07.21.2011

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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07.21.2011

Weddings in Dubuque, IA- National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Several years ago, I met this person who I will describe as….effervescent.  Seriously- she is like fizzy, sparkly soda pop.  Her cheeks must ache from smiling so much.  Jennaleigh first asked me to shoot her engagement portraits and that was fun, but when she also asked me to shoot her wedding to E (quiet, smiley and an excellent musician), at the National Mississippi River Aquarium & Museum, I was all in. I couldn’t help but catch their contagious excitement.

Loras University Dubuque IA Wedding

So, these two met in an elevator- so cliche, right?! lol. Jennaleigh was entralled from the get go and dared to ask E out before they reached their floors. Of course, what better way to have the reveal but for Jennaleigh to step out of the elevator 🙂

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E practices for the surprise song they played for Jennaleigh as she walked down the aisle.

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Jennaleigh in waiting for her walk down the aisle. She had no idea E was going to sing their song as she walked in.

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Omg, the reaction was so…effervescent 🙂

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If you look close, you can see the tear. I was crying too, BTW, lol. I think everyone was.

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The rings were passed to every person to bless.

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Michele Chillook of  Twist Salon styles Jennaleigh after the ceremony in preparation for the reception.

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07.21.2011

Galena Weddings- Jennifer & Jesse have an intimate wedding at The Inn at Irish Hollow

A whirlwind romance swept these two off their feet and planted them on the beautiful grounds of the Inn at Irish Hollow in Galena, IL. Jennifer and Jesse met at a friend’s wedding and knew they were meant to be together forever.  Jennifer told me they planned their entire wedding during a super long car trip shortly after meeting each other.  They decided on beautiful Galena and  the Inn at Irish Hollow was recommended to them by a friend.  They knew it was the perfect place- beautiful views, adorable cottages filled with lovely vintage furnishings.  The breakfast parlor takes you back about 150 years. There is an old iron bridge spanning a creek that makes for a great small wedding location.

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Jen and Jesse moments before the wedding ceremony.

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Weddings at the Inn at Irish Hollow

Gorgeous barn and silo view as Jen and Jesse walk to the old iron bridge for their intimate ceremony.

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Tiny weddings are a great way to tie the knot. Galena, IL has so many beautiful locations for elopements and smaller weddings.

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The view is spectacular at Irish Hollow. You feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of city life. I’m always mesmerized by the clouds here. They tend to be picture perfect 75% of the year.

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I have this “thing” for strong, old trees. They have survived flood, fire, storm and drought and have been here for hundreds of years. What better place for a wedding portrait?

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I love that it’s really simple to have a close friend as officiant now.

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Adorable old wagon near the Inn.

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The locket contains images of their parents.

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The locket contains images A 4 leafed clover given to the couple by Jesse's mother for good luck.

A 4 leafed clover given to the couple by Jesse’s mother for good luck.

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The groom ordered this cake from the east coast. he told me the island is known for it’s cakes that have ridiculous numbers of layers. It was delicious, by the way. You can check them out here: https://smithislandcake.com/

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