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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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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