Emily + Peter | Pear Tree Estate wedding | Champaign


I never quite know what to expect when I haven't met a couple prior to their wedding day. But when I walked up to the "First Look" site where Peter would see Emily in her wedding gown for the first time, everything was as perfect as I could have imagined. Emily hugged me right away and basically told me to "do my thing." :) I set Peter up in a good shady spot and his reaction didn't disappoint! We jumped right into couple portraits and wedding party photos from there, and it was like we had all known each other for ages. Emily's family was so sweet and accommodating to me all day, and made my job a breeze. And speaking of breezes, a few of those would have been nice on that 90+ degree day! Ha! Some of my favorite parts of the day included the couple's dog Malcolm being introduced at the reception party (such a party animal!), the sweet getaway car Emily lined up for after the ceremony, the gorgeous pocket of light we found in a random spot at Lake of the Woods, and the trip to Bacaro to recreate when Peter + Emily's first met. I love when clients come up with personalized ideas that will make their photos extra special to them. Congrats to you both, and I wish you the best in your marriage! Leave a comment below for Peter + Emily, and after 50 comments they'll receive a complimentary 11x14" mounted print of their choice.

Lake of the Woods First Look

Lake of the Woods waterfall and bridge

Flower girl in poofy dress

bride and groom outdoor portraits

bridal portraits

Groom portraits in tux

wedding party with covered bridge

wedding candids in Mahomet

Bride and groom pictures at covered bridge

Casual walking portraits at covered bridge

bride and groom quiet moment together

Holy Cross church door and sanctuary

bridal dip and veil

Bacaro Champaign where they met

groomsmen walking downtown

bridal processional during ceremony

Catholic wedding ceremony

sweet candid moments during ceremony

announced as husband and wife

grand exit from the church

1972 Monte Carlo getaway car

orange 1972 Monte Carlo

wedding candids at Pear Tree Estate

old fashioned and Moscow mule signature drinks

here come the bride and groom

toasts from the fathers

wedding favors with the rings

Pear Tree Estate beautiful wedding venue

First dance as man and wife

father-daughter and mother-son dance

fun wedding dancing

Let me call you sweetheart group circle dance

PTE back patio candid photos

photojournalistic wedding reception coverage

dog in a tux at wedding

Vendors Ceremony: Holy Cross, Champaign Reception: Pear Tree Estate Cake: Cakes by Rosie Florist: County Market Dress: Elite Bridal Hair: Kelsie Briggs DJ: Party On Productions Rings: Christopher & Co. Photographer: Holly Birch Photography