The Barn at Hornbaker Gardens Wedding: Katie + Dalton: Princeton, Illinois

This day was stunning in every way. We started in Streator, Illinois to capture a few getting ready shots of the guys at the Groom’s house. The house was full of laughter, banter and a little bit of beer:) Next, over to The Baldwin House in Streator, Illinois, to get the details of the Bride getting ready. The small rooms were packed full with clicking heels running around, touching up makeup and helping the bride prepare.

Then, off to St. Michaels of the Archangel Church in Streator, IL. The weather was about to burst into raindrops but it held off just enough to get the bride to the church. The ceremony was intimate and classic full of love and tradition.

After running to the bus underneath an umbrella, we made it out to a local friend’s home in the country with a field of amazing sunflowers in bloom. The rain went away and the sun beamed down on us as we tip-toed through the wet grass to get these shots.

Finally, we made our way out to the remarkable Barn at Hornbaker Gardens in Princeton, Illinois. The long windy route misleads you to believe there might not actually be a wedding out here. Just as you think about turning around, you see a field full of wildflowers and a magnificent structure that you know is the place you are supposed to be.

It was easy to capture some of the best shots of the day around this incredible property. Established tall trees that gave plenty of shade to get some great backlit portraits. The barn was also an incredible backdrop towards the end of the night.

The ambiance from the cafe lights inside created a warm and inviting feel to the reception. The night went on to include heartfelt toasts, plenty of laughs and more than hilarious dancing moments.

A huge Thank You to Katie and Dalton for being a truly incredible couple in my 2016 Wedding Year.

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Photographer: Brandy Swartz Photography

Assitant and Second Shooter: Olivia Thompson

Venue: The Barn at Hornbaker Garden, Princeton, Illinois

DJ: Joe Beck

Floral: Flowers Plus, Streator, Illinois

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