Many couples get stuck when trying to think of great gifts for their attendants and family members. You want them to be creative and meaningful, but not cheesy. And let’s face it, everyone has a budget they need to stick to.
After the decision was made to gift these items to one of our couples, I chose a roll-up bag for toiletries with the bride’s initial – perfect for getting ready on the wedding day as well the honeymoon. This high-quality bag is big enough to hold everything you need. You can find the direct link here.
For the groom, I chose an engraved bat with his name and wedding date in red, the color of the couple’s favorite baseball team – the St. Louis Cardinals. Check out the photos for a close-up of the quality engraving. You can shop for and customize the bat here.
Thanks to both of these sites for letting me showcase their gifts! They were easy to choose and customize. I will be ordering from them again!
Congratulations to the 2019 Morgan County Fair Royalty! Lori Jackson was named Queen, Kayla Brackett was named Junior Miss, and Aleah Walls was named Princess Tuesday night at the Morgan County Fair Pageant.
2019 Queen Lori Annette Jackson is the daughter of Mark and Donna Jackson of Jacksonville; 2019 Junior Miss Kayla Carolyn Brackett is the daughter of Brandon and Elizabeth Brackett of Jacksonville; and 2019 Princess Aleah May Walls is the daughter of Hillary Stice and Mick Walls of Jacksonville. The 2019 pageant was held July 9 at the Morgan County Fairgrounds in Jacksonville, Illinois.
Morgan County Fair 2019 Pageant winners, Queen contest
Lori Annette Jackson won Queen and the vote for People’s Choice
Sydney Elizabeth Hembrough won 1st runner-up, Miss Congeniality and Best Speech
Courtney June Privia won 2nd runner-up
Morgan County Fair 2019 Pageant winners, Junior Miss contest
Kayla Carolyn Brackett won Junior Miss
Macey Isabella Long won 1st Runner-up
Adisyn Grace Tapscott won 2nd Runner-up
Bentley Rose Clayton won Best Communication
Katelyn Mae Adams won Best Interview
Elle Noel Van Noy won the vote for People’s Choice
Morgan County Fair 2019 Pageant winners, Princess (Little Miss) contest
Aleah May Walls won Princess
Rylinn Nicole Bland won 1st Runner-up
Adalyn Kate Hudson won 2nd Runner-up
Grace Elizabeth Crews won 3rd Runner-up
Halle Mae Armstrong won the vote for People’s Choice
One of the things we say on our web site is we’re available for wedding photography around Central Illinois as well as Chicago, St. Louis and beyond. That “beyond” this year includes north Dallas, Texas for Emily & David Clatterbuck’s wedding.
Tiffany went to MacMurray College in Jacksonville (she has a degree in Deaf Education, but that’s a topic for another blog post). Her mentor was David’s mother Claire. When asked if we would be interested in going to Texas for a wedding, the obvious response was “yes ma’am!”
The ceremony at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Frisco was gorgeous. The Piazza on the Green in McKinney is an incredibly beautiful reception hall.
Emily & David had a Rolls Royce to take them for the nearly hour drive “just down the road” between the two spots. We had to plan for extra driving time between locations. It was six-lane (three each way), 60mph road with new construction everywhere. A bad experiment with a toll road (stay off unless you have to – there’s no toll booths, no way to pay online.)
What they say about “dry heat” is pretty much true. It was only a degree or two difference in weather back home in Central Illinois – but it was way more comfortable down in Texas. By “comfortable” I mean if you stay in the shade. We had to plan outdoor portraits with the least amount of time in direct sunlight.
The bride and groom met in college while competing against each other’s schools (David went to University of Wisconsin-Madison, Emily to Notre Dame). Their first dance was breathless to behold, so elegant.
So great to be able to do a destination wedding down in Texas!
Tiffany has a series of question she asks couples when meeting to help plan their wedding day (and wedding day photography). One is “what part of the day are you most looking forward to.” For the groom, it’s usually the reception. But for Jacob, he said it was the ceremony. And because Sarah and Jacob chose not to see each other before the ceremony, Tiffany joked that when he saw Sarah for the first time, hopefully there would be a good reaction.
Well, come the wedding day at Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church in Jacksonville, there was quite the reaction! Jacob was pretty nervous before the ceremony. When he made it to the altar, he said he was trying to look down, to not look to the back of the church. But when he did, this was his reaction . . .
Congratulations to the 2018 Morgan County Fair Royalty! Savanna Long was named Queen, Bella Evans was named Junior Miss, and Chloe Buhlig was named Princess Tuesday night at the Morgan County Fair Pageant.
2018 Queen Savanna Nicole Long is the daughter of Wesley & Sally Long of Jacksonville; 2018 Junior Miss Bella Evans is the daughter of Sean & Amy Evans of Jacksonville; and 2018 Princess Chloe Nicole Buhlig is the daughter of Joe & Christy Buhlig of Jacksonville. The 2018 pageant was held July 10 at the Morgan County Fairgrounds in Jacksonville, Illinois.
Morgan County Fair 2018 Pageant winners, Queen contest
Savanna Nicole Long won Queen, Best Interview & People’s Choice
Paige Nicole Hamilton won 1st runner-up
Lilly Hoskins Schwiderski won 2nd runner-up
Maggie Raelou Kaylor won Miss congeniality
Delani Diane Dillard won Best speech
Morgan County Fair 2018 Pageant winners, Junior Miss contest
Bella Evans won Junior Miss & Best Communication
Madison Ann Davis won 1st Runner-up & Best Interview
Isabella Lauren Woods won 2nd Runner-up & Best Stage Presence
Kendall Paige Jumper won the vote for People’s Choice
Morgan County Fair 2018 Pageant winners, Princess (Little Miss) contest
Chloe Nicole Buhlig won Princess, Best Stage Presence & Best Interview
Olivia Nicole Weinant won 1st Runner-up & People’s Choice
We were able to provide wedding photography for Wan-Yuan & Josh 23 June 2018 in Champaign-Urbana.
Wan-Yuan was a graduate student at the University of Illinois – Urbana, when she met Josh. Their first date ended up at the Illini Union, and that was where they had their ceremony and reception.
We took the bride and groom to Wan-Yuan’s graduate housing in Urbana, and their favorite restaurant in Champaign for portraits.
The ceremony started with a traditional Taiwanese Tea Ceremony. A traditional Western ceremony followed in the South Lounge of the Illini Union. Half-way through the reception, the bride changed into a traditional red wedding dress.
We tell people we travel to “Chicago, St. Louis and beyond” for weddings. This time we traveled to Chicago to photograph Meghan & Aaron in their Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago.
It’s so great to be able to photograph our couples in locations that are special for them. Meghan & Aaron live on the Lake Michigan lakefront, and we took them around Loyola Park and Loyola Beach, looking for great photo spots. Aaron takes the Red Line all the time, and knew where all the good murals were located.
Congratulations to the 2017 Morgan County Fair Royalty! Gracie Richardson was named Queen, Camille Brown was named Junior Miss, and Amelia Pennell was named Princess Tuesday night at the Morgan County Fair Pageant.
2017 Queen Gracie Blu Richardson is the daughter of Dean and Taunia Richardson of Jacksonville; 2017 Junior Miss Camille Lauren Brown is the daughter of Dennis and Crista Brown of Jacksonville; and 2017 Princess Amelia Renee Pennell is the daughter of Holly Pennell of Jacksonville. The 2017 pageant was held July 11 at the Morgan County Fairgrounds in Jacksonville, Illinois.
Catherine Rose Ott placed as Top 50/50 Sales Winner. Thanks to all who bought tickets, for the funds go to the pageant winners to defer costs of state competition and other instances where they represent the fair.
Morgan County Fair 2017 Pageant winners, Queen contest
Gracie Blu Richardson won Queen & Best interview
Alison Marie Coats won 1st runner-up
Cydney Elise Musch won 2nd runner-up & Miss congeniality
Cassie Davida Huey won Best speech
Hannah Ruth Jackson won People’s Choice
Morgan County Fair 2017 Pageant winners, Junior Miss contest
Camille Lauren Brown won Junior Miss & Best Stage Presence
Leah Joy Hoffman won 1st Runner-up & Best Interview
Grace Elizabeth Newman won 2nd Runner-up
Meredith Grace Gallo won Communication Skills
Kendall Paige Jumper won the vote for People’s Choice
Morgan County Fair 2017 Pageant winners, Princess (Little Miss) contest
Amelia Renee Pennell won Princess & the vote for People’s Choice
Carley Mae Peterson won 1st Runner-up
Gracee Mae Geer won 2nd Runner-up & Best Stage Presence