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Classy & Vintage Wedding

Our most recent couple, Tommy and Taylor Bruce, had a classy & vintage wedding at A Fair Barn in Salem, IL. Taylor said the venue made everything magical! The crew at the barn were in charge of decorating, catering, floral arrangements and even baked their wedding cake! Her favorite part of the decor was the archway where they were married and she said the best part of their day was being announced husband and wife!! Ring Box and Wedding ProgramsClassy & Vintage Wedding

One of the sweetest moments to witness from their wedding day was the gift exchange between Taylor and her mom. Each of them had purchased special gifts to surprise each other on the wedding day. Taylor’s mom had a pearl necklace made with pearls that Taylor’s grandma had purchased for her and Taylor bought her mom a very special ring and a personalized handkerchief with a poem (unknowingly from the SAME jewelry store, I might add!)Mother Wedding Gift Wedding gift to the Bride Gorgeous Wedding RIngs Groom Detail Shots Ella Park Bridal Wedding Dress Ella Park Bridal Wedding Dress First Look with Bride and Groom Emotional First Look with Bride and Groom

The couple’s first look was so intimate and special! I’m so thrilled when clients decide to see each other before the wedding. It gives them a chance to relax and be themselves with each other before the day unfolds!
First Dance  Taylor’s cathedral length wedding veil and intricately detailed dress were absolutely stunning! Her long sleeve, lace dress was from Ella Park Bridal in Newburgh, Indiana (which is now on my bucket list of places to visit because their website just makes this place look like a fairy tale!!) Her gown and accessories fit perfectly with their classy & vintage wedding theme! The candid moments we are able to capture from weddings are always our favorite ones! Nothing beats a huge, genuine smile! And there were LOTS of those on Tommy & Taylor’s wedding day! A Fair Barn, Salem IL Wedding Venue floral wedding arch Fall wedding decorWhat an incredible pleasure it was working with Taylor and watching her classy & vintage wedding come to life! The lace, rose gold, wine and blush colors were perfect with the southern charm of the barn! The venue, A Fair Barn, did a phenomenal job putting so many pieces of this wedding together! Grand Exit for Wedding romantic wedding poseWe are always trying new things and pushing ourselves to get creative shots during a wedding. The best time for us to have creative time with the bride & groom is after their first look! Here is a fun behind the scenes shot of us working to get some “under the veil” shots with some romantic flair!  Naked Wedding Cake with Greenery Wedding Barn with vintage decor Outdoor Wedding Photo

 

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS WEDDING | A FAIR BARN VENUE – SALEM, IL
SALEM ILLINOIS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY | SALEM ILLINOIS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS

DJ  | Off the Chain       CAKE | A Fair Barn       FLOWERS | A Fair Barn

SALON | Marla Reynolds    MAKE UP ARTIST | Sydney Vallier

   WEDDING GOWN | Ella Park Bridal

CATERER | A Fair Barn

Thank you for stopping by & checking out the work of Rachel & Garren • Photo and Film
Southern Illinois based husband and wife wedding photography and videography team.

Rachel and Garren do more than just document weddings – they capture the overwhelming joy of your special day while bringing a sense of peace & calming to the wedding day!

Contact us today for more information about booking your wedding photography.
Rachel & Garren King – 3440 Lazy Acres – Salem, IL 62881 – 618.740.1700

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Fun Backyard Engagement Session

This was such a fun backyard engagement session!! Tommy and Taylor are so stunning and their family owned property was the perfect sentimental backdrop for the session! Taylor’s engagement session dress was so flowy and gorgeous – we can hardly wait to see her wedding gown!!!
sunset session in southern IL Gorgeous Flowy Black Dress for Engagement Session Grandparent's backyard setting for engagement session

We are SO excited for Tommy and Taylor’s wedding day! These two are going to be married tomorrow (October 13th) at A Fair Barn in Salem, IL and our team is doing both photo AND film for them (they are getting a super sweet deal for booking both with us, too!) Taylor shared a little bit about their love story with us and we are excited to share it with all of you! The two of them met at Bill’s grocery store in Bluford, IL – Taylor was getting a soda and Tommy was there getting a soda as well. Their mutual friends set the two of them up and clearly that worked out amazingly for the two of them!! Tommy proposed while they were on the beach in Dauphin Island, Alabama! They were taking pictures at sunset and Tommy dropped down to one knee and surprised Taylor!

Old Dirt Road - Engagement Session Engagement session featuring carCheck out Tommy’s sweet ride! We were stoked to get to play with different angles and shoot some engagement photos with the car! Sunset photo with epic cloudsWe had the most gorgeous sunset to end our fun backyard engagement session!! Love when the weather, clouds, and sunlight cooperates for epic sunset photos!!

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Thank you for stopping by & checking out the work of Rachel & Garren • Photo and Film – Southern Illinois based husband and wife wedding photography and videography team.

Rachel and Garren do more than just document weddings – they capture the overwhelming joy of your special day while bringing a sense of peace & calming to the wedding day!

Contact us today for more information about booking your wedding photography.
Rachel & Garren King – 3440 Lazy Acres – Salem, IL 62881 – 618.740.1700

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Blush and Navy Wedding at St. Theresa Catholic Church

Long Wedding VeilRyan Pruemer and Alyssa Shetley had a gorgeous blush and navy wedding at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Salem, IL. Alyssa said, “The ceremony means the most to Ryan and I. We are excited to have all our favorite people in one place. And also just to celebrate the love we have for each other as we start our new journey.” The bride crafted a lot of DIY elements for the wedding, including the bouquets and decor!
Blush and Navy Flowers I spy some Fall colored Ginko leaves… which happen to be my absolute FAVORITE tree leaf shape! These along with the wall of ivy made for a breaktaking nook for photos!!!
St. Theresa Catholic Church Salem IL
Their blush and navy wedding at St. Theresa Catholic Church was followed by their wedding reception in Knights of Columbus in Teutopolis, IL – but first a bar hop stop to Kenter’s Taven!
Rustic Wedding Cupcakes First Dance

Alyssa shared some of the sweet details from their destination proposal story! She said, “We planned a trip to Norway over the holidays last year. We booked the trip in September when I was still living 2 hours from Ryan, so he told me that people probably expected him to propose but it wasn’t the right time. (He was being completely honest!) I got offered a job in St. Louis in November and he then got the idea to propose. We skied most of our time in Norway so on New Year’s Eve, we got really dressed up & I wanted a picture of us. After dinner he took me out in the snow, overlooking the town, and he had written in the snow “will you marry me?” It was absolutely beautiful!”
Stella York Wedding Gown Blush and Navy Wedding Colors  Stella York Wedding Dress Hollywood Hair Centralia ILCongratulations to the newest Mr. & Mrs. Ryan Pruemer! We were so thrilled to get to work with you two and your lovely families! 

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS WEDDING  |  ST.THERESA CATHOLIC CHURCH  |  SALEM, IL

CATERER  |  Salt & Strings      WEDDING GOWN  |  Stella York

       HAIR & MAKE UP ARTIST  |  Ally with Hollywood Hair Salon – Centralia, IL      BAKERY  |  Bri’s Bakery

 FLORIST |  Paradise Flowers – Salem, IL & DIY      RECEPTION DECOR  |  DIY

DJ  |  Vince Higgs, Friend of Groom      RECEPTION VENUE  |  Teutopolis Banquet Hall

Thank you for stopping by & checking out the work of Rachel & Garren • Photo and Film – Southern Illinois based
husband and wife wedding photography and videography team.

Rachel and Garren do more than just document weddings – they capture the overwhelming joy of your special day while bringing a sense of peace & calming to the wedding day!

Contact us today for more information about booking your wedding photography.
Rachel & Garren King – 3440 Lazy Acres – Salem, IL 62881 – 618.740.1700

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Intimate Country Wedding

A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of photographing a intimate country wedding just down the road from our studio in Salem, IL! Kalin and Rachel met when they were teenagers at a horse campground in Southern Illinois. Rachel said, “We would hang out and ride horses together in the summer for a few years. We each went our own ways and then reconnected on social media 15 years later.” These two sweethearts had a backyard private ceremony with just a couple friends as witnesses (and a couple more named Chunk and Gus if you count the animals, too!) We absolutely adored working with these two for their intimate country wedding!!!
Country Wedding in Salem IL

First Kiss as husband and wife

Rachel shared the proposal story with us:
“I was at work and he kept texting me, asking me if I was getting off work early. That wasn’t uncommon, but he seriously asked me like 12 times which was more than normal. He had a Christmas program to go to and I just thought he really wanted me to go with him. Then he told me that if I got home before him I couldn’t go in the house. I thought he had gotten us a new puppy because we had been talking about it, and he wanted to surprise me with it. We got home at the same time and he went inside and he told me I had to wait in the car until he was ready for me to come in. When I got the OK, I walked in and the lights were off but there were candles and rose petals on the kitchen island with wooden letters that said “Marry Me”. Ruby (our Frenchie) was wearing a little belt with a pillow on it and the ring was tied to the pillow. He got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. Of course I said yes!”

Backyard Country Wedding

Intimate Backyard Wedding with Horses Their horse, Chunk, was so funny! He kept wanting to get closer and closer to our couple for the photos! He clearly wasn’t seeing our vision for the image! We love the way Kalin was in his natural element on his horse. He had the biggest smile on his face the whole evening! Getting to spend the evening marrying your best friend AND riding your horse – that’s something to smile about!

Bride with DIY Bouquet

Bride and Groom with pet frenchie bull dogWe are SUCH suckers for animals… and I love that they included their French Bulldog, Gus, in photos! This little guy was so sweet! Garren convinced him to sit for a few photos without mom & dad holding him with some treats for coaxing!

Wedding rings on hay bale

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DIY Country Wedding Bouquet

Custom Hanger for Wedding Dress

First Look before an intimate country wedding

French Bulldog Wedding

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Kalin Benjamin! You two are so unbelievably sweet and we had such a good time capturing your intimate backyard wedding! Cheers!

Cowboy Wedding Dip

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS WEDDING  |  BACKYARD INTIMATE COUNTRY WEDDING IN SALEM, IL

WEDDING GOWN  |  Farmer’s Daughter Formals     FLOWERS  |  DIY from a friend

Thank you for stopping by & checking out the work of Rachel & Garren • Photo and Film – Southern Illinois based husband and wife wedding photography and videography team.

Rachel and Garren do more than just document weddings – they capture the overwhelming joy of your special day while bringing a sense of peace & calming to the wedding day!

Contact us today for more information about booking your wedding photography.
Rachel & Garren King – 3440 Lazy Acres – Salem, IL 62881 – 618.740.1700

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Amazing Story of Recovery

This morning we had a young woman come into the studio for a model call. My inspiration for the shoot was to bring encouragement, positivity, and confidence to this lovely momma of four. We brought in a makeup artist and hairstylist from Bella Chez Salon in Salem, IL and this beautiful lady got the royal treatment. What I didn’t know when I reached out to Michelle was that she is a recovering drug addict. She shared the honest truth about her story with me and I was blown away by her progress. She is 14 months clean and has taken huge steps to stay clean.Bella Chez Salon Salem, IL Hair and Makeup artist in studio

From Michelle:
“I started smoking pot at 12. Worked my way to harder drugs by 16 & was a functioning addict.. I held jobs, went to school, and raised my children. I graduated in May of 2011 with my A.S. in early childhood education and I am 3 classes away from my A.S. in criminal justice. I got pregnant at 19 and again at 23 and was able to remain clean during both pregnancies. I am working my 12 steps in a small women’s step study in Centralia on Sundays. I’m one week away from completing it! When I started using IV drugs I lost control and the dope took over. We nearly lost everything and the main reason we are clean now is because my husband got into trouble and we knew we couldn’t be together with one of us clean. We had wanted to be clean for a long time, but that was the push we needed. Since then we have gotten our home out of foreclosure, gotten all our bills caught up, bought a nicer vehicle, we have custody of all of our kids, and I’m back working full time.
What helps me stay clean is having my husband Jerad who understands and taking a step back and looking at how we were living compared to now. I never want to go back. We now have honest, true friends and trust of our families back. Our children now respect us and we will never be bad influences to them again. We are their role models and I was slipping, but I’m never going down that path again.”

One thing Michelle shared about is the Celebrate Recovery meeting she attends at the Apostolic Church locally. With a little research I found that Celebrate Recovery is a world-wide program that helps pull people out of addiction. What an awesome resource for those struggling with dependency. Michelle said that it’s an amazing place to share safely with others & hopes that others who are struggling can find out about this program. From a CR advocate, “While Celebrate Recovery is known for addressing addiction it also addresses any type of hurts, habits, and hang-ups. That’s the beauty of the program.”

Glamour Shots

We are so thankful God brought Michelle into our studio today.. it’s truly a God thing that pulled this idea out of nowhere & made such an amazing impact on me. I truly hope that her honest openness and her incredible story can help someone else who is in a dark place and needs hope that change CAN happen. Thank you Michelle for being so transparent and allowing me to share your story with others.

She has been through so much and LOOK at her. She is stunning! I had to share the black & white version of each of these images because there is something so classy about a good ol’ black & white photo! I can’t tell you how proud I am of this young women for recovering from the addictions and awfulness of drugs. God is going to do amazing things with you, Michelle!
Recovering with Celebrate Recovery

Studio Glamour Shot I noticed Michelle’s tattoo on her collarbone – it says “One Day at a Time” and she said it’s something they say in meetings and that it’s a personal reminder to her. One day at a time. She said, “I also suffer from anxiety and it’s a small reminder.. just one day at a time.. sometimes I think one hour at a time one minute at a time.. even one second at a time.”

One Day at a Time Tattoo - in reference to CR

Thank you for stopping by & checking out the work of Rachel & Garren • Photo and Film – Southern Illinois based husband and wife photography and videography team.

Contact us today for more information about booking your own photo experience.
Rachel & Garren King – 3440 Lazy Acres – Salem, IL 62881 – 618.740.1700

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Gold & Greenery Wedding at The Wedding Garden

We are so excited to share with you this stunning gold & greenery wedding at The Wedding Garden in Carbondale, IL. Natalie and Mark Edwards got married on a sunny, summer day in June! Their elegant ceremony was in the outdoor area of The Wedding Garden at Garden Grove in Carbondale, IL. and their reception was inside the gorgeous venue elegantly decorated with ivory, champagne, gold, and greenery. Natalie said when they wrote their vows they realized how opposite and totally different they are from each other, but still manage to live everyday with love. She said, “We both are the type of people who have strong passions about things in life and we let each other follow our dreams and never discourage one another- only constantly support. It takes strong people to stay true to themselves and we believe that’s why we work so good for each other. We realize unless we are happy with ourselves we will not be happy together. So our vows promised no matter how hard things get we will always support each other’s drive and passion and get through this life together. Saying our vows was the truest, heartfelt, unique moments of our wedding!”

Mimosa Bar in Bridal Suite The Wedding Garden Carbondale, IL Dinosaur at WeddingNatalie said that her favorite part of the wedding was that they were able to have their dog Eli be a part of their special day! He was such a well-behaved and sweet dog!  Style Hair and MakeupNatalie had the most amazing hair and makeup stylist on call for her all day long! Her new sister-in-law, Lauren Edwards, came from Tampa, Florida for to be a part of the wedding! Her side braid hairstyle paired perfectly with her strapless dress from Mia Grace Bridal!  Natalie and Mark shared a first look before the wedding ceremony and we found a gorgeous ivy wall (that coordinated perfectly with their theme) for this special moment and they snuck in some snuggles before the day got started. This is always one of the most treasured moments from a wedding day. One of our most popular pieces for brides when they book us for their wedding is the wedding guestbook! Natalie and Mark’s guestbook featured their engagement photos that we took in Salem, IL last year.We were completely obsessed with the details from this gold & greenery wedding at The Wedding Garden! Look at that glittery gold table cloth and sparkly rings (the ring shots are always some of my favorites to shoot!) We love to incorporate reception details with the ring photos. The cake cutters were Mark Edward’s parents from their wedding years ago! Such a sweet “something old” for the newest Mr. & Mrs. Edwards to share for their wedding.  Park Avenue Blooms by SusieBrittany Morris from Slate of Grace did such an awesome job on the chalkboard wall and all the signage for the wedding! This wall was extra special because Mark’s mother handmade the flower decorations for the wall!  The Wedding and Event Center Carbondale, IL

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS WEDDING  |  THE WEDDING & EVENT GARDEN  |  CARBONDALE, IL

CATERER  |  Garden Grove Event Center       WEDDING GOWN  |  Mia Grace Bridal – Chesterfield, MO

       HAIR & MAKE UP ARTIST  |  Lauren Edwards – Style Hair and Make Up – Tampa, FL       CAKE  |  Cakes By Ally

 FLOWERS  |  Park Avenue Blooms by Susie       DJ  |  DJ Todd from Porta Party – STL       

CALLIGRAPHER  |  Slate of Grace       WEDDING STATIONERY  |  Gossett Printing – Salem, IL

CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE  |  The Wedding Garden

Thank you for stopping by & checking out the work of Rachel & Garren • Photo and Film – Southern Illinois based husband and wife wedding photography and videography team.

Rachel and Garren do more than just document weddings – they capture the overwhelming joy of your special day while bringing a sense of peace & calming to the wedding day!

Contact us today for more information about booking your wedding photography.
Rachel & Garren King – 3440 Lazy Acres – Salem, IL 62881 – 618.740.1700

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Music & Disney Wedding at Johnny & June’s

We cannot WAIT to share this music and Disney inspired wedding from June with you all!!! Meet our couple, Lexi and Tyler! These two met at Brush Creek church camp many years ago. Tyler was a counselor and Lexi was a camper.. Eventually they were on staff together leading worship.. and a friendship developed into a budding relationship! They had a music and Disney inspired wedding at Johnny and June’s venue in Flora, IL on June 9th, 2018.

Johnny and June's Flora, IL

Lexi and Tyler’s wedding was industrial music theme and Disney inspired wedding in Flora, IL. They had instruments and sheet music flowers to decorate with classic red and black as their colors. My personal favorite twist on this Brush Creek couple’s wedding was the subtle, but AMAZING Disney references (including hidden Mickeys at the venue!) Notice in some of the photos you can see on Tyler’s shoe he wrote “LEXI” in reference to the Toy Story movies (because he ‘belongs’ to Lexi now like Woody belongs to Andy in the movies!) They also had signage saying “Be Our Guest” – which of course is in reference to The Beauty and the Beast!
hidden mickey wedding rings Disney Inspired Wedding in Flora, IL music and DIsney inspired wedding

Doing a first look with dad is such a fun way to reveal your dress & wedding style to your father on the wedding day! I love that Lexi took time out of her day to have an intimate moment before the ceremony for dad to see her in her wedding dress & veil! Daddy Daughter First Look Grandma as the Flower Girl Lexi shared a little bit with us about her wedding day! She said, “I LOVED our ceremony. It was hilarious, quick, and filled with love. I have never been so happy in my entire life.” Isn’t that exactly how every bride should feel on her wedding day? I just love that they enjoyed their day & made everything so personal (with the Disney references, funny remarks in the vows, fun music, and the grandmas being their flower girls! The grandmas stole the show for sure! I just loved that they were able to be included in such a fun & unique way!)  Johnny and June's Wedding Venue Depot Flora IL Depot Flora, IL When we shot Lexi & Tyler’s engagement session Tyler insisted on jumping off the bridge into the lake at Brush Creek! Garren and I thought it was an EPIC idea (because hello – hilarious photo op!) so at the end of the session, he made the jump! Lexi secretly asked us not to share the photos and pretend they weren’t “ready” so that we could surprise him on the wedding day with photos of the epic jump! And boy did we surprise him!!! His face was priceless!
Bride and Groom Guitars Record Wedding Guestbook Johnny and June's Wedding Venue in Flora, IL Johnny and June's Wedding Venue in Flora, IL Johnny and June's Wedding Venue in Flora, IL

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS WEDDING  |  JOHNNY AND JUNE’S  |  FLORA, IL

CAKE  |  Desi Thomas       WEDDING GOWN  |  Lindsay Lane Bridal of Rantoul, IL

CATERER  |  Martin’s IGA of Effingham, IL       MAKE UP ARTIST  |  Mackenzie Shabowski

 FLOWERS  |  A Wildflower Affair – Mattie McGowan       DJ  |  Aaron Anderson and Joe Goodman  

CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE  |  Johnny and June’s

Thank you for stopping by & checking out the work of Rachel & Garren • Photo and Film – Southern Illinois based husband and wife wedding photography and videography team.

Rachel and Garren do more than just document weddings – they capture the overwhelming joy of your special day while bringing a sense of peace & calming to the wedding day!

Contact us today for more information about booking your wedding photography.
Rachel & Garren King – 3440 Lazy Acres – Salem, IL 62881 – 618.740.1700

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Jimmy & Jessica Pauling

I’m so excited to share with you all Jimmy and Jessica Pauling’s wedding from Hidden Lake Winery in Aviston, IL! The details and emotions of the day were so much fun to photograph!

I first met Jessica at her sister’s wedding two years ago on Memorial Day weekend at their parents. When Garren and I arrived at their home we were instantly welcomed like family. To say we ADORE the Ingersoll family is an understatement!! WE LOVE THESE FOLKS! They are so sweet & down to earth.. and when we arrived at Jessica’s wedding last month.. it was absolutely the same welcoming feeling! I love when we feel like family to the couple!

Their wedding ceremony and reception were both in the Estate Room at Hidden Lake Winery and this venue is FULL of gorgeous natural light! Love all the windows so that you get the feel of being outside without the heat!

The willow tree on property at Hidden Lake Winery made some amazing photographs! I’m such a sucker for weeping willows!  How STUNNING are they!? Their sweet baby girl was the perfect flower girl!  Such a fun bridal party! It was so nice getting to photograph the “Ingersoll Girls” again!!!   Winery Outdoor Wedding Venue The back of Jessica’s dress was breathtaking! I’m in love with the lace detail! Hidden Lake Winery Wedding Hidden Lake Winery Aviston IL

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS WEDDING  |  HIDDEN LAKE WINERY  |  AVISTON, IL

CAKE  |  Annette Kendall       SALON  |  Nicki Colon at Refinery Salon       WEDDING GOWN  |  David’s Bridal

CATERER  |  Hidden Lake Winery     MAKE UP ARTIST  |  Dani Groothuis at Refinery Salon       FLOWERS  |  DIY

DJ  |  Brandon Smith      CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE  |  Hidden Lake Winery

Thank you for stopping by & checking out the work of Rachel & Garren • Photo and Film – Southern Illinois based husband and wife wedding photography and videography team.

Rachel and Garren do more than just document weddings – they capture the overwhelming joy of your special day while bringing a sense of peace & calming to the wedding day!

Contact us today for more information about booking your wedding photography.
Rachel & Garren King – 3440 Lazy Acres – Salem, IL 62881 – 618.740.1700

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Megan & Tyler

This weekend Megan Steward and Tyler Wright will be tying the knot and we are SOOO excited to be a part of their wedding!!! I know that Megan has been counting down the days until her big day and I can’t believe it’s almost here! We wanted to rewind to their engagement session from last summer and share some images in celebration of their wedding weekend! I can’t believe we haven’t shared these Ferris Wheel Engagement Session photos on our blog before now! Tyler popped the question at the top of a Ferris Wheel, so it was only appropriate to incorporate one during their engagement session last summer!!! Plus, who doesn’t LOVE the Marion County Fair in Salem, IL? Such a fun summer tradition!

Fair Themed Engagement Session Nighttime Ferris Wheel Photos Southern IL Wedding PhotographersEngagement photos at Kaskaskia College

Before hitting up the Marion County Fair for our nighttime Ferris Wheel photos – we captured the rest of their engagement session down the road… Can you guess where these images were taken? Hint – that bridge & walkway can be found somewhere between Route 161 and Highway 50!

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If you guessed Kaskaskia College Campus, you guessed right! Who knew that this nearly 200 acre campus would be the perfect location for our photo shoot!!! Fun fact: Garren and I both attended Kaskaskia College, but not at the same time. We met during my sophomore year at Kaskaskia while he was studying psychology at SIU Carbondale.

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The custom baseball shirts were PERFECT for their engagement session! We had so much fun doing some ball field photos! These two would look adorable with any backdrop, seriously! We are pumped to get to photograph them again this weekend and be their trusted photographers!

Thank you for stopping by & checking out the work of R&G Photography – Southern Illinois husband and wife wedding photography team. Rachel and Garren King specialize in photojournalistic style wedding photography and are based out of Salem, IL.

Contact us today for more information about booking your wedding photography.
Rachel & Garren King – 217 W. Main St. – Salem, IL 62881 – 618.740.1700

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Zgonina & Rogers Navy and Coral Wedding

Wedding Photography Southern IllinoisKristen Zgonina and Stephen Rogers navy and coral wedding in Salem, IL was so beautiful! They were married in St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Salem, Illinois on April 22nd 2017 and the reception was held at A Fair Barn. Working with these two was such a joy! They are both so full of love and Kristen’s smile can light up a whole room. It was such an honor to be their wedding photographers!

Rachel and Garren Wedding Photographers 2017-06-06_0021Lots of our couples decide to have an unplugged ceremony because of the overwhelming amount of cell phones & tablets that distract from their big day. This is a great way to give your guests permission to enjoy the day and not feel the need to get the best shot during your special moment. When you hire a professional photography team to capture all the beautiful details – you don’t have to worry about anything being missed!

Salem, IL Wedding Photography 2017-06-06_0006 St. Theresa Wedding Ceremony St. Theresa Catholic Church Salem, IL 2017-06-06_0009 2017-06-06_0010St. Theresa Church Salem Illinois  cord of three strands wedding ceremonyThis Spring and shooting the Rogers wedding marks 7 years of Garren and I shooting weddings together! Each client we have worked with in the last 7 years has been a blessing to our family and helped our business grow. I can’t believe how far we’ve come with this business! Every year we learn so much and gain new nuggets of knowledge to apply to future weddings. One great thing about owning your own business is that you’re able to constantly evolve and improve! My favorite part of shooting weddings is getting to experience the joy and uniqueness of each individual bride & groom. Kristen planned so many neat things that tied in their personalities and colors. I loved the colorful drinks in the mason jars that tied in the navy and coral wedding colors!!

Signature Drink for Weddings Navy and Coral Wedding Flowers 2017-06-06_0015I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to loving the leggings movement that has swept across the nation. Kristen and her bridesmaids were smart to wear leggings under their dresses on this cool, Spring day! What a fun way to add personality to their attire! I’m obsessed with cute and comfy leggings! Adding them to the wedding wardrobe is brilliant! The guys weren’t sporting the leggings – but they wanted to have some fun of their own.. hence the “please-don’t-take-him” shot. Ha!!

2017-06-06_00162017-06-06_00292017-06-06_00182017-06-06_0017A Fair Barn in Salem, IL is such a stunning venue and did such a fantastic job on their navy and coral wedding details. The perfect combination of pearls, lace, and baby’s breath with beautiful vibrant colors! The wedding party did an awesome job giving memorable toasts! Kristen’s sister even wrote a song to perform for her wedding day.. hilarious is an understatement! I’m so glad we also have video footage of these moments for them to remember forever!!!2017-06-06_0022 2017-06-06_0023 2017-06-06_0025 2017-06-06_0026 2017-06-06_0027 We can’t thank Kristen and Stephen enough for trusting us with their wedding day photos! Being a part of their big day was such an awesome experience. 2017-06-06_0003

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS WEDDING | ST. THERESA CATHOLIC CHURCH – SALEM, IL| A FAIR BARN VENUE – SALEM, IL
SALEM ILLINOIS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY | SALEM ILLINOIS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS

DJ  |  Front Row Productions       CAKE | Mae Sugar Shack       SALON | Chris’ Cuts and Colors       WEDDING GOWN | David’s Bridal

CATERER | A Fair Barn      MAKE UP ARTIST | Taylor Prange       FLOWERS | DIY

Thank you for stopping by & checking out the work of R&G Photography – Southern Illinois husband and wife wedding photography team. Rachel and Garren King specialize in photojournalistic style wedding photography and are based out of Salem, IL.

Contact us today for more information about booking your wedding photography.
Rachel & Garren King – 217 W. Main St. – Salem, IL 62881 – 618.740.1700

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