I’m going back in the archives again with today’s wedding! Even though it’s been almost two years since these two tied the knot, their wedding still stands out as a favorite of my 2022 season.

marlene's event barn wedding photos

A Charming Venue at Marlene’s Event Barn

I arrived at Marlene’s Event Barn, a gorgeous venue located in Metamora, IL, to start my day with Hope & Eli. Even though the skies were a little gloomy, the atmosphere inside was a party! Hope was getting ready with her girls, while her groom, Eli, was prepping at an Air bnb in a nearby town. My amazing second, Amelia, was able to capture a few shots of Eli getting ready while I captured the girls.

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marlene's event barn wedding photos

Before long, Hope slipped into her beautiful gown and prepared for her first looks with her dad, step dad, and Eli! First looks are always a favorite of mine; I love seeing the reaction a groom has when he sees his gorgeous bride for the very first time! Hope and Eli exchanged letters before their first look, which was so sweet to witness. After the first look we jumped right into bridal party photos, which was a blast! Hope and Eli had SUCH a fun group of friends, I loved photographing them.

first look at marlene's event barn

Gorgeous Barn Wedding Venue in Illinois

As ceremony time approached the rain clouds started rolling in fast, but the couple decided to stick with their original plan of an outdoor ceremony under the venue’s covered shelter. It did end up raining – a LOT – but that didn’t bring down the mood. I think the rain actually made the ceremony that much more memorable, intimate and sweet. The rain let up right as the ceremony wrapped up and everyone was able to make it back inside for drinks & dinner.

wedding ceremony at marlene's event barn
prayer during wedding at marlene's event barn

After a great dinner, speeches, and couple dances it was time for the dance floor to open – and let me tell you, the guests brought the party! This was one of the most fun, energetic groups I have ever photographed. You’ll see what I mean when you get to those photos!

Thank you, Hope & Eli, for allowing me to capture this amazing day of yours at Marlene’s Event Barn. I loved working with you and wish you all the best in the years to come!

Metamora, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Hey there, I’m Samantha, a wedding and couples photographer serving the Illinois area.  I believe in photos that are genuine, candid, and in the moment, though I like to include thoughtfully posed images too.  Are you looking for a photographer to capture your unique love story in a way that showcases your connection and all of the little moments that make you fall for each other again & again? Take a peek at the details of working with me and let’s chat about capturing your big day!

Venue: Marlene’s Event Barn // Dress: Adore Bridal, Morton IL // Florals: The Sweet Peach, central IL //

Shout to my second, Amelia, of Studio LM helping me capture this day! Some of her photos are showcased in this post.

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