Rockford IL Anderson Japanese Garden Wedding Photography | Katie & Kent

Winnebago IL Wedding Photography

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This wedding was one that I had been looking forward to for a while. I knew this was going to be a memorable day. 

Katie and Kent met in Iowa, but they moved to Illinois because Kent’s job. Kent is original from Taiwan, as well me! Katie and Kent speak a combination of English and Chinese together. It’s like Leif and I, we have different language, different culture, from different countries... but so much special memories together.

Here is their love story. Katie & Kent met at a local community center, where Kent was tutoring math and Katie was tutoring spelling. Through a mutual friend who was also there, they went to Dubuque to see the crystal lake caves and had a great time. Later, Katie invited the group again to go to the hot air balloon festival in Indianola, and only Kent was able to join. Katie thought... "is this a date?" and fell asleep on a picnic blanket next to Kent with all sorts of comfy butterflies. Kent made a very elaborate dinner because they wanted to celebrate Chinese New Year. Kent knelt down on his knee and asked Katie to marry him!

I especially liked Katie embroidered the stale of Iowa, island of Taiwan and a heart between on a handkerchief for Kent on the wedding day, it’s such a sweet idea!

The heartfelt first look filled with tears of love. The ceremony was set amidst the picturesque beauty of the garden, the sun was shining and the birds were chipping as Katie and Kent shared their vows and many happy tears were shed by family and friends.

It’s such a dream wedding at Anderson Japanese Garden in Rockford IL! We got to explore the entire beautiful garden through a romantic walk. They were by the plunging waterfalls, on the winding pathways, on the moon bridge by ponds, and surround by the willow trees. Also, Katie’s wedding date is July 1st, she wanted a little special for 4th of July weekend, so we did some light painting photos in the garden, and it turned out pretty unique and beautiful!

Kent was always smile while he looked at her, and always hold her hands, nuzzled and hug her. They are such an adorable couple!

Congratulations! I am so happy that I had the opportunity to work with you both, even though Kent’s family couldn’t make it here, but they are going to have another wedding to celebrate with them in Taiwan, I am so looking forward to seeing more of your wedding photos from Taiwan! I wish you a lifetime of love and happiness!


Dress: Stacey’s Bridal and Prom (Urbandale, Iowa) 

Florist: Event Floral

Ceremony Venue: Anderson Japanese Gardens  (Warren Franklin, Events Manager)

Reception Venue: Fresco’s at the Gardens

Catering: Francesco’s

Wedding Planner / Coordinator: Day-of coordinator: Katelyn Phillips Manager Fresco at the Gardens

Hair & Makeup: Lucette – Holistic Salon/Boutique



Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal

Groomsmen and Groom attire: Bowties & Suspenders 

Groom Tuxedo: John Helmer Haberdasher (Portland, OR)




Invitations: Gilded Frame by Nicole Walsh, ordered off of Minted.com

Wedding Colors:  White/ivory, Pink, Sage Green, White/Gold.


Here are just a few of my favorites from their wedding day:


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