July 21, 2021

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Collin + Nikki | Love and Magical Moments

The amount of love and magical moments poured into this day was immeasurable! I’ll introduce Nikki and Collin, a gracious and genuine couple full of laughter, pure comedy and sweet tears of course!! Now I get to breakdown all of the love and magical moments in their day for you to relive.

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Boulder Creek Photography, Deliciously Ordinary, The Garden Grove, Southern Illinois, Carbondale Illinois
Collin and Nikki met in college (p.s. he was her boss, how cute?!) and after late night phone calls, sorority and fraternity dances they were inseparable. They finally got engaged in 2019 with the help of his sister who is also a photographer! These two patient souls planned their wedding so many times and due to covid, plans clearly changed. That didn’t sway them!!

Like I said, their day was full of love and magical moments. A few of them were all of the first looks. First looks with the bridesmaids, Collin and his sweet momma, Nikki and her step-dad, then of course Nikki and Collin! Future brides: please let’s do these for all of you because they were THE sweetest!!

During their first look, Collin just kept saying “wow!!” and “oh my gosh you’re so pretty!!” and “your dress!! You are beautiful!”
Ok, so we were all in tears even behind the camera! Nikki twirled and laughed while he was just in awe by her. These are the magical moments that we love.

Collin and Nikki had another special moment….just before she walked down the isle. With poise and grace the isle was sprinkled and lined with petals by adorable flower gir-uhm…men! This folks is actually the magical moment I was referring to!! Ha! These guys added a few special moves to make the love really apparent in the air.

Nikki and Collin said “I do” and was married by Collin’s grandfather, Guy Warke, who had already married three generations of the Warke family. Nikki said to me in one of our very first conversations that she wanted to look back when she’s “an old grandma” (so cute!!) to see Collin’s face and see how pretty he thought she was. (Queue the adorable sobs!!) They both laughed and kissed walking back down the isle as Mr. + Mrs. Warke with bubbles floating all around them.

When the reception time came, our sweet bride and groom danced their hearts out and celebrated their very hard work! Collin and Nikki finally made this day a gorgeous reality and a fairytale dream come true.

I hope you get to relive and experience their love and magical moments through their images here! I can’t leave here without saying how wonderful both of their families were to work with. Talk about some loving mommas!! Ann and Debbie are Nikki and Collin’s sweet mommas. These two, along with numerous other family members, were incredibly sweet. Weddings always come with a little stress but this family handled everything with such grace and love.

It was a joy and a pleasure to work with this couple and their family.

View their full gallery here on Friday!


If you wonder how to make your wedding day run smooth or tips as a wedding vendor, read the education and tips on the blog, The Journal! However, speaking of vendors, let me tell you about the wonderful vendors that made Nikki and Collin’s day special!!

Venue & Catering – The Garden Grove
Venue Coordinator – Taylor, Taylor’d Events
Florist/Designer – Lindsay, Deliciously Ordinary
Wedding Cake – Cakes by Ally
Hair/Make Up – Olivia, The Avenue Salon & Makeup by Cheyenne
Wedding Gown – Catherine’s Bridal Boutique
Bridesmaids Dresses – Azazie
Groom & Groomsmen’s Tuxes – Louies Tux Shop

  1. Debbie says:

    This adorable little southern belle Courtney and her lovely sister where the perfect team!! Courtney offered us not only her amazing creativity, but her coordination skills, a calm organized day filled with fun pics. Courtney was amazing, truly gifted, creative eye as you can see in the photos. No need to look further. She even had a sneak peak slide show edited for us to view by the end of the wedding. Thank you C

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