Cristyn and Carson :: Married!

It was a perfect day! Clear blue skies, warm sun, a sweet garden ceremony, and a couple so adorably in love you almost can’t believe it. Cristyn and Carson said their I do’s on May 27th at The Danada House just outside Chicago, surrounded by the love and support of their families and friends. We looked forward to their wedding since the day we met. I remember Cristyn bouncing into our studio with an ear-to-ear smile, and leaving with a huge bear hug. She has a warmth that radiates from her, and an infallible optimism that you can’t help but catch. She sees beauty and good in the world, and brings out the best in those around her. It’s no wonder Carson is head over heels for her. These two have real, true love. We wish them an eternity of happiness together!

Back to their wedding day – it really was picture perfect! From the details to the ceremony to the reception, from the bride’s first look with her dad, and a “no look first look” with the bride and groom alone. Their pastel color palette was fresh and fun for a spring wedding. Cristyn and her mom worked hard ahead of time on the details, invitations, programs, and decorations. They poured a ton of heart into the day, and it really showed. Every little thing fell perfectly into place, and everyone present was relaxed, joyful, and enjoyed the celebration. We started with the girls upstairs, who we could hear chatting and laughing from the front door when we arrived…

I absolutely LOVE the bridesmaids in these neutral putty-colored chiffon dresses. They mixed up their looks with different strands of pearls and silvery and nude heels. 

Meanwhile, at the guys’ camp…

One of our favorite new traditions – not quite a First Look, but not quite hiding from each other either… we hereby dub this the “No Look First Look” 🙂 It gives the couple the chance to hold hands and say a few things to  each other to calm the jitters, but without actually seeing each other. So sweet!

Pre-ceremony prayer

A groom choking back the tears as he sees his bride for the first time, walking down the aisle…


Corsages for the moms and grandmas were attached to pearl bracelets to keep. 

Three generations, wedding rings ~ 

I loooooooove the Danada House!!! Natural light everywhere. Isn’t it gorgeous?

Congratulations again, you two!! Such an amazing day. Much love!  🙂 Kristen & Jamie


Day-of beauty: Reanna Holtz and Cheryl Randle

Wedding gown and bride’s accessories: Wedding Belles

Invitations, Programs and Details: Handmade by the Bride

Florist: Flowers by Mary Lou

Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Danada House, Chicago Illinois

Wedding Coordinator: Lorrie Brandwein

Officiant: Greg Bradshaw

Guitar: Jason Pittman

Catering and Cake: Marie’s Catering

Music: Larry Brooks

Photography: K. Holly Photography


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  • Kelly Lucas Gorney via Facebook - WOW! These are so, so, so beautiful! Great work!

  • Kelly Gorney - Your work is impeccable. I absolutely love every shot here! Gorgeous couple, gorgeous location, gorgeous photography!

  • Becky Anderson - I love everything about this wedding. Gorgeous couple, gorgeous venue and gorgeous images. Love the first not look series.

  • Jaidean Baker via Facebook - So beautiful! Love your work!!

  • Colleen Patricia via Facebook - Love. Love. Love.

  • Savanha Jackson via Facebook - These are amazing!!

  • Amanda Lawrence via Facebook - These are SO gorgeous!

  • Nikki Welch - These are beautiful! You did a wonderful job capturing their day – the details, moments, and portraits. Love!

  • Jessica Hamlin via Facebook - GORGEOUS!!!

  • Libby Pruitt Johnson via Facebook - Beautiful photos of a gorgeous wedding!

  • Abby - Wow, these are incredible! You nailed this wedding, Kristin – truly amazing.

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