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haylie + jesse | wedding | bismarck, nd.

My mom spent her early childhood living in North Dakota, and though her parents eventually moved their immediate family to Illinois, many of my mom’s cousins and aunts and uncles still live there. So, my brothers and I’s own childhoods often involved an annual trip back to see family and get to know a little…

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jamie + matt | intimate church ceremony | naperville, il.

If there’s one thing that’s wildly clear as we near the end of 2020, it’s that this year has not only been unlike any other, but also that none of us could have come close to imagining this experience. This was my tenth year of photographing weddings, and yet I could never have pictured so…

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jade + phil | elmore stock farm wedding | laura, il.

I walked into the house that Jade grew up in to a home full of excitement – ladies putting finishing touches on their makeup, Jade’s mom getting ready in the bathroom off the kitchen where the girls were, her dad gradually getting dressed as he chatted with his daughters and their friends. Spending time on…

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ryan + brycelyn | the warehouse on state wedding | peoria, il.

A thing we often hear from couples is that they “make each other better” – that when they are together, they become better versions of themselves, so to speak. A lot of times this bettering happens in moments that aren’t as clearly visible to others, often through variations of helping each other grow and learn…

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josh + lauren | wedding at the stables | kewanee, il.

Josh and Lauren started, as did many couples who planned a 2020 wedding prior to the pandemic, with plans for a wedding day that looked quite a bit different the celebration they ended up with. Their wedding was originally supposed to take place back in May, and once the Department of Defense signed into effect…

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