Valerie + Brandon= Love, Orchard Ridge Farms Wedding, Rockton IL

It’s quite flattering (and a bit intimidating) when a fellow photographer asks you to shoot their children’s wedding, especially when it is someone who is so experienced and respected in your area. When Kristen Simpson of Photography by Kristen asked me if I was available for her step daughter Valerie’s wedding, I was really honored. I knew everything was going to be beautiful. I was familiar with the venue location, The Copperstone Inn and Orchard Ridge Farms Pavilion, and was very excited to be shooting there. Another plus was that the couple, Valerie and Brandon, are as sweet as they are gorgeous. They were so easy to work with and photograph!

Here are some pre-wedding details from The Inn.

Copperstone Inn Bridal Details

The Inn’s Bridal Suite is just beautiful and was the perfect backdrop for getting ready photos.



Bride Gets Ready At Copperstone Inn


Bride Getting Ready At Copperstone Inn


Valerie’s Little Sister was one of her flower girls.

Flower Girl With Wedding Dress


Copperstone Inn Bridal Suite

This might be my favorite photo from the day. Such sweet girls!

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Valerie was stunning!

Bridal Portrait

Valerie and Brandon decided to do a First Look. It’s always touching to witness a couple during this moment, and it’s an honor to be there to capture it for them. The look took place in the cellar part of the Inn (which is more like a really fancy brick entry way.) It was the perfect intimate setting.

See what I mean about them being so easy to photograph. I feel like they should be modeling for Bridal Magazines.

The ceremony and reception then took place at The Pavilion. It’s such a great space, and Kristen did an AMAZING job with all of the decor. She really needs to add Wedding Planner to her list of services now because it was top notch!

The ceremony was short, but sweet, and afterward we all headed out for some photos in the snow. It was super cold, but all were good sports!



Just a few details from all of Kristen’s hard work.

Orchard Ridge Farm Pavilion Wedding Reception

 I’ll end with some dancing photos. Earlier in the night as I was changing cards (or batteries), I heard the dance floor erupt as one of the groomsmen

decided to bust a move. I was so sad I missed it, but he agreed to do an encore later on. When he did, I was ready and the Groom joined in as well.

Who doesn’t love a few Break Dance Moves now and then?

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 And one last sweet one of Valerie and Brandon’s first dance.

Orchard Ridge Farms Pavilion Wedding Reception


Thank you Valerie and Brandon (and Kristen) for choosing me to document your beautiful day! It was amazing.