Jordan + Trent | Lake of the Woods Botanical Garden + Hilton Garden Inn | Mahomet + Champaign wedding


Jordan + Trent planned a beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony at the Mabery Gelvin botanical garden within the Lake of the Woods forest preserve in Mahomet. The night before I checked the forecast and the outlook wasn't good. But I woke up to mostly sunny skies with just a few chances for rain throughout the day. I was so happy to hear that the plan was to still keep the ceremony outdoors!! While doing portraits around the gardens, we had just a few light sprinkles and then the rain unleashed for a few minutes just as we were getting on the limo to head into Champaign to the Hilton Garden Inn for the reception. Pretty good timing and luck if you ask me! When I first met with Jordan, her mom Joanne, and her matron of honor Nicole a few months ago, they told me about the tennis theme they were planning, and my mind immediately went to the wedding ring shots... my mind was already reeling from all the possibilities. So, needless to say, there are a bunch of ring images included in this blog post -- way more than my usual amount! I was having so much fun photographing them with all the elements that Jordan had ready for me. :) And I felt like I was holding a piece of history when they handed me the baseball that Jordan first used to ask Trent out to Homecoming -- I mean, how adorable is that?! The baseball was followed up with the tennis ball that Trent used to propose to Jordean, and the rest is, of course, history. ;) I'm a huge fan of color, and I loved seeing all the elements brought together with the tennis theme in both the wedding party attire and the reception ballroom. The teal and purple uplights tied everything together so nicely. Congrats, Jordan + Trent! Leave a comment below for Jordan + Trent, and after 50 comments, they'll receive a complimentary 11x14" mounted print of their choice!

pearl jewelry with blue shoes and family handkerchief

promposal homecoming date baseball with marry me tennis ball

tennis racket wedding ring photos

bride putting in earrings

bridesmaids in teal high-low dresses

Mabery Gelvin botanical garden wedding pictures

bridesmaids with purple flowers

bride sitting pose in gazebo

perfect light on bride under a shade tree

bridal portraits with bright sun under shade tree

handsome groom outdoor portraits

groomsmen with teal ties and pocket squares

groom sitting portrait

groom's processional down the aisle

bridal entrance to ceremony on her father's arm

botanical garden wedding ceremony

Champaign County Forest Preserve wedding at Lake of the Woods Botanical Gardens

first kiss in front of a waterfall

bride and groom exit with lavender toss

bridesmaids and groomsmen swtich

groomsmen in gray tuxes with leather personalized flasks

teal and gray wedding party at Lake of the Woods

bride and groom with weeping willow tree backdrop

romantic bride and groom pose

easy bride and groom posing

wedding photos at red bridge at Lake of the Woods

wooden family sign for the new couple

wedding couple with lily pad pond at botanical garden

Cakes by Lori tennis cake

tennis tournament bracket wedding seating chart

handmade centerpieces with tennis ball sunflowers

tennis ball cookies and custom drinkware

couple's grand entrance at reception

wedding reception at Hilton Garden Inn Champaign

Best Man toast with MagMod grid lighting

matron of honor speech with off-camera flash

first dances at Hilton Garden Inn

garter and bouquet tosses

Vendors Ceremony: Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden, Lake of the Woods, Mahomet Reception: Hilton Garden Inn Cakes: Cakes by Lori Popcorn Bar: Kernel Encore Florist: Blossom Basket DJ: Elite Entertainment Bride's Dress: Elite Bridal | Stella York Suits: Men's Wearhouse Transportation: Elite Entertainment Invitations: Jewelers: Koehn & Koehn Jewelers Photographer: Holly Birch Photography