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Jill & Derek | Decatur, IL Wedding Photographer


That is the one word I would use to describe Derek & Jill’s wedding day! The forecast was calling for rain all day…and it never rained a drop! It was the perfect day. It was perfect in every single detail. They worked so hard on all of the wedding planning and it definitely paid off!

I met up with Jill & the girls at the hair salon & then followed them around through the day. Will, my second shooter, met up with the guys at the church. We then all headed over to the Millikin homestead for their first look. The leaves were so beautiful & their may have been a little leaf fight involved while we were there! 🙂 We then went back to the church for the family photos & then the ceremony. The pastor did such an amazing job of making the ceremony so personal for the two of them. I think everyone was a bit teary eyed! After the ceremony, Jill & Derek loaded up into their stretch VW Beetle (LOVED this car) and we headed out for some photos of just the two of them. I was so grateful for the time with just the two of them…it allowed us to get a lot of beautiful photos! Jill & Derek know how to work it for the camera! 🙂 After rocking out their portraits we then went to Millikin for their reception. They decorated it in a Hollywood theme & it was hands down one of the most fun receptions I’ve ever been to! Everyone loved thier candy bar & their guests had so much fun at the crazy booth!

I had the hardest time narrowing down which photos to put on the blog…so I opted to do a slideshow, too!

Before I get to the slideshow, I wanted to share with you the vendors that Jill & Derek used to make their day so wonderful! (thanks, Jill, for taking the time to answer these!)

Wedding planner–none…my mom and I did everything ourselves!!
Hair–Lindsey Sykes-Smith at Signature Salon (Molly and Jenny helped with the bridesmaids’ hair)
Makeup–Jodi Manley, a family friend, did mine and Molly at Signature did the bridesmaids’
Florist–Judy DeBouck, owner of Judith Marie (She was the florist and decorator!)
Church–First Christian Church, Decatur, IL
Reception–Richards Treat University Center, Millikin University
Cake–Heavenly Delight Cakes, Neoga, IL
Invitations/Programs–Chrissy Spurlock at Giggles, downtown Decatur
Dress–Maggie Sottero, purchased at Michelle’s Bridal in Urbana, IL
Bridesmaids’ dresses–David’s Bridal
Tuxes–Groom’s tux rented from Formally Modern in Chicago, IL & All other tuxes rented from The Brass Horn, Decatur, IL
Musicians–family friends sang at the reception, Jodi Manley and Chris Riley; Julie McClarey played the piano
DJ–DJ David Lee with Party Time Productions
First dance song–Sea of Love by Cat Power

What will we remember the most from our wedding day? The amazing time we had at our reception (i.e. Crazy Booth and CandyBar!) with all our family and close friends there to celebrate…and trudging through who knows what to get some awesome pictures of Derek and I after the ceremony. 🙂 Also, we will never forget the extremely touching and personal ceremony that our pastor performed.

Funniest memory from our wedding day? For every wedding that our pastor performs, he takes the groom aside a few minutes before the start of the ceremony and hands the groom a handful of kleenex for the groom to keep in his pocket in case the bride becomes emotional and needs to wipe away tears. Well, for our wedding our pastor did the same thing with Derek. Little did the pastor know what the kleenex would be used for…his tears, not mine! During the pastor’s message, he began to cry, (which is very uncommon). In a moment of brilliance, Derek reached into his pocket, pulled out the kleenex and passed them to our pastor. It definitely lightened the mood, but will be remembered forever as a very sweet and tender, yet funny moment.

What was our favorite detail from the wedding day? The socks that the groom, groomsmen and dads wore!

Any advice we would give to our future brides and grooms? Don’t get caught up in all the small details of wedding planning AND don’t stress on the day of the wedding. Who cares what the weather will be like or if the bridesmaids’ bouquets begin to fall apart. What will happen will happen, yet you will still be married at the end of the day…no matter what. 🙂 (This was the best advice I followed on my wedding day!)

Would we change anything if we did it all over again? No. We wouldn’t change a single thing. Everything, (including the weather), turned out perfectly!

Where did you go on your honeymoon? We snuck down to St. Louis for a quick 3-day getaway immediately following the wedding. In December, we are heading to Negril Beach, Jamaica for the “real” honeymoon. 🙂

Enjoy the slideshow from their day!!!

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  • Amanda Dyer - Umm wow these are gorgeous!!!!

  • Heidi Roberts - These are STUNNING! Gorgeous pictures of a gorgeous couple. Love them!

  • Summer - These are absolutely stunning. I love the small details and the painted fingernails. You rocked this wedding! Congrats!!

  • Trina - Once again, you rawked this wedding!!! What a gorgeous couple <3 <3 <3 Love the purple socks 🙂

  • Natalie Myers - Wow! What a beautiful couple and gorgeous photos!

  • Tina Ryan - The color pop, bride, groom, location……all PERFECTION! What gorgeous images!

  • Denise Baumberger - Simply awesome, Kellie……you did such an amazing job! Love, love, love them!!!

  • Beth - amazing amazing amazing! location, couple, dress,photography all of it just gorgeous!

  • Jenny Hodges - Stunning photos!!! And time makes all the difference in the world when the couple allows the photographer for extra time to shoot amazing photos of them in a relaxed environment. The wedding party looks like such a fun bunch!! Love the last shot with the guys & their socks!

  • The Naylors - Amazing, beautiful, breathtaking…so much more than we could have ever imagined. The pictures leave us speechless. Thank you so much for this wonderful sneak peek and even more for being there to capture these priceless moments.


    Jill and Derek

  • veronica starr - wow!!! all the images are beautiful… but that first shot is off the hook!!!

  • Connie - Okay, I’ll run the risk of sounding silly, but OMG, these images, the bride, the groom all are absolutely gorgeous. Love every shot.

  • Jodi Manley - Breath-taking, stunning, sweet and beautiful!!!

  • Linda Johnson - A perfect day! Beautifull Bride, handsome Groom, wedding ceremony personal but a recommitment to all in attendence. What a fun time was had at their reception. I’ll remember the candy table and 4 young boys decided the center piece with the big suckers was what they wanted. Standing next to Denise, she said I don’t think I paid for the suckers. A day to remember with wonderful pictures and many memories.

  • Tina Evans - What amazing photos! Truly appreciate the fun and light-hearted theme portrayed in these pics. A very refreshing change!

  • Kristen - You never disappoint Kellie. These pictures are fabulous. I think Rob and I should get married again and let Jill plan it. Loved the details. You rock!!

  • Tammy Smith - Oh my goodness! Your pictures are so beautiful! They captured the perfectly! Awesome!

  • Roni Robbins - Perfect! What a day to remember. Everyone had so much fun and the two of you were just precious. We love you both so much!

  • Angela Parrish - Great job! Beautiful wedding and such a romantic reception.

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