01.09.2017

Genevieve & Ross- Weddings at Star Brewery, Stone Cliff Winery in Dubuque, IA

I recently had to dig this wedding out of the archives for my new wedding website ( http://luminouslifeweddings.com ) and OMG, I just really loved these.  I figured I would share again.  The thing I loved about this wedding was the energy of the couple and the light and the colors and the venue…..all that vintage machinery with eastern light at Star Brewery in Dubuque is just a magical combination.  The Stone Cliff Winery has some magic too.  The barrel room is kind of dark and mysterious with super high ceiling and brick walls lined with wine casks.  The reception room is beautifully lit with that aforementioned eastern light.  ….sigh….

Okay, onto the pictures…..

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Beautiful lace mermaid style wedding dress is perfect for Genevieve at Star Brewery in Dubuque, IA and that bouquet…so elegant!

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Beautiful old broach on wedding bouquet in Dubuque IA

Beautiful old broach on wedding bouquet in Dubuque IA

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Gorgeous table setting.  Elegant with  touch of rustic at Star Brewery in Dubuque IA wedding

Gorgeous table setting. Elegant with touch of rustic. It looks so light, soft and classic. Pairs well with the brick walls and the wine 🙂

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lol this little was NOT having it...

lol this little was NOT having it…

The gorgeous wedding lighting inside the Star Bewery by the vintage machinery in Dubuque IA photographers

The gorgeous lighting inside the Star Bewery by the vintage machinery is crazy awesome.

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This one is one of my all time favorites because i am so drawn to strong compositional framing and lines. THIS is fine art wedding storytelling right here. *head puffs up. pricks it with pin and moves on*

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Flower girl is totally lost int he dance moment, twirling her fancy dress.  hahaha

Flower girl is totally lost int he dance moment, twirling her fancy dress. hahaha

A beautiful wedding cake inside Stone Cliff.

A beautiful wedding cake inside Stone Cliff.

Elegant and modern place cards with burlap, gold and pinks...beautiful.

Elegant and modern place cards with burlap, gold and pinks…beautiful.

groomsmen inside the Star Brewery in Dubuque, IA for wedding.

I love this groomsmen shot with the groom inside the brewery in Dubuque, IA.

Star Brewery building is an icon for Dubuque weddings.

Star Brewery building is an icon for Dubuque weddings.

Wonderful wedding decor with small mason jars and lovely florals.

Wonderful wedding decor with small mason jars and lovely florals.

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11.05.2016

Engagement Portraits in Galena, IL- Andrea & Jacob

Super cool couple, Andrea and Jacob- easy going and great conversation.  We had fun though I ran them just about out of gas, physically, lol- we braved mosquitos and tourists for these great images at Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve and downtown Galena, IL Main Street.  I’m looking forward to their wedding in 2017.

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GORGEOUS.  Their eyes....wow.

GORGEOUS. Their eyes….wow.

Sunset at Casper Bluff in Galena, IL- one of my favorite places to watch the sun set.

Sunset at Casper Bluff in Galena, IL- one of my favorite places to watch the sun set.

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Omg the color is just……lush

Galena IL stairs portraits

Beautiful scenes near the historic Post Office building looking on to the stairs and St. Micheal Church‘s steeple in downtown Galena.

Main St Galena Downtown

Galena’s Main St. is such a nice place for a stroll…especially when I escape from editing and sneak downtown for an ice cream cone from American Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor. (What can I say?  Living in Galena has it’s perks.)

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11.04.2016

Weddings in Galena, IL- Nixon Wedding Photos at Goldmoor Inn

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Bridal Suites in Galena, IL

Sometimes you catch a moment that is beautiful, you stop breathing lest your very breath disturb the magic. This was one of those moments. The Goldmoor Inn in Galena, IL has lovely cottages with lots of room for getting ready.

Wow, Taylor is just ethereally beautiful.

Wow, Taylor is just ethereally beautiful.

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They were holding each other's hands so tenderly.  Mush overload, i know, but just...awwwwwwww.....

They were holding each other’s hands so tenderly. Mush overload, i know, but just…awwwwwwww…..

FIsheye again here.  Because, um, wow.  lol.  Check out that sky!  I could not get this overall shot without that crazy fisheye lens.

FIsheye again here. Because, um, wow. lol. Check out that sky! I could not get this overall shot without that crazy fisheye lens.

Sand Ceremony- these fabulously melding sands might get jostled around changing the super cute design, but life does that.  and you can be separate, but more infused within each other's lives as time moves forward.  Pretty cool choice for their wedding.

Sand Ceremony- these fabulously melding sands might get jostled around changing the super cute design, but life does that. and you can be separate, but more infused within each other’s lives as time moves forward. Pretty cool choice for their wedding.

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Um......they wanted to kick and I'm like, well, that calls for my full circle fisheye lens.  It's definitely a funky lens to play with.

Um……they wanted to kick and I’m like, well, that calls for my full circle fisheye lens. It’s definitely a funky lens to play with.

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What is more fun than twirling that big full skirt like you did when you were a tiny tornado in your favorite dress?

What is more fun than twirling that big full skirt like you did when you were a tiny tornado in your favorite dress?

Such beautiful light at sunset in Galena, IL.

Such beautiful light at sunset in Galena, IL.

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