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Aundie and Tory’s relationship started similar to more and more relationships, through Tinder! While it started off a little rocky (Tory nearly missed their first date and thankfully Aundie was willing to reschedule!), once the two met they immediately hit things off! Their first date was in November of 2020, Aundie received a promise ring […]

Intimate Wedding at the Sangamon County Courthouse | Aundie + Tory

A bride and groom stand in front of a marble wall and smile at one another while inside the Illinois Capitol Building

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You’ve found your person! Your best friend! You’ve gotten engaged and now it’s time to plan a celebration for this love you share with one another. One tiny problem though, the idea of planning a seating chart, deciding on a guest list, finding hotel accommodations for out of town folks… it overwhelms you, and just […]

How to Plan an Airbnb Elopement

A bride and groom hold hands during their elopement ceremony as guests watch, the ceremony takes place outside their Airbnb with mountains in the background

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I had the absolute pleasure of capturing my FIRST EVER engagement photos in downtown Chicago last month! First off, thank you to my Chicago photog friends for helping me with the parking, planning, and more. Second, a HUGE congratulations to Alysa and Adam on their engagement and their incredible session! These two have a magical […]

Classy Engagement Photos in Downtown Chicago | Alysa + Adam

Engagement photo of a couple standing at North Avenue Beach with the Chicago skyline in the background, the man is looking at the woman while she looks back at the camera

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Time flies when you’re having fun! For anyone that’s ever been to or been a part of a wedding, you know just how true this age old saying is. Spirits are usually at an all time high for a wedding, and with all the activities that make up the day it can feel impossible to […]

5 Ways to Create Time With Your Family on Your Wedding Day from a Springfield Wedding Photographer

A bride smiles with her parents on either side of her while they stand in a field

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I cannot WAIT to share Brooke and Hunter’s wedding at Venue 1929 in Springfield with you all! I’ve been obsessing over these two and their wedding day since it took place this past August. They created a one of a kind wedding day that truly represented them as well as let them and their guests […]

Floral Wedding at Venue 1929 in Springfield, Illinois | Brooke + Hunter

A bride smiles while holding onto the arm of the groom as he smiles back to her while holding her flower bouquet

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If you know me and you’ve been following my content for a bit then you know that the stereotype of Central Illinois being full of nothing but cornfields is FAR from the truth! Whether it’s stunning scenes of nature, buildings with a rich history, or cozy downtown spaces, the cities of Central Illinois have a […]

The Best Engagement Session Locations in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois

A couple sitting at a table in a park laugh while eating ice cream together during their engagement session in Bloomington-Normal

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For Abby and Mick’s engagement session in Springfield, Illinois they wanted to tie things back to the roots of their relationship. From the locations to the time of day, there was so much thought and purpose put into planning their engagement session, and I for one CANNOT get enough of it! These two had an […]

Engagement Session in Springfield, Illinois | Abby + Mick

A man and woman stand back to back and smile at the camera while standing in front of a brick wall during their engagement session in downtown Springfield, Illinois

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Something I will NEVER do on my blogs is gatekeep any locations or ideas from any couples. It’s what led me to write blogs about how to craft a wedding timeline, or how to enhance a backyard wedding in Springfield. It’s with this in mind that brings us to today’s blog, my top 5 locations […]

My Top 5 Newlywed Portrait Locations in Springfield, Illinois

A bride and groom stand inside the botanical gardens at Washington Park and embrace one another while about to kiss

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Are you ready to relive a one of a kind intimate destination wedding in the mountains of Tennessee with me? I sure hope so! Elise and Abram seriously put together one of THE coolest weddings that I’ve had the privilege of photographing! Between the private house in the mountains of Tennessee, the epic backdrop for […]

Intimate Destination Wedding in Tennessee | Elise + Abram

A bride and groom kiss in the middle of the aisle with their guests around them as they exit the ceremony of their intimate destination wedding in Tennessee, behind them are mountains in the distance

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As a wedding photographer, believe me when I tell you that your wedding day is going to FLY by! There is so much excitement, joy, and energy that goes into a wedding day that it is simply unavoidable. That’s why having a wedding day timeline to keep your day on track is SO important. It […]

Tips on Crafting the Perfect Wedding Day Timeline

A bride and groom kiss one another in front of a pond with a fountain while their wedding parties surround them and cheer