Archive: October, 2013

Simple & Elegant Autumn Wedding | Elliot & Ginger

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

It was a perfect Autumn day…the sun was shining, the air was crisp, and there was a slight haze of dust hanging in the air, signaling that it was indeed harvest time in Central Illinois. And on this most simply perfect of Fall days, in a rustic country church surrounded by family and friends, Elliot and Ginger finally tied the knot.

I first met Elliot and Ginger late last Spring for their engagement photos. The spring had dealt us lots of rain — and accordingly a few complications with scheduling their engagement session — but when I finally had the chance to meet these two in person, it was obvious that they were perfectly in love and following a destiny that had been laid out for them to bless the world with their togetherness. They just fit…a casual, comfy fit where each of them felt free to embrace their inner selves — goofiness and silly inside jokes included. And their free, easy way with one another just has this effect of making everything with the world just seem right when you’re with them. And at the end of our engagement session, I was all the more thrilled to have the honor of photographing their upcoming nuptials later in the Fall.

Ginger — you and your mom put together a beautiful, rustic Autumn-themed wedding. Everything, from your dress and flowers to the ceremony details and reception décor reflected the spirit of your and Elliot’s relationship perfectly — casual but refined, simple but elegant.

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Elliot and Ginger decided not to see each other before the wedding, but they did manage to take some time to pray together before walking down the aisle. It was a special and powerful moment.

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Upon the announcement that they were officially “Mr & Mrs,” Elliot couldn’t contain his excitement, dancing back down the aisle with his gorgeous bride. PURE JOY!!!

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The ring bearer and flower girls were picture-perfect…so stinkin’ cute!

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What an awesome bridal party…so much fun — and so thrilled for their friends. LOVE!

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Elliot and Ginger had the brilliant idea to head to a local B&B, The McGrady Inn, for the bridal party and couple portraits following the ceremony. The Inn was formerly a church that has been lovingly restored and converted to guest space, and it is phenomenally cool. And with the amazingly huge, beautiful picture windows, we were able to take advantage of some killer window light.

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Ginger, your smile can light up an entire room…and add an extra sparkle to Elliot’s eye!

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The reception was beautifully styled by Ginger’s mom. She took special care to incorporate so many fun, rustic details — like the burlap seed bags that served as a backdrop for the wedding favors — that reflected not only the season, but also Elliot’s family history of farming. And that cake — it tasted every bit as good as it looked. Yumm-o!

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And we’ll end on a note of gratitude…thank you so much, Elliot and Ginger, for inviting me to be part of your beautiful wedding day. I wish you an incredibly blessed future together, and I thank you for touching my heart with your kindness, generosity, and grace.


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A special thanks to the wonderful vendors who helped make Elliot & Ginger’s day so very special!

Caterer: Smoky’s House BBQ | Florist: Noble Flower Shop | Cake Artist: Randy Coonce | Officiant: Ben Hoerr | Wedding Gown & Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal | DJ: The Rockin Tater Show Mobile DJ Service | Assistant Photographer: Kelsey Rundle


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