Courtney + Derick {Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer}

9/11/2020

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Courtney + Derick's wedding day was so incredibly perfect - even though it rained, even though it was in the middle of a pandemic, it was so full of love and joy and I was so happy to be a part of it! They are absolutely perfect for each other and I wish them the best as they start their life together.

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

This gorgeous entry area is my favorite part of Stoney Ridge Event Center. It's such a perfect backdrop!

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

These matching pajamas were a fun alternative to the usual robes for the bridesmaids!

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Courtney's dress was simple and elegant and I loved it so much - especially since it had pockets! I don't know why more dresses don't have pockets, honestly. It just makes sense.

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

What a beautiful and fun group of women she had by her side!

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

For a country road, there were an awful lot of cars that drove by as we were trying to take these photos. Ok, it was probably 2 or maybe 3, but it was more than I expected.

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

See that gorgeous bouquet? It was made by Courtney's mom! She did an amazing job!

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Courtney was such a beautiful and happy bride!

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

I hate that it started raining between Courtney's portraits and Derick's turn, but at least we had this fabulous backdrop from Magnolia Moments!

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

First looks with dads are always awesome. I loved that Courtney's mom was here for this moment too!

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Instead of a letter or card written just for the wedding, Derick gave Courtney a journal he kept while they were dating. It was pretty much the sweetest thing ever.

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

The girls had a great time before the ceremony!

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

I'm going to be perfectly honest here and admit that those two black and white photos above were not meant to look like that - my flash just didn't fire. But I love how they turned out anyway and as they say, creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes, and art is knowing which ones to keep!

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Their ceremony was perfect, just like the rest of the day!

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

They had a friend who couldn't make it to the wedding, so they came up with a pretty great solution - a cardboard cutout and FaceTime to the rescue!

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

I don't normally blog the family photos (just to save space, not because I don't like them!) but these were too fun to not share!

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

It was still sprinkling rain just a bit but we decided to get a few photos outside anyway! Luckily there was just enough roof over the entry to keep them dry!

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Derick's brother Jacob was his best man, and he did an amazing job on his toast, and then he went above and beyond and surprised them by singing a song he had written for them! It was definitely one of the best parts of the night! 


I asked if I could share the lyrics - it was seriously so, so sweet!


Before I met you I was a rolling stone
I was reckless and I felt so alone
I’d message with you and we’d talk on the phone
I never knew that I could feel so close

I didn’t know that God would put you in my life
And now I’m so thankful for all of our times

And I — didn’t know
That my life would finally bring me the one
And now I — don’t feel alone
Everything about you babe is home sweet home

It was hard when we were far so many miles
But now everything has been worth our while

And I know you’ve always had good style
(But damn babe) you’ve never looked so good walking down that aisle

I‘m so glad that God would put you in my life
And now I’m so thankful I get to call you my wife
I see you — stand at that pew
And you’re next to me saying I do

I used to — be alone but now
I get to pick you up and take you home
Home sweet home
After the i dos
Finally it will be just me and you
And now that we’re all alone
Everything about you babe is home sweet home
I can’t wait to get you inside our new home
And I — didn’t know
And now I — don’t feel alone
That my life would finally bring me the one
Everything about you babe is home sweet home

And we didn’t see
All the great things that this life would bring
Honestly I’m ready for a family
Baby used to feel alone, but now you’re my home sweet home


Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

The reception was fabulous - the dance floor was full and everyone was full of smiles!

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Robinson, Illinois Wedding Photographer

If you're looking for a wedding (or family) photographer in the Wabash Valley or surrounding areas, I'd love to hear from you! Click here to contact me, or go check out my Facebook page or Instagram. Like or follow while you're there!

Planner and decor: Magnolia Moments
Bouquets: Allyson Callaway (mother of the bride)
Cake: Bakeology
Videography: Sky View Media

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