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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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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


Ingersoll & Garrison

Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Garrison who tied the knot May 28th, 2016!2016-07-02_0045

When Garren and I were contacted by Kassandra for the first time to discuss their wedding details she said to me that she felt connected by our personalities through our website. And while at the time I didn’t know much about her or Joseph – we learned over the course of their wedding festivities that there was good reason for that! These two were like family to us! So welcoming, warm, and sweet! It’s not everyday you get the pleasure of being so comfortable & at peace working with your couples. Between the silly jokes, giant donuts, and hugs – I also feel very connected to these sweet families!

Their wedding day was one of the most heartfelt and emotional weddings I’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing! Every moment was sincere and loving – we were so thankful to have genuine emotion filling the frames of our cameras. Our main goal is not to stage and pose the perfect photos for a bride and groom, but to capture the true emotions and the unplanned laugher, tears, and moments. We LOVE being able to witness such joyful days!

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We want to thank the Ingersoll and Garrison families for being so kind and hospitable. It was an absolute pleasure working with everyone involved and we can’t thank you all enough!! These sweet families even insisted we take doggie bags of the delicious catering home! 2016-07-02_0044  Of course we had to have some fun with the bridal party!! Hah! Who doesn’t love being chased by a DINO!?