The blog is back…and with some very gorgeous images from this gold sparkle winery wedding. <3
A few weeks ago, I came back from maternity leave to a double header wedding weekend. Outdoors. Hot. Wineries when I was working and couldn’t have a glass. Leaving my baby for the first time for a long period of time.
But it was awesome. I had two of the most amazing couples, and I loved every minute of that weekend.
Jessica and Russell’s wedding was the second of the weekend, and although I was tired, I couldn’t have been more excited to head over to Pocohontas for their Copper Dock Winery wedding. I had shot a glamour party back in March for Jessica and her bridesmaids, so I knew the day was going to be a ton of fun since I already had a relationship with the girls. I feel like the photos are 10x better than they would have been had we not done that party! I also knew Jessica had put a lot of thought and a lot of work into the details of her day, and they completely trusted me and gave me free reign and the time I needed to create beautiful images. That was AWESOME.
I’m pretty obsessed with gold glitter, so when she told me her wedding was going to be gold sparkles, outdoors, with blush accents…I pretty much died.
I just happened to look out the back window of the motel and saw this fence and these metal contraptions. Only a photographer would say “oh that would be a cool place to hang the dresses.” I think the girls thought I was nuts!
It’s not really fair to the rest of us that Jessica is so beautiful inside and out. Seriously, she couldn’t be any more genuine. I’m so grateful to call her a friend.
Russell isn’t too bad himself. He’s pretty stellar. They’re a perfect match.
When I say they trusted me, they really trusted me. I suggested she…gasp…get ready outside. She obliged, and I’m obsessed with the results.
We also had a big reveal once she was dressed and ready to go for her bridesmaids. That moment was SO fun!
This…this is why I suggest doing first looks. It just enhances the experience, gives you more time together, more photos, better photos, and that excitement…that’ll never get old.
I love this bridal party. A lot. I want to hang out with them all the time.
They DIYed all the flowers. They were BEAUTIFUL.
Jessica managed to wrangle a vintage car for their portraits. Yup. She’s seriously a dream bride.
Jessica, you are stunning.
Oh…so about this. They’re PREGNANT! Isn’t this the cutest pregnancy announcement ever?!
Le Sigh. I love this decor.
I told you the first look only enhances it. Just as much emotion walking down the aisle as without a first look. Probably more emotion and less nerves!
Love this shot that my awesome second, Katie, got!
I cried right along with you two. So happy for you guys!!
They even let me behind them so that I could get their first kiss with their guests in the background. How cool is that?!
Those first moments of newlywed bliss. Perfection.
As the sun was going down, we snuck away for a few minutes to go over to the winery. I love giving my couples little pockets of time to spend together on their day since it goes by so unbelievably fast.
Shots! Perhaps laying under guys with shot glasses with expensive camera equipment isn’t the best idea…but it’s cool.
They also let me try out our photobooth for the first time! It was a smashing success!
We capped off the night with a beautiful sparkler exit!
It couldn’t have been a more perfect day, and I’m so grateful that you allowed us to document the beginning of your marriage. We love you guys, and we can’t wait for Baby English’s arrival in December!! <3
Venue: Copper Dock Winery, Pocohontas, IL
Second Shooter: Katie Blattel Photography
Coordinator: Christin Neporadny
Decorator: Heather Hayden
Cupcakes: Duke’s Bakery, Granite City, IL
DJ: DJ Shields
Hairstylists: Mindy Wolff + Lyndsy Pomerantz from Studio 9
Makeup Artists: Mallory Presswood, Glam Fam Artist from Tanglez Salon
Officiant: Tony Schoeber