Makinzie and Ryan met and began dating in high school…and I can’t help but wonder if in those early days of their love, they had any idea where it all would take them! Their wedding day was the culmination of so many years together, so many memories, friendships, and shared experiences, and it was truly beautiful. Makinzie and Ryan worked very hard in their planning to add in a lot of personal and special touches and it made for such a creative, fun wedding day! The adjusted their wedding plans big time to fit 2020, and had a very intimate ceremony. Immediately following, we went to Makinzie’s grandma’s house, where her and Ryan cut their wedding cake in the same kitchen her grandparents had. We took photos in front of her grandma’s porch and they hosted a drive by selfie parade, where their extended family who couldn’t come to the ceremony could stop by, congratulate them, and my favorite part….be sent away with Makinzie’s mom’s famous chili in a grab and go dinner! It was so creative and fun, and I loved watching them interact with their loved ones. Then we went to a few different meaningful and beautiful portrait locations, including my favorite, the big stadium at SHG where their love story began. It was SO fun to see them there together, and I could imagine them when it all began.
We ended the day at Makinzie’s aunt’s house for a backyard reception that was beautiful, simple, and exactly right for them! It was a lovely day filled with personal touches and experiences that was so fitting for the start of their marriage!
And I didn’t mention yet…but it was a beautiful day. The colors, flowers, details, weather…I can’t wait to share these from this gorgeous early fall wedding!!
I think some dust flew in Ryan’s eye here, right Ryan?? 😂 I LOVED Makinzie’s dress SO much- it had so many beautiful unique layers and fit her PERFECTLY!! These are 2 of my favorites from the day- Blessed Sacrament is SO beautiful and I love how these look! And these…so many favorites!! Fall was truly starting to show ALL it’s brilliance and it only added to this darling couple! I loved it so much!! Makinzie you are so gorgeous!!!
Full gallery coming soon Makinzie and Ryan- thank you SO much for letting me be a part of your gorgeous day! I am SO happy for you two!!!
Ceremony Venue: Blessed Sacrament
Dress: Michelle’s Bridal & Tuxedo
Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Videographer: Levi Kirby
Hair Stylist: Brittney Tester from The Gallery
Makeup Artist: Savanna Hoback from The Gallery
Cake: Kenzie Kelly
Officiant: Father Jeff Grant
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!).
I'm so glad you are here! Teaching Photographers and other small business owners how to run more joyful, successful, and profitable businesses is one of my favorite parts of my business! I specialize in working with photographers to make their goals a reality (or figure out what their goals should be in the first place!).