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

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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."

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

Congratulations again, Chelsea and TJ!

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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

Aiemie & Billy: Snowy Engagement Fun by Bolla Photo

Having never really been photographed professionally (aside from at his brother’s wedding a few years back), Billy and Aiemie both wanted to make sure their photos that would be fun and relaxed…which, of course, I’m all for! Last week’s dusting of snow turned into a foot of FUN for this week’s session at the Gardens at SIUE in Edwardsville.

The snow was too fluffy for snowballs, but Aiemie and Billy didn’t let that stop them from an all-out snowfight! War quickly turned back to love as the two cuddled to warm up.

Majoring in both psychology and sociology, Aiemie spends a lot of time at the campus library. Inside I was excited to find an antique iron elevator cage.

And I couldn’t leave without spying on some smooching between the bookshelves!

I’m super excited to get these two back in front of my camera at their wedding this May.

Kelly and Derrick 06.16.12 by Bolla Photo

We love getting to work with unique couples.  And Kelly and Derrick are definitely not your everyday bride and groom! Their engagement session is a prime example. We met at their favorite pub, McGurk’s in Soulard.  After loosening up with a few drinks, they were ready for some photos around the pub grounds. We finished off the evening laughing until we cried as Derrick told us some of his hilarious stories over dinner.

Their wedding day turned out to be just as entertaining and non-traditional.  The most adorable flower girl wore a tutu and the ring bearer wielded a bubble gun. Derrick’s dad served as his best man, and Kelly’s mom gave her away. They had beautiful skies for their outdoor ceremony, even if it was a bit hot and windy. Another unique touch was a wine ceremony, in lieu of a unity candle or sand ceremony.

The bridal party went to the General Dean Suspension Bridge at Carlyle Lake for some portraits after the ceremony, where the girls danced around in the shade and even made the guys form a pyramid. After cooling off at the Flamingo Bar, it was back to Bretz Winery for more partying. The toasts consisted of the entire bridal party doing Irish Car Bombs after each speech.

Kelly and Derrick surprised us again during their first dance as husband and wife.  In the middle of the song, they made their way over to the edge of the dance floor for a piece of cake, which Kelly then proceeded to smash in Derrick’s face. All sorts of entertainment continued with a night full of dancing, including a dance-off between Kelly and one of the groomsmen.

Kelly and Derrick, congratulations again and we wish you all the best!

Ceremony:  Bretz Wildlife Winery, Carlyle, IL http://www.wildlifelodgeandwinery.com/

Reception: Bretz Wildlife Winery, Carlyle, IL http://www.wildlifelodgeandwinery.com/

Floral Designer: Mioux Florist, Breese, IL http://www.mioux.com/

Cake Artist: Patty Cakes, Highland, IL http://www.pat-t-cakes.com/

Hair Artist: Salon Beaux Cheveux, Highland, IL

Dress: Elegant Brides, Edwardsville, IL http://www.elegant-brides.com/

Bridesmaids Dresses:  Elegant Brides, Edwardsville, IL http://www.elegant-brides.com/