The Faits Blog: Peoria + Bloomington Normal Illinois Wedding Photography

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. They strive to create photos that are creative, personalized, and unique as each couple’s love story.

Minonk Wedding + Peoria Packard Plaza Reception - Megan & Kyle

Minonk Wedding + Peoria Packard Plaza Reception - Megan & Kyle

We started off our Memorial Day weekend with Kyle and Megan's big day! This gorgeous couple chose to encorporate both the small town and urban feel in their choice of venues, with the ceremony at St. Patrick's in Minonk and the reception at Packard Plaza in Peoria. Thank you so much for allowing us to tell your love story!

To see Megan & Kyle's Peoria Riverfront engagement session, click here.

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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. They strive to create photos that are creative, personalized, and unique as each couple’s love story.

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Army National Guard Wedding - Matt & Allison

Matt & Allison's Military Post House Ballroom Wedding

Evan and I met Allison in college where all three of us studied photojournalism. At the same time, a mutual involvement in our university's ROTC and a shared interest in Firefly is what brought Matt and Allison together. They bonded over nerd culture, music, their desire to fly Blackhawk helicopters, and they started dating. A few years later, and it was their wedding day! 
Allison and Matt were wed in her family church. This small town chapel was so unique and the sentimental value made for a perfect ceremony. When circumstances kept Allison from starting hair and makeup on time, all four bridesmaids pitched in to get her down the isle just after two o'clock. The couple's vows contained an impressive amount of references to the shows and movies that brought them together ( as well as a promise from Allison to never leave Matt for Nathan Fillion) and kept the guests smiling and laughing. After a hand fasting ceremony, the couple exited the church through a saber arch before heading to the reception. 
The couple chose the gorgeous Post House Ballroom in Dixon for their reception, a beautifully restored post office turned reception space. The giant chandeliers lit up the dance floor as the couple wowed guests with their choreographed first dance set to Fly Me To The Moon. Guests soon joined them on the dance floor, and Allison occasionally snapped a few photos of her own, as you can see in the last photo. 
The vintage style dress and groom in a uniform made the wedding feel like a fairytale, and we can't thank the couple enough for allowing us to be a part of their big day! 

You can find their engagement session here for more military and geeky inspired photos.

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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. They strive to create photos that are creative, personalized, and unique as each couple’s love story.

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Trefzger's Trailside Event Center Wedding - Gary & Emily

Trefzger's Trailside Event Center Wedding - Gary & Emily

Emily and Gary's story goes back a few years; back when Gary worked at a photo lab, and Emily spent a lot of time shooting film in the hopes of getting a chance to talk to him, even though he rarely worked the counter. 
Eventually they did meet, and started a friendship that grew close and spanned 20 years - through many good times and bad times. Through those years, there were the jokes about maybe one day getting married, if Gary decided to give up the "Lone Wolf" life. In the summer of 2016, Emily took a two week vacation. Upon her return, Gary finally asked Emily to marry him (making sure to get the permission of Emily's son.) 
Emily chose a gorgeous Monet-inspired watercolor and water lilly them for the wedding, which beautifully contrasted the brick, industrial chic feel of the newly-opened Trailside Event Center in Peoria Heights as well as the chilly, November temperatures. The theme was even reflected in her watercolor dress - perfect for an artist like herself. 
We love how the couple included Emily's son, and he was a joy to have at the wedding. From sneaking a peek before the first look to adding comic relief to the formal portraits, walking Emily down to the altar to busting a move with her on the dance floor. We especially loved the couple making their exit to the Star Wars theme after the first kiss!
It was a quite a sight when Martha of Trefzger's bakery rolled in the gorgeous, tiered watercolor cake and generously sprinkled on edible glitter. The live band kept the spirits high and the guests on their feet long into the night. 
Thanks so much to Gary and Emily for letting us tell your love story!

Venue: Trailside Event Center
Cake: Trefzger's Bakery
Dress: Mod Cloth
Hair: Rebel Roots Hair Haus
Catering: One World Cafe
Bouquet & Boutonnieres: The Flower Box

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The Faits is made up of Laura and Evan Fait, husband & wife wedding photographers 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. They strive to create photos that are creative, personalized, and unique as each couple’s love story.

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Peoria Riverfront Engagement Session

Peoria Riverfront Engagement Session - Kyle and Megan

Megan and Kyle's engagement session came at the end of an unseasonably warm week, but in true Illinois fashion, the temperatures plummeted on the day of their shoot. We shared a lot of laughs between setting up poses, taking off coats, and rushing to put them back on, and the snuggling up made for a romantic, warm feel against the urban background. We can't wait to spend their wedding way witnessing more moments between these two. Congrats, Megan and Kyle!

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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. They strive to create photos that are creative, personalized, and unique as each couple’s love story.

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