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Amber & Kyle: A Barn Wedding by Bolla Photo

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Congratulations, Amber and Kyle!

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Amy & Kyle: Winter Wonderland Wedding by Bolla Photo

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Amy and Kyle are such a super fun couple and Amy's daughters, Ava and Peyton, are a riot! It was a blast spending all day with them!

After Amy and Kyle exchanged vows, Kyle surprised Ava and Peyton by "proposing" to them with RingPops! It was adorable!

While guests enjoyed cocktails and we completed the family portraits, the ceremony site was completely transformed for the reception. My favorite part was the gorgeous cake by Bailey Cakes and the Oreo cake at the hot chocolate bar! Yummmm!

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Congratulations, Amy and Kyle!

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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

Nicole & Matt: An Outdoor Summer Wedding by Bolla Photo

Summers in the Midwest can be quite warm, to say the least. Thankfully, Nicole and Matt were well prepared with programs that doubled as fans, personalized bottles of water, and lots of welcomed shade from the massive trees at the Latzer Homestead.

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Absolutely love all the gorgeous rose bouquets and boutonnieres by Widmer Floral.

Nicole and Matt spend a lot of time out at Spindler Park, so it was an obvious choice of locations for portraits after leaving the homestead.

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Since Matt is the tennis coach at Highland High School, of course we had to let these two serve up some love over on the tennis courts.

Tree seeds are such a cute idea for wedding favors. "Let love grow!"

A ping pong tournament (complete with trophies!) at a wedding reception? Yes, please! But the highlight of the reception was the phenomenal entertainment provided by the guys of Spanky Entertainment and their dueling pianos. They sure can play!

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Just before the sun went down, we snuck away from the reception for a few final portraits of the evening.

Congratulations, Nicole and Matt!

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Venue: Latzer Homestead, Highland, IL
Wedding Reception Venue: Lindendale Park Ballroom, Highland, IL
Floral Artist: Widmer Floral, Highland, IL
Dueling Piano Entertainment: Spanky Entertainment

Jennifer and Andrew 06.08.13 by Bolla Photo

At their engagement session, I prompted Andrew to “whisper sweet nothings” in Jen’s ear.  His idea of “sweet nothings” was Darth Vader-like breathing. Being the dork that I am, I totally loved that…especially since it made Jen burst out laughing, resulting in a fabulous photo!  I knew their wedding day would be no less entertaining.

The day started with the most perfectly puffy white clouds against an azure sky…and thankfully stayed that gorgeous all day! Jen was wonderfully laid-back as her hair and make-up were done. She even relaxed with a glass of wine as her friend Nikki set up a make-up assembly line for the bridesmaids. Andrew was getting ready across town with the help of his parents and groomsmen after an afternoon of hanging out with the guys. Meanwhile, the final reception preparations were being made. Jen’s aunt, Diane Young of Elegant Seating, polished off the dark red and ivory decor by adding coordinating covers and organza sashes to each chair. Jen was even surprised by the delivery of an entire old-fashioned ice cream stand…too bad it didn’t stay for long. (It was at the wrong winery! Oops!)

Jen was escorted down the aisle by her father and brother. Andrew was overwhelmed by the sight of his beautiful bride. As Andrew and Jennifer took turns reading the vows they had written to each other, they both alternated between wiping away tears and laughing. The laughter and tears continued on into the reception, starting with five lovingly heartfelt speeches.  During the mother-son dance, Andrew once again had tears streaming down his cheeks.

Congratulations again to such a sweet, fun-loving couple, Jen and Andrew! We had a fabulous time spending the day with you and your entire bridal party!

 

PS. Keep on the lookout for Jesse, one of the groomsmen, who will make a return appearance to our blog when he gets married in September.

(To see more photos from Jen and Andrew's winery wedding, watch the video slideshow below.)

Ceremony & Reception: Villa Marie Winery, Maryville, IL http://www.thevillamariewinery.com/

Hair and Makeup: Nikki Martin-Lawson, friend of the bride

Cake and Cupcakes: Jen’s fabulous bridesmaids

Gown: Oleg Cassini design from David’s Bridal, Fairview Heights, IL http://www.davidsbridal.com