Kristen + Clayton | Champaign Willard Airport wedding

Kristen + Clayton had probably the most unique wedding I have ever had the privilege of photographing. Every detail was planned perfectly, and encompassed their all-American red, white & blue theme completely. The ceremony and reception were held on the Champaign Willard Airport campus at a private hangar. The food by LA Gourmet kept right in with the theme also, ranging from mini grilled cheese appetizers and chocolate milkshakes, to pulled pork and burger sliders, fried chicken and corn on the cob for dinner. Cupcakes, apple pies and S'mores were served for dessert! I loved that Clayton and most of his groomsmen wore his Air Force uniform, including their party shirts underneath (you'll see those later on!). I loved hanging out with these two and their friends all day, and being a part of such a fabulous wedding! Cheers! Leave a comment below for Kristen + Clayton, and after 50 comments, they will receive a complimentary 10x15" mounted print of their choice!

The front porch of Kristen's parents' house was a perfect backdrop for many of the bridal details and the First Look! bride's red shoesbride mirrorBride's dad prepbridal bouquetJarro designs bridal bouquetFirst Lookbridal portraitred, white & blue bridal portraitPatriotic wedding partyGroom, bride & dogsBrideAir Force groom bride on front porch with American flag Maids of honor Flower girls with bride Dad wore his wings! boutonneire with wingsred, white & blue centerpiecesWedding programHead table getaway Jeepbride groom Sweet sassy molassey, I love this one. bride and groom with airplaneflags as aisle decorationsBride and groom on plane wingBride and groom on plan wingBride & groom with propellorAmerican wedding partyHangar dip pose Willard Airport Kristen had pinned an image like this to her Pinterest wedding ideas board. Clayton's parents have been married 35 years, and Kristen's parents have been married 30. Such a great idea here! Anniversary pose with both sets of parentsRed, white & blue ringsPatriotic ringsWedding cake Bride and father of the bride before takeoff Here comes the bride!! Yes, her dad flew her into the ceremony. How awesome is that?! Here comes the bride!Airplane processionalFather of the brideCeremonyFirst Kiss Married! Might as well do a happy dance... ;) Happy danceSaber arch kissRecessional We snuck in a little time for some sunset portraits just before they were announced inside the reception. sunset portraits at Willard AirportChampaign-Urbana wedding photographer Holly Birch First Dance First dance with sunset and airplane Seriously, you could not ask for a better backdrop! First dance with sunset and airplaneToastsReception areaCutting the cake with saberCake and cupcakes Reception dancingGroom dancingBride dancingBouquet tossFind the garter Righteous Brothers You've Lost that Lovin' Feeling Another favorite! Champaign Willard Airport private hangarReception dancing Grand exit with sparklers! I rarely get to see this, so it was a treat! Grand exit with sparklers

Vendors Ceremony & reception: Private hangar at Willard Airport, Champaign Florist: Jarro Designs, Julie Odum Caterer: LA Gourmet Cake: Sweet Designs, Debbie Johnson DJ: Bugbee's DJ Plus, Greg Bugbee Officiant: JP Jones Dress & tuxes: Michelle's Bridal Shoppe Bridesmaid dresses: Ann Taylor Linens: Elegant Events, Jenny Snodsmith Invitation & print suite: Staci Anderson (bride's sister) Rings: Blue Nile Photographer: Holly Birch Photography Asst. Photographer: Melanie Anderson