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A Romantic OakHill Wedding in Galena: Niki +Ross

She showed up to a clients home for a design appointment.  Niki, a very talented interior designer, was working a normal work week and walked up to the front door of a potential client.  She knocked and was in shock when Ross, her boyfriend, answered the door in a suit.  In complete shock, she leaned in to give him a hug and a kiss.  After catching her breath, he brought her in the house, and explained they had waited too long to find each other and told her she would never have to wait for him again.  Ross had spent the earlier part of the week decorating his sister’s home, where Niki had never been before.  Ross’s mom and sisters worked hard and helped him plan the perfect proposal with hanging pictures of the two of them, and lights throughout the home.  Among memories of the two of them and twinkling lights, he dropped down on one knee and asked Niki to spend my life with him. She said, yes!

Driving to Galena for their Wedding, we drove through rolling, green hills and saw wide open spaces.  Niki and Ross planned a gorgeous affair to celebrate their first day of becoming husband and wife, and the day was perfect.  Guests arrived in the mid afternoon and were greeted with home-made sweet tea in mason jars and yard games to play before the ceremony.  On a gorgeous piece of land where you can see for miles, horses run free and life is a little more quiet.  Niki and Ross chose to see each other before getting married and met at the school house for their very emotional ‘First Look’.  A short while later, Niki rode in a 1930’s vintage Ford down the hill to meet her waiting groom-to-be.  Forever promises were made, and the entire night was spent celebrating under the stars.

Niki + Ross, I am so happy our paths crossed through a friend of a friend.  I am so lucky to photograph love for a living because of amazing couples like you.  You two were made for one another, and I’m honored to have documented your stylish, classicly modern, rustic Wedding Day!  Much love, Annie

Enjoy some of my favorites (there are many) of this creatively stunning Wedding…

LOVE Niki’s sandals she opted to wear on her Wedding Day!



Ross and Nicki’s day was exactly their style and it couldn’t have been held at a more perfect venue….

While I was with the ladies, Peter was getting details with the handsome groom.

And this is why a ‘First Look’ is a great idea!

Ross was so incredibly happy to see his Bride-to-be before getting married!


Before the Ceremony, we were able to get some pictures of just the two of them <3

Two gorgeous souls in love…


The Ceremony took place in the late afternoon and was just perfect!

I love personalized written vows!

The most precious flower girls!


Just before the Reception was opened to guests, Honey Bee Tea was served!

These girls have been best friends nearly their whole lives…

Toasts and love ensued the entire evening…

Live Band Karaoke is always a hit!

Niki and Ross stepped outside of their reception for a few short minutes to take it all in… and realize they are married <3

A wonderful evening full of so much love ended with the perfect s’more!

Congratulations!!!  XO

A Special THANK YOU to the following…
Planner | Becky Riedl
Bride’s Dress | Eden
Bride’s Shoes | Victoria Secret
Bridesmaid Dresses | Bill Levkoff
Groom’s Tux | J. Crew
Broach Flowers Bouquets and Boutineers  | Handmade by Family
Band | Young Guns
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