Last Saturday, I had the immense pleasure of photographing a truly beautiful wedding at Richardson Farm in Wayne, Illinois. This picturesque location is the bride Virginia's grandparent's horse farm, making it a deeply personal and meaningful setting for their special day. I'd like to share a few of my favorite moments from this unforgettable celebration.

1. Heartfelt Notes from the Bridesmaids

The morning of the wedding was filled with touching moments, one of which was the bridesmaids' heartfelt notes to Virginia. They had written these letters the day before and shared them with her as she was getting ready. The joy and emotion in the room were unmistakable, and it was a privilege to capture these intimate moments of friendship and love.

2. A Walk Among Hand-Planted Pines

Virginia's grandfather had personally hand-planted the pine trees on the property from seed, making them a special part of the farm's history. Taking Virginia and Connor to these trees for some portraits was truly magical. The love and pride in Virginia's eyes as she stood among the trees planted by her grandfather were moments I'll cherish forever.

3. The Bridesmaids' Dresses

Normally, bridesmaids' dresses wouldn't make my list of favorite things, but this time they were simply too beautiful to ignore! The delicate blue floral pattern of the dresses paired with the bright bouquets was a stunning combination. They were unique, elegant, and added a classic touch to the entire day.

4. Connor's Odo Socks

One of the sweetest details was Connor's socks, which featured their beloved cat, Odo. Connor shared a charming story about how Virginia brought Odo home shortly after they discussed getting a cat. Though Connor wasn't quite prepared at first, he quickly grew to love Odo dearly. Odo couldn't be there for the wedding day, but he was certainly there in spirit, represented playfully on Connor's socks. It was a touching and humorous nod to their shared life and love.

Virginia and Connor, thank you for having me! Celebrating the start of your marriage and meeting your family and friends has been an absolute joy! I am so grateful to have shared these special moments with you. Now get comfy as you scroll through some of my favorite images from your big day. Your sneak peek is LIVE!!

This necklace is Virginia's THREE TIMES great grandmothers necklace! Such an incredible family heirloom.

The bridesmaids each wrote letters to Virginia the night before her wedding to be read while they were all getting ready together. Such a sweet and touching moment shared!

The Odo socks!

Virginia and Connor, I want to extend my heartfelt thanks for choosing me as your wedding photographer! It has been an absolute joy getting to know you both and being part of this special chapter in your lives. Congratulations on your beautiful wedding and the beginning of your journey together!

Ceremony & Reception | Richardson Farm

Day Of Coordinator | Maggie Loiacono

Hair & Makeup | Montage Salon & Spa

Wedding Dress | Wolsfelt's Bridal

Bridesmaids Dresses | Dessy Group

Catering | My Chef Catering

Ceremony and Reception Musicians | True Company Band

Invitations | Zola

Wedding Favors | My Honey Trails

View their Engagement Session HERE!