Although I am always eager to meet new couples for the first time, I have to confess I was a bit more intrigued when I first heard from Kerry. Her style of writing is unique and I felt a European influence of sorts. England was my guess. This is somewhat unusual as most of my weddings are situated in the Midwest and, naturally, most couples hail from the area. As we communicated a bit more about wedding packages and ceremony locations, I also learned a bit more about Kerry and her fiance, Benjamin.
Benjamin (and here is the connection to the Midwest) is originally from Illinois. He is a West Point cadet, did a combat tour in Africa, just completed infantry training in Georgia and is beginning airborne training in North Carolina. Kerry is a mixture of extremes. Philosophical and theoretical, yet in high admiration of the sensuality and earthiness of art and aesthetics. And, now for the most interesting part, she’s been a refugee pastor in Russia, a cop in L.A., a freelance writer, and a systemic consultant. An eclectic background to say the least!
Benjamin and Kerry met in Scotland while earning their Master’s degrees in International Security Studies. They spent a year learning to cook haggis, falling in love and traveling throughout Europe.
Benjamin proposed over Thanksgiving at a chateau winery, treated Kerry to a day spa and then arranged for both sets of parents to fly out to Scotland to surprise her and celebrate with them.
Their wedding ceremony and reception was held at the beautiful Proven Grounds wedding venue in Pekin, Central Illinois.
Kerry and Benjamin, congratulations again! And thank you for providing me with the opportunity to photograph your special day.
* And a kind note from Kerry *
PROVEN GROUNDS FARM – “My favorite vendor of my wedding! Ernst exhibits an ideal balance between being personable and professional. He honored our personalities and quirks, accommodated our requests, worked around our hitches, and all the while he crafted his art beautifully. He was very respectful of our vision but equally confident to collaborate when his expertise vivified it. I would recommend Ernst’s care and skill to anyone. ” Kerry & Benjamin