The Faits Blog: Peoria + Bloomington Normal Illinois Wedding Photography

The Faits are a husband & wife wedding photography team with an emphasis on storytelling. While located in Peoria, Illinois, they serve the Central Illinois area including Bloomington Normal, Ottawa, LaSalle-Peru, Champaign Urbana, and are available for travel. They strive to create photos that are creative, personalized, and unique as each couple’s love story.

Ewing Manor Cultural Center Wedding - Phil & Sarah

Ewing Manor Cultural Center Wedding - Phil & Sarah

Sarah and Phil are one of those couples that we won’t easily forget – one of those couples we wish we could be friends with outside of just their wedding. The two met in college and bonded over shared interests including Pokemon among other things. When we met up for their engagement session, we learned that it was actually Sarah who had proposed to Phil during a Pokemon Go themed scavenger hunt around their apartment. This, combined with their natural chemistry and relaxed personalities, made us really excited for their wedding day, and we were not disappointed.

Sarah opted for loose curls that Phil actually did for her on the morning of the wedding, despite neither of them being very familiar with a curling iron (is that not one of the cutest things you’ve ever heard?).  We love the pops of blue in her accessories as well as in their unique rings.

After an adorable first look in Ewing Manor’s beautiful spiral staircase, it was ceremony time. We absolutely love how Sarah chose to walk down the isle – confidently and boldly, but supported by both of her parents who literally had her back as they walked a few steps behind her. The vows were filled with sincere words, touching promises, and a few mentions of their cats (who you can see embodied in their cake topper), but the best part was probably when Sarah managed to Rickroll Phil in the middle of her vows, which had everyone laughing.

The reception was decorated with a blue, literary theme and clusters of the same handmade origami flowers the wedding party used for bouquets and boutonnieres as well as library book favors. After a dress change, the couple shared a choreographed first dance before opening up the floor to guests, which later resulted in the best rendition of Gangnam Style we have ever seen. The couple danced the night away surrounded by their friends and family.

Venue: Ewing Manor Cultural Center

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The Faits is made up of Laura and Evan Fait, a husband and wife wedding photography team with an emphasis on storytelling. While located in Peoria, Illinois, they serve the Central Illinois area including Bloomington Normal, Ottawa, LaSalle Peru, Champaign Urbana, and are available for travel. As photographers, they strive to create photos that are creative, personalized, and unique as each couple’s love story.

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Luthy Botanical Garden Engagement Session - Phillip and Sarah

Luthy Botanical Garden Engagement Session - Phillip and Sarah

There's something really incredible about including part of a couple's story into their photos, and Phillip and Sarah arrived at their session with lots of creative ideas for ways to do that. We absolutely love when couples have sentimental additions to their images instead of opting for a standard, traditional session! 
First, to pay homage to Phillip's Chinese heritage, the couple wanted to show the Red String of Fate, a Chinese legend that says that the gods tie a red string between two people who are destined to be together to make it easier for them to find each other. This was such a beautiful sentiment that made for a fun challenge to capture. They also brought Pocky so they could recreate their first kiss on camera. This had all of us laughing, and the couple's genuine chemistry and great personalities were so much fun to photograph. 
At the end of the session, Phillip and Sarah told us that it was actually Sarah that had proposed to him(after a Pokemon themed scavenger hunt! How cool!), so he wanted to make sure there were photos of the moment that he asked her to marry him. 

We can't wait to be a part of their big day at Ewing Manor this fall! Congrats, Phillip and Sarah!

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The Faits is made up of Laura and Evan Fait, a husband & wife wedding photography team with an emphasis on storytelling. While located in Peoria, Illinois, they serve the Central Illinois area including Bloomington Normal, Ottawa, LaSalle Peru and are available for travel. As photographers, they strive to create photos that are creative, personalized, and unique as each couple’s love story.

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