A Winter Catholic Ceremony in Gilman, IL  followed by an Ashkum, IL Coliseum Reception


For me, one or two weddings in the off season are a perfect way to start the year. It’s kind of nice to have a winter wedding to look forward to after what could be weeks of nothing to shoot! Meghan and Nick’s February wedding was just what I needed to jump start 2016. 

The day started out quiet, with the girls all getting ready in what would soon be Meghan and Nick’s first home. There was a certain calmness in the air, things were going smoothly so far. Once ready, we headed to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Gilman, IL to start photographing the details of the morning. When I first saw Meghan’s dress, my jaw dropped. It was absolutely stunning, and I knew then and there that it was going to suit Meghan beautifully.

One of my favorite moments of their day was during the toasts at the reception. Meghan and Nick had stepped outside with me for a few extra bridal shots before the sun went down, and as we started to walk back in, the DJ stopped me at the door. He informed me that Nick’s original best man, Daniel, could not make it for their wedding day because he was finishing up boot camp thousands of miles away in Washington. However, what Meghan and Nick didn’t know, was that Daniel jumped on a plane that morning, and made it just in time for their reception. I had goosebumps hearing about it! Moments later, I strange voice came over the speakers to announce the upcoming toasts, and through the doors walked Daniel with the microphone in hand. I’ll never forget the look on Nick’s face when he realized that his best friend had indeed come home for him.

The colors of their day were royal blue and silver, perfect for the winter wedding theme they were going for. The broach bouquet Meghan carried with her popped perfectly against the beaded corset of her dress. The Ashkum Coliseum ceiling was draped with blue and silver fabric, and was accented perfectly with lighted letters spelling out “N&M”. I loved getting to know their families and celebrating alongside of them all.

Congratulations Meghan + Nick!!

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The detail of Meghan’s dress was absolutely stunning.
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Meghan didn’t realize it until her hair was already finished that she was going to have to cut off her t-shirt she was wearing in order to get into her dress!cutting t-shirt off to save the hair nervous bride gets ready and dressed mirror photo reflection of bridebride getting ready to get married

I was obsessed with the blue box that Meghan’s jewelry came in. It’s the little things in life…long brown hair jewelry with bride boutonniere for groom white and greengroom getting buttoned up first look outside gilman church bride with veil gets a hug from groomlove hugging first look cheer on the bride and groom ceremony church decorationswalking down the aisle bride door handle

The church Meghan and Nick got married in was absolutely stunning. father of the bride walking down aislegilman immaculate conception churchcatholic wedding ceremonytop of forehead kiss bride groom flower girl holding hands with bride winter jacket bridal party being goofy

Right before sunset we explored outside of the Ashkum Coliseum and came across this building with gorgeous details!bride standing in doorway with bouquet bridesmaids in royal blue laughing groomsmen lineup in flying vwinter wedding portraits grey tux sunlight husband and wife with veil in front of door blue silver winter broach bouquetbride and groom pine trees snow bride groom awesome architecturecake cutting john deer cake topper wedding reception decor lighted letters wedding reception entrancegilman-ashkum-catholic-wedding-royal-blue-silver-winter-grey-007 best man giving his toast reading paper maid of honor giving toast bluebridal party giving toasts raising glassesgilman-ashkum-catholic-wedding-royal-blue-silver-winter-grey-003 first dance as bride and groomgilman-ashkum-catholic-wedding-royal-blue-silver-winter-grey-001

Wedding Vendors:

Ceremony: Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Gilman, IL
Reception: Ashkum Coliseum
Bridal Gown: Kenneth Winston from Elite Bridal
Cake: Stephanie Shively
Florist: Abbott’s Florist (Champaign, IL)
DJ/Band: Into the Night
Caterer: Hometown Catering
Bridesmaid Dresses: Linsey Lane Bridal
Tuxes: Lindsey Lane Bridal
Wedding Rings: Kay Jeweler
Bride’s Jewelry: Elite Bridal
Hair: Ellen Vaughn
Shoes: David’s Bridal
Linens: Tablecloths Factory

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Kimberly + Tyler’s Winter Wedding
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