Julie + Josh | Starved Rock State Park wedding – Utica, IL

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Julie and Josh were positively radiant on their wedding day this past Saturday, August 28. See those two photos above? I have TONS of photos like that of them where they are just staring into each other’s eyes. They chose to have a somewhat destination wedding at the beautiful Starved Rock State Park near Utica, IL. I had a wonderful time hanging out with the couple and their friends and families all day, and I wish them the best as they enter this next phase of their lives together.

This was one of those days where I shot one absolute favorite getting ready photo, and I once again knew it was going to be a fabulous day. I love the way the light falls around her eyes:
Julie + Josh | Starved Rock State Park Wedding
Ready to roll!
Julie + Josh | Starved Rock State Park Wedding
Julie + Josh | Starved Rock State Park Wedding
Julie + Josh | Starved Rock State Park Wedding
Julie + Josh | Starved Rock State Park Wedding
Another one of my absolute favorites from the day. The light here was perfect.
Julie + Josh | Starved Rock State Park Wedding
Julie’s new last name is “Hartke.” Get it? 🙂 (Thanks, Andrea, for explaining it to me!!)
Julie + Josh | Starved Rock State Park Wedding
The printed materials were amazing, from the programs, to the placeholders, to the menu signs. I loved all of it.
Julie + Josh | Starved Rock State Park Wedding
The bride requested this special shot. I haven’t done this one in a very, very long time! Josh is a writer so it’s very fitting.
Julie + Josh | Starved Rock State Park Wedding
Julie arrived at the ceremony site by horse-drawn carriage. Here, she and her dad are beginning their ride.
Julie + Josh | Starved Rock State Park Wedding
So happy to be getting married!
Julie + Josh | Starved Rock State Park Wedding
At the beginning of the ceremony, they both took a few moments to look out at their friends and family.
Julie + Josh | Starved Rock State Park Wedding
Julie + Josh | Starved Rock State Park Wedding
Julie + Josh | Starved Rock State Park Wedding
MOH is concentrating on the bustle.
Julie + Josh | Starved Rock State Park Wedding
Julie wanted a shot with the horses.
Julie + Josh | Starved Rock State Park Wedding
Oh my goodness… I LOVED the cake. And the best part? One layer was strawberry, so when they cut it, it looked like a slice of watermelon!
Julie + Josh | Starved Rock State Park Wedding
Julie is a goldsmith at Browne’s Fine Jewelry and actually designed her own ring! Here’s the story in Julie’s words:
“…He planned it so I would set-up my own ring with out knowing it was mine. The funny thing was that I remember setting the ring up and saying to myself, “I would take this” while looking at it on my hand. Little did I know it was really mine!” Love that story!!
Julie + Josh | Starved Rock State Park Wedding
Julie + Josh | Starved Rock State Park Wedding
Julie + Josh | Starved Rock State Park Wedding

Vendors:
Ceremony & Reception: Starved Rock State Park, Utica, IL
Florist: Danny Whitehurst, St. Louis, MO
Catering & Cake: Starved Rock
DJ/Band: Dawna Nelson & the Crazy Johnny Band
Officiant: Rev. Derek White




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