Mr. & Mrs. Established September 6, 2014

We are so excited to post these pictures!!! Gina and Jeff’s wedding was beautiful! It took place at Kickapoo Winery, and had such a romantic atmosphere. The two included picture frames around the ceremony site of loved ones who couldn’t be present, which really created a sense of unity, family, and love. Instead of unity candles, Gina and Jeff decided to pour two different colors of paint onto a canvas, which signified two becoming one, except they get to hang this special symbol in their home! What a fun idea and a great way to be reminded of your vows on a daily basis.

When it comes to style, Gina knows exactly what she’s doing. Her dress was classy, elegant, and nothing short of stunning! We still can’t get over her beautiful bouquet (you’ll see what we mean as you scroll through the pictures!), which was made entirely out of striking brooches and gems. Gina put her own special touch on every detail of this wedding. Her personality and heart really shined through, and the love Gina and Jeff share for each other really made this day special. We were so excited to share in such a distinct milestone in Gina and Jeff’s lives! Thank you for allowing us to be apart of your special day.

Love this bouquet!! 

The reception hall couldn’t have been set up more beautifully. 

Introducing Mr. and Mrs.!!

Such a sweet moment between mother and son.

Bridal Dress / Blue by Enzoani / adore bridal

Bridesmaids Dresses /Alfred Sung / wedding way

Wedding Planner / Joan DeFrates

Groomsman Tux / Seno Formalwear

Florist /artistic flowers

Cake /johl comstock

Ceremony & Reception Venue / kickapoo creek winery

DJ & Entertainment / diamond dan

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Blog Post By Erika

Today marks four amazing years with my future husband, Tyler!! People say times flies when you’re having fun, and I will be the first to attest to this. This anniversary is sort of bitter sweet for us — this will be our very last “dating” anniversary. Come May, we will be celebrating a ginormous step in life…MARRIAGE! So in honor of our very last dating anniversary, I want to briefly reminisce on our very first date.

Let me just say that I liked Tyler from the very beginning because I could tell he was just as nervous as I was when I peeked out the window and saw him anxiously waiting outside. He had this complete look of terror on his face. I felt like I was looking into a mirror. Like any first date, the nerves were racing. Tyler and I had known of each other for awhile before we started dating, we actually met on a double date but we weren’t on the date with each other (God works in very mysterious ways!). We hadn’t seen each other in a couple years and other than brief texting back and forth, we didn’t really know much of each other.

Being the good ole country boy Tyler is, he picked me up like a gentleman and drove us to Olive Garden. Tyler wasn’t very familiar with Peoria so when we approached our left turn onto War Memories Drive, he failed to see the median in the middle of the road and proceeded to drive right over it. The whole car started shaking from side to side. It was a BIG median! Tyler was so embarrassed but I was sitting in the passenger seat, trying to keep myself from crying I was laughing so hard. I was thrilled because that’s something I would do (coming from the girl who pulled the front bumper off of her car). Let’s just say, this was a great ice breaker for the rest of the night! And I had a feeling we’d get along great!

Tyler and I enjoyed good conversation while we both ate our fettuccine alfredo (which made me like him even more). Deciding to go on that first date with Tyler was the best decision I ever made. That night I had no idea I was sitting across the table from my future husband. Looking back on that night I saw two kids just trying to figure out life, unsure of what the future holds, and now we are two adults facing life together. All I see in my future is him, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

A very happy anniversary to my best friend, my goofball, my rock, and my everything. I love you so much! May 23rd can’t get here soon enough, but for now, I am enjoying every last minute of our “dating” life together. Can’t wait to see what the future has in store for us!:)

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Blog Post By Erika

Our grandpa Jordan celebrated his 92nd birthday this weekend!! Now that’s amazing! I just wanted to take a few minutes to share his life with you all because each year of life is worth celebrating, but 92 years is something else. He is as sharp as a tack — if not sharper! This man still gets out and tends to his garden on a weekly basis throughout the spring and summer time, which includes hand picking his beautiful raspberry bushes. We are all so blessed to live another day and having all of our grandparents and family here is just another reminder of God’s great glory. I have some great genes flowing through my veins.:)

A very happy birthday to my grandpa! Here’s to many more birthdays to come!

One handsome man!

This is a typical grandma/grandpa moment — love their faces!

Grandma and grandpa getting a kick out of Wesley clapping after we sang Happy Birthday to Grandpa:)Love this!

Good lookin’ family! 

Luke is only 8 months old and he’s already trying to feed himself!! 

I asked Heath to “smile for auntie” and THIS is what I got!

Wes didn’t feel like smiling either…

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Blog Post by Kayla:

I hate that I’m just now having the time to write this blog post.  For those of our readers that don’t know too much about me, my family and I moved into a new house back in August of 2014.  It’s crazy how fast time flies; it seems just like yesterday we were hauling all of our furniture into the new house.  Maybe it feels like such a short time ago since I still have boxes to unpack – yikes!  My husband and I were extremely thrilled to find the beautiful house that we did.  It’s five minutes from our old home, with additional square footage, acreage, and has lots of trees!  I’ll definitely be writing another blog post with some pictures of the new home, but since I still have boxes to unpack I feel the new house is not photo worthy quite yet:)

Our excitement of moving into a new house didn’t come without a bittersweet emotion of leaving our first home together.  Our first little home is where I felt like I became an adult with having to be responsible with a mortgage and the daily living bills.  It was also the home our puppy Layne grew up in, the place we came home to after our wedding and the place where we brought home our first born.  We had SO many great and blessed memories in that house; and I’m now getting teary eyed writing. I will always treasure those special memories of picking out the paint color for our baby’s room and putting together the crib for the nursery, and my husband and father in-law putting their hearts and long hours into remodeling our beautiful kitchen.  Everyone knows that a house doesn’t come without a few flaws, but after you leave a house those use-to-be annoyances seem to disappear.  I know that one day soon, I’ll get acclimated to our new home after I put the my “nesting” touches on the house, but our first little home will always have a very special place in my heart.  Being the keepsake person I am, I had to take pictures of my son in our home before we gave over the keys to the new homeowners.

I don’t know what his obsession was, but he loved the bathroom

This photograph is so special to me.  This is where I took my weekly pregnancy pictures with Wesley.

Wes and I always played “knock, knock” in his bedroom.

He loved his monkey wall decal.

Another special photograph, I can’t believe I captured it while he was looking at his growth chart!

 Goodbye home, you will forever hold so many special memories in our hearts.  Here’s to a new chapter in our life!

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Blog Post By Erika:

Kayla and I were so honored to have the opportunity to photograph Pearl Companies 60th Year In Business Celebration. For those of you who don’t know, I currently work for Pearl Insurance in the marketing department, and I have to say that this is a wonderful company to work for. They care about their employees and they strive to provide their clients with top-notch products. No wonder they have been in business for 60 years! What an accomplishment!

The event was a great way to honor Jack Pearl (or Mr. Pearl as we call him), the Pearl Companies founder. A beautiful pastel portrait painting was given to Mr. Pearl along with a proclamation, presented by Ray LaHood. It was a great event, and I am so thankful that we were able to be apart of it.

An article was recently published in the Journal Star about Pearl Companies and their success over the past 60 years. The article talks about the company’s history and how a little determination turned a small downtown office into a prominent business that only continues to grow. Check out the article here!

J’s Event Planning coordinated the event, and did an amazing job! If you’re interested in hiring an event coordinator for an upcoming event or wedding, you can find out more information on the services they offer here!

We hope you enjoy sharing in the memories made at the Pearl 60th Celebration.

Event location / Peoria Toyota Scion

 

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