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Romantic Blush Wedding | Collinsville IL


Who knew there was a quaint event space right outside St. Louis…in Collinsville, IL ?! The Double Tree by Hilton offered a gorgeous courtyard & ballroom experience for this couple. The great thing about this venue is the versality. It’s a blank canvas that can be transformed into the wedding of your dreams. We embraced the traditional yet romantic feel and added in pops of greenery, champagne, and blush to create this stunning wedding inspirational shoot. What do you think? Would you get married here? I think it is lovely!! Not only that, but having their fur baby along for the occasion was the icing on the cake!

Amazing Wedding Vendors that contributed:

Event Planner - VSM Event Creations

Venue - Doubletree by Hilton

Design Set/Decor/Florals- Fatima Designs

Gown - Bridal Parlour

Hair & Makeup - Face It

Cake - Artistry on Cakes

Stationary- Squared Wedding Press

Models - Sara Gregor & Connor Endres

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Engagement| Crystal & Bodrick

These 2 are the sweetest! I hope you enjoy their story as much as me! 

When Crystal was attending her first year of college. She remembers sitting in english class with a friend debating if she should stay in class and be late for work or leave class early, get lunch, and then (still) be late for work. I’m sure you all can guess that answer. It was a warm beautiful day, so her and her friend decided to eat outside for lunch.

That’s when she remembers seeing him. He had beautiful curly hair that bounced with every move he made. He had beautiful eyes. The kind that you could get lost in, and she guess I did. She forgot to breathe for a moment when she realized he too was staring back at her. Now her friend oddly enough, knew him. They both started catching up while she awkwardly avoided any eye contact with him (LOL).

She knew she couldn't leave until she know his name. And then, she heard it. She repeated his name (in her head) a thousand times just so she wouldn’t forget. But, who could forget a name like Bodrick? While she was repeating his name over & over, she realized she was going to be more than just a little late to work. She quickly said bye and rushed off to work. But then she remembered, she never told him her name!

She walked that same path for about three weeks straight in hopes of seeing him again, but never did. One day, she sat outside, close to that same spot and decided to check her phone.  She had an unread message on facebook. She slowly opened the message and it was from him!! The message read, “I think you’re so beautiful.” She looked up, and there he was sitting in that same spot from where she saw him the first time. The rest was history.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. How did he find out my name? So, this crazy kid stalked my friend, found out what my name was, and searched for me on facebook. How could I not fall in love with that determination? Still in love with that determination four years later.

 

Tell us about the proposal : We had just gotten back from our weekly date night. Every saturday, we either go to a movie that we both want to see or dinner. Nothing too major, but we always look forward to Saturdays. Anyway, we had gotten home and it was late. The movie was longer than we anticipated. So, I was very tired. I started getting ready for bed. I was no longer in my cute cardigan, or perfectly lined eyeliner. I was now in cat pajamas, glasses, and hair in a messy bun. I remember him calling me in the bedroom. He was being extra funny tonight like funnier than usual if that makes sense. I even remember thinking to myself like, I want to laugh like this the rest of my life. Anyway, he starts asking me odd questions. There was one in particular that stood out to me. He asked me, “Do you remember the first time I told you I loved you?” Of course I answered yes, because that was one of the happiest days of my life, next to getting enough papa john points for a free pizza but that’s a different story. Anyway, he starts reenacting that particular day. I mean he is reciting everything that happened that day, from the movie we watched, to the food we ate, to him saying the first time he told me he loved me. And i’m just sitting there smiling, reminiscing, and clueless. But then, he switches the storyline up which catches my attention. He starts rambling saying, well I’m not going to tell you I love you today like I did the first time I said it. At that point i’m confused. I’m like ok does he not love me anymore, is it my cat pajamas? He starts to move off the bed, pulls out a black box, gets on one knee and says… “Instead of me telling you I love you, will you marry me?” Of course I cried, I couldn’t catch my breath. My best friend, the love of my life asked me to marry him. This was the last thing I was expecting. It just makes me feel so confident in our relationship. I wasn’t dressed up at all, I was just me. Awkward, no makeup, cat lover; me. It just shows that he obviously loves me for me and I couldn’t be more grateful for finding that kind of love. I can’t wait to do life with my best friend forever.

Fun Facts:

One thing they love to do together is lounging around the house. Ordering Chinese, cuddling up on the couch, and finding a good movie on Netflix is the ideal date night.

Before she decided to take this relationship to the next step, she had to make sure he loved food just as much as she did. Which he did. So, every Sunday they go to breakfast at Crackle Barrel and order the same meal every time. They have never missed a Sunday.

All in all, we did a mix of both studio and downtown shots in the (bitterly cold) weather. The cold didn't stop us and we had a ton of fun. I can't wait to capture their memories as they start their life, as husband & wife, together next month!!

The thing about this kind of real love is I can see these two at 70, enjoying each others company, at Cracker Barrel each Sunday!

So happy for these 2!

Engagement| Brooke & Jake

Classic Love story here...They met on tinder! 

It took a few weeks of talking online for Brooke to make sure he wasn't a stalker, craigslist killer,  or some weirdo. SO after playing a little hard to get, they ended up meeting in person for their first date...and the rest was history!

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The sweetest proposal happened next. 

They were visiting Brooke's hometown on Grandview Drive which is a really pretty street that overlooks the city of Peoria and the river.

They were were on their way to meet some friends for lunch, but ended up getting a text from another friend who said their car broke down and needed a jump.

As they drive up there to find them, Jake pulls over and stops all of a sudden.

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Her first response was "You're going to make them wait in the 90 degree weather while you stop?!"...Obviously, she was clueless. His response was something along the lines of, "maybe they're not actually broken down"... He came around and got her out of the car and popped the question right there at one of the beautiful lookout spots overlooking the city.

They even had a small audience of a family who was having a picnic nearby,who clapped and cheered for them!

She was crying and smiling sooo big. Meanwhile, he tried to put the ring on her right hand, lol! 

Their friends' car was obviously not broken down and he had them in on the whole thing!

I had a blast with these two love birds, in Tower Grove Park. They are both huge goof balls & made the session a lot of fun!!

Can't wait for their June wedding!  

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