Chelsea & TJ: A Rustic, Fall Wedding by Bolla Photo


That look! That look being exchanged between TJ and Chelsea sums it all up. The friendship. The excitement. The adoration. The love these two have for each other is undeniable. And they just exude adorableness!

"To my beautiful bride on our wedding day: Chels, As you are getting ready for the best day of our lives, I ask that you take a moment to relax, and think about how far we have come....I always knew there was something special about you. I was instantly drawn to your bubbly personality and just how damn beautiful you are. As time went on and we started dating, I leaned that there is so much more to you than that. We share the same heart. You are kind, loving, thoughtful, and just a really good person. I can tell you that I will not have a nervous bone in my body today because I am 100% sure that you were meant to be my wife and I was meant to be your husband."


Push the Limit is one of my favorite bands and they definitely delivered, as always! 

Congratulations again, Chelsea and TJ!


Southern Illinois Wedding Ceremony: St. Paul's United Christian Church, Nashville, IL
Southern Illinois Wedding Reception Venue: Buxton's Banquet Hall, Beckemeyer, IL
Southern Illinois Wedding Band: Push the Limit, St. Louis, MO
Southern Illinois Floral Artist: Town and Country Florist, Breese, IL

Amanda & Craig: A Fall Breese (IL) Wedding by Bolla Photo

A Fall Breese Wedding....corny pun, I know. I just couldn't resist!

Amanda was the Maid of Honor at her sister Melissa's wedding in 2014. (See Melissa and Ryan's wedding photos HERE.) At the reception, Amanda and Craig were quite entertaining as they danced the night away. When she later inquired for her own wedding, I knew they would be another fun couple!

While getting all dolled up by the talented ladies of Nu Image Salon, Amanda received a super cute visitor. We always have time for some loving from our fur babies!


Amanda and Craig opted not to see each other before the ceremony. Yet, we were able to coordinate doing portraits outside at the same park without them running in to each other. This really helped save time after the ceremony so we could focus on doing more portraits of just the bride and groom.

I am completely loving Amanda's color scheme. The navy and grey look so fabulous together!


Congratulations again, Amanda and Craig! May you always keep dancing! <3


Southern Illinois Ceremony Venue: St. Augustine Church, Breese, IL
Southern Illinois Reception Venue: American Legion, Breese, IL
Southern Illinois Hair and Make-Up Artist: Nu Image Salon, Breese, IL
Southern Illinois DJ: Live Wire Entertainment

Ashley & Chris: The Weirdness Called Love by Bolla Photo

“We’re all a little weird and life’s a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.”

Ashley told me that the above quote by Dr. Suess perfectly describes her and Chris’s relationship. So much so that she wanted a large framed print from their engagement session with that quote to hang in their house (and at their reception). I, of course, was more than happy to oblige and love them even more for their self-proclaimed weirdness.

The above photo is one of my personal favorites from the day. In between portraits and the reception, the bridal party stopped in at The Turf Lounge for a few drinks. After we got the obligatory group shot on the bar, I loved watching how Ashley and Chris just naturally gravitated toward each other. He put his arm around her. They laughed. They held hands. She twirled her ball gown in front of him. And then they just randomly started to dance with each other. I feel like that photo of them together defines (at least from my perspective) who they are as a couple: adorable, weird (in a good way!), and so in love.

Congratulations, Ashley and Chris! Here’s to you always staying weird and so in love!

Ceremony: St. Dominic’s Church, Breese, IL
Reception: KC Hall, Breese, IL
Hair and Makeup Artists: Nu Image, Breese, IL
Floral Artist: Flowers by Tess, Carlyle, IL
Cake Artist: Krystal’s Cakes, Highland, IL

And here's that fabulous quote again! :-)

Melissa and Alex 10.12.13 by Bolla Photo


Melissa and Alex have already been together as a couple for a decade, ever since Homecoming their freshman year of high school in 2003. Anyone who spends any amount of time with them can see the fun and sweet love they share, which was reflected in their wedding day.

The bride wore fabulously green Poetic License pumps. The groom and his groomsmen donned Pokemon Pokeball cuff links. Their wedding stationery (and website) had 8-bit hearts, and their Save-the-Dates also featured an 8-bit bride and groom! They cut their wedding cake with the Master Sword from The Legend of Zelda. And the groom’s cake was shaped like a Gameboy, complete with a screen showing the lyrics to “The Bolero of Fire,” a song from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

"It is something that grows over time... a true friendship. A feeling in the heart that becomes even stronger over time... The passion of friendship will soon blossom into a righteous power and through it, you know which way to go...”

Congratulations, Melissa and Alex! Wishing you many more decades of making each other smile.


(To see more photos from Alex and Melissa‘s wedding, watch the video slideshow below.)

Ceremony: St. Augustine Catholic Church, Breese, IL

Reception: Lindendale Park Ballroom, Highland, IL

Dress: The Wedding Belle, Highland, IL

DJ: Short Circuit Entertainment

Hair Artist: Salon De Guerra & Day Spa, Highland, IL


Ashley and Justin 07.20.2013 by Bolla Photo

Ashley and Justin’s wedding day started bright and early! The girls started hair and makeup at 6 am. Ashley and I had planned well in advance and she had a very detailed schedule of the day.  And with 7 bridesmaids, 2 usherettes, herself, her mother and her mother-in-law-to-be to attend to, it was a good thing! Everything ran smoothly at the salon and then we headed to the Luitjohan residence for the girls to finish getting ready. All the while, Justin and his guys were hanging out at his parents’ house and enjoying the swimming pool.

St. Bernard Parish is just down the road from Ashley’s parents’ home.  After arriving at the church, Ashley had a very special (and tearful) “first-look” moment with her father and brother. (Ashley’s “something blue” was an indication of how close-knit her family is. It was a heart cut from her dad’s blue jeans and sewn into the bodice of her wedding dress.) Soon, she was on her father’s arm walking down the aisle towards her soon-to-be-husband.

As Ashley and Justin exited the church after being married, friends and family released a multitude of balloons.  The balloons floated up into the bright blue sky and the couple sped off around the block in a black Camaro. After a quick stop at the couple’s stomping ground, Barefootin’ Saloon, it was off to Hidden Lake Winery in Aviston, where the couple had chosen to also do their engagement photos.   After enduring the hot July day, the bridal party headed back to the bus to cool off.  Next we made our way to a private farm with several barns. It’s not every wedding we get to climb up into a hay loft with a bride and groom! The resulting photos of Justin and Ashley were well worth the stifling heat up.  (Thank you to Tara and your aunt for such a great location! And thanks to Justin and Ashley for doing some adventuring!)

The reception at the Breese American Legion was decked out in turquoise and orange with football-themed accents. After dinner and the first dances, everyone crowded around the newlyweds as they all watched the spectacular same-day-edit video (by Kelsi and Tara of Peace Love Productions) that showed highlights of the entire wedding day. Ashley and her mom were especially teary-eyed through this emotional reliving of such a wonderful day.

Congratulations, Ashley and Justin!


(To see more photos from Ashley and Justin’s wedding, watch the video slideshow below.)

Ceremony: St. Bernard Parish, Albers, IL

Reception: American Legion, Breese, IL

Videographers: Peace Love Productions

DJ: Short Circuit Entertainment

Floral Artist: Flowers by Tess, Carlyle, IL

Hair Artist: Donna Duncan, Julie Thole, Kristie Luebbers, The Cutting Edge, Breese, IL

Make-up Artist: Katie Schlautmann

Gown: Sottero and Midgley, from Elegant Brides, Edwardsville, IL

Cake Artist: Maribeth Detmer

Cupcakes/Cake Pops: Bonnie Simmons