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YOU DID IT! You got engaged and now the time has come to start planning your wedding day! You’ve dreamt of this moment for what seems like forever, and you have a vision of what your day is going to look like, now the only question is how to make that dream a reality. While […]

10 Nature Centered Wedding Venues in Illinois

Children dance together while under a tent during an outdoor wedding reception

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Have you ever wondered what an elopement is? Maybe you’ve heard of them before. They’re those things where a couple sneaks off to get married in secret without anyone knowing right? WRONG! They are now some of the most fun, creative, and thoughtful wedding experiences a couple can have! So what exactly is an elopement […]

What Exactly is an Elopement?

A man and woman kiss one another while in a courtroom for their elopement as guests seated in the background clap

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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

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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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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

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If you know me, or have been following me for a little bit now, then you know how much I LOVE my weddings in Springfield Illinois. If you’re new here then welcome, and by the way I love my weddings in Springfield haha! Being a wedding photographer in Springfield I’ve seen a lot of new […]

6 Wedding Trends I LOVE as a Springfield Wedding Photographer

A bride and groom walk hand in hand in an empty field with some silos in the background as they laugh and smile at the camera

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While there are plenty of incredible wedding venues in Bloomington-Normal, some of which even made my list of favorite venues of Central Illinois, there are just as many if not more stellar getting ready spaces in the city! But what makes a good getting ready space, and do you really need one for your wedding […]

7 Aesthetic Getting Ready Spaces in Bloomington-Normal

A groom stands with his arm resting on a fireplace and looks off into the distance

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From the start Katie knew she didn’t want a traditional wedding, which is why her and Anand’s elopement at the Sangamon County Courthouse was perfect for them. “I never wanted to plan a big wedding. So I started planning a backyard wedding. But then—I realized I was STILL planning a wedding. And I did NOT […]

Elopement at the Sangamon County Courthouse | Katie + Anand

A bride and groom smile at one another while exiting the Sangamon County Courthouse as their families on either side of them smile at them