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

cowboy boots for wedding shoes

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


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Rachel & Garren King – 3440 Lazy Acres – Salem, IL 62881 – 618.740.1700