Central Illinois Homestead Wedding | Josh & Courtney

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Bride and groom and wedding details in downtown Springfield, Illinois by Karen Shoufler Photography

Josh and Courtney’s wedding day kicked of my 2019 with so much excitement and joy! Their wedding day started in downtown Springfield and ended up at The Homestead, a sweet, family-run venue in Central Illinois. I first met this couple for their engagement session on the football field at PORTA High School where Josh is the head coach. You’d never know that almost all of their session was right there on the school property! There were so many amazing locations. You’ll have to go check out how that session ended because it was pretty SWEET! 😉

Pre-Ceremony in Downtown Springfield

When I met up with Courtney and her girls the morning of the wedding, everyone was so calm, relaxed and friendly. It’s not very often when I show up and most of the girls are finished getting ready, but these girls were organized and ready to go. The bridesmaids were so sweet, but my favorites were Courtney’s niece and nephews, one who was just two weeks old! This lover of babies had to stay focused and not get distracted by all the cuteness!

Once Courtney’s mom helped her into her dress, we headed out to downtown Springfield for the first look with Josh and bridal party portraits. The sun was out and it was a warm 50 degrees. (Hey, that felt warm in March for Illinois!) This wedding party was so sweet that I could have photographed them all day. They even trusted me to put them in the middle of the road for a few photos in front of the Illinois State Capitol Building. Don’t worry! That street wasn’t busy this time of year and my second photographer was watching for cars.

Since Courtney and Josh did a first look, we had plenty of time scheduled for relaxed bridal party portrait time and time to walk around with just the two of them for bride and groom photos. I just love the backdrop of this part of Springfield, especially for weddings. It adds just a little bit of class and character without being too busy.

The Ceremony at The Homestead

Once portraits were complete, we headed out to The Homestead. This was my first wedding at this venue, but the inside was so unique. I love the little touches they’ve added to break up the space, but still make it flow well. Since it was spring in Illinois, the wedding ceremony was held inside at one end of the venue while the reception was set up at the other end. The ceremony was full of tears and laughter, and of course all of the cuteness of the ring bearer and flower girl. I loved when Rowen was coming down the aisle and just left his little sister behind. He went back and got her eventually. They call Courtney, Aunt Co, so during the ceremony Rowen kept calling out for Aunt Co. It was so sweet. You can really tell that she has a special bond for those little ones.

The Reception

During the reception, Courtney danced with her dad and then her stepdad, followed by Josh and his mom. And THEN, Rowen TOOK. OVER. THE. DANCE. FLOOR. with his moves to Uptown Funk. I may have taken more photos of this dance then the other dances combined. This little guy has moves and all the confidence to go along with it.

As I went drove that night after the wedding, eating the handful of Starburst candies I swiped from the sweets table on the way out, I couldn’t help but smile about how lucky I am to be doing what I’m doing. Courtney and Josh, I wish you all the best in life and in your marriage. Congratulations!

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The Vendor Team

Photography: Karen Shoufler Photography

Venue: The Homestead

Bridal Gown: Willowby by Watters from Elite Bridal 

MUA: Airbrush by Jessica

Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal

Tuxedos: Men’s Warehouse

Catering: Nelson’s Catering

DJ: Jack Pitts DJ

Uplighting/Sound: Premiere Audio Visual

Officiant: Michael Swearingen, West Side Christian Church

  1. Staci

    March 26th, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    These are awesome! And I love that ring shot. -!: her wedding dress!

  2. Karen Shoufler

    March 26th, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Thank you Staci! Right?! Her dress was so pretty!

  3. Amy

    March 26th, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    Wow these are amazing! What a beautiful wedding!

  4. Karen Shoufler

    March 26th, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    Thanks Amy!

  5. Karyn Bohannon

    March 26th, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    Wow! I cannot stop looking at these, every one more gorgeous than the last! What an amazing job you did, Karen, capturing every moment & nuance of the day!!

  6. Karen Shoufler

    March 26th, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    I’m so glad you love them! You have a beautiful family Karyn.

  7. Mandy Provan

    March 28th, 2019 at 2:08 am

    Such a beautiful wedding. I love her dress and that ring!!! wow. You captured it beautifully!!! Great job.

  8. Karen Shoufler

    March 28th, 2019 at 11:09 am

    Thank you Mandy!

  9. Courtney Carney

    March 28th, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    These are absolutely wonderful Karen!! 🙂

  10. Karen Shoufler

    March 28th, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    Thank you so much Courtney!

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