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Cassie + Derek @ Jerseyville, IL

It seems like I had a boatload of weddings in Illinois last year (thanks to a bunch of fantastic referrals) and this year, most of our weddings are taking place around the STL area… which kinda makes me sad since I LOVE my Illinois peeps! Which brings us to Cassie + Derek… who are currently based in Chi-town, these two kids met while attending the University of Illinois. So why Jerseyville? Well, Cassie is originally from the beautiful small Illinois town. :)

So this is how the day went (from my perspective)

  • Shortly after Ali and I arrived at Cassie’s parent’s place (where she was getting ready), we grabbed her shoes + dress to document them. The weather was beautiful when we got there, but it didn’t take long for it to quickly change (check out the dress shot with the ominous clouds coming in). Probably within 5 mins of bringing Cassie’s dress back indoors, it completely POURED! And then it was sunny again… :P
  • The weather looked pretty sketchy all day but Cassie was pretty chill… in fact the only concern she had was that the priest would accidentally call her the wrong name since he kept calling her Carrie during the rehearsal.
  • Derek’s dad is a splitting image of Richard Gere which means Cassie has a lot to forward to as her husband gets older. :P
  • Cassie called it… during the ceremony, the priest calling her Carrie and she made sure to correct him which got the entire church laughing!
  • It came down POURING while we were in the middle of doing wedding party portraits which sent us running back to the party bus. Luckily, it cleared up a couple hours later which allowed us to head back out during the reception to get a few more portraits of the newlyweds.
  • I don’t usually condone gang signs but apparently it has something do with Cassie’s sorority.
  • Thanks guys for letting us be part of your huge day. Much love guys!

    Keith + Ali

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