Christy + Ryan | Urbana Unitarian Universalist wedding ceremony + reception


Christy + Ryan are a fun-loving couple and I had a wonderful time hanging out with their family + friends throughout their wedding day and reception. Everyone was so kind, easygoing and hospitable to us and made the day flow so smoothly. A few interesting things of note about Christy + Ryan: 1) Christy actually proposed to Ryan, so he was wearing an engagement ring prior to the wedding, and so they had 4 rings to photograph instead of 3! 2) Ryan's stepmom made the cake and cupcakes which were SO delicious and she insisted I take some home, so I did! 3) Christy designed all the printed materials and signs you see in the reception photos. I am a font geek, and the program and menu were just PERFECT. I want her to design my next business cards and logo! A couple of my other favorite parts of the day were the choreographed Thriller dance at the reception by some of Christy's college friends (I believe it was unscripted??), the Italian food from Minneci's for dinner (yum!), the tree planting during their ceremony, and their photo booth room just off the dance floor. So fun! Congrats you two!! Leave a comment below for Christy + Ryan, and after 50 comments, they'll receive a complimentary 11x14" mounted print of their choice.

University of Illinois Arboretum Hartley Gardens First Look

Bride and Groom in Hartley Gardens

bridal portraits

fall overcast wedding photos

purple tie yellow wedding bouquet

wedding signs and print suite

father walking bride down the aisle

saying wedding vows

Urbana Unitarian Universalist Church wedding ceremony

Rev. Janet Newman and wedding tree

bride saying I Do's to groom

pronounced man and wife with groom crying

sunflower theme with cake and centerpieces

formal portraits in church sanctuary

rings with inlaid wood

reception details menu thumbprint tree

wedding toasts and speeches

bride and groom first dance

parent dances with white twinkle lights

bouquet toss winner

bride and groom enjoying reception with friends

dancing to Thriller at wedding

Vendors DJ | Elite Entertainment Events Caterer | Minneci's Officiant | Reverend Janet Newman Bride's Dress | Bridal Elegance - Sincerity Bridal Suits | Ralph Lauren Instrumentalists | Piano - Matthew Gladden, Cello - Ann Zettervall Videographer | Pittman Productions, Washington, IL Hair + Makeup | H2O Salon Photographer | Holly Birch Photography