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I don’t even know where to begin with this beautiful early winter wedding!  Erica and Adam and their moms and wedding planner orchestrated a beautiful day, Erica’s style is flawless, and there was so much sweet emotion on this day– and all of this went on so smoothly even though the weather massively turned right before their wedding day (t was snowing flurries all day long)!  I just loved their attitude about it all– that truly all that mattered was time together with their loved ones while they became husband and wife!

I was so struck by how much they involved Erica’s grandparents– her grandpa spoke during the ceremony and it was so sweet.  Their families are clearly close knit and very involved in their lives, and it was so fun to witness.  And behind it all,  Erica and Adam chose a beautiful venue and, with the styling and planning help Wendy their planner, it all came together just so wonderfully.  I cannot get over how beautiful the colors and textures were for a winter wedding, and we made the most of every single minute in the beautiful Annie Merner chapel to get as many photos and give them as much intentional time with those they love most as possible and I truly loved it all!  I have so many favorites!

This first look with dad was so so precious!! I cannot get over how much I LOVE these colors together, and Wendy’s gorgeous flowers!! It was all so perfect- velvet is my FAVORITE material for late fall and witner weddings!!! Erica you are stunning!! I have experienced a lot of touching, special moments on wedding days but this one truly took my breath away.  Erica asked for a first look with her grandparents but it was so powerful to see them all together, and truly feel their love and respect for each other.  It will stay in my memeory as a favorite wedding moment for a very long time! Married!!!

To see Adam and Erica’s beautiful winter engagement session, click HERE!

We absolutely loved working with Erica and Adam’s amazing creative team!

Ceremony Location: Annie Merner Chapel

Reception Venue: McClelland Hall

Wedding Planner + Florist: Wendy Hillyer with DK Boutique Flowers & Gifts

Wedding Dress, Veil, + Groomsmen Attire: Girls in White Satin

Wedding Dress Designer: Allure Bridals

Bridesmaid Dresses: Revelry

Videographer: Tower Studios

Hair Stylist + Makeup Artist: Brooklyn from On the Clip Side

DJ: Jonathan Roth from Music Source

Caterer: Hamilton’s Catering

Cake: Holly Cakes Bakery

Officiant: Jonathan Warren

Invitations: Minted

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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!). 

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