What a joyous day!
This is exactly what fun Fall weddings should be. The crisp September air mixed with the warm autumn sun, and the excitement was tangible throughout the beautiful grounds of CD & ME. Bill and I arrived in time to set up for a First Look between the bride and groom - one of my favorite traditions to capture on film. Kirstin arrived in a super rad antique car and headed right over to her handsome groom. They were smiling so hard, that their faces may have actually hurt a little bit - though, if they did, I doubt they noticed.
The outdoor ceremony was heartfelt and perfectly suited to this fun, easy-going couple. Readings by Kirstin's brother and Ben's sister, along with the wonderful storytelling of their officiant made everyone grin from ear to ear. The same could be said about the fabulous reception. After a humorous cake cutting, several beautiful toasts were given to start off the evening right. Once the delicious dinner wrapped up, the dance floor opened and the energy skyrocketed. The venue literally opened up the walls of windows and let the fresh air in and let the music blast out. Those who weren't moving their dancing feet visited the bar or sidled up to the giant fire pit outside. Bill and I even stayed past our contracted time because we were having so much fun capturing the bride and groom on the dance floor!
No doubt, Kirstin and Ben are two peas in a pod, and we were honored to be a part of their beautiful wedding day. We know they'll have many years of laughter ahead. Na Zdorovie!
P.S. Both Kirstin and Ben are Illinois State University Alumni, just like myself! Loved hearing their story of how they met - I knew all the places they talked about, like the Quad, and where Steak 'N Shake was. Go Redbirds!