Beth + Ryan | Buena Vista Farms Wedding | Chapin, Illinois


I told myself this year that I was going to refrain from talking about the weather on every single wedding I posted, but the weather was too crazy and too much a part of Beth + Ryan's day to avoid it! You'll notice that during our portrait time before the wedding, it was as bright and sunny as could possibly be, and we struggled to find shady spots big enough for the entire wedding party! Then you'll see the sky starts to get darker and darker until it was a deep, gorgeous blue behind the pergola for the ceremony. I was really hoping to catch some lightning in the background, and though I was trying to constantly shoot throughout the double-quick ceremony, I didn't catch a bolt. :( As soon as the wedding party was out of the ceremony area, the rain unleashed. And it rained and rained pretty hard for a while, quickly flooding the tent, and making a few of the vendors very nervous. It eventually cleared up though, leaving us with a beautiful rainbow and deep orange sunset. The weather for sure likes to keep me on my toes! Please enjoy these images from Beth + Ryan's wedding near Chapin, Illinois, at Buena Vista Farms. Leave a comment below this post with a comment for Beth + Ryan, and after 50 comments, they will receive a complimentary 11x14" mounted print of their choice!

navy wedding details

navy yellow wedding flowers details

gray navy wedding party

Buena Vista Farms wedding portraits

yellow gray wedding portraits

wedding ceremony pergola

stormy wedding ceremony

quirky wedding details

yellow white wedding flowers and rings

wedding first dances

wedding tent reception

rainbow sunset wedding photos

wedding reception dancing off-camera flash

VENDORS Ceremony + Reception: Buena Vista Farms Cake: Andy's Custom Cakes Florist: Ashley's Petals and Angels Caterer: Hamilton's Catering DJ: Dave Isaacs Planner/Coordinator: Teri Guttier Officiant: Matt Sands, friend of the couple Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal Tuxes/Suits: Men's Warehouse Invitations: Magnetstreet Hair + Makeup: K-Ceraz Salon and Spa Photographer: Holly Birch Photography Assistant photographer: Teresa Klokkenga, Love the Light Photography

Beth + Ryan : Central Illinois engagement photography

Beth + Ryan are getting married next summer near Jacksonville, but they trekked over to Champaign for their engagement session. I'm very much looking forward to photographing their wedding at a venue I've never photographed before! I also enjoy getting to know my wedding couples prior to the wedding with a custom engagement session. It helps me to know their quirks, behaviors, and relationship overall. Best of luck with your wedding planning, Beth + Ryan!