Mallory+Nick // Effingham, IL Wedding Photographer

Can you believe it’s July already? Where has this year gone? I was actually talking with Terry Hopper with Anatime at the reception about the Keller Convention Center bridal expo and it just hit me that I’m going to need prepping for bridal show season soon. Yikes!! I also can’t believe it July because (with the exception of this week) last week it was in the mid-80s… humid, but still, not bad for mid-July. It seems like just the other day we were doing Nick and Mallory’s engagement session at the airport and I remember driving home from that session so excited to have the opportunity to photograph their wedding. These two are amazing and I absolutely loved working with them, and their wedding was equally as amazing. Not only were Nick and Mallory great, but their wedding party, their families, their guests, there was something different about their wedding that made it absolutely perfect. Everyone was so great to work with, and everyone was nothing but smiles and laughter.

Mallory wanted to do something a little different for their pictures outside. There are many areas close to me that are more than overly used for pictures, so they contacted Alwerdt’s Gardens, a landscaping business outside of town to see if we could do their pictures out there. Typically, I’m not a fan of landscaping for pictures. Sure it’s nice to look at, but for pictures, I just find it kind of, eh. However, Alwerdts has areas set up that look amazing. And I’m not talking a few flowers here and there, I’m talking walking areas with vines grown around it, pavilion type structures with wisteria grown all around, mature trees and grasses, These features weren’t just a few feet tall and look appealing to the eyes, they were very large and made for some beautiful pictures. I’m definitely glad we were allowed to go out there, because I think they will be very pleased with the pictures that came from it.

Then came the reception. A lot of times walking into receptions you never know what to expect. Are only half the guests going to be there? Are there going to be more guests at the reception than the wedding? What is the layout going to be? How much room do I have for my equipment? The reception hall was PACKED! So much so, I think the air conditioners were having a hard time keeping the room at a cool 85. haha I’m kidding of course, but there were definitely quite a few people. However, while the hall was up in numbers, it was probably one of the most relaxed receptions I’ve ever been to. As I mentioned earlier, everything from the day of, Nick and Mallory, the family, the guests, everything was perfect. We truly enjoyed working with Nick and Mallory, and I look forward to our day after session soon. Congratulations you two!!

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