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Jessie & Marc | Quad Cities Wedding Photographer

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Jessie and Marc had two days of wedding celebration that were so filled with the buzz of love and laughter. It’s clear that friends and family are the most important thing to them and that they have a wonderful, supportive community. During the first night’s dinner, more people stood up to toast the couple than I’d ever seen before. Many of the toasts were spontaneous, and everyone talked about not just the ways that Jessie and Marc are perfect for each other, but also the different ways that this couple had made a positive impact on their own lives.

I love this gorgeous, simple outdoor ceremony (and can couples┬ástanding next to each other instead of across from one another during the ceremony become a bigger thing? Please? It’s awesome!) and the DIY detail-filled, kid-friendly (check out how much the kids loved the root beer float desserts…) party they through the next day. Everything a wedding weekend should be.:)

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Hannah & Jason | Westin O’Hare Wedding Photography

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I’ve been looking forward to sharing Hannah & Jason’s wedding day on the blog for a long time. After having so much fun with them on their engagement shoot, it was clear that these two were head over heels for each other and were pretty much game for anything I came up with photography-wise. But then their wedding day came in May, and it exceeded my already high expectations.

It’s hard for me to describe how wonderful this day was, so I’ll use the words of my second photographer that day, Christie. A month or two ago Christie and I were having one of those weird late-night conversations that happen when you’re half delirious after a happy, long wedding day, and I asked her what her version of wedding photography heaven would be like. She immediately responded, “It would just be like Hannah and Jason forever!” I knew exactly what she meant. It’s not about the most over-the-top perfect details or the fanciest venue (although these things were lovely too, as you can see from the beautiful ambiance in the reception, that to-die-for dress, and the ring that I just love below), it’s about the emotion that day. How wonderful to see two people so in love, and how spoiled we photographers are when the couple is so openly expressive! Their joy was uncontainable, and their first look was so sweet that it’s one of my all-time favorites now.

Enjoy!

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