Molly + Shea | University Place Church + iHotel wedding

I didn't meet Molly + Shea in person until the day of their wedding, but by the end of the day we felt like great, longtime friends!  Molly chose a blush pink and gold palette for the day, and the bridesmaid dresses were all the perfect shade and each one was different even though each woman selected her own design.  The guys looked super sharp in their black bow tie tuxes.  The bridal suite at University Place Christian Church was recently remodeled and was phenomenal for the bride and her maids to get ready. Molly + Shea chose to do a first look, and the church has a neat little courtyard just outside the bridal suite that worked beautifully!  We then continued on with portraits of the couple, wedding party, and family so most of the important photos were covered before the ceremony.  The following the ceremony, we were able to have a relaxed, low pressure time with the couple and the wedding party again before heading to cocktail hour.  The ballroom at iHotel looked super elegant with amber uplighting and the blush pink and gold theme evident throughout.  Molly had a huge smile on her face for the entire reception -- you'll see it for sure in the photos!  I especially loved the tribute her sisters did to when they used to dress up as kids, including special furs and vests for each of them to wear, and Molly singing in a circle with her sorority sisters. What a great night! Congrats, Shea + Molly!!

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Vendors

Cake: Cream and Flutter

Florist: Blossom Basket 

DJ: Elite Entertainment

Caterer: University of Illinois

Officiant: Pastor Kris Light

Bride's dress: Elite Bridal | David Tutera

Bridesmaid dresses: Azazie

Suits/tuxes: Black Tie Formalwear

Transportation: Elite Entertainment

Linens: University of Illinois

Invitations: Shine Wedding Invitations

Jeweler: Joel Singer

Hair + Makeup: Something You Salon and Spa

Drapery + Chairs: Elite Entertainment

Place Cards: Cali O'Rourke Calligraphy

Photographer: Holly Birch Photography

Meredith + Scott | Colorful Champaign Country Club wedding

I've discovered in 2017 that my brand and photography is full of COLOR, so when I walk into Meredith + Scott's outdoor tent reception at the Champaign Country Club, I was in complete awe!  They had chosen a color palette of orange, yellow, pink & teal and executed ever detail to its fullest.   I think it's fitting that my first official post on my new website be this vibrant and full of color!  

I've only known Meredith + Scott for about a year since they hired me, but I feel like we've been friends for much longer.  When Meredith first put on her gown, I told her she looked like Belle from Beauty and the Beast and she asked if I already knew that was her favorite Disney character.  I had no idea, but it was so fun to make that connection!  The couple chose not to see each other before their ceremony, but we scoped out a neat little corner in the church for them to hold hands and pray beforehand.  Scott didn't want to let go of her hand!  It was such a sweet moment.  I mentioned during their engagement session post that Meredith has an infectious laugh, and I feel like you can imagine her laugh through some of these photos -- I adore her personality, and you can tell why she is so loved as a youth minister.

This reception was the kind I dream about -- and outdoor tented reception on a country club golf course with loads of color.  There was no detail they hadn't thought of, including having the dance floor tented as well in case of inclement weather (because, Illinois). The paper lanterns, ribbons, and florals everywhere tied it all together so nicely.  The use of color reminded me of Moroccan and Indian inspired weddings, and definitely fits this couple's personality to a T.  Uplighting around the tent and surrounding trees made the whole affair feel like a magical, enchanted garden, and I was having the best time photographing every angle.  The fireworks show was a surprise to the bride and groom, and we capped off the night with a sparkler exit too.  I am so thrilled to share this wedding with you!  Congrats, Meredith + Scott!
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Vendors

Cake: Cakes by Lori

Florist: Rick Orr Flowers

DJ: Bugbee's DJ Plus

Caterer: Champaign Country Club

Officiant: Rev. Tom Corum

Coordinator: Ginny Holder

Tent, setup, uplighting: Palace Events

Bride's dress: Demetrios

Bridesmaid dresses: Bari Jay

Suits/tuxes: Men's Warehouse

Instrumentalists: Landon Westerfield | Laura Schachner

Transportation: Bishop Platinum Limos

Linens: BBJ Linens

Videographer: Nick Yi Photography and Videography

Hair + Makeup: Something You | Lauren Foran Bridal Beauty

Photography: Holly Birch Photography

Corisa + Jeremiah | Stone Creek Golf Club wedding in Urbana

What a fun day!  Corisa + Jeremiah's friends and family were hilarious and my second photographer Libby and I had a fantastic time with everyone all day without ever leaving the grounds!  The Stone Creek reception space was decorated beautifully with the couple's gray, gold and blush theme, that tied in nicely with the bouquets, florals, and wedding party attire.  I don't usually talk too much about shoes, but did you see Corisa's shoes???  They even made it into the sneak peek!   This couple was game for anything and let me take them out not once, but TWICE for sunset photos.  Of course, being on a golf course with an open view of the horizon makes it much easier to do this.  They opted to not do a first look before their 5pm ceremony, but since everything happened on the Stone Creek grounds, I never felt like we were rushed.  I scouted a few spots around the golf course and LOVE the couple of spots I found to do the couple portraits.  The gray-ish green evergreens are always a favorite of mine, plus the added bonus of the sun filtering through the trees at just the right angle, it was a match made in heaven -- much like Corisa + Jeremiah!  Scroll on down below to view 110+ images from their day!