Alex + Derek

I have to pinch myself every time I look through this gallery from Alex and Derek's wedding this summer.  Sometimes it's hard to believe I have such a cool job!  This wedding was gorgeous and I'm incredibly honored to have been a part of it.  

The wedding took place at Ewing Cultural Center in Bloomington, Illinois.  If you've never visited this town or this venue, you have to make a trip out there!  It's such a cute location.   Just look at this place!  I was in photographer heaven!

There was plenty of room in this venue to have both Alex and Derek to get ready in different sections of the mansion.  So. Many. Stunning. Photos.  

The bride and groom attended Illinois Wesleyan University, which is located just minutes from this gorgeous venue.  We even did the first look on campus at the Joslin Atrium.  How perfect is it that they had their first look at the location where they first met?!  It was probably the most romantic first look I've ever captured.   

We had just enough time to stop and get some shots of Alex and Derek around the gorgeous campus.  

We also ran into a fraternity.  We got some cute shots of the bride throwing water balloons at the freshmen.  And considering that it was like a hundred degrees on this day, they weren't complaining at all!  

And as if this day wasn't already perfect enough, the bride surprised the groom with a song that she not only wrote, but also played for him on the piano and sang to him at the same time.  She has the voice of an angel!  Every single person in the room was crying.  All of the women had to fix their makeup.  I had to mop off my camera because I had cried all over it the entire time.  Seriously, this couple is #couplegoals.  This was just the sweetest, most perfect moment I've ever witnessed!  

The ceremony was perfect.  DUH!  They wrote super cute vows and read them to one another.  Made us laugh and cry some more.  Once again I had to wipe tears off of my camera.  

And just look at the reception!  Could it be more ADORABLE?!  Simple but amazing.  They even had a s'mores station.  #dreamwedding

Words simply cannot express how magical this day was.  The perfect couple at the perfect venue on the perfect summer day.  I couldn't ask for more <3