Matt & Kelsey Duffer Wedding Day (Rock Springs Wedding Photography)


While Matt & Kelsey were technically already married, they hadn’t had a proper wedding day yet.  After initially planning one for April, Matt was at risk of being deployed before they could get down the aisle, so the date was bumped up to March.  Luckily everything fell into place beautifully, and how Kelsey planned a full wedding from states away with two little ones is beyond me.  Props to her!  We started our day at New Beginnings Church, photographed our bridal portraits at Rock Springs, and ended the day at Blue Mound Civic Center for their reception.

Rock Springs Wedding PhotographyNew Beginnings Church, Decatur, Il

Blue Mound Civic Center Reception

As with most wedding days, we start out with getting ready images and the classic “how to put the boutonnieres on, and does this cufflink look right” (notice it is always the guys that have the questions, right ladies?).  One thing I hope all of my brides know, is that no matter what little hiccups we come across, I promise you- the day will turn out perfect, we’ve got it handled!

Getting ready at New Beginnings Church, Decatur, Il

Once I started editing, I came across this image, which is when Kelsey first saw her groom as she walked up the aisle.  I absolutely love how excited she is to see Matt (her flower girl wasn’t nearly as excited to see her uncle, lol)!

New Beginnings Church, Decatur, Il

As most of you know, I own a studio, but I truly love shooting outdoor weddings, or incorporating the outdoors in any way.  It’s one of the main reasons I typically do not take dead-of-winter weddings.  I want you to get what you see on my site, light, airy images- and for me to promise that quality, getting outdoors makes all the difference.  Even if there’s rain- I have plans in place.

Rock Springs Wedding Photography

With every wedding, we try to maintain a certain flow to the day to maximize our time.  In this case, Rock Springs was the best option for not going way out of our way for the bridal portraits.  And if any of you have been to Rock Springs, you know there are TONS of options for variety and lighting.  Despite what most would think was a gloomy, overcast day, the images were stunning, and we were fortunate enough to not have any rain.  No squinty eyes (even though I had to yell at Matt to lose the sunglasses), no harsh shadows, and for a March spring day we really had perfect weather.  Although Matt & Kelsey now live in Vegas where he’s stationed, so they might argue the temps weren’t quite warm enough…

Rock Springs Pine Forest

Rock Springs Wedding

While a very popular location in Decatur, Illinois for photography, I highly suggest exploring Rock Springs for wedding photography options!

Ultimately, their day was perfect.  Plenty of sweet tears were shed at the reception as Branson had his moment with Matt, and when the best man gave his touching speech.   So thankful for Matt & Kelsey trusting me with their wedding day photography.  Hope you guys look back and enjoy the images for many years to come.

Blue Mound Civic Center Wedding Recception