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Hotel Blackhawk & Augustana Ascension Chapel ~ Quad Cities Wedding

June 8, 2020

One of the greatest joys of my job is being in the presence of love. All the joy and all of the romance. I get to spend my Saturdays immersed in each couple’s unique love story.

Allison and James made this past weekend nothing short of magical. They chose to have an intimate wedding at Ascension Chapel on the Augustana campus, surrounded by their children and immediate family. The day was relaxed and light-hearted, with the focus truly on the joining of Allison and James’ two families.



I knew James was a sweet, romantic kind of fella, but I seriously wasn’t prepared for the moment he saw Allison in her wedding dress in the Hotel Blackhawk lobby. There was true happiness radiating from them. I got goosebumps and the whole she-bang.





The music throughout the ceremony was simple and sweet– including The Beauty and the Beast, Forest Gump, and Winnie the Pooh theme songs, as well as a Kenny Chesney favorite.




And then, after the ceremony was over and family portraits had wrapped up, James had a guest play the couple’s song. No one was expecting the music and the instant that Allison heard their song playing. James wanted to make sure he gave Allison an official first dance. ** Cue the awwwwwwwwwws.**




Enjoy some of my favorites from James and Allison’s big day! <3 <3




Second Photographer- White Wedding Photography

Getting Ready/ Portrait Location- Hotel Blackhawk

Ceremony and Reception- Ascension Chapel – Augustana College

Florals/ Centerpieces- K’Nees Florist

Bridal Gown- David’s Bridal

Hair- Laura McMahon





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, or wedding portraiture, 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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