It’s hard to even know where to begin when sharing about Shelby and James and their wedding day. You see, I had a front row seat to it all. From when they were just classmates, to co-stars, to prom dates, to boy friend and girlfriend. As their teacher and director, it was a pairing that really seemed to make them both better (which is really saying something, because they were absolutely stellar individuals, even as teenagers!!! 🤣). And from when they were teens, we hoped this day would come. I didn’t get to see the ins and outs as their relationship grew from a sweet high school relationship into the real, deep, day in and day out sort of relationship that leads to a wedding day, but I always just felt like eventually we would all be together celebrating their wedding day, and getting to photograph it was just the absolute cherry on top.
I adore Shelby and James both. I spent many many hours with them on a weekly basis when they were in high school, and they just personified warmth and kindness then. And I see it even more magnified now. Their wedding day was filled with such a depth of joy, fun, and celebration and it truly made my heart so happy. These two have such a zest for life, and just life it fully. I think everyone who loves them is pulled into that energy and fun, and it is a really special sort of gift they give to others because of who they are.
Shelby and James, it feels like yesterday and forever ago all at the same time that Casey and I were giggling at the light board wondering what was happening with you two! I am completely overjoyed for you both, and truly believe you are a perfect match. Thank you so much for letting me be the tiniest part of it all! Here are my many favorites!
This old fairgrounds building was so beautiful but Shelby just shined in it! The leaves were really showing off and so were these beauties!!! Shelby, I will not forget this moment. Perfectly timed with a song we both adore. I’ve not felt so much emotion in this moment before (and that’s saying something for me!)! Husband and wife!! I LOVE you both! To see their beautiful fall engagement session at New Salem, click HERE!
We absolutely loved working with Shelby and James’ amazing creative team!
Venue: Expo Building
Florist: Jo Ireland
Dress: David’s Bridal
Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Videographer: Devin with Complete Weddings + Events
Hair Stylist: Courtney with BJ Grand Salon
Makeup Artist: Kristen with BJ Grand Salon
DJ: Alex with Complete Weddings + Events
Caterer: Nelson’s Catering
Cake: Callie Bakes
Officiant: Jamie Morrow
Chairs, Cocktail Tables, + Dance Floor Rental: Signature Event Rental
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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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