey and Jenny,Thank you so much.  You succeeded in every way.  Not only was it an honor to be a part of your wedding day, but it was also a blessing to serve a couple who were as excited about their marriage as they were for the wedding itself.Blessings on you both,Kelly  Jeffrey and Jenny had an AMAZING creative team.  We have been emailing each other this past week re-living their wedding day and talking about the beauty of not only the detail images but them as a couple as well!Church:  St. John's Lutheran ChurchReception:  Par-a-Dice Hotel, East Peoria, ILLisa Ragan with Happily Ever After Weddings – Event Planning and Coordination.Scott with Sound & Light Creations – Chandeliers, Lighting, and Dapping.Beth Maxwell with McKinley Park Events – All florals, ceremony decor, and reception decor.Sara E Designs - All stationary, wooden table numbers, and custom signs.Patrick N Swayze – Music and Entertainment at the ReceptionIngrid with White Lily Productions - Videography

 central-il-farm-wedding-photo-0002Everyone knows I’m a sucker for a ring shot.  I love it.

 central-il-farm-wedding-photo-0003Jenny’s cat…I think her mom told me she showed it in 4-H when she was a child!!  In any case, the kitty wasn’t happy I woke her from her nap to take pictures in Jenny’s childhood bedroom!

 central-il-farm-wedding-photo-0004 central-il-farm-wedding-photo-0005Jenny bought this family bible as a gift for Jeffrey.  He got it later in the day, but we used it for a few pictures first!

 central-il-farm-wedding-photo-0006I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED these shoes!

 central-il-farm-wedding-photo-0007Of every wedding I’ve ever been a part of, this was the most amazing veil I’ve seen.  The details around the edges were so intricate.  It was just beautiful.

 central-il-farm-wedding-photo-0008Almost time to get dressed.

 central-il-farm-wedding-photo-0009 central-il-farm-wedding-photo-0010 central-il-farm-wedding-photo-0011 central-il-farm-wedding-photo-0012 central-il-farm-wedding-photo-0013 central-il-farm-wedding-photo-0014Jenny’s mom was so bubbly and kind!  “Are you hungry?  Here – Eat!!  Drink!!  Grab whatever you need!!”  As soon as we got to Jenny’s parents’ farm, her Dad told us to hop in the truck and he took us on tour of the farm so that we could figure out the best places to shoot.

 central-il-farm-wedding-photo-0015 central-il-farm-wedding-photo-0016One of my favorite shots ever.

 central-il-farm-wedding-photo-0017At each wedding, there is always that special moment between a mom and a daughter.  It is my goal at every single wedding to capture that, as I know that in the years to come, it will be cherished.

 central-il-farm-wedding-photo-0018 central-il-farm-wedding-photo-0019 So beautiful.


 st-john-green-valley-il-wedding-picture-0001Jeffrey and his brother Benjamen escoring their mother down the aisle.  Background story on Jeffrey’s family.  When I was little, his parents and my parents were in “Young Farmers” together…a group of people through the Farm Bureau that would meet.  I don’t remember the get-togethers, but my older sister does.  But, we’ve known Jeffrey’s family for years.

 st-john-green-valley-il-wedding-picture-0002Jenny’s brothers escorted her mom down the aisle.

 st-john-green-valley-il-wedding-picture-0003 Jeffrey’s nephews announced the bride.

st-john-green-valley-il-wedding-picture-0004 st-john-green-valley-il-wedding-picture-0005 st-john-green-valley-il-wedding-picture-0006There are 30 years between us, but I want this dress.

 st-john-green-valley-il-wedding-picture-0007Jeffrey, waiting for his bride.

  st-john-green-valley-il-wedding-picture-0009 st-john-green-valley-il-wedding-picture-0010 st-john-green-valley-il-wedding-picture-0011 st-john-green-valley-il-wedding-picture-0012I love the look on Jeffrey’s mom’s face off to the left.

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Jeffrey and Jenny’s wedding began at 3:00.  The pastor told the story that at the rehearsal the night before Jeffrey’s mom stated that until 2:59pm the next day, Jeffrey was still hers.  But from 3:00 on, he was all Jenny’s responsibility!!

st-john-green-valley-il-wedding-picture-0015  st-john-green-valley-il-wedding-picture-0017A good dad.

   st-john-green-valley-il-wedding-picture-0020A good laugh during the service.

  st-john-green-valley-il-wedding-picture-0022 st-john-green-valley-il-wedding-picture-0023Giving the mom’s and dad’s the love and respect they deserve.

 st-john-green-valley-il-wedding-picture-0024  st-john-green-valley-il-wedding-picture-0026 st-john-green-valley-il-wedding-picture-0027 st-john-green-valley-il-wedding-picture-0028 st-john-green-valley-il-wedding-picture-0029 st-john-green-valley-il-wedding-picture-0030  The releasing of the doves.

central-il-farm-wedding-photo-0021After the ceremony, the entire wedding party headed back to Jenny’s parents’ farm for pictures.  Could we have asked for a more beautiful location?  But, what’s everyone looking at?


central-il-farm-wedding-photo-0023Ahhh, yes, it’s the limo-bus that got stuck in the field!!  But that’s the handy thing about farm boys.  No big deal – Jenny’s brother ran back to the shed and brought a truck out to pull the limo-bus out.  All good!

central-il-farm-wedding-photo-0022  Now I’ve got mostly everyone’s attention!central-il-farm-wedding-photo-0024 While the bus was getting un-stuck, I took a few minutes with Jeffrey and Jenny alone.  Stunning images of a beautiful couple. central-il-farm-wedding-photo-0025 central-il-farm-wedding-photo-0026 central-il-farm-wedding-photo-0027I love this image of Jeffrey and the way he’s looking at Jenny.central-il-farm-wedding-photo-0028 I couldn’t ask anything more…beautiful bride, stunning location, and the perfect amount of wind blowing through the wind and the veil. central-il-farm-wedding-photo-0029 central-il-farm-wedding-photo-0030My favorite image of the day. central-il-farm-wedding-photo-0031 central-il-farm-wedding-photo-0032 paradise-peoria-il-wedding-reception-photo0019While we were taking pictures at Jenny’s farm, the wedding guests headed to the wedding reception at the Paradice Hotel and Casino in Peoria, IL.  Upon entering the cocktail reception area, Beth Maxwell’s team had put together a beautiful vintage farm scene to welcome Jenny and Jeffrey’s guests.Yep, they brought it an antique tractor surrounded by stalks of corn.paradise-peoria-il-wedding-reception-photo0001paradise-peoria-il-wedding-reception-photo0018

Guests found their table number by referencing antique window panes.


paradise-peoria-il-wedding-reception-photo0020There were more window frames suspended from the ceiling displaying pictures of loved ones who could not be there on that special day.


 paradise-peoria-il-wedding-reception-photo0003The ballroom was magnificent thanks to her entire creative team.  It was bathed in warm light, beautiful cream and pink flowers, and once again, a nod to their country roots, gorgeous Babies Breath.


paradise-peoria-il-wedding-reception-photo0006 paradise-peoria-il-wedding-reception-photo0007 paradise-peoria-il-wedding-reception-photo0008It might have been a tad improper and unprofessional, but I wanted to take a few of those chandeliers home for my own home.

paradise-peoria-il-wedding-reception-photo0009  paradise-peoria-il-wedding-reception-photo0011 Ohhhh, the cake....and once again, every attention to detail with the pale pink petals on the skirt.


paradise-peoria-il-wedding-reception-photo0013Jenny's dad gave a sweet speech of thanks...along with props!  He told tales of Jenny and wished Jeffrey all the luck in getting her out of her future scrapes!

paradise-peoria-il-wedding-reception-photo0014 paradise-peoria-il-wedding-reception-photo0015 paradise-peoria-il-wedding-reception-photo0016 paradise-peoria-il-wedding-reception-photo0017    Giving thanks for the family and friends both with them that day and those that could not be there, but who were remembered.

paradise-peoria-il-wedding-reception-photo0021 Taking a break from the celebration!

paradise-peoria-il-wedding-reception-photo0022 Yummy gifts for the guests.

paradise-peoria-il-wedding-reception-photo0023 paradise-peoria-il-wedding-reception-photo0024Tears of joy and laughter during the toasts.

paradise-peoria-il-wedding-reception-photo0025 paradise-peoria-il-wedding-reception-photo0026  One of my all-time favorite images of a first dance EVER.

paradise-peoria-il-wedding-reception-photo0028 I love this look on Jeffrey's mom's face.  And equal mixture of pride and love.

paradise-peoria-il-wedding-reception-photo0029 paradise-peoria-il-wedding-reception-photo0030 paradise-peoria-il-wedding-reception-photo0031Yes, this is an AWESOME reception.

paradise-peoria-il-wedding-reception-photo0032So many thoughts of love and thanks in this image.

paradise-peoria-il-wedding-reception-photo0033Wait!  What's Dad mad about?!!

paradise-peoria-il-wedding-reception-photo0034Now, I have been to weddings where the groom and bride have performed "Gangnam Style"...but it was an epic crowd-please when the bride and her dad performed it for the crowd!!

paradise-peoria-il-wedding-reception-photo0038  paradise-peoria-il-wedding-reception-photo0036 paradise-peoria-il-wedding-reception-photo0037  paradise-peoria-il-wedding-reception-photo0039 paradise-peoria-il-wedding-reception-photo0040Three generations.

paradise-peoria-il-wedding-reception-photo0041 paradise-peoria-il-wedding-reception-photo0043   Let's take a minute to talk about the band.  AWESOME!  They'd start a new song, and I'd think to myself, "Oh!  This is a good one!"...all night long that happened!

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paradise-peoria-il-wedding-reception-photo0027Jeffrey and Jenny....God's blessings on you and forever.  ~Kelly

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