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David + Jillian | Decatur, IL Wedding Photographer

Ready to wipe some drool off of your keyboard?  Don’t say I didn’t warn you.  This wedding is full of amazing details (with the most gorgeous lettering!), a beautiful & fun wedding party, a bride & groom that couldn’t be more perfect for each other, hand tied bow ties, and glazed doughnuts.  It was pretty much the perfect day. (Even if it did rain on us almost all.day.long!)

champaign, il wedding photographyI LOVE when a bride books a hotel room to get ready in.  It’s so much better than church nurseries (No one loves Noah’s ark wallpaper in the background!) and the light is just yummy!

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The Decatur club looked ahh-mazing.  (Told you that you just might drool.)hand lettering

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The Brass Horn was responsible for making this party look gooooood.  (How fun are these ties in this background???)

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Jillian.  Just perfection.  Classic beauty.

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Jillian emailed me before the wedding to tell me about the “Big Love Ball.”  It was HUGE! (and so much fun!)IMG_2790webIMG_2809web2014-08-25_00282014-08-25_00292014-08-25_00322014-08-25_0033

You two are ridiculously good looking.  And completely in love.  And my heart couldn’t be happier for both of you.

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What’s your love story?

David and I met in what we guess would be 4th grade or so at a St. Teresa Football game or sporting event. While we were always friends we did not date until after sophomore year in college. We did long distance for the last two years of college and the rest is history! Ha! He proposed on a random Thursday night when I was getting out of his car! I always give him a hard time about it but a big thumbs up for him because I seriously had just come from the nail salon, FRESH MANI! Haha! I said yes because David really is my best friend and I knew he was who I was going to go through the adventure of life with. No question.

What was your favorite memory from your wedding day?

I have a lot of great memories from the day, from getting ready with Doyle singing some crazy wedding song to seeing David as the doors opened to the church or watching everyone celebrate and dance the night away at the reception. The day was full of favorites!

What was your favorite detail from your wedding day?

For me, details were important, maybe so important it was a bit of a fault, if that is possible. I think my favorite detail though was at our new home, David had wrote “Welcome Home Mrs. Peters” on the wall in the dining room that we painted chalkboard the week before. It was the perfect detail to come home to as Mr. and Mrs. after a beautiful day!

What was your something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue?

My old and blue was the broach I had on my bouquet, it was my great, great aunts and was the “something blue” I had talked about using for years and years! My new was my dress, shoes everything really, and my something borrowed was the heart sewn in the back of my dress, that was a heart of fabric from my Grandma Jean’s dress that she wore to my parents wedding! Perfect detail!

Any advice you would give to future brides and grooms?

My advice is to think of the wedding day as your brand, the brand of your relationship. It should scream from start to finish, BRIDE and GROOM! Whatever makes that happen is what it should be. And I think it is so easy to think “this is how a wedding should be” and I think you have to throw that out the door, there are no rules, this is your day, do what you love.

Where did you go on your honeymoon?

We didn’t go on a honeymoon right away, but bought a home instead. We plan to take a honeymoon down the road a bit, so something to look forward to!

Anything else you’d like to add? Enjoy it, the day flies! Shoot the whole year flies! During planning, pick vendors that you connect with and you are inspired by, it makes all the difference. (cough, cough Kellie at AMP!) And make sure that the day screams you and your new spouse, it is all about you two!

 

The people responsible for making this happen:

Wedding Planner-We didn’t use a wedding planner but we definitely had a vision of what we wanted it to look like from the get go. I loved the planning and seeing the ideas come to life (I had a lot of ideas!!). We had great vendors for uplighting and florals which make great impacts on a space. And with my mom, dad, David and friends  there to help make it happen, it become reality! I had a friend make the beautiful, massive silk florals, another made the amazing black and white striped “king’s table” table cloth and another made my crazy oversized balloon idea real!

Hair – Mint Salon- Brook Banning and Randi Johnston (Both so talented!!!)
Makeup– Katie Fucinari- Salon 402 (AMAZING!)
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Cake– We had macaroons and our cake to cut was from Cream and Flutter in Champaign but the served cake, cake pops and Groom’s Cake were from Marcia’s Cakery, Marci Ingle, who is amazing! We also had donuts, which were a hit, from Golden Glaze in Decatur
Dress–My dress was Maggie Sottero and I got it, as well as the bridesmaid dresses, my short dress (all were Alfred Sung) and my mom’s dress at Michelle’s Bridal in Champaign. Lauren was amazing to work with and completely understood what my style was.
Tuxes- The Brass Horn– they were great!
Musicians– The band was Jim Markum Swing Band out of Peoria. They made the whole party!
DJ- Elite Entertainment, Matt was the best and great at making sure David and I were having a good time!
Limousine- Our Trolley was from Elite Entertainment!
Videographer- Jeremiah Cox at ParkLife Wedding Films
First dance song— Percy Sledge “When a Man Loves a Woman”

 

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  • shannon - AHHHHHH!! are you kidding me?! this wedding is completely amazing. i’m totally obsessed!! LOVE the venue, LOVE the tie background, LOVE the gorgeous couple and their gorgeous portraits, LOVE the balloons, LOVE the love ball….all of it. amazing!!

  • Bobbi - What an incredible wedding!!!! Kellie, you are SUCH an incredible photographer… 😀

  • Abbey - LOVE the sharpness of your photos! This wedding is just insanely gorgeous. They added so many personal details and it looks like so much fun!!

  • KatieW - What a gorgeous bride and location. I love the love ball!!

  • Laura - I loooove Jillian’s style!! The decor, the donuts, the dress change, all of it!! And, of course, their portraits are beautiful! 🙂

  • Jen - I love the classic look and feel many of these have – yet they are still so fresh, modern and fun! Great work!

  • rachel - What an amazing wedding! These are so, so beautiful! The portraits of the two of them – LOOOOVE. Amazing work!

  • Tammy - What a gorgeous couple! And that decor is incredible. I can’t even pick a favorite out of all of these amazing images! Great job!

  • maike rinaye - This couple is soooo fabulous! I love the balloon images! And all the details highlighted at the beginning… soooo great!

  • Vanessa - Pic of bride sitting by the window = gorgeousness. Totally. And I love the colors this couple picked. So so pretty!!

  • Rachel R - Girl. Too many favorites to even keep track…stellarly amazing ring shot…the groom wight he ties as backdrops…the venue from above….my god. I’m in awe. Awesome set of images!

  • Gisselle - These are beautiful!!! I love everything about them, great job!!!

  • KatieW - Such a gorgeous wedding!!!!

  • Keren - Kellie…every image is just perfection, seriously!!! I can’t believe they brought balloons!!!!! how cool!!! just beautiful

  • Megan - WHHHHAAT!!! I love giant balloons. We had them at our wedding too! As centerpieces make them even more spectacular. These are wonderful photos. Stunning wedding, great wedding part and beautiful colors.

  • Caitlynn - How beautiful. Love those ring shots and the reception detail shots, but the bride and groom is where it’s at! You really captured some special moments.

  • Melissa Yocum - Wow. I’m drooling over there!!! Love the blue and the balloons!! And the details and her jewelry and shoes! And the light and love…seriously, what a gorgeous day!!!!

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