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Alexandra and Scott were married on April 23rd, with a ceremony and reception at the Rock Island Lake Club.

These two high school sweethearts met 10 years ago, and it was so exciting to be part of the culmination of a love story so long in the making. It was clear that they’d been looking forward to this moment, and the joy in the air was palpable.

My second shooter, Caron, and I headed out to Rock Island on the day of the wedding, and Zandra was getting ready in the bridal suite there. Julie, of Styles on Location, had already done her hair before she arrived, and she and her bridesmaids all had robes with their names on them. They all had a blast getting ready together before we headed off for a first look on the beach by the lake, where Zandra came across the lake on a pontoon boat to the beach to meet Scott. Then, we grabbed some pictures of the family and bridal party, as well as a few shots of just the two of them in the woods off the lake.

The ceremony was held at the lake, and I was glad that the weather held out for us. The morning was cloudy and raining, but during the ceremony, the sky was clear, and it was only a little windy. The trees were just starting to blossom, and the only things in full bloom were the daffodils, but even in the early spring setting, I am always impressed by how beautiful Rock Island Lake is for a  a wedding.

The wedding was filled with small, meaningful details. Zandra’s bouquet consisted of peonies, garden roses, ranunculus, and hydrangeas, all wrapped in material from her mom’s headpiece—with a heart sewn into her dress from her dad’s vest from her parent’s wedding.

Throughout the day, there were small details like that, which I felt really highlighted the family connection and bonds. Zandra’s brother, Frank, made the table for the cupcakes instead of the traditional wedding cake, and Frank had a hard time during the entire ceremony. Everyone kept busting him for being emotional all day, and during the father/daughter dance, both Zandra’s father and Frank were crying.

During the reception at the Rock Island Lake Club, there was a great group of guests. Everyone danced and partied, and Jason and Heather—as well as the rest of the staff there—were amazing keeping the celebrations going.

Thank you, Alexandra & Scott, for letting me be part of your celebration. And a special thanks to Diane (the mother of the bride) and to Jason for commanding the S.S. Rock Island!

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  1. Craig, these preview photos are awesome! Cannot wait to see the rest of them! Thank you for capturing all the special moments of my daughter’s wedding!!

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