Katie & James’ wedding kicked off my 2014 wedding season! I am so lucky to have met this charming couple. They have made me feel like I’m part of their family every time I see them. So down to earth & easy going. When Katie’s mom Sharon told me that they were made for each other, I knew it was going to be a unique & special love story. The ceremony took place inside the Wildey Theater in Edwardsville Illinois. It was a very small & quaint wedding. No wedding party, just the bride & groom surrounded by all their loved ones. They opted to do a First Look before the ceremony. It started to rain, so we went to the 3rd floor banquet room & the light was just to die for! No rain could scare us away! Watching James lay his eyes on his bride was heartfelt. At that moment, I knew that Sharon was right about them… They were so much in love & you can feel & see it. The reception was held at the LeClaire Room at the N.O. Nelson Campus in Edwardsville IL. Instead of hiring a DJ or band, they had DUELING PIANOS!!!! How cool is that?! BIG THANKS to Kristina Cipolla Photography for 2nd shooting with me!!   I’ll let the photos speak for themselves…..

Katie & James – Thank you for choosing  me to photograph your special day. It was an honor to be a part of it with your family & close friends. I wish you many years of happiness & I look forward to seeing you all again.
















Wedding Theme: rustic, modern, romantic, quirky, vibrant

Ceremony/Reception: Ceremony – The Wildey Theater; Reception – The Leclaire Room

Caterer: Bella Milano

DJ: Spanky Entertainment (Dueling Pianos!!!)

Videographer: (unofficial) A friend (Diana Haynes) so kindly captured moments on our big day for us.

Florist: Tina, James’ mom, made my bouquet and James’ boutonniere

Cake: A Little Taste of Heaven Bakery (cake, groom’s cake, and mini desserts); Donut Palace (donuts)

Wedding Dress designer: Alfred Angelo (Modern Vintage Bridal Collection)

Bridesmaid Dress designer: n/a

Tuxes: Calvin Klein Linen Suit Separates (vest and pants)

Shoes: Katie – a pair of delicate, beaded sandals; James – bright green Sperrys

Hair: Britny Ross – Studio One at Park Plaz

Hairpiece/Veil: I was going to try a gold birdcage veil, but I couldn’t get it to work unfortunately!

Makeup: Samantha Braeutigam – Studio 3 at Park Plaza


Please list any Do It Yourself ideas/decorations you incorporated:

-       We designed/created a lot of the details/decorations for our big day:

o   Old door backdrop for the ceremony

o   Wooden pallet guest book

o   Menu/itinerary/guest seating cards that were posted on old doors at the entrance of the reception

o   Wildflower seed packet guest favors

o   Centerpieces

o   Bent fork place card holders for the dessert table

o   Banner on the dessert table

1. What was your most memorable moment on your wedding day?

We’re indecisive…

-       The first look

-       The uniqueness of the ceremony

-       Making a secret stop for wine at Springer’s Creek Winery in between the ceremony and reception

-       The dueling pianos


2. First Dance song: I Will Wait by Mumford & Sons


3. How did the two of you meet?

We met when I went to visit my mom, Sharon, at her office…where James also works. Our first meeting was simple – I complimented his hair. Our friendship/relationship grew from there.


4. How did he propose?

James planned one of his famous, creative, thoughtful, and secret dates for us – The Grafton Zipline followed by a winery. We had survived the zipline and were about to head to the winery when he proposed. He makes fun of me because he says I didn’t even answer. I argue that I was too busy smothering him with love to utter the obvious ‘yes’.


5. Favorite detail from the wedding:

The atmosphere – a feeling of togetherness; happiness; jovial; natural; emotional


6. Advice to future brides & grooms:

Make each and every detail about your big day truly what you want. Don’t ever apologize for doing it YOUR way, for breaking ‘tradition’. The day is about you and your partner. Express your personalities, your connection, and your love in every detail of the journey.


7. Would you change anything about the wedding?

Our entrance at the reception was a little chaotic. We had no idea that we were being announced already! Looking back, we just laugh about how during the confusion James almost elbowed me in the forehead when we busted through the doorway.


8. Honeymoon:

Background – On one of our first dates, James asked me what places I wanted to travel to – one of my answers was Portland, OR. Fast forward to our engagement – James surprised me by booking a flight to Portland for our honeymoon. He said he knew where he wanted to take me on a honeymoon from the moment we had that initial travel conversation.

We took an adventure out to Portland, OR. Each and every detail of the trip, everything we did, each place we explored reflected a different part of our relationship. We hiked, we saw the Pacific, we felt the mist of beautiful waterfalls, we drank beer in a dive pub while we watched the USA play in the World Cup, we stopped at a road-side produce stand, we drank wine, we tasted great food, we met new people, we explored the city on foot, we had the best view of the 4th of July fireworks from the deck of the house we stayed in… and on and on and on.




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Moondance Photography is turning 7 years old next month! Time for a giveaway! All you have to do is head on over to my Facebook–like & comment on this photo on my Facebook page for your chance to win a free 1 hour photo session with 3 digital images! One random winner will be selected on July 14th! Feel free to share on your wall & if you’re not a fan of this page, make sure you “like” this page in order to stay up to date! Thanks for an amazing 7 years of business. I’ve met so many wonderful clients & friends & have captured some pretty cool memories.    


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When I received the email that one of my weddings was going to be featured on Style Me Pretty, I was beyond thrilled!!! Style Me Pretty is a national known wedding blog with photography that is eye candy to so many brides & fellow photographers & vendors! I was honored to be published on their site & anxiously waited a few months for my publication date. Take a look here!


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  • June 2, 2014 - 7:05 pm

    Dorinda Peyton - Oh goodness! These are so pretty! I love the bouquet!

  • June 2, 2014 - 3:12 am

    Gary Lun - Love the blur on the first picture. Well done!

  • May 29, 2014 - 5:12 pm

    Lori Romney - pretty!!

  • May 27, 2014 - 6:50 pm

    Caroljean Strawn - Congrats! Lovely images! :) And uniquely beautiful color scheme!

  • May 27, 2014 - 2:46 pm

    Rochelle - Yay!!! Congrats Jenny, it’s a much deserved honor!

Have I mentioned that I’m now offering Pet Photography?! Well, I am & so far loving it! Most of my life, I have grown up with many dogs & cats. From my first beloved Sunny the Golden Retriever to Rocky the Rottweiler, Eli the German Shepherd, Angus the Scottish Dearhound, Bella the Labradoodle, Oliver the Scottish Dearhound/Borzoi, Lucy the Labradoodle & Lola the CRAZY Labradoodle. These are all the dogs I grew up with or are still living at my mothers house that I consider my pet siblings. There are way too many cats to mention, I think I would need my moms help to list them all. I currently am a cat person & Pippen is my spoiled rotten 16 pound cat. He’s my baby & knows when I’m having a bad day by jumping in my lap a minute before I want to get up & forces me to sit there longer & pet him until I feel better. Cats know these things. They also know when it’s time to wake up at 5am to feed them & when you are not giving them enough space in bed for them to sleep comfortably. After taking many photos of Pippen & my moms current dogs, I have realized that these animals are part of our families, too. We don’t have much time with them on Earth. They give us so much joy, yet one day–will give us much sadness. I enjoy looking through my moms old photo albums & seeing my first dog, Sunny the Golden Retriever. I was an only child then & he was my best friend.



If you are interested in booking a pet photography session, I’m offering them at a special price of $100 which includes the session fee & 5 digital images of your choice. This is an introductory special & will be changing soon. I would love to capture these memories of your best friend, just like how I have my photos of Sunny & I to look back on 32 years later.


Stay tuned for some adorably fun pet sessions!!! I can’t wait to share them with you!




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  • May 8, 2014 - 11:24 am

    Puppy Love: Mya | Daily Dog Tag - […] can see more of Jenny’s  pet photography on her blog.   Follow Moondance Photography on […]

  • March 26, 2014 - 5:12 pm

    Dorinda Peyton - Love it and LOVE my puppies! That little aussie is to die for!

  • March 26, 2014 - 5:11 pm

    Caroljean Strawn - Love that image with the little girl…so sweet!! Yes, pets are part of the family!

  • March 26, 2014 - 11:54 am

    Christina Zieschang - Pets are a part of the family and definitely deserve a photo shoot. I look forward to seeing more pet sessions. I love the photos you’ve taken already. Good luck on your new adventure!!

  • March 25, 2014 - 7:36 pm

    Rochelle Yoder Williams - Gah, that picture of you with Sunny is priceless! And all of the pictures on your storyboard are awesome, good luck with this new endeavor!

  • March 25, 2014 - 1:11 am

    Natasha McGuire - Love that photo of you as a young girl with your dog! That’s so wonderful that your parents had that photo taken! Pets are definitely a part of the family!