Month: April 2017

Kristen & Stephen

There are some nights when you’re just feeling a little extra quirky and fun… Last night during this engagement session at A Fair Barn was definitely one of those nights for us! I literally couldn’t stop giggling with our couple! LOVE the cute & snuggly shots we captured during our engagement session with Kristen & Stephen! How incredibly cute are they!? And you know what’s even sweeter..? Their personalities are JUST as sweet as their smiles! Engagement Session at A Fair Barn, Salem ILWhen Kristen first contacted me about their wedding we talked about how even though they were traveling all the way from Texas for their wedding it was so important to make time for a quick engagement session! The time we spend together during the engagement session helps us get to know our clients and really eases the pressure of photos for the wedding day. Once we’ve spent an hour or two being goofy and posing for an engagement session – couples are PROS on the wedding day! 2017-04-19_0002Southern Illinois Wedding PhotographerThe ‘rolling hills’ of Southern Illinois are few and far between, but there is a sweet little spot out at one of our favorite venues A Fair Barn in Salem, IL and the colors are just beautiful this time of year! Spring is such a gorgeous time for photos! Everything is brighter and the colors are just so vibrant!  We are so thankful that we could shoot this engagement session at A Fair Barn (which is just down the road from our BRAND NEW STUDIO on Lazy Acres Road in Salem!) and we will be back Saturday for their wedding festivities! Southern IL Spring Engagement Session2017-04-19_0006

Kristen shared a little about when Stephen popped the question & we wanted to share the mushy details!!

“We found a brochure for “North Alabama Wine Trail” Jan 8, 2016, a semester before I graduated, Stephen mentioned we should go on this trail. We drove 2 hours to the beginning of the trail and worked our way back home. On the map there were six wineries we had to travel to across north Alabama. At each we got free wine tastings, a stamp in our “wine passport” and we ended up buying a bottle of wine from each. This was the first time we had tried muscadine wine, like the kind in the country songs. By the time we got the final winery, we were in the mountains, and the sun was setting. We took a walk on their little trail out back. There were 20-30 geese we were walking towards before we saw a giant ant hill. I went to investigate is and after taking too long I guess, Stephen called my name where I turned around to find him down on one knee. I said yes!

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Mason & Chelsea’s Proposal Story

Mason & Chelsea are ENGAGED!!!! When Mason contacted me a few weeks ago about his plan- I just melted!!! I’ve always wanted to photograph a proposal and I was so excited to get to be a part of his master plan to pop the question! Their proposal story is so sweet! The two of them spent the whole day together doing their favorite things in Springfield, IL and then to wind down the day – they had a romantic dinner for two at A Fair Barn in Salem, IL. After dinner they took a tour of the barn… meanwhile I was hiding in the balcony to capture THIS..!!!!
Mason Morris Proposal at A Fair Barn Salem, IL Look at the BLING! These two are so completely adorable! Southern Illinois Proposal Mason and Chelsea are engaged 2017-04-03_0006They had a candlelit 4-course dinner for two set up at A Fair Barn in Salem, IL. They had their favorite music playing in the background, their drink of choice (Dr. Pepper), and the perfect flower arrangements to set the mood! LOVED the chalkboard mason jar glasses with their names on them- so cute!2017-04-03_0002 2017-04-03_00032017-04-03_0001 How amazingly sweet is it that Mason invited her closest friends to come and celebrate after he popped the question?! These girls were so giddy & excited in the back hiding out while they finished up dinner. 2017-04-03_0008

Mason & Chelsea’s proposal story is one I’ll never forget. After 7 years of photographing weddings with my business I don’t get super nervous.. but THIS made me so nervous!! I just wanted everything to be absolutely perfect!