Best thing about this wedding — Amber had an amazing first dance with her father. They started out dancing, but then a volleyball was thrown in. Bill tossed the ball to Amber, and the bride bumped it back. Amber said sports was more their style than dancing. They did this “a million times” when she was growing up, so it was a great way to bring out their true personalities on her wedding day.
Amber and Ryan were married July 4th, 2015 in Jacksonville. Ceremony at Annie Merner Chapel, MacMurray College; reception at Hamilton’s 110 North East. Wedding dress from Girls In White Satin Bridal and Formal Wear of Jacksonville, Illinois. (And GIWS had extra work, the bride did crossfit to look her best for the wedding, and they had to adjust the dress!) Music by TADJ – Troy Armstrong. Cake by Susan Park, flowers by Wendy Hillyer, both of Rushville.
We love working with Teri and the staff at Buena Vista Farms. Teri takes amazing care of her brides, making sure every detail has been attended to. She has an endless collection of decor that will fit any theme or color scheme.
The outdoor spaces are perfect for the ceremony and offer many different backdrops for portraits. The tent is an elegant setting for the reception and the different buildings on site provide spaces for everything you could need including rehearsal dinner, salon space, places to getting ready as well as cabins for you and your guests to spend the night – really the whole weekend.
We have had great experiences photographing at Buena Vista Farms and we congratulate them on their well-deserved recognition!
The day featured amazing service and food (as always) from the Jacksonville, Illinois Country Club. Tom Anderson from An Event Design went above and beyond with incredible arrangements, bouquets and boutineers. Icing On the Cake made an incredibly delicious and beautiful wedding cake. A Hair Company provided hair and makeup services and made sure all the ladies felt beautiful in their comfortable and beautiful salon.
Amanda’s mom walked her down the aisle and where she and Nick exchanged vows and rings while the guests enjoyed the shade, the beautiful weather and the touching ceremony. The guests signed a special guest book by putting their thumbprints on a drawing of a peacock. And the speeches by the maid and matron of honor and best man were touching and personal.
They danced the night away to great tunes, and Amanda & Nick even snuck away for a few minutes to have a few minutes alone under the full moon.