Sugar Spring Ranch Wedding | Carlie & Nick

May 31, 2023

Bride and groom at Sugar Spring Ranch wedding venue in Columbia, IL.


Wow, guys! The Kneppers did it! They are married! This gorgeous, Sugar Spring Ranch wedding was so much fun! (I am pretty sure I will be reliving moments from this day in my head forever) When I met Carlie for coffee to chat about me potentially being her wedding photographer, we clicked so well and I just prayed I would be able to be apart of her wedding day. So let me tell ya, I was SO HAPPY when they officially booked.

We started the morning getting ready with Carlie and her all her bestie girls with mimosas and the best hype music (can I get that getting ready playlist! 😉) She did the sweetest first look with her mom, future mother in law, and her bridesmaids. Of course, we all swooned over Carlie and her dress. Then we met up with the guys getting ready to take Nick to go see his bride for their first look.

You may remember these two from their downtown Belleville engagement at Friday’s (the bar where they met) so of course for their wedding day, we had to take the whole party to Friday’s! I tell you, this crew knows how to party.

Their outdoor ceremony was so perfect and what made it even better, Carlie’s grandpa officiated the ceremony. It was so sweet hearing all the fun memories of Carlie growing up. After their ceremony, we had the sweetest time with just the two of them for their bride and groom portraits just before we head inside for their reception. During the reception, of course we had to sneak out for the most gorgeous, glowing sunset. Check out Carlie’s sunglasses! I mean, can you ask for a more perfect day! Huge congrats to Mr. and Mrs. Knepper! Check out more from their wedding day



Photographer: Adara Jade Photography

Venue: Sugar Spring Ranch

Dress: Bridal Manor

Suites: Men’s Wearhouse

Florals: Grimm and Gorly

Cake: Sam’s Club

Catering: Andre’s

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ABOUT adara

Capturing love and timeless moments is a true passion of mine - I'm enamored with the idea that we can take the best moments in our life and freeze them to remember forever!

I'm a big believer that wedding mornings are best when you start with an iced brown sugar oat milk latte & end with an epic dance party at the reception!! In my free time (which is minimal with two sweet kiddos!) you can find me serving in my church, sneaking in a date night with my husband, or enjoying the outdoors!! I love the sunshine and being by the water is my happy place! 


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