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Hotel Blackhawk & Tanglewood Hills ~ Curt & Ali

January 13, 2020

One of my favorite parts of wedding photography is seeing the couple’s vision come to life. Curt and Ali had a naturally-elegant, almost-rustic plan for their wedding day. They incorporated so many unique touches– Curt’s love for hunting is artfully reflected in the men’s boutonnieres, while Ali’s amazing hand-painting and artistic talents were showcased within their reception.

For the past couple weeks, Ali and I wondered whether she would, indeed, have snow on her wedding day. I mean, who plans a January wedding in the Midwest without envisioning snowy embraces and snuggly portraits? Lo and behold, Mother Nature came through for us. Not only were we expecting snow, but an ice AND snow storm was set to impact the Quad Cities area Friday through Saturday evening. While the forecast wasn’t exactly spot on, we did get enough to give us white ground, snowy trees, and fat flakes for their portraits!

Curt and Ali, congratulations on officially tying the knot! Enjoy your honeymoon together and the many years that follow! Enjoy some of my favorites from your wedding day!




Second Photographer- White Wedding Photography

Getting Ready/ Portrait Location- Hotel Blackhawk

Ceremony and Reception- Tanglewood Hills Chapel and Pavilion

Florals/ Centerpieces- Hignight Florist

Bridal Gown- A Storybook Ending

Tuxedos- Moments Tux Shop

Bridesmaids Dresses- David’s Bridal

Cake- Little Sweets Cake Design

Invitations- Minted

Entertainment- Level Up Entertainment

Hair & Make-Up- BAAR Salon and Spa


Sarah DeMaranville Photography is a Midwest/ Quad Cities wedding photographer providing timeless, joyful portraiture for the crazy in love. We specialize in outdoor photography and love to shoot at locations like The Armour HouseLavender Crest WineryOakwood Country ClubAllerton ParkHoney Creek Resort, and the Illinois Beach Resort.  We accept a limited number of weddings each year. To schedule your engagement, proposal, destination, elopement, or traditional wedding, please email us at sarah@sarahdemaranvillephotography.com or by inquiring here

We are so excited to love and serve you on your wedding day! You just take it all in, and we’ll be there to make sure your wedding day is as magical as you always envisioned!

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  1. Courtney says:

    Gorgeous! I’m falling more and more in love with snowy winter weddings! Great job!

  2. Josefin says:

    Oh gosh! I absolutely love these pictures! Amazing!!!

  3. Maria says:

    These are beautiful. I love the ones in the snow!

  4. This is that quintessential winter wedding – snow, fur shawl, cozy colors, and an adorable chapel! Beautiful winter wedding photos!

  5. Brittany says:

    I love all the details! Hotel Blackhawk & Tanglewood Hills looks like an amazing place to do a wedding!

  6. Mandy Provan says:

    I’m loving the snow images from this wedding! I love that the bride had a hand in all the painted decor for their reception. Hotel Blackhawk & Tanglewood Hills looks like a perfect winter wedding day setting