I'm a coffee loving, travel-obsessed, twenty-something based out of Central Illinois. I'm lucky enough to make a living doing what I love - photographing people! I specialize in weddings (destination + local), senior portraits, + boudoir.
Picture this: a large tool shed, DIY-ed to the nines. It’s like glitz and DIY had a wild love affair, and the result was this remarkable reception hall, decked out with floor-to-ceiling drapery. DIY never looked this good.
Their ceremony was in the heart of the University of Illinois campus at St. John’s Newman Chapel. And here’s the kicker: it went down during an Illini game. Orange and blue pom-poms shook everywhere during the exit because when you’re in Illini territory, you roll with it.
Emily and her squad prepped at Company 421’s space in Mahomet. Meanwhile, the guys met up with my second shooter, Kaula, at the church. The stage was set for the epic day ahead.
After they said “I do,” we headed to the Japanese gardens and captured some jaw-dropping portraits. Just WAIT until you see Em’s addition to her dress for these portraits!! Rain tried to be a buzzkill, but these two laughed it off and made the best of it.
Now, here’s the showstopper. The reception was no ordinary deal. The tool shed transformed into a fairytale setting, complete with lit “Franey” letters outside, drapery floor to ceiling, and an epic backdrop to their sweetheart table. I was fortunate enough to be there from the moment JT dropped down on one knee to pop the question, we had a blast at Allerton for their engagement photos, and now this. Believe me, it was one heck of a rollercoaster from that proposal to this sensational wedding.
Their love story began while working part-time at the ACES Library during their time at the University of Illinois. Just two students going about their business, and now, they’re in it together for many kick-ass years to come.
Emily, JT, THANK YOU for trusting me along this entire journey. It’s been absolute perfection, I can’t wait to see where life takes you both, and I’ll see you soon!