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Funks Grove is every photographer’s dream wedding venue, and perhaps I will succeed in visually proving that to you in this post. Really, what I care more about proving in this post is what a dream couple Sam and Sam are…
Out of all the weddings I’ve experienced, Sam and Sam are definitely towards the top of the list when it comes to fighting for Joy well on their wedding day — their love for each other and steadfast hope for the unity that God is building helped them to not be fazed by the distractions, stresses, and drama of the day!
I wanted to capture how their loyalty to one another is vivacious…
Sam and Sam, thank you so much for letting me a part of your day. I am truly grateful that Stacy got us connected, because just getting a glimpse of how you love Jesus and each other has built up my faith, and it has been so good to see how your steadfast loyalty to each other inspires those around you! Your joy through obstacles has been so contagious, and I know you will only continue to grow closer to each other with each passing day, so I am excited for you guys to discover more and more deeply just how much He will unleash His favor and peace upon your new home as you look to Him together :)
Canon 7D, 35mm f/1.4L, 24mm TSE II f/3.5L, 70-200mm f/2.8L IS, Speedlite 580EXII // Processed with VSCO Film
Remember Baby Luke? He’s a teenager now! I might be partially kidding…only partially. He is growing so, so quickly…sitting up all by himself and all!
One of my favorite things about being a part of the community here is that I can revolve my life around amazing people of all personalities, backgrounds — regardless of whether they are students or not, at all walks of life. I love watching babies grow because they learn in such a novel way and all react completely differently as their personalities develop. Luke for sure has a certain pizzazz!
I just am so excited to see this family’s love unfold and explode like a million fireworks. Kyle and Holly, please know that you walk in the crazy great blessings of the Most High — it is so clear that He holds you: He holds you near to Himself and each other, He holds you in protection, He holds you in time and eternity, He holds you in the very notes and undulations of His voice, He holds you as He unleashes the massive storehouses of grace and Promise!
Canon 7D, 35mm f/1.4L
Dear Mike + Laura, Thank you so much for letting me take part and capture these great and precious moments…there was so much Joy and so much celebration going on all day and I know it’s because of how both of you allow God to use you in this community in a powerful and beautiful way. There is so much strength in the two of you coming together, and all of us are so excited for your years ahead!!!
Canon 7D, 35mm f/1.4L, 70-200 f/2.8L IS, Speedlite 580EXII // Processed with VSCO Film
Who doesn’t love grandparents?! Both Omar and Mayumi’s parents came on a visit so we jumped on the opportunity and went out to one of Southern Illinois’ most popular wineries to make some portraits. The summer was ripe so the vines were full of sweet grapes and the orchard’s branches were heavy with bunches of apples and peaches…it was a satisfying experience overall — one of my best days soaking in the richness of Southern Illinois!
The bright colors really express all of their personalities! Just by knowing Omar and Mayumi, I’ve experienced a lot of beauty I had never known before, but spending time with their parents gave depth to how great of people they all are individually, and how they weave into each other to create the kaleidoscope of awesomeness as a family :) What a memorable afternoon!
Canon 7D, 35mm f/1.4L // Processed with VSCO Film
Another thing I love about shooting weddings is the challenge of new and different styles of locations. Obbie and Kelly Beth got married in a gorgeous and classic chapel, and I can only hope that my pictures did the venue justice. Obbie and Kelly Beth, many congratulations and may these memories keep you bursting with joy that multiplies with each passing day :)
Canon 7D, 35mm f/1.4L, 70-200mm f/2.8L IS, Speedlite 580EXII // Processed with VSCO Film
Canon 7D, 35mm f/1.4L; Processed with VSCO Film