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The Bricks Cherry Valley IL Wedding Photography | Joie and Ben

Rockford Illinois Wedding Photography

Joie and Ben’s Wedding at The Bricks Venue Center in downtown Cherry Valley, IL. It was the first big wedding held at The Bricks, Leif and I were so honored to be part of it. Ben’s mother is the co-founder of The Bricks.


Joie and Ben first met while working at Home Depot together and were engaged in May 2021.  Ben worked later than expected one night and forgot to tell Joie. When Ben came home, the dinner that Joie had worked so hard on was cold. Ben didn’t end up being hungry that night, but Joie was able to recover from this very quickly, as he was ready to start the rest of his life with her. He proposed to her right there in the kitchen that night.

Joie, her family, and her friends prepared for the wedding at Ben’s parents home, while Ben was at the home he and Joie share.

Prior to the ceremony, the bride and groom had a “First Look” which is a wonderful time to connect and ground yourself before the whirlwind begins. Their “First Look”  actually included the element of surprise, as Ben did not know that Joie was going to seek him out before the ceremony. Shock gave way to a beautiful embrace between the couple, making for an unforgettable moment. 



There were full of meaningful details of Joy and Ben’s wedding:

During the getting ready, Joie’s father pinned a golden star brooch to her, a symbol for her late brother who she carries deep within her heart;

Diamonds from the groom’s mother wedding ring were used in both Ben and Joie’s rings;

Ben’s ring and cufflinks have been engraved with their wedding date and initials;

The father of the bride wore the tie from their last father/daughter dance in middle school;

The ceremony was set in groom’s grandparent lovely backyard; T

he pastor of the ceremony is the same pastor that officiated at Joie’s parents’ wedding; 


The reception took place at The Bricks in downtown Cherry Valley, IL, which is owned by Ben’s family;

As well as many other sentimental elements that showcased their love for one another, their friends and family.

I was so excited about all the moments we were able to capture and could not resist posting them to Facebook as I edited. Now I am delighted to share the rest of the images from Joie and Ben’s day.  


We wish you all the best in this next chapter! Congratulations Mrs. & Mr. Schroeder! I could not be any happier for you both!!


Best wishes,

Leif and Christine Theden


Love what you see? Here are the amazing vendors:

Hair | Bridal Hair by Jessica
Makeup | Jewels Makeup Artistry

Ceremony Venue | At the Groom’s grandparents backyard

Reception Venue | The Bricks

Wedding Planner / Coordinator | Champagne Events

Caterer | Paul Hathaway


Florist | Those Flower girls

DJ | Forest City Weddings & Events

Dress | Designer and Place of purchase

Invitations | Bride had made them herself -  Joieful Artworks

Favors | Bride had made them herself -  Joieful Artworks


Deserts/Ice Cream | Cattle and Cream

Wedding# | #bjswedding

Wedding Colors | Different shades of Purple, Navy Blue and Gold accents