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The Rustic Venues Summer Wedding Photography Luke & Jillian | Married

Even 130+ weddings in, there are new experiences with each couple at every wedding and it is one of my favorite parts about this work!  Jillian and Luke’s day was an absolute blast from start to end because of them and their people, and I won’t forget the fun and how it impacted me.  These two have a crew that is different from any I have photographed before, complete with what seemed to be most or all of a college football team literally rooting for them at every turn.  The camaraderie and support was so palpable and it honestly really blew me away.  It is clear that Jillian and Luke are VERY loved from every one of their people, and have been since they got together in high school.  They are kind, warm, and loving, and so are their people.  From the cheers of the crowd to the tears on family’s cheeks while walking down the aisle, it was all very touching.

I have to take a moment to talk about their chosen venue, The Rustic Venues in Girard, Il.  This newer venue is renovated and owned by a past bride and groom of mine and their family, and it is TRULY stunning.  This venue has thought of everything, including stunning getting ready space for both the bride and the groom, and get this…space for the full bridal party to stay there for the weekend!  I honestly haven’t seen anything quite like it.  There is a variety of spaces to choose from for rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and reception, pretty photo locations, and space for 12+ on each side to stay. I  was blown away by this venue too, and can’t recommend it enough! It was just an absolutely beautiful day.

Jillian and Luke, I adore you both and am SO honored to have been a part of your wedding day!  Here are some of my many favorites!!

I love a good reveal! These ladies were amazing, supportive for Jillian, and fun all day long!!!

First look time! It ended up being very breezy outside so we took photos in this gorgeous barn- it was so beautiful!   

Jillian you are so beautiful!!

I LOVE this series of photos so much!  

I could not love these more!

Congrats to the new Mr and Mrs Lehnen!!! I am beyond thrilled for you both and all your favorite people!!

To see Jillian + Luke’s fall riverwalk engagement session, click HERE!

Venue: The Rustic Venues

Florist: Main Street Florist

Dress + Groomsmen Attire: Girls in White Satin

Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie

Hair Stylist: Riley Brockmeyer

Makeup Artist: Molly McCue

Site Coordinator: Rebecca Hammann

DJ: Epic Entertainment

Caterer: Fat Albert’s BBQ

Officiant: Jeff Nelsen

Ice Cream Truck: The IceBox LLC

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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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