Whitney and Adam's Wedding at the Seasons Event Center | Southern Illinois Wedding Photographer

When I first asked Whitney how she envisioned their wedding, she mentioned “a long overdue party in our honor.” They wanted a relaxed and fun day from start to finish, and that’s exactly what they got! Adam and Whitney have been together for what seems like forever (probably because it has been forever!), and I think everyone around them would agree that their love was very deserving of this amazing day.

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What No One Tells You About Your Wedding Dress | Southern Illinois Wedding Photographer

If you’re a midwest bride getting married between the months of April through October, there is something that no-one is telling you. It’s something that few people know, and it’s so small that even if a person does know, it’s rarely thought about so never talked about! But, when it’s wedding day and it’s happening, it can feel like a very big deal. So, I’m going to tell you now. Ready?

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6 Tips for Including Your Dog in Your Wedding Day | St. Louis Wedding Photographer

If you’re reading this, I’m going to assume that you are equally obsessed with your fur-child. And, if you also happen to be wearing an engagement ring, the ideas on how you could include your dog in your wedding day are already swirling around in your mind. As both a wedding photographer and crazy dog-mom, I am outlining 6 tips for including your dog in your wedding day, so that you can make it happen in a way that fits your pup best!

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Farmhouse Decor Must-Haves for Any Budget

I’ve been there—browsing the aisles of Hobby Lobby, picking up an item that is so freakin’ cute, only to put it back because you are second guessing how it will fit into your home. But, I have found that there are certain things that you can never have enough of. Things that fit in regardless of the changing seasons. And, ultimately, things that give you the most bang for your buck. Keep reading for my three farmhouse decor must-haves!

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Lucie and Quinn's Wedding in Ocean Isle Beach, NC | Destination Wedding Photographer

Loved ones are moved to tears, and even strangers smile when they walk by, because Lucie and Quinn have the kind of love that you can see in the way they look at each other, and hear in the way that they build each other up. It was an honor to photograph their wedding with the breathtaking views in Ocean Isle Beach setting the perfect scene.

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WHAT HUNTING MEANS TO A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER | SHOT BY CHELSEA

But, let me tell you something. When I am walking to my stand—alone in the dark, and climbing 25 feet up a tree—alone in the dark, and sitting in the woods waiting on the sunrise—alone in the dark, NOTHING makes me feel more independent, confident, and strong. I take that feeling, bottle it up, and use it everywhere.

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Kelley and Zach's Wedding at The Seasons Event Center | Southern Illinois Wedding Photographer

Zach and Kelley’s wedding at the Season’s Event Center is a day I will never forget. Between the cozy decor that made guests feel like they were being welcomed home, the rain that cleared up just in time for the outdoor ceremony they had been dreaming about, and watching two of my favorite people get married…it was the perfect day.

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Farmhouse Christmas Decor Inspiration

Christmas at the farmhouse is my favorite. It’s when my love of home decor meets cozy traditions, and the result makes me want to curl up with a Christmas mug while Micheal Buble sings Silent Night in the background. So, pour something warm in your mug and come on in!

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