June 17, 2012

Dana & Eric :: Frankfort, IL Wedding

Dana and Erica were married this past Saturday at CD&ME. I’d been looking forward to this wedding all year because I knew that–just like with their engagement session–nothing about this wedding would be average. Dana and Eric are country folk at heart. They love horses, big sky, and each other. And when it came to their wedding day, they (with the help of their fabulous families) knew how to interpret their love in the most creative ways possible. Think horses. Think a couch made of hay. Think a whole hog barbecue. (I’ll spare you those photos.) There were SO many amazing details at this wedding; it was a blast to shoot.

This isn’t my first time working with this family, though. In 2010, I shot Dana’s sister’s wedding. And then 2 months ago, I shot Amy and Brian’s wedding. (Brian is Dana’s co-worker.) On Friday, I shot family portraits for Dana’s aunt and family. And, while I was at the wedding on Saturday, Leah reminded me that I’d be seeing her next month at Stacen and Joe’s wedding. (Stacen works with Leah.) Got all that?

They are a wonderful group to be around, and I’m lucky to have them as clients. I am so happy with these photos, and I hope Dana and Eric love them, too. They leave for St. Lucia in the morning, so I promised to get them a peek before they head to the beach. Enjoy, guys!

This wasn’t staged, believe it or not. But I love that Dana had her sister, Leah, and her mom helping her get ready.

Dana and Eric did a first look at the barn where they keep their horse, Wes. I couldn’t possibly love this more.

Romeo looked very handsome in his tie!

Wes is the best photo prop EVER (except when he kept trying to eat the bouquet)!

This was Dana’s idea. AMAZING.

Dana and Eric with their four-legged family.

Lots of details!

These two are big beer fans!

Love the girls’ boots!

Ceremony time!

Dana’s cousin, Jane, sang a BEAUTIFUL rendition of Hallelujah. Everyone had tears in their eyes. I love how the light hits Jane and the happy couple in this photo.