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Craig+Laura: Married | Downtown Springfield Illinois Fall Wedding

The day dawned party cloudy and a beautiful fall 65 degrees.  Michael and I were doing our usual pre-wedding routine (which involves Starbucks for me and McDonalds for him) on our way as we talked the details of Laura and Craig’s wedding, and there was an excited energy in the car- it had been 5 weeks since our last wedding together, and we were SO ready to get our fall wedding season started!  And the day did NOT disappoint- it was absolutely delightful in every way!!!

I met Laura through one of my 2015 brides who I absolutely ADORED and who had one of the largest wedding parties I will probably ever photograph- Laura was one of those bridesmaids!  I liked her instantly, and completely fell in love with her and her Craig at their engagement session.  They were insanely sweet together, very playful, and have the most BEAUTIFUL dog I think I have ever seen! We had so much fun that night, and at dinner together after, and I knew we were a great match! Fast forward to their wedding day…Laura was in the Presidential Suite of a the stunning downtown Springfield Abraham Lincoln Hotel, surrounded by makeup and hair artists and 8 beautiful friends of hers (and a darling junior bridesmaid niece!), and it was a flurry of fun, laughter, hairspray, soulja boy, and drinks!  I was in absolute  heaven  photographing her stunning details- the perfect amount of neutral and color!  Their bridal party was ON POINT, their family was kind and welcoming, and their celebration was full of love.  Enjoy this beautiful day!

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Laura’s aunt had the foresight to give her a baptism bonnet…20 something years ago…that would turn into a handkerchief, her something old at her wedding. Unbelievably beautiful!Downtown Springfield Fall Wedding_0013Downtown Springfield Fall Wedding_0012

Mixed metals aren’t Laura’s favorite, but I loooove them!Downtown Springfield Fall Wedding_0014Downtown Springfield Fall Wedding_0002

The suite was INCREDIBLE!Downtown Springfield Fall Wedding_0015

Laura’s girls made her a beautiful and sweet scrapbook that they shared over tears in the morning. This is just about the sweetest tradition ever for a bride!!
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These beauties were so excited to see her in her dress! They were such perfect bridesmaids!Downtown Springfield Fall Wedding_0022Downtown Springfield Fall Wedding_0026

Laura…you are PERFECT!  Absolutely stunning- this on the left is an all time favorite!Downtown Springfield Fall Wedding_0027Downtown Springfield Fall Wedding_0025Downtown Springfield Fall Wedding_0028Downtown Springfield Fall Wedding_0029

These flowers from by The Enchanted Florist took my breath away!Downtown Springfield Fall Wedding_0030Downtown Springfield Fall Wedding_0031Downtown Springfield Fall Wedding_0032

Michael’s view- love it!
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Laura!! I love this too!

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This may be one of my favorite portrait locations in all of downtown Springfield!Downtown Springfield Fall Wedding_0055Downtown Springfield Fall Wedding_0057

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Looking good guys!Downtown Springfield Fall Wedding_0066Downtown Springfield Fall Wedding_0067Downtown Springfield Fall Wedding_0070

Love these faces 🙂Downtown Springfield Fall Wedding_0071Downtown Springfield Fall Wedding_0072Downtown Springfield Fall Wedding_0069

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Tammy at Specialty Cakes made this STUNNING cake- I just love it!!

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There was so much fun fun dancing at this reception!!
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I loved working with Craig & Laura’s creative team!!

Wedding Dress Boutique: Bridal Elegance

Hair: Lyndsey Becker with Exsalonce Hair Studio

Makeup: Erica Bertrand with Appearances Salon

Flowers: Enchanted Florist

Cake: Tammy with Specialty Cakes

Venue/Catering: President Abraham Lincoln Hotel

Invitations: Lisa Lu Designs

DJ: DJ Bobby Dicken with X-treme Light & Sound

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  1. Candi Leonard says:

    Beautiful wedding!! Love all the detail shots!

  2. Cinnamon Ruvolo Wolfe says:

    These are FANTASTIC Jill! You should be very proud. I’m loving your detail shots. 😉

  3. Ashley Durham says:

    These are fantastic!!! Love the bouquet, such a gorgeous color palette.

  4. Beth Ebersole Dare says:

    So very lovely, Jill!! Love these….love the pics on the stairs!

  5. Hannah Woodard Lockaby says:

    Beautiful pictures! I particularly like the shot of him dipping her on the steps and how it shows off the beautiful architecture.

  6. Haley Schell Christiansen says:

    You did such a great job capturing the story of their day. Love the outdoor portraits of the ladys especially 🙂

  7. Hattie Dunstan says:

    i love all her statement necklaces on her bridesmaids!

  8. Kelly Bucklen says:

    Beautiful! Love the portraits

  9. Misty Adams Christensen says:

    What a beautiful wedding!! 🙂

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