Danielle and Shawn are a young couple from Lena, Illinois. How’d I get acquainted with this small Northern Illinois town? Sadie, a good friend from Wartburg College (who also happens to live in Frisco, Texas!), is Dani’s cousin, and I’m SO lucky I got the chance to capture their love!
Last fall, while I was still living in the Chicago suburbs, I traveled out to Lena for Dani and Shawn’s engagement session. Fast forward 8 months and I’d find myself back in Lena for the wedding, on a toasty Midwestern summer day! Dani chose bright pink and orange for her wedding colors, which fit her bubbly personality perfectly.
One of the most touching moments was when Shawn stood at the alter, while Dani quietly snuck up behind him for their first glimpse of each other on their wedding day. As a wedding photographer, I always try to make the first glimpse special, particularly if the bride and groom choose to see each other before the ceremony. Dani approached with a huge smile on her face, while Shawn covered his eyes with his hands. When she tapped him on the shoulder, he turned around and burst into tears upon seeing his beautiful princess. It was so romantic and moving!
After the ceremony, we went to a park in Freeport, where the bridal party rode a carousel and took photos by a waterfall. After the photo shoot, we traveled across the border into Wisconsin for the reception, with a pit stop at the bride’s parents’ house for a toast to the new couple — a family tradition!
The food was delicious, the speeches were memorable, and the dancing was a blast. Congrats Dani and Shawn!
To see ALL of Dani and Shawn’s wedding photos, click HERE!