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.
While I was hanging out with the ladies, Jeff got some photos of their details for the day including Paul and Kristen’s custom Converse shoes!!! Meanwhile, Paul was at a nearby hotel getting ready with his guys. After the salon, the ladies made their way to Kristen’s parent’s house so that she could get dressed in her home. When her brother came in to see her for the first time the happy tears began. This was such a sweet moment to witness. One of the things Kristen really wanted was a first look with her dad. I loved this moment between them because you could tell he was so excited and happy for her, and yet it’s always hard for a parent when your child gets married. Again, lots of very happy tears were shed! And then, it was finally time for Kristen to get to see Paul! She was so nervous and excited as she walked up to him and he shared those nerves as he kept trying to keep his emotions in check the whole time she was walking up to him. I love the huge smiles they got on their faces when they finally saw each other! We spent a little time together taking photos around Krape Park in Freeport before their wedding party came to join us. I love this park because it offers a wide variety of photo opportunities.
The wedding party joined us next and we had a ton of fun with this group!
Kristen and Paul even did a little dance off while their wedding party watched. It was pretty hilarious!
Seriously don’t they look fantastic?!?! As we made our way to the ceremony we took a quick detour to take a photo of Kristen and Paul at her parent’s house in their gazebo. This was really meaningful to Kristen!
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! Paul kept trying not to let the tears fall as Kristen walked down, but his emotions certainly got the best of him. Next, 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!
We ended the night with a couple fun night photos outside The Rafters. I love how these turned out!
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!!!