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Sharing Katie and Max’s wedding day is so special to me because of this bride, who I have known for over half her life.  Katie was a deeply adored student of mine at my teaching job.  She was also my teacher’s assistant, our star dancer in shows, in all my extra curricular activities.  And far beyond, she was my friend.  She was always so easy going, effortless to spend time with, and so so enjoyable.  And she has 100% found her match.  I LOVED seeing them interact with their families and seeing how deeply integrated they are on their wedding day.  They have truly been family for each other for a long time already, and it was so so visible in every part of their wedding day.  Their wedding day also happened to be the literal first day of real feeling spring around here, and it was like magic.  We went from 50 degrees and wet to sunny and 75 overnight, and it felt completely meant to be for a gorgeous outdoor tree farm wedding!

Katie and Max deserve each other. They deserved the most perfect day.  They are both truly beautiful human beings inside and out, and care for each other and others SO well.  I am so so happy that my sweet Katie has found such a loving partner to grow a family and a life with.  I know it will be an adventurous, happy, beautiful one.

Hannah with The Floral Plan knocked it out of the park with these bouquets, as usual!!! Katie you are SO beautiful! My second shooter and dear long term friend Morgan of Turning Leaf Photography shot this and I LOVE it! This was a surprise for Katie’s mom and just the most precious first dance. I love these all so much! Katie and Max, I am truly so overjoyed for you both and so grateful for the honor of capturing your day!!! Congrats to the new Mr and Mrs McElfresh!

To see Katie and Max’s beautiful fall engagement session, click here!

We loved working with Katie and Max’s amazing creative team!!

Venue: Paul’s Paradise

Florist: The Floral Plan

Wedding Dress: All Who Wander from Cloud Nine Bridal Boutique

Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie

Groomsmen Attire: Savvi Formalwear

Videographer: Austin from Lacey Graham Photography

Hair Stylist: Bryn with The Gallery

DJ: Tim LeDew

Caterer: Nelson’s Catering

Cake: Three Twigs Bakery

Reception Signs + Customized Drinkware: KayBee Designs

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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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