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 // Peoria IL Weddings

You are loved. You are loved more than you know. I hereby pledge all of my days to prove it so. // Sleeping at Last, “Light”

This October wedding is close to my heart because it was the wedding day of one of my dear friends! I was so honored when she asked me to photograph her & Will’s big day. Photographing a wedding is such a huge responsibility that I don’t take lightly. I go into each day determined to capture every moment, big and small, so that my sweet couples have beautiful documentation of their amazing day.

Some heavy rain threatened to keep all of the portraits inside, but it completely stopped in time for ALL of the outdoor photos! So, so thankful! God definitely hear my many prayers. I hope you enjoy looking through these lovely reminders of a gorgeous autumn wedding.

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Candler Family // Peoria IL Mini Session

This mini session was so much fun. I’ve been friends with the Candler’s for several years now and was excited when they asked me to do their family photos! This family is literally the most photogenic family, so I knew my job would be super easy (I was right). I also love the outfits + colors they chose. Such gorgeous colors for this time of year; makes me think of a dream winter wonderland. Too bad there wasn’t any snow!

Enjoy!

Boho Styled Shoot // Donovan Park, Peoria, IL

“all that you are is all I will ever need…”

-Ed Sheeran

This styled shoot was several month in the making, and while so many things about it changed last minute, I could not be more thrilled with the final result. From the beautiful florals, boho/rustic props, and amazing layer cake to the sweetest models, everything about this shoot came together in the most perfect way, even though it looked so different than my original vision.

A huge thank you to Le Fleur for the gorgeous (and huge!) floral bouquet and boutonniere, Spruce Wedding Rentals for so many perfect props, Trudy Blunier for the tastiest pumpkin cake + beautiful, gold brushed macarons, Leiana Hilton for doing KaraLea’s makeup (it was so perfect) and East to West Studio for the lovely hand-lettered quote.

Also a huge thank-you to Michel and KaraLea for being the sweetest couple ever, not only being willing to pose for almost two hours (and killing it at the same time!) but buying dinner for the photographers afterwards. Still so blessed by that evening and your generosity!

Vendors: East to West Studio // Le Fleur // Spruce Wedding Rentals // @trudz83 // @mualeiana

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