Jessica & Austin. Blackhawk State Park Wedding.

So. I think the best weddings are ones that surprise you.  And Jessica and Austin’s truly surprised me. In the best way.  I knew they had been making a lot of the wedding décor themselves—then I arrived. And it BLEW me away the amount of detail and thought they had put into it.  I knew that Jessica would have a beautiful dress.  Then she pulled it out of the bag and I was like “Oh, well, THAT’S what a wedding dress is supposed to look like. I knew they would have awesome food. Yup, her dad and friends COOKED THE WHOLE FREAKIN’ MEAL.  I knew it would be in a state park lodge.  Ok, so it’s all wood hewn and covered in dated (and somewhat culturally odd) Native American murals.  Finally, I knew that she and Austin were in love. Then I was one of the tiny number of people who were there for the ceremony (they wanted to keep it super intimate, then party later with lots of people…this is awesome as far as I’m concerned) and I heard their vows and, yes, I was tearing up too. It was truly a night of absolute fantabulousness—up one end and down the other.  Congratulations Jessica and Austin! I am so honored I was there to celebrate with you!


Jessica's Dress: Maggie Sottero/Jessica's Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Jewelry: BHLDN Rings: Engagement ring: bride's grandmother's. Wedding band: estate piece from Revell Jewelers. Groom's band: Metal Masters Co. / Austin's outfit: Custom vest and pants by The Gentry Shop. Tie: Egara. Shirt: Kenneth Cole. / Austin's shoes: Cole Haan / Venue: Blackhawk State Park; Rock Island, IL Catering: Bride's father (he did ALL the meat), Jan Fulkerson (family friend), & April Peterson (bride's cousin) --they made all the sides / Beverage service: Bar provided by couple. Absolut cocktails chosen by us as well / Bar tenders: Tia Plapp & Conza Borders / Venue: Blackhawk State Park, Rock Island, IL / Officiant: Will Clow (Bride's cousin) / Florist: Hignight's Florist / Cake: Cakes By Kay / Hair: Royal T's Beauty Parlor / Bridal Makeup: John Taylor Salon & Day Spa / Cake Toppers: Sentry turrets from Portal 2 / DJ: Twisted Mics / Bridesmaid dresses: Macy's / Photography: Emily Alt Photography