The Merrill Hotel Wedding Pictures – Austin & Brynn’s Big Day

June 5, 2024

We were blessed to be able to spend some of Memorial Day weekend with Austin and Brynn for their smaller, intimate wedding day. They ordered an absolutely picture-perfect day, save the typical Midwest May gnats.

The day didn’t start out picture perfect for Austin, however. His suit arrived in what was an embarrassing state, rendering it totally unwearable. Not cool. So he spent the morning of his wedding day trying to figure out what he was going to wear for the biggest day of his life. The groomsmen were looking fly, especially the tallest member of the wedding party who was given a child’s clip-on tie to pair with his suit. 🤦🏻‍♂️ A person’s character is generally not shown when everything goes picture perfect, but when you get bumped off course and things don’t go according to plan. What a test Austin endured, but he stayed super level and demonstrated what it looks like to be thankful in all circumstances.

Once the new suit was secured and Brynn was in her dress, the two shared not a first look before the ceremony, but a ‘first touch’. I suppose Brynn was gifted an early look at her soon-to-be husband in that surprising new suit, but Austin had eyes hidden the whole time. They shared a prayer together in front of a stained glass window at the church—Trinity Presbyterian in Aledo, Illinois.

Minutes later, Brynn was walking down the aisle, a bride beautifully adorned for her husband, and Austin’s eyes were open. Maybe misty, but they were open, and all the people were crying. They wrote and shared their own personal vows, and the people were crying again. Austin was shaking so much during the ceremony that he couldn’t get Brynn’s ring on. These failed attempts were after he fumbled and dropped it when he was initially handed it from the pastor. The people laughed this time.

After the ceremony, we took a few more photos behind the church (which was quite a beautiful—albeit buggy—setting), before making the 45 minute journey over to Muscatine.

The wedding reception was at the Merrill Hotel right on the Mississippi River in downtown Muscatine. I don’t know who was in charge of planning the design for the top floor of the venue, but it was a brilliant choice to cantilever a sweeping patio space that overlooks the river and downtown. As guests entered the room, many immediately went out on the patio and were taking photos of the view.

Brynn’s father gave a welcome speech and blessing, which made the people cry again. From there, it was dinner and dancing as everyone celebrated the godly union of these two blessed individuals.

We finished the night by again taking advantage of that beautiful patio space ourselves, this time at night with the city streetlights dotting the background along with the illuminated Norbert F. Beckey Bridge.

Austin and Brynn, thank you guys so much for choosing to have us as a part of your beautiful day! God bless you guys!

Flowers – Pretty Petals

DJ – DHodge (Dwayne Hodges)

Cheesecake – Sugar A La Mode

Videographer – Goulash Films

Photographers – Carter Photography

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