Katelyn + Frank | Bluestem Hall fall wedding on the prairie

I highly anticipated Katelyn + Frank’s wedding for months. (I feel like I’ve said that about every wedding in 2018 though!) Katelyn is a big fan of my work and had been following me on Instagram for a long time. We emailed back and forth briefly before she booked, without me even knowing the venue. Then when I got the contract back, I was stoked to find out she had also booked Bluestem Hall!

This new-ish venue in rural Urbana opened late in 2017, and the photos I had seen of the space were gorgeous. I was able to visit it myself last spring when they hosted an open house for local wedding vendors. The restored machine-shed-turned-wedding-venue is situated on a piece of land that is a prairie restoration. The tall prairie grasses combined with the small hill it’s on give it a beautiful view of the horizon and midwestern sunsets. <3

I had a lot of favorite parts to Katelyn + Frank’s day, but Katelyn walking down the aisle with her dad to the processional from “The Sound of Music”… classic!!! And if you’ve been following along for a while, you know I’m the biggest fan of that film!! We also had a fun tour of downtown Champaign searching for good fall color on brick roads! Katelyn + Frank were so easygoing and laidback which helped the day go by so seamlessly. To top it off, they were blessed with the most perfect fall weather — warm and sunny.

They also had a "cheese" cake for their wedding cake. Not a "cheesecake," but a cake made of wheels of cheese. It was definitely unique, but also a beautiful statement piece to add to the rustic, farm-to-table, prairie-inspired reception.

Congratulations again to Katelyn + Frank!! Thank you so much for allowing me to collaborate on your wedding and tell your story. Enjoy your preview!

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Vendor Team:

Ceremony: Holy Cross, Champaign
Reception: Bluestem Hall, Urbana
Catering: Classic Events Catering
Hair & makeup: Kate Endsley, Ashleigh Coartney &
Leah Mattingly from Rod Sickler Salon & Spa

Flowers: Lindsay Tranchida; The Garland Guy
DJ: Crash Events, Ryan Reid
Band: Caleb Cook Band
”Cake”: Cheese & Crackers
Reception furniture: Spruce Wedding Rentals
Bride’s dress: Melanie by Flora
Suits: Men’s Wearhouse
Invitations: Designed by Bridge; Letterpress by Bella Figura
Photographer: Holly Birch Photography