Valentine's Styled Session // Peoria IL

“I love you, and that’s the beginning and end of everything”

-F. Scott Fitzgerald


I’m so in love with how this shoot came turned out. I wanted to do something for Valentine’s Day, but didn’t want it to be the typical “red and pink with roses” theme. Instead, I chose burgundy, black and gold as my colors and was SO happy with the end result! Elegant & romantic, with the perfect hint Valentine’s Day without being over the top.

This shoot could not have happened without some incredible vendors. I can’t thank them enough for the roles they played in bringing my vision to life! Special thanks to:

Pollen and Pastry for creating the most incredible french macarons and cake. I love how they were so elegant without being over the top. Candice also created the most gorgeous floral pieces. I love how she chose so many unique flowers, mixing and matching textures & hues.

Brittany from Spruce Rentals let me use her new warehouse space for the shoot as well as some incredible furniture pieces. I can’t get over how absolutely perfect her burgundy couch was! The minute I saw it I knew it had to be included.

Adore Bridals allowed me to use one of their stunning bridal gowns. Guys, I’m so in love with this dress! I love the lace detail and how it’s so modern yet elegant. Adore also provided a beautiful pair of earrings & the tux.

Leiana (@mualeiana) and Cynthia (@cynthianicolehair) did a beautful job on my model’s hair & makeup! They are both so talented!!

My models, Amy and Ross Mulder of Amy Mulder Photography were SO amazing! They were both so comfortable and relaxed in front of the camera and ready to do whatever I asked. Extra points to them as well for braving the cold, unheated building! Oh, the things we do for the perfect shoot, right??

Ok, enough talking! I hope you love looking at these photos; please make sure to visit each of the vendors’ pages and show them some love!

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Caleb + Jenna // Peoria IL Engagement Session

I am slowly catching up on posts from last year! Today’s post is from an engagement session I did in December. Sitting here in the -2 degree weather I am realizing just how blessed we were during this shoot. If I remember correctly I think it was in the 40’s and we were cold, haha!

I had so much fun photographing this couple. Caleb + Jenna are so sweet and easy to photograph. They are naturals in front of the camera! I love the beautiful, diverse landscape of Donovan Park in Peoria, so when Caleb & Jenna mentioned that they like nature I knew it would be the perfect setting for their session.

Hope you enjoy!

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Kasey + Will // Morton, IL Engagement Session

“As she held out her hand, their eyes met and all doubt was swept away in a glad certainty. They belonged to each other; and, no matter what life might hold for them, it could never alter that. Their happiness was in each other's keeping and both were unafraid." --Anne's House of Dreams, L.M. Montgomery

I’m so excited to be sharing these photos with you today! I met Kasey a few years ago through mutual friends, but our friendship didn’t really take off until we started working at the same place. I am so blessed to work somewhere where I am actually friends (or at least get along with!) every single person. Kasey was extra special, though, because we shared so many things in common and were able to connect on so many different topics & life experiences.

When Kasey told me that she wanted me to be her photographer for her & Will’s wedding I was so excited. It’s such a huge responsibility to capture someone’s special day, but also such an honor. I am thrilled that she trusted me enough to give me this task! She is marrying the love of her life in 20 days, so I thought I better hurry up and blog her & Will’s session before their wedding! Enjoy!

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