A Stormy Galena Wedding, LeFevre Inn & Resort

When we woke up the morning of Corey and Brandy’s wedding, the first thing we saw were clouds.  That always makes us equally happy and nervous.  Cloud cover for a wedding day can make for gorgeous photos because the light is diffused and soft, wrapping itself around our subjects and making them look awesome!  However, since Brandy and Corey had planned their entire wedding to be outdoors, a bad rainstorm could be a huge bummer for them.  Thankfully though, the rain stayed at bay for a majority of the day.  Now and then it drizzled a bit, but for the most part it stayed away until just after the cake cutting when it came in droves!!!  Check out the photos below to see that epic storm roll in!

Brandy started her day getting her hair and makeup done at Contempo Salon in Dubuque.  She and her girls spent most of the morning joking and laughing together.

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Corey and his guys hung out at LeFevre Inn throughout the morning.  They watched TV and spent the morning joking around having fun together.  Groom and guys getting ready, guys hanging out before wedding, Galena IL, Wedding Photography, All day wedding photography, UnPosed Photography

After their hair and makeup were done, Brandy and her girls traveled back to LeFevre to get dressed.  Brandy’s mom helped her get in her dress and get her ready for her first look with her dad and Corey.  Brides dress hanging up, brides dress before wedding, bridal gown, lace dress with sleeves, Galena IL Wedding, Wedding countdownBride getting ready, Mom helping bride, Mom and Bride, Sweet wedding moments, Galena IL Wedding, Wedding Photographer in Galena IL, UnPosed Photography

Brandy’s first look with her dad was highly emotional.  Her dad was so happy, but this day also had special significance because it also would have been his parent’s anniversary if his dad was still around.  Before her grandpa passed away, Brandy had asked him and her grandma for permission to share their wedding date with them (which they granted of course!).  It was such a special day with many tributes made in her grandpa’s honor.  Bride first look with dad, Dad seeing daughter on wedding day, Dad reaction to bride, Dad and daughter, Galena IL Wedding, UnPosed Photography Bride first look with dad, Dad seeing daughter on wedding day, Dad reaction to bride, Dad and daughter, Galena IL Wedding, UnPosed Photography

Being Galena natives, Brandy and Corey know a lot of people in the area.  One of those incredible people is Nat who has the most beautiful backyard garden!!!  She was sweet enough to allow us to invade her backyard for their first look and photos of them and their wedding party before the ceremony.  It was so beautiful there!!!Nat's friendship garden, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography Bride and Groom, First Look, Garden first look, first look in a garden, wedding, Galena IL, Wedding Photography, Wedding Photographer, UnPosed Photography Bride and Groom, First Look, Garden first look, first look in a garden, wedding, Galena IL, Wedding Photography, Wedding Photographer, UnPosed Photography Bride and Groom, Wedding pictures in a garden, wedding in a garden, garden wedding pictures, wedding, Galena IL, Wedding Photography, Wedding Photographer, UnPosed Photography Bride and Groom, Wedding pictures in a garden, wedding in a garden, garden wedding pictures, wedding, Galena IL, Wedding Photography, Wedding Photographer, UnPosed Photography Bride and Groom, Wedding pictures in a garden, wedding in a garden, garden wedding pictures, wedding, Galena IL, Wedding Photography, Wedding Photographer, UnPosed Photography Bride and Groom, Wedding pictures in a garden, wedding in a garden, garden wedding pictures, wedding, Galena IL, Wedding Photography, Wedding Photographer, UnPosed Photography Bride and Groom, Wedding pictures in a garden, wedding in a garden, garden wedding pictures, wedding, Galena IL, Wedding Photography, Wedding Photographer, UnPosed Photography Bride and Groom, Wedding pictures in a garden, wedding in a garden, garden wedding pictures, wedding, Galena IL, Wedding Photography, Wedding Photographer, UnPosed Photography Bride and Groom, Wedding pictures in a garden, wedding in a garden, garden wedding pictures, wedding, Galena IL, Wedding Photography, Wedding Photographer, UnPosed Photography Wedding party, bridal party, Bride and Groom, Wedding pictures in a garden, wedding in a garden, garden wedding pictures, wedding, Galena IL, Wedding Photography, Wedding Photographer, UnPosed Photography wedding party garden, bridal party garden, Bride and Groom, Wedding pictures in a garden, wedding in a garden, garden wedding pictures, wedding, Galena IL, Wedding Photography, Wedding Photographer, UnPosed Photography

Their ceremony was personal and sweet.  Brandy’s dad cried giving her away, the couple shared sweet jokes throughout, and Corey surprised Brandy when he picked up his guitar and serenaded her with the song “I Want To Grow Old With You” from the movie The Wedding Singer.  It was truly perfect!!!LeFevre Inn, Galena Wedding Venue, Wedding Venue in Illinois, Outdoor Wedding Venue in Illinois, Galena IL, UnPosed PhotographyLeFevre Inn, Galena Wedding Venue, Wedding Venue in Illinois, Outdoor Wedding Venue in Illinois, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography LeFevre Inn, Galena Wedding Venue, Wedding Venue in Illinois, Outdoor Wedding Venue in Illinois, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography Bride and Groom, Wedding Ceremony, LeFevre Inn, Galena Wedding Venue, Wedding Venue in Illinois, Outdoor Wedding Venue in Illinois, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography Jake Bender, Wedding Singer, Bride and Groom, Wedding Ceremony, LeFevre Inn, Galena Wedding Venue, Wedding Venue in Illinois, Outdoor Wedding Venue in Illinois, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography Bride and Groom, Wedding Ceremony, LeFevre Inn, Galena Wedding Venue, Wedding Venue in Illinois, Outdoor Wedding Venue in Illinois, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography Dad walking his daughter down the aisle, dad crying with bride, dad walking bride, bride entrance, Bride and Groom, Wedding Ceremony, LeFevre Inn, Galena Wedding Venue, Wedding Venue in Illinois, Outdoor Wedding Venue in Illinois, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography Bride and Groom, Wedding Ceremony, LeFevre Inn, Galena Wedding Venue, Wedding Venue in Illinois, Outdoor Wedding Venue in Illinois, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography Bride and Groom, Wedding Ceremony, LeFevre Inn, Galena Wedding Venue, Wedding Venue in Illinois, Outdoor Wedding Venue in Illinois, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography Bride and Groom, Wedding Ceremony, LeFevre Inn, Galena Wedding Venue, Wedding Venue in Illinois, Outdoor Wedding Venue in Illinois, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography LeFevre Inn, Galena Wedding Venue, Wedding Venue in Illinois, Outdoor Wedding Venue in Illinois, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography Bride and Groom, Wedding Ceremony, LeFevre Inn, Galena Wedding Venue, Wedding Venue in Illinois, Outdoor Wedding Venue in Illinois, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography Bride and Groom, Wedding Ceremony, LeFevre Inn, Galena Wedding Venue, Wedding Venue in Illinois, Outdoor Wedding Venue in Illinois, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography Groom Serenading His Bride, Groom Playing Guitar, Bride and Groom, Wedding Ceremony, LeFevre Inn, Galena Wedding Venue, Wedding Venue in Illinois, Outdoor Wedding Venue in Illinois, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography Bride and Groom, Wedding Ceremony, LeFevre Inn, Galena Wedding Venue, Wedding Venue in Illinois, Outdoor Wedding Venue in Illinois, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography Bride and Groom, Wedding Ceremony, LeFevre Inn, Galena Wedding Venue, Wedding Venue in Illinois, Outdoor Wedding Venue in Illinois, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography Celebrating, wedding, happiness, outdoor wedding, UnPosed Photography wildflower boutonniere, boutonniere, wedding, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography

After the ceremony, Brandy, Corey and their wedding party loaded onto a trolley and we went by downtown Galena for a few photos along the river.  Wedding party pictures, bridal party pictures, fun bridal party pictures, fun wedding pictures, silly wedding pictures, outdoor wedding pictures, Galena IL wedding, wedding, Galena, Illinois, Wedding Photographer, Wedding Photography, wedding pictures, UnPosed Photography Wedding party pictures, bridal party pictures, fun bridal party pictures, fun wedding pictures, silly wedding pictures, outdoor wedding pictures, Galena IL wedding, wedding, Galena, Illinois, Wedding Photographer, Wedding Photography, wedding pictures, UnPosed Photography Wedding party pictures, bridal party pictures, fun bridal party pictures, fun wedding pictures, silly wedding pictures, outdoor wedding pictures, Galena IL wedding, wedding, Galena, Illinois, Wedding Photographer, Wedding Photography, wedding pictures, UnPosed Photography Daylily bouquet, bouquet with daylilies, daylily, white wedding flowers, white wedding bouquet, UnPosed Photography Bride and groom, wedding pictures, bride and groom pictures, outdoor wedding pictures, Galena IL wedding, wedding, Galena, Illinois, Wedding Photographer, Wedding Photography, UnPosed Photography Bride and groom, wedding pictures, bride and groom pictures, outdoor wedding pictures, Galena IL wedding, wedding, Galena, Illinois, Wedding Photographer, Wedding Photography, UnPosed Photography

When we got back to the property, apparently the storm clouds had started to roll in, but none of us saw them.  We were so focused on getting the entrances going and getting the party started!  Brandy and Corey had super unique touches by asking the Galena Elks to cater burgers, brats, and their famous fries and they even had a beer truck.  Needless to say, everyone was excited for the dinner and the party!  However, all of that had to be put on hold when super huge storm clouds rolled through and the wind picked up.  All of a sudden there was a downpour all around us!  Both Brandy and Corey had great attitudes about it though and stayed in the tent laughing with their friends and family as we all waited out the storm.  Galena Elks Club, Elks Club Catering, Wedding, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography Tent wedding, rustic wedding decor, rustic wedding, card table, cake table, outdoor wedding, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography storm, wedding, rain at wedding, outdoor wedding, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography storm, wedding, rain at wedding, outdoor wedding, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography

The rain eventually let up and the party ensued!  From hilarious dance moves on the floor to some of the coolest sunset photos we’ve ever taken due to the crazy sky after the rain, it was an epic night that no one will forget!  LeFevre Wedding, Wedding at LeFevre Inn, Galena IL outdoor wedding, outdoor wedding, Galena IL, wedding, reception, dancing, UnPosed Photography LeFevre Wedding, Wedding at LeFevre Inn, Galena IL outdoor wedding, outdoor wedding, Galena IL, wedding, reception, dancing, UnPosed Photography LeFevre Wedding, Wedding at LeFevre Inn, Galena IL outdoor wedding, outdoor wedding, Galena IL, wedding, reception, dancing, UnPosed Photography LeFevre Wedding, Wedding at LeFevre Inn, Galena IL outdoor wedding, outdoor wedding, Galena IL, wedding, reception, dancing, UnPosed Photography Bride and groom, first dance, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography Bride and father dance, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography Mother son dance, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography LeFevre Wedding, Wedding at LeFevre Inn, Galena IL outdoor wedding, outdoor wedding, Galena IL, wedding, reception, dancing, UnPosed Photography LeFevre Wedding, Wedding at LeFevre Inn, Galena IL outdoor wedding, outdoor wedding, Galena IL, wedding, reception, dancing, UnPosed Photography LeFevre Wedding, Wedding at LeFevre Inn, Galena IL outdoor wedding, outdoor wedding, Galena IL, wedding, reception, dancing, UnPosed PhotographySunset wedding pictures, sunset wedding, Bride and groom, wedding pictures, bride and groom pictures, outdoor wedding pictures, Galena IL wedding, wedding, Galena, Illinois, Wedding Photographer, Wedding Photography, UnPosed Photography Sunset wedding pictures, sunset wedding, Bride and groom, wedding pictures, bride and groom pictures, outdoor wedding pictures, Galena IL wedding, wedding, Galena, Illinois, Wedding Photographer, Wedding Photography, UnPosed Photography night wedding pictures, evening wedding, Bride and groom, wedding pictures, bride and groom pictures, outdoor wedding pictures, Galena IL wedding, wedding, Galena, Illinois, Wedding Photographer, Wedding Photography, UnPosed Photography

Thank you to everyone that helped make their day amazing!

Ceremony/Reception Venue: LeFevre Inn & Resort, Galena IL / Photography: UnPosed Photography, Galena IL / Florist: Hyvee, Dubuque IA / Hair & Makeup:  Contempo Salon, Dubuque IA /Bridal Gown: Bridal Boutique, Platteville WI / Bridesmaids Attire: Bridal Boutique, Platteville WI / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse, Dubuque IA / Ceremony Musician: Jake Bender / Entertainment: Ricky Rox, Dubuque IA / Catering: Galena Elks Club, Galena IL / Cake:  Hyvee, Dubuque IA

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