Kristen & Paul { A Mint and Pink Wedding in Lena IL }

Today is going to be such a great one on the blog!  We get to share Kristen and Paul’s mint and pink wedding in Lena with you all!!!!  Kristen and Paul currently live in the Peoria area so we did their engagement photos down there.  But Kristen’s parents live in Freeport so they chose to come back up here for their wedding day celebrations which is what led them to finding us.  Their wedding day was so perfect for them and I’m so excited for you to see it!

Kristen and her girls started the day at Rivers Edge Salon in Freeport getting their hair and makeup done.

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Bride and Groom, Wedding Day, UnPosed Photography Their ceremony took place at Winneshiek Evangelical Free Church in Freeport.  A friend of the family did all of the decorating for them and it looked great!  Mint and Pink Wedding, Winneshiek Evangelical Free Church Freeport, Freeport Church, Wedding, Wedding Ceremony, Church Wedding, UnPosed Photography Mint and Pink Wedding, Mint and Pink, Mint and Blush, Lena IL Wedding, UnPosed Photography Mint and Pink Wedding, Winneshiek Evangelical Free Church Freeport, Freeport Church, Wedding, Wedding Ceremony, Church Wedding, UnPosed Photography Paul kept trying not to let the tears fall as Kristen walked down, but his emotions certainly got the best of him.  Mint and Pink Wedding, Winneshiek Evangelical Free Church Freeport, Freeport Church, Wedding, Wedding Ceremony, Church Wedding, UnPosed Photography Mint and Pink Wedding, Winneshiek Evangelical Free Church Freeport, Freeport Church, Wedding, Wedding Ceremony, Church Wedding, UnPosed Photography Mint and Pink Wedding, Winneshiek Evangelical Free Church Freeport, Freeport Church, Wedding, Wedding Ceremony, Church Wedding, UnPosed Photography Mint and Pink Wedding, Winneshiek Evangelical Free Church Freeport, Freeport Church, Wedding, Wedding Ceremony, Church Wedding, UnPosed Photography Mint and Pink Wedding, Winneshiek Evangelical Free Church Freeport, Freeport Church, Wedding, Wedding Ceremony, Church Wedding, UnPosed Photography Mint and Pink Wedding, Winneshiek Evangelical Free Church Freeport, Freeport Church, Wedding, Wedding Ceremony, Church Wedding, UnPosed Photography Mint and Pink Wedding, Winneshiek Evangelical Free Church Freeport, Freeport Church, Wedding, Wedding Ceremony, Church Wedding, UnPosed PhotographyNext, we all headed to the Rafters in Lena for the reception!  The reception was decorated perfectly to what Kristen and Paul  wanted and everyone had a blast throughout the night!

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Special thanks to everyone that made Kristen and Paul’s day possible:

Ceremony Venue: Winneshiek Evangelical Free Church, Freeport IL /Reception Venue: The Rafters, Lena IL / Photography: UnPosed Photography, Galena IL / Florist: Country Girl, Freeport IL / Hair & Makeup:  River’s Edge Salon, Freeport IL /Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal / Bridesmaids Attire: David’s Bridal / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Seno Formal Wear / Entertainment: Jitterbug, Freeport IL / Catering: The Rafters / Cake:  Cathy’s Custom Cakery, Freeport IL

Kristen and Paul, thank you for letting us share your day with you!  We loved every moment of getting to know you both!!!

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Erica & Jerome { Summer Engagement Session in Galena }

A few weeks ago we met up with Erica and Jerome for their summer engagement session here in Galena.  These two lovebirds smiled and laughed and loved on each other every moment of the time we spent together.  Though the day was definitely warm, they didn’t let it phase them.  We had a blast walking along the path of the Galena River, and then exploring the downtown Galena area together.

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Erica and Jerome we had a blast with you two and can’t wait for your wedding day!!!!

-c&j-

Lauren & Jordan { Dubuque and Galena Engagement Session }

Lauren and Jordan are such amazingly sweet people and I’m so glad you all get to meet them today!  They are the kind of couple that truly light each other up.  They keep each other laughing.  They make each other smile.  Above all, it’s easy to tell they truly care for each other no matter what.  A few weeks ago we met up with them for a little downtown Dubuque and Galena engagement session.  Check out some of our favorite images from the session!

We started our session in the Millwork District of Dubuque.  Jordan currently lives there so it was fun to explore his neighborhood with them.

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Lauren and Jordan, we are SO excited for your wedding next year!!!!!  We can’t wait to spend the day with you two and your families celebrating you two becoming husband and wife!  It’s going to be such an amazing day!

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