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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 from Tory for her birthday in 2022, and finally on her birthday in 2023 Tory proposed to her. They originally wanted a large traditional wedding, but with Tory’s working for the police department they chose to have a smaller, more intimate wedding sooner and celebrate with everyone at a later date. This is what led to their wedding at the Sangamon County Courthouse, and WOW what a day it was!
Aundie and Tory got ready separately in their own home in Decatur before taking separate cars over to Springfield, Illinois. Once they arrived I got Tory set up in position for a first look with Aundie. Their first look was sweet, simple, and filled with joy. We then made our way to the Sangamon County Courthouse’s courtroom for their wedding ceremony. Family members of Aundie and Tory also met us there to witness this special moment which meant so much to them. We then had a little time for some portraits with family and friends before it was time to finish their paperwork and make this marriage official!
Aundie and Tory were quick to drop off their wedding paperwork, after which the two took a break to head off to Olive Garden for lunch. Remember that rescheduled first date I mentioned earlier? That actually took place at Olive Garden which made it all the more special for their wedding day! After lunch we met up for some portraits in the ever gorgeous Illinois Capitol Building. This is one of my favorite spots for portraits in Springfield, hence it making my top 5 list, and seeing these portraits I’m sure you can see why! Aundie and Tory had a VERY hot and humid day for their wedding, so the two were extra thankful I knew of a space as stunning as this that we could take portraits indoors!
After newlywed and family portraits in the Capitol Building, it was time to make our way to Cold Stone Creamery to cool off with some ice cream! We were then planning on having a moment outside where Aundie and Tory could share their vows privately with one another. The heat and humidity was just too much to work with though, thankfully I called the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and they were kind enough to let us come in for this moment. It was very close to closing time, so a special shout out to the museum and their staff is well deserved! The vows were sweet, they were emotional, and they were the best way to end an already perfect wedding day in Springfield and at the Sangamon County Courthouse!
Aundie and Tory’s wedding day at the Sangamon County Courthouse just goes to show how it’s possible to create a one of a kind wedding day without it being a massive undertaking! With only 3 hours of coverage we were able to capture SO much throughout their day, and the two fit in so many wonderful moments to make their day their own. If you need help planning out what a courthouse wedding looks like check out my article covering the topic. And if you’re ready to book me for your own wedding or elopement head to my contact page to send me an inquiry!
December 7, 2023
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