Marissa + Dylan’s love story starts how many great modern day love stories do… on Instagram. They met on Instagram when Dylan slid into Marissa’s DMs. They talked on Instagram for a bit and then eventually hung out one day in August of 2019. Since that day they have been inseparable. During Marissa’s annual birthday trip to Chicago that they take every March, they stayed at their favorite hotel, Lowes. The morning after they got there, Marissa went to get a blowout. When she came back they decided to walk to get something to eat, but took a detour to the riverfront beforehand. They were walking & decided to take a picture, so while they were doing that Dylan popped the question and proposed! It was such a sweet and private moment which was exactly how they wanted it to be!
This day was truly such a good one! The day started at a beautiful Airbnb in Peoria, IL with the girls getting ready. We started with photos of Marissa’s beautiful dress by itself. We then had her mom help her into her dress and captured while they shared a sweet moment together. Once everyone was in their dresses we got the bridesmaids and junior bridesmaid lined up outside for a first look with Marissa. First looks with your bridesmaids is always a good idea, it’s always such a sweet moment that quickly turns into one big hype session before you walk down the aisle. After that we headed to the venue to capture Dylan and his guys! They chose to get married at Trailside Event Center in Peoria, IL! Fun fact, that was also where I got married! Once we got photos of Dylan + his guys it was time to relax and wait for the ceremony to start! While we waited we took photos of the gorgeous details of their wedding that were set out at the tables. They seriously thought of every detail, it was all so beautiful. After a sweet ceremony with lots of loving tears we jumped right into wedding party photos! After that we took a quick trip over to the Luthy Botanical Gardens which is absolutely beautiful. At Luthy we did Marissa + Dylan’s photos and when I tell you these two melt into each other, I mean it. They are so so so in love and it is so easy to see that love in their photos. After doing photos at Luthy we headed back to Trailside where we did some flash photos of them which was such a vibe. Once we were officially finished with photos it was time to eat some delicious food and then party party party! This day was full of so much love, joy and laughter. I loved getting to capture all of these moments, enjoy some of my favorites from their day!
Loved getting to work with this vendor team:
Venue: Trailside Event Center
Bride’s dress: Simply Elegant by Cherie
Bridesmaids dresses: Birdy Grey
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse
Flowers: Garden of Grace Florals (Owned by the Groom’s mom)
Entertainment: Complete Wedding & Events
Catering: Grace Catering
Cake/desserts: Trefzegers Bakery
Invitations: UnmeasuredEvent on Etsy
Bride’s shoes: DSW