Some brides are planners and have everything completed to perfection — they make it look easy! Emily was one of those brides, which in turn made my job easy! (It may or may not have had something to do with her Apple Watch that she disguised with a pearl band for the wedding!) ;) She built a stellar timeline, had extra hands to help throughout the day, and organized a flawless wedding day from start to finish. It was hotter than blazes outside, but we actually didn’t spend too much time outside. We did all the pre-ceremony stuff inside the church, and there was one long hallway full of windows that came in super handy. After the ceremony, we spent about an hour outside, but it went by quickly with everyone cooperating well so we could get done and back into the AC! Emily + AJ, and their whole wedding party were troopers for sure!
The Bloomington DoubleTree was bathed in purple uplighting, and I loved the floor-length crystal chandeliers that set the dance floor off from the rest of the room. Sunflowers are such statement flowers and I love using them for ring photos and of course photographing bouquets with them. They really are a happy flower! I borrowed a 20mm wide angle lens to play with a bit at this wedding, and several of Emily + AJ’s portraits were taken with it. I really like the look of those images and was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked using it.
Congrats again to the happy couple! Best wishes for a long and happy marriage, Emily + AJ!
Ceremony | St. Patrick Church of Merna, Bloomington, IL
Cake | Hy-vee Bakery, Bloomington, IL ; Amy Hayes
Florist | Forget Me Not Flowers, Bloomington, IL
DJ or Band | Mc Fyr Doc | Facebook
Instrumentalists | Judy Tavernor
Officiant | Father Dustin Schultz
Videographer | Video Dreams Productions, East Peoria, IL
Photographer: Holly Birch Photography, Illinois-based photographer available for destination weddings