Embassy Suites, Peoria, IL: Marlon & Kelsey: October 15, 2016

I began chatting with Kelsey over email when she was inquiring about her wedding date!  I could tell she was incredibly sweet and smart- and I was excited when she and Marlon booked me for the big day!    A few months later I was working my bridal show booth and a very svelte couple who looked incredibly sophisticated and fashionable approached me.  When Kelsey introduced herself I squealed.  How, just how, do I get so lucky with such gorgeous couples:))

The engagement session was a blast!  Marlon was nervous (as most guys are)- but we had a blast around Peoria and I’m so glad we had that time to get to know each other and to ease their fears that they were, in fact, very good in front of the camera:)

I couldn’t wait for their big day!  It was an amazing lineup of vendors that I loved!  When we arrived- the bridesmaids were adorable with their matching robes and champagne glasses:)  We all had a blast as Pat Clark recorded his clips for his music video same day edit.  Clip here:  https://vimeo.com/187505621   These crazy girls even danced down the elevator in motion:)  SO funny!!!

The ceremony was held at a church in Washington (that doesn’t happen often for me to shoot in my town!!!)  Create a Scene really outdid itself with incredible draping and an aisle lined with flowers!!  The ceremony looked beautiful.  The morning held many tears as Kelsey gifted her dad a softball that made everyone (including this girl!) cry, her mom gifted Kelsey a sweet locket with a picture of her grandma (more tears), and then the couple read letters to each other!  It was such a sweet morning!!!

The ceremony was perfect and beautiful!  The best part was the surprise horse and carriage waiting for Kelsey outside!  She had wanted one so badly but when she called- they were already booked!  Turns out her mom had booked it for her as a surprise:)  She was so excited:)  After a carriage ride getaway, we took advantage of the gorgeous fall colors to get some gorgeous pictures!

The reception was the best!  DJ4U knocked it out of the park per their usual.  Jason, the head DJ, led a dance I believe he calls the ‘ketchup dance’- which ended with Marlon on a chair leading the crew:)  The speeches were sweet and funny, the dancing was crazy, and the cake was delicious:)

Thank you Kelsey and Marlon for such an amazing fall wedding day!

Love, Kara

 

Vendor Line Up:

Photography: Kara Kamienski Photography
Second Photographer: Meghan Monkemeyer
Planner/Coordinator: Rachel Honegger (Day of Coordinator) / Beth Edwards (Church Coordinator)
Videographer: Pat Clark
Florist: Create A Scene
Bridal Gown Designer: Essence of Australia
Suit/Tux Designer: Calvin Klein
Bridesmaids Dress Designer: MoriLee
Hair/Makeup: Pure Bliss Hair Studio and Day Spa
Event Design: Create A Scene
Tablecloths/Linens: I Do Events
DJ: DJ4U
Invitations: Sara Hale – Sara E. Designs
Rentals: Create A Scene
Cake by: Tammy Woodmancy

 

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