Bissie + Josh | Rainy day engagement session on campus

Well, I don’t have any weddings to post this week for #weddingwednesday BUT I do have an engagement session for a couple whose wedding I am very much anticipating for 2019!! Bissie + Josh had a few ideas for their fall session, but the rain put a bit of a damper on our plans. We made some slight adjustments though and made it work! I also happened to have along with me my clear umbrella so we used that for a few shots. These two went on about how awkward they are in front of the camera, but they did an awesome job! Although, if I can pat myself on the back for a minute, I do think it’s super important to have get a photographer who can coach you into poses and make sure that awkwardness goes away. There’s so much to be said for guiding a person or people into poses without making them look stiff, uncomfortable, or out of place. The coaching and posing is a part of the ongoing education and training I do each year at various photography conferences, workshops, and mentorships. I hope that my hard work shows through in my images!

Lexi | Champaign Centennial senior photo session

This senior stunner was introduced to me at her family session just a few days ahead of her senior session, so I got a sneak peek at her style and flawless makeup application! Lexi is a senior at Champaign Centennial. For her session, she wanted lots of fall colors and feels, so we met at Lake of the Woods and hit up a few of my favorite spots. It was just a tad chilly that day, so she was resistant to give up her coat, but I eventually convinced her to take it off. :) I can’t wait to see which ones she picks for her wallets and canvas!

Lanae + Chris | The Pillars Event Center wedding in Taylorville

I wrapped up my 2018 wedding season with Lanae + Chris’s beautiful, rustic fall wedding. Lanae chose the colors of navy and wine to coordinate throughout her wedding details, and it all came together wonderfully. Her family has an area of pasture that we used for portraits, and we couldn’t have timed the fall colors better — all of the trees blended into the best combination of autumn tones imaginable. The pasture was a perfect setting that tied together Lanae + Chris’s love for agriculture, the fall theme, and gave us a backdrop of rolling hills and tall grasses. Lanae’s dad even left a few rows of corn up for us to use for some photos too — I am so grateful for that! Those are some of my favorite photos, plus we were able to use an ear of corn for some ring photos! <3

Following the First Look and portraits of the couple and their wedding party, we made the 20-minute trek back into Taylorville for the ceremony and reception at The Pillars Event Center. This venue is an old church that owner Lori has restored into a place for weddings and events. No detail has been overlooked in the planning and layout of this place, with nooks and crannies all over the building reserved for getting ready suites with natural light, a balcony, bar area, lounge area, plenty of seating, and room for a separate ceremony and reception. The original stained glass gives it an elegant but traditional touch.

Following the ceremony, Lanae + Chris had some time to kick back and let loose while we cruised on the party bus with their closest friends and siblings. We made a quick stop at one of their favorite hometown bars before returning to the reception. After a delicious dinner, we heard heartfelt toasts from the maid of honor and best man, and then watched the couple share their first dance together as husband and wife. Once the dance floor opened, the new Mr. & Mrs. danced the night away with their guests and had a blast in the photo booth.

It was so fun spending the day on the farm and at the new-to-me Pillars venue. I can’t imagine a better way to end my 2018 wedding season. Congrats, Lanae + Chris!!! <3

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Ceremony: Mt. Auburn
Reception: The Pillars, Taylorville, IL
Cake: Jennifer Hutchins
Florist: Petals and Co., Rochester, IL
DJ or Band: Audio Dimensions
Caterer: Country Girl Catering
Bride's dress: Effie's Bridal Trunk, Burnsville, MN/Allure
Bridesmaid dresses: Kennedy Blue
Suits/tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse
Transportation: Livin' It Up Transportation, Effingham, IL
Linens: Lori Cocagne
Invitations/Programs: Etsy; Cards & Pockets
Jeweler(s): Wedding Day Diamonds
Videographer: The Toast
Photobooth: Epic Entertainment
Hair & makeup: Amenities on Main