Torrie and Carson tied the knot and danced the night away

What a great love story Torrie and Carson will have to tell future generations. Boy meets girl. They fall in love. Boy is a military man. Girl is attending college. They beat the odds and make long distance work. There’s a proposal. Wedding planning happens while being thousands of miles apart. But then they come together surrounded by the most important people in their lives and they commit to marriage, a lifetime together. The great thing is that if they can beat the challenges that come with a very long distance relationship, they can handle anything life throws at them.

You know just by the way Carson looks at Torrie that he would do anything for her. And Torrie is such a strong and beautiful woman who is head over heals in love with her man. I loved this wedding day! Because it was a true, giddy, butterflies in the stomach, pure kind of love. This day was about more than just the wedding itself, but about the whole marriage going forward. And those are the best kinds of wedding days. I couldn’t be more happy for Mr and Mrs Williams!

Catherine + Mike {Wedding} Sneak Peek

February 16th was a beautiful day. Both for Catherine and Mike on their wedding day, and Catherine’s grandparents who were married on February 16th many years ago. Though they have passed away, their spirit remained a huge part of the lovely wedding of their granddaughter. It was such a precious way to honor them. Not only was the date the same, but they had their cake replicated as well!

So many of the personal touches were thoughtful and sentimental. The flowers were put together by the mother and uncle of the bride and they were some of the most gorgeous arrangements I’ve seen! Catherine’s something blue was an heirloom from her great grandmother that sparkled brightly on her finger. This bride and groom made their day special not only for themselves, but for everyone involved. It spoke volumes to their kind, loving and compassionate characters.

It was very obvious how deeply they cared for their family and friends, and it was definitely reciprocated. The toasts given by their friends and family members were heartfelt and sincere. They could not say enough wonderful things about the newlyweds. It was truly an honor for me to be there to document the start of Mr & Mrs Steigerwald’s next chapter.

Thank you to the fabulous creative team that made this beautiful wedding possible!

Cake + Catering | Krumpets, Fulton, IL | http://www.krumpetsbakery.com/

Hair | Salon Halo, Bettendorf, IA | http://www.salonhalo.com

Ceremony Music | Kristen Jones, Clinton, IA | https://www.facebook.com/pg/stringsunwound

DJ | Anytime Event Service | https://myanytimedj.com

Special shoutout to the very talented mother and uncle of the bride who put together all of the gorgeous flowers. I was seriously blown away by how wonderful of a job they did!

Malone Wedding Sneak Peek

Danielle and Patrick have spent the last several years falling in love and on September 10, 2016 they walked down the aisle, said their vows, exchanged rings, and kissed each other for the first time as husband and wife. Patrick proposed at Christmas time, when love is in the air and family is on the mind. He surprised his pretty lady with a newly decorated tree, the biggest surprise being that one of the ornaments was an engagement ring! 

I was so honored when Danielle contacted me and asked me to photograph their wedding. I've worked with them before to photograph their little girl Violet's baby pictures and always loved getting to know them. They are a great couple and I can tell how much they are truly partners in life, they love and support each other and are parenting some amazing children together. And somehow during all the chaos of a full workload and raising a family, they pulled together a stunning wedding! Just about everything was DIY projects and it all looked perfect.  The Tuscany room at Rastrelli's in Clinton is an absolutely wonderful venue. That was seriously one of the best meals I've ever had! The staff is great to work with and as Danielle also said, very accommodating. Also, the girls all looked gorgeous! Their dresses came from Forever After Bridal and makeup was done on the entire bridal party by up-and-coming makeup enthusiast Randi Paul. 

My assistant and I had such a great time at this wedding and I am looking forward to sharing a sneak peek with the newlyweds and their family and friends while I finish up the rest of the images. So without further ado...enjoy!