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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.

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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!
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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!
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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!

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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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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!

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Schuch & Kearbey

Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Lea and Clint Kearbey!!!  We are SO lucky to have such amazing clients – our bride Lea Schuch (now Mrs. Kearbey) was so organized and amazing through the wedding planning process!  Her and her family along with her new husband Clint and his family were all so sweet!  This purple themed Southern Illinois wedding was full of smiles, love, and amazing moments we were thrilled to have the honor of photographing!

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Her friends and family would have to agree – we have never seen a happier bride!!! Lea was full of laughter and huge smiles all day!  Clint definitely shared in her joy with happiness overflowing!  We just love when a couple has fun on their wedding day and during photo time – and it shows!

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SOUTHERN ILLINOIS WEDDING | SUNFIELD UNITED METHODIST – DU QUOIN, IL
RECEPTION | REND LAKE GOLF RESORT BIRDIES – WHITTINGTON, IL
SALEM ILLINOIS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY | SALEM ILLINOIS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS

HAIR STYLIST & MAKEUP ARTIST | Head to Toe Body Works Salon Du Ququoin, IL    TUXES  |  Men’s Warehouse    PROGRAMS  |  Vista Print

CATERER  |  Birdies Bar & Grille    DJ | Memory Lane Music    FLORIST  |  Dede’s Flowers and Erin Kay Holmes    BRIDAL GOWN  |  Champagne and Lace Collinsville IL

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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Rayla & Aaron

We are so excited to finally share Rayla Barnfield and Aaron Bolton’s Chicago Engagement Session from this summer on our blog!! It’s been a whirlwind of sessions, weddings, and editing and we are catching up! Rayla and Aaron were SO adorable together and we were so thrilled to get to photograph their engagement session!

Chicago is nothing short of stunning when it comes to a background – so many amazing places and colors for fun photos! I’ve always wanted to visit shoot a Chicago Engagement Session and let me tell you – it did not disappoint! Definitely a change from our typical Southern Illinois scenery, haha!  Skyscrapers, fountains, city lights… all things that scream CITY! I was in love! During our session we visited Navy Pier, the Chicago Riverwalk, Buckingham Fountain, and ended at the Planetarium for some nighttime cityscape photos!Chicago Engagement Session Navy Pier Navy Pier Ferris Wheel couple's engagement session Navy Pier ferris wheel is such a neat backdrop for photos! Couple posing on Navy Pier Steps Chicago Photo sessionThese two photos were shot while we were waiting on a Uber ride – lots of time spent in traffic, waiting on cabs/uber cars, and traveling – but SO worth it! We purposely plan extra time for city sessions because of this! And when we travel for a session – we always want to make sure we have ample time to get all the awesome new areas covered!Chicago Riverwalk Couple Photos Engagement session at Chicago RiverwalkWe had never visited the Chicago Riverwalk before this trip and it was definitely worth stopping at for photos! It made a gorgeous backdrop! And how ridiculously sweet are these two!? I just love this snuggly image of Rayla & Aaron! Chicago Rose Garden at Buckingham Fountain Who knew that Buckingham Fountain in Chicago had a gorgeous rose garden next to it? So amazing! And it looked like we purposefully picked Aaron’s shirt for these photos, but it was just by chance that he matched the flowers so perfectly!!Engagement Session Buckingham Fountain Chicago, Illinois Buckingham Fountain Chicago Dip PhotoCatching Buckingham Fountain in Chicago for these sweet sunset photos couldn’t have been more perfect! The fountain lights were starting to shine and the city lights were starting to twinkle creating the perfect backdrop for their session! And we were lucky enough to snag a spot by the fountain that wasn’t flooded with people, too!Chicago Nighttime Skyline Engagement SessionWe ended our Chicago Engagement Session with Rayla and Aaron at the Chicago Planetarium for some amazing nighttime skyline photos with the gorgeous city lights as a backdrop!!!

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Hays & Johnson

I’m in love with this Southern Illinois DIY backyard wedding for a multitude of reasons, but mainly because the bride is my BEST FRIEND and the groom is her soul mate!Southern Illinois Wedding First Look

Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Joshua Johnson!!!  I cannot believe my best friend is MARRIED!  After twenty-three plus years of calling her Whitney Hays- I now have the name Whitney Johnson to wrap my head around!  These two are so near and dear to my heart and I’m so completely amazed at God’s hand in this.  They have finally found their perfect someone and I’m so indescribably happy for them!  This Southern Illinois DIY backyard wedding was filled with love, color, and craft.  Whitney’s eye for style never lets me down – as always she pieced together stunningly detailed wedding decor with a huge help from her family!

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Just look at her BOUQUET!  Gorgeous wildflowers (some from Garren’s garden I might add!) wrapped perfectly together by her mother!  And I’m completely in love with the fact that the groom wore a bow tie!  It suits their style perfectly!

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Before I go any further I have to thank the talented ladies from Emily Dobson Photography and Dawn Cox Photography for these amazing images!  When I hired a team for my best friend’s wedding – I couldn’t have asked for more reliable, thoughtful, and creative team!  They truly put my ‘photographer’ mind at ease knowing that every single detail was being covered.  It was NOT easy to put the camera down for the day & enjoy.. I guess that means I love my job when I WANT to work! 😉 But even more than that I wanted to be present and be there to soak up every second of Whitney & Joshua’s wedding day!

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The grand exit with a rose petal toss was GORGEOUS!  The joy on their faces as newlyweds gives me goosebumps!  I just love it!  The perfect touch to this Southern Illinois DIY backyard wedding!

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You might have guessed it… the father daughter dance is when Rachel ugly cries at almost every wedding, but especially when it’s her best friend and her dad!  They danced to Alan Jackson’s song “Drive” and it was so fitting.  Watching the father daughter dance at a wedding always makes me think of all the dads in my life.. my own daddy & my daughter’s daddy.  And of course – my dad was there to witness me ugly cry at this wedding, haha!!  He asked me why I was crying (though I would venture to say he already knew the answer) and I said because of you silly!  I get sentimental thinking about my childhood and learning to drive and dance with my own dad!

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SOUTHERN ILLINOIS DIY BACKYARD WEDDING | SALEM, IL
SALEM ILLINOIS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY | SALEM ILLINOIS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS

WEDDING GOWN  |  Wendy’s Bridal – Cincinnati, OH    SUITS  |  Ralph Lauren

BRIDESMAID DRESSES  |  Azazie    TENT & RENTALS  |  Hite Tent Rental – Moweaqua, IL.

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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Bradley & Wernsman

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Wernsman!!!  Chelsea Bradley and Nick Wernsman were married on September 17th, 2016 at Calumet Street Christian Church and their gorgeous wedding reception was at the American Legion!  We were so thrilled to be a part of this Centralia, IL wedding!!  From the start of the day at Hollywood Hair Salon in Centralia, IL to the final dances at the American Legion – the day was a complete success!  We LOVE these two and wish them a lifetime of happiness!  Thank you guys for letting us be such a special part of your wedding day!

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The couple opted for a first look and it’s one of our favorite parts of the wedding day!  A first look gives the bride and groom a chance to see each other without the hundreds of people watching and gives them both a chance to really soak up the moment! Nick was in complete awe of his bride – both during the first look and during the ceremony!  I always tell my brides – doing the first look does NOT take away from that special moment of walking down the aisle with dad!  Instead it gives you two moments to enjoy and celebrate!

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Some selfie stick fun on their bus ride to photos in Foundation Park!!

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Outdoor photo time with the bridal party is SO much fun!  We only had a few minutes with these awesome folks and we made the most of it!  And of course saved plenty of time for the new Mr. & Mrs. photos!
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Sunset photos during the reception are ALWAYS worth sneaking away for 10-15 minutes!!!

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RECEPTION AMERICAN LEGION VENUE – CENTRALIA, IL
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FLORIST | Ross Flower Shop – Centralia, IL     WEDDING GOWN | Farmer’s Daughter – Fairfield, IL – Designer: Allure

HAIR STYLIST & MAKEUP ARTIST | Hollywood Hair Centralia, IL    DJ | Short Circuit Entertainment

DECOR |  Kelley’s for the Occasion Centralia, IL    INVITATIONS  |  Etsy & Mitchell Printing Centralia, IL

 BRIDESMAID DRESSES  |  David’s Bridal    TUXES  |  Kelley’s for the Occasion Centralia, IL

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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