Annie + Matt | Willett's Winery wedding in Manito, IL


Where do I start with this one? Matt and I go way back to middle school (maybe before?)... I'm thinking we probably initially met somewhere around 5th grade and his cousin Kristina (my childhood best friend) introduced us. Kristina stood up with Matt as his "best woman" on Saturday, and it was so fun hanging out again like old times. Matt and I actually went to UI together too, even in the same major. But after college, he became a world traveler, living in Africa for a couple years, Arizona for grad school, Washington DC for a summer, and then back to Arizona where he and Annie live now. This pair met on an internship in DC that summer I mentioned. The evening before the wedding, Annie + Matt hosted their family and wedding party out at his dad's farm for a bonfire, where I finally got to meet Annie! We immediately hit it off (at least I think so!), and I can definitely tell why Matt fell in love with her. She's beautiful, smart, funny, and reminds me a tiny bit of Kristen Wiig. LOL! :) So after getting ready at the farm and heading in to Manito, we stopped for a few portraits downtown before the ceremony. Afterward, the wedding party all ventured out to Spring Lake where we were treated to some fall leaves, gorgeous blue water and sunny skies. The reception was at the quaint Willett's Winery in Manito, an awesome venue space! I loved the red painted beer bottles they used as baby's breath holders, and the customized mason jars for every guest. One of my favorites memories of the reception was singing along to Callin' Baton Rouge by Garth Brooks in a big circle on the dance floor. I'm so jealous that Matt + Annie get to see him in concert again in Phoenix this coming weekend! I'm so, so happy for you both and hope you have the best + happiest life together! #happilyeverfornoffs Leave a comment below for Annie + Matt, and after 50 comments, they'll receive a complimentary 11x14" mounted print of their choice!

Red blue paisley tie b-w invitation

bride getting ready putting in earrings

bride's first look with groom and her dad

wedding pictures in downtown Manito

rural town street wedding photos

sidewalk portraits

Americana wedding photo with flag

off-camera flash portraits in sanctuary

bride and groom outside of church

ring and bouquet details

beginning of wedding ceremony

A-frame sanctuary with cross

pronounced as man and wife

bride groom exchanging gifts

candid photos at church

Spring Lake pictures on dock

gray black wedding party

country road wedding pictures with lake

wedding photos with fall autumn leaves

bright blue water pictures on dock

bride and groom with still blue lake water

fun bride and groom shots

golden hour sunset wedding photos

individual bride and groom

romantic images of bride and groom in country

red painted beer bottle centerpieces

Willett's Winery Manito reception details

candid reception photos

bride and groom first dance

parents first dance

Mason County wedding reception

group candid shots at winery reception

wedding sparkler exit

Vendors Cake | Desserts Unlimited Florist | Artistic Flowers DJ | Andy Fuchtman Caterer | Raber Meat Packing Co. Officiant | Pr. Harrison Goodman Bride's Dress | David's Bridal Bridesmaid Dresses | David's Bridal Linens | Raber Meat Packing Co. Jewelers | Engagement: Jared's; Wedding Band: James McGuire's Jewelers Hair | Jessica Embree Photographer | Holly Birch Photography