Dan is my mother’s sister’s oldest son (cousin, if you didn’t follow) and I was so ecstatic that he and Kathy asked me to photograph their wedding!   They are such a genuinely sweet couple, I just knew the day was going to be fabulous, and man oh man, they didn’t disappoint.

Dan and Kathy were married in the oh-so-quaint town of Decatur, IL, where Kathy grew up and her family still calls home.  (I really could go on and on about Decatur;  I was seriously smitten.  Firstly, because Southern IL is ahead of MN/WI by about 3 weeks when it comes to weather and floral blooming patterns, so it was like vacationing in an exotic locale while we were there this Spring.  Secondly, its got such a picturesque downtown district, I could have spent all day taking photos, and thirdly, it’s surrounded by gor-geous turn of the century farmsteads.  I’m a sucker for farms and old houses – so much history and character in old buildings – LOVE!)

Kathy and Dan were married at St. Patrick’s Church, a beautiful cathedral style building with columns and stained glass and a domed ceiling, but prior to the ceremony, my assistant and I met at Kathy’s parent’s home for a few shots of the bride:

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The reception was held at The Beach House with views of Lake Decatur.  Dan’s family has had a cabin in Northern WI for years, so his only request of the day was to capture a few photos of them on a dock – fabulous idea I might add!

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I couldn’t help but add this last one… these lovely ladies are the Aunts!  Dan’s mother is on the right, and her four sisters, including my mom, center, make up the others.  No clue what they were singing, but it must have been a good one!!!  I LOVE this photo, they might not see the awesome-ness of it, but it’s such a great moment, I had to share!

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**Keeping up the tradition, if 25 people comment directly to this post – the lovely Bride and Groom will receive an extra special gift from me!  ***

Congratulations Dan and Kathy!!!!

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Happy Weekend!!!  I’ve been itching to post these photos from my cousin, Dan’s, wedding last month in Illinois.  Lots more where this one came from!

 

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My cousin, Dan, and his lovely fiance, Kathy, were in town a few weeks ago for their engagement party, so we set up some time for a few engagement shots before their big day.  Of course, our shoot ended up on quite possibly the coldest day of the year, and since they both live in Arizona now, there may have been mention of “50 degrees being really cold”.  But, being Midwestern kids at heart, Kathy and Dan humored me with a few outdoor shots…. mostly because I made them but also because I bribed them with hot chocolate. (which we forgot to drink)  Fortunately for Dan and Kathy (and my poor, ungloved hands – sorry mom!) our second location, albeit just as bright, was much warmer. :)

 

 

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