Category: Engagements

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.

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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!

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!!!

Haley & Joe

These two will be my record setters for the couple planning a gorgeous wedding the fastest! Joe proposed and within a month they will be hitched! I’m SO excited for their adorable backyard wedding on Haley’s parents dock next Friday! It will be simple, beautiful, and so much fun! Garren and I love outdoor weddings – especially when they are somewhere personal! Their engagement session was at their ceremony location – which I am head over heels in love with! So many amazing photo spots!
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Kelly & Nathan

Kelly Dagg has been a friend of mine for a long time and I’ve been anxiously awaiting when this day would come! Her and Nathan Smith are the cutest couple with plenty of spunk and have a sweet little girl named Danner (who shares a birthday month with my little girl Anna)! Nathan popped the question last year and caught it on video – so when they got engaged I was lucky enough to get to watch the joy overflow via the video footage on Facebook!

When Kelly asked me to photograph their special day and engagement session – I was ecstatic! Getting to photograph a wedding itself is such an honor, but getting to photograph a friend’s wedding day? Even more exciting! Not to mention Kelly is GORGEOUS!!!!! Making her sweet smile shine on camera was easy peasy! I cannot wait until their big day in November! It will be such a fun & magical day!

Thank you two for trusting me with your memories and I hope you love and cherish your photos!!!

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The duck calls and bullets made such a cool backdrop for the RING shot!!! Love it!

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Danner is ALWAYS such a ham! I can’t get enough of that adorable grin! She’s a hoot!

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Lea & Clint

I met with Lea Schuch at our studio in Salem, IL a few months back to talk about their October wedding and I’ve been looking forward to the engagement session ever since! Yesterday we finally caught some clear weather & met up at Rend Lake Golf Course for some stunning shots!!! When Garren and I shoot an engagement session it’s SO nice to get to know our clients better. Clint and Lea are such a fun couple and we had a blast working with the two of them!
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And a huge thanks to Rend Lake Golf Course for letting us borrow a golf cart!! I wish I had of got a photo of us all riding on the golf cart… haha, it was pretty epic! Lea & Clint’s reception will be in the gorgeous venue nearby – the Rend Lake Resort! I can’t wait to photograph their big day when they become Mr. & Mrs. Clint Kearbey!!!

Sharrah & Jarrod

Sharrah and Jarrod are two of the sweetest people!!! These two love birds are tying the knot on June 18th this year and we cannot wait to photograph their special day!
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A note from the bride:
We met when I came to my first service at the Apostolic Church here in Salem.. We didn’t really talk to each other except hey here and there.. We started talking around February of 2013 and by March 11 we were dating! So many laughs and memories that I could write a book!

Now to the proposal.. He asked January 1st 2016! After two years going on three years of dating he finally popped the question! His sister was moving away to work at Tupelo children’s mansion in Mississippi and it was her last weekend here so they all wanted to do something. We decided to go ice skating. Little did I know that after my third lap around I would skate up to Jarrod asking the magic 4 word sentence, “Will you marry me?” He even planned for my parents and grandparents to be there! I didn’t even see them until after I said yes! It was an awesome surprise!

My favorite part about planning the wedding so far was going and getting my dress. It was so special to have my mom, grandma, his mom, my aunt and cousin there. I also like going through all of this with my mom and sharing the experience with her. We look forward to the many years ahead of us. He will forever be my always!

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Amy & Jamie

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This couple’s love story is most definitely one of my absolute favorites! Amy Helpingstine is from the small town of Salem, IL (Yay – my hometown!) and Jamie Probin is from England! As fate would have it they travel across the globe to find their selves teaching at the same college in Charleston, South Carolina. Both are math professors at Charleston Southern University. After working with each other, sharing mutual friends, and spending lots of time together – they said that their relationship inadvertently turned into more than just friends. It’s amazing to me that these two are from two totally different areas of the world and just fell into the same place at the right time.

Garren and I had the pleasure of traveling to the charming city of Charleston to photograph their engagement photos! What an incredible place! So much character and gorgeous locations for photos – but even more important.. it’s where our lovely clients met and fell in love!

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Her RING… oh my stars it’s so gorgeous! We were lucky enough to find some flowering trees with the exact color scheme of their wedding, too! I love the soft petals matched with the sparkle of her ring.

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The TREES in Charleston, SC are incredible – the Angel Oak trees are so stunning and the Spanish Moss… what a romantic and dreamy place for photos!

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Nick & Chelsea

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Nick Wernsman and Chelsea Bradley are tying the knot next September and we had the honor of shooting their engagement session this Fall in prep for the big day! These two are so incredibly sweet and are SO photogenic! During their session we shot in Nick’s parents’ backyard (gorgeous!) at their home in Centralia, IL, visited Schwartz Orchard, and our final stop was Nick’s workplace, Riechmann Brothers for some fun tractor photos at sunset. Each location brought new colors, lighting, and ideas into play (which was probably why Chelsea and Nick had such a hard time narrowing down their favorites)! We always allow our clients to bring along a couple outfit options, too, and these two had such great taste in wardrobe! My favorite was Chelsea’s dress & boots… who doesn’t love boots and scarfs in the Fall?

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The best part about shooting an engagement session is that we get to know our couples during this time. Chelsea and Nick both became so comfortable with the camera and we were able to capture genuine smiles and personality. These two are so much fun and I’m so thankful they chose us to photograph these special moments in their lives!

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