The church was packed. I don’t mean full like most of the pews had people in them…I mean full like there were extra rows of chairs to the very back wall of the church, with every single possible seat full, and a couple standing in the back. Squished together, and happy for it because of what was to come. Happy for it because everyone was there for one reason: to support Morgan and Nathan. Morgan, who they had watched grow up from a little girl twirling in dresses to a beautiful woman using her life to help others. Nathan, who has always been a friend to everyone he meets, kind and interested in other’s lives. People who have only known them together, including a friend from London that they had only met one time but found them important enough to travel so far for. These two found each other in a word of possibilities, and there was no wonder if they would ever be apart again, and the small church was packed with people who believe in their future.
This was our last of 19 weddings in 2016. 19 is more than we ever dreamed of taking on in a year, but we wouldn’t change a thing (and will do a few more than that next year). And this was the way to end the season for sure! You already know from that very first picture- but this wedding spoke to my style and heart so much! There was just so much blush and navy and vintage and lace beauty.
But Morgan and Nathan stole my heart long before their beautiful wedding day, styled absolutely perfectly. Even before Morgan was a bridesmaid in another favorite wedding of the year a few weeks ago. They stole my heart in the first moments I met them, at one of my all time favorite engagement sessions out on our farm. They are beautiful together in every single way. And every single person in that church knows it. I loved this day, and I love this couple!
This Casablanca dress is one of my all time favorites! This is Morgan’s grandmother’s ring on the right that she wears regularly, and wore on her wedding day. The classy way to do a bridesmaids gift koozie!! Loved it! Morgan got dressed with only her mother in the room, something I have seen a few times lately that forces me to hold back tears each time. It is such a special moment! And this…I will be blogging about this moment soon. Takes my breath away! They had never seen her dress. Moment with dad… Looking good Nate!!! The darling flower girl followed too close behind her mama to be caught in action, but here was her counterpart- and you will find her soon enough! Lots of sweet emotion during their self written vows. Married! It just does not get any more lovely than this!! New favorite bridal party shot!! Loved shooting at this vineyard where these two met…because after all, Michael and I got married at one! Cue the confetti!!! Love everything about this! Michael’s shot here, and I love it!! Sisters and best friends. I have to take a moment to talk about this, because this picture means so much to me. I am surrounded by 3 of the most lovely people inside and out. Becca on the left was a bride of mine from just a few weeks ago, who found me through a friend who’s wedding I shot last year (who found me from a wedding she was a bridesmaid in that I photographed the year before!). Morgan, our bride, found me through Becca, and Melissa on the far right is getting married next year and found me through Morgan. These 3 beauties represent so much to me and I am so grateful for each of them!!! Morgan and Nathan, thank you so much for trusting me to capture your day. It was absolutely a dream, and I hope you love these favorites! I adore you guys and know a BEAUTIFUL marriage is to follow this beautiful day!!
To see Morgan & Nathan’s farmland engagement session, click here!!
I adored this vintage fall wedding and Morgan & Nathan’s amazing creative team!!
Ceremony location: Zion United Church of Christ
Reception Venue & Coordinator: Patty Tierstrip at The Ambiance
Videographer: Rocket Berry Video + Photo
Wedding Dress Boutique & Headpiece: Sarah’s Bridal Gallery
Wedding Dress Designer: Casablanca Bridal
Hair: Kristopher’s Hair Studio
Flowers: Lavish Floral Design
Caterer: HyVee Catering
Invitations: Simply Sara
Decor Rental: Something Borrowed
I'm Jill, a wedding and portrait photographer based out of Chicago and Central Illinois, and available world wide! I'm also a photography educator, wife to my favorite person on the planet, mama to 3 amazing kids and an energetic aussie, and obsessed with statement jewelry and all desserts (especially fruit pies!).
As a past high school teacher, I have a major heart for education. After going full time in my business, I have built a business I love that gives me an almost 6 figure salary and allows me to be home part time with my kids. I dream for you to run a business that enhances your life and lights you up, and I believe I can help you learn how to do it with a little hustle and a lot of heart!
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You're in the right place! As a past high school teacher, educating others is my life's work and a HUGE part of my business! I have been teaching moms and hobbyists how to use their camera from first purchasing it all the way to coaching them into businesses of their own, and I'd love to help you as well, wherever you are (and whatever camera you have!).
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