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Central Illinois Wedding Venues for Every Type of Bride

October 27, 2020

Central Illinois may not be the first place you think of when dreaming of your perfect wedding day. We don’t have a mountain range… or an ocean… or an expansive skyline.  But you know what? That’s okay. Because we have elegant hotels, lush gardens, historic homes, shady forests, revamped warehouses, rolling fields, and art galleries… […]

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A Fairytale Winery Wedding

October 27, 2020

You know those butterflies you get in your tummy when you go on a first date? Or the jittery excitement as you go in for a first kiss? It’s clear those butterfly moments are still going strong for Jessie and Seth. Their Kickapoo Creek Winery wedding was literally a fairytale. From the gorgeous tent ceremony […]

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A Dreamy Dusty Sage and Rosewater Wedding

October 5, 2020

“Refuse to settle for anything less than butterflies.” This saying was displayed behind Cheyenne and Bray’s sweetheart table at their wedding reception. And we tell you what… this PERFECTLY describes these two. It’s crystal clear that these two still give each other butterflies. And it’s crystal clear that this will ring true 50+ years from now. […]

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Your Guide to Stress-Free and Beautiful Family Photos

September 16, 2020

It’s that time again! You’ve been here before… you recently bought the most adorable, coordinated outfits for your family and are anxiously waiting for your family portrait session. Yay! Then, all of a sudden those dreaded thoughts creep into your head… “Will Ben be cranky because he’s teething?” “I just know Addison is going to […]

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A Romantic Weaver Ridge Golf Course Wedding | Peoria, Illinois

September 4, 2020

She pulled him out on the dance floor. They were total strangers. But she saw this handsome man standing nearby, and only knew she wanted to dance with him. So they danced and sparked the start of something so beautiful. Now, she pulled him out on the dance floor, but this time for their first dance […]

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Meet the Now and Then Sisters

August 28, 2020

A Quick Intro Hi there! We’re the N&T sisters… or better known as Kayla and Erika. And yes, we’re actually sisters. We have another sister, Tarah, who decided not to join the fam business because… well… she’s pretty dang amazing at being a mom to four kids, refinishing furniture, baking gorgeous cakes, and just about […]

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Bridal Inspiration for the Boho-themed Wedding

August 13, 2020

Styled shoots are amazing for so many reasons. But the main reason is to give you lovely brides some killer inspiration for your big day. We partnered with a few AMAZING local businesses to bring you some gorgeous rustic boho inspiration. So prepare to be pumped full of all sorts of creative juices as you […]

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Signs It’s Time to Elope

August 6, 2020

Let’s make something clear… there is no right or wrong way to get married. If you want a huge celebration, you should have the celebration you dreamed of! If you want something small and intimate, then have a beautifully private wedding! The only thing that shouldn’t be compromised is YOUR HAPPINESS! So if you’re starting […]

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Rachel + Connor

July 11, 2020

“It’s not going to be easy. It’s going to be really hard. And we’re going to have to work on this every day, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, you and me.” The Notebook Remember that sexy rain scene from The Notebook? I mean, how […]

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Hannah + Calvin

July 5, 2020

‘Cause baby there ain’t no mountain high enoughAin’t no valley low enoughAin’t no river wide enoughTo keep me from getting to you babe This song is sorta cheesy but it was stuck in our head after our starved rock engagement session with Hannah and Calvin. These two are a GORGEOUS couple from the inside out! […]

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