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! ūüėČ 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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WEDDING GOWN ¬†| ¬†Wendy’s Bridal – Cincinnati, OH ¬† ¬†SUITS ¬†| ¬†Ralph Lauren

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

Thank you for stopping by & checking out¬†the work of R&G Photography ‚ÄstSouthern 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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Rachel & Garren King ‚Äď 217 W. Main St. ‚Äď Salem, IL 62881 ‚Äď 618.740.1700