Lydia + Justin | Champaign iHotel wedding photography

Lydia + Justin's wedding fell during the remnants of Hurricane Isaac as he traveled up through the Midwest. We desperately needed the rain, but I felt so bad for Lydia who had planned all these beautiful outdoor locations for photos, but was all week working on a contingency plan instead. We lucked out though because it rained all morning, and during the ceremony, but about the time we left the church for portraits on campus and downtown, the rain let up, and didn't bother us again all day! We also did quite a few portraits prior to the wedding at iHotel. The staff there is so gracious to wedding clients (and their photographers!), and I am so thankful they let us traipse all over the hotel doing photos. Leave a comment below for Lydia + Justin, and after 50 comments, they will receive a complimentary 10x15" mounted print of their choice!

Bride getting ready I love the engraving inside Justin's ring from Browne's Fine Jewelry. It's their wedding date in Roman numerals. Groom's ring engraved Lydia added her own bouquet "jewelry." She definitely is a stickler for details!! Bride bouquet jewelry They did their semi-private First Look in the conference center entrance to the hotel. First LookFirst LookFirst LookReading her note This is why I say "semi-private"... :) Peeking on the First LookiHotel bridal portraitsLydia & Justin wedding programwedding rings & program Who says you can't have good photos when it rains?? iHotel bridal portrait You two are killing me! Gorgeous couple! bride groom portraitgroom portrait I took the guys out under the front desk overhang for some photos, and this is what happened on the way back in. Too cute! kissing through the hotel lobby windowbride groom portrait kissgroomsmen Houlihan's bar iHotelbridesmaids Houlihan's iHotelbride groom portraitbride groom portraitUniversity of Illinois wedding portraitbride groom portrait I didn't even tell Justin what to do here. These two are just THAT GOOD. Champaign-Urbana wedding photographer Holly Birchbride groom portraitbride groom portrait Justin got pretty good at "fluffing" the dress by the end of the day! groom fluffing the dressAlice Campbell Alumni Center wedding partyAlice Campbell Alumni Center wedding partybride groomwedding party brick wall I think this is going to be the next print hanging in the studio. Huzzah! urban wedding party downtown Champaign Or maybe this one? I can't decide! urban wedding party downtown Champaign At least we can thank Isaac for this lush green grass. bride groom abandoned warehouse downtown Champaigngroomsmen relaxingmaid of honor hugbride getting readyceremony first kissMr. & Mrs. exit the sanctuarygrand exit ecofetti1950s Ford getaway carbride getaway car rainy dayGroomsmen gray suit vest boutonneire tie pocket squarebride groom portraitbride groom portraitbride groom portrait kissbride groom portraitgroomsman groom goofing offbride groom portraitbride groom under train tracksbride groom viaduct We were all getting a little famished. groom eats bouquetwedding cakereception entrance This guy was really excited about the bride and groom's entrance! excited groomsmantoastfirst danceiHotel first dancegarter toss I totally thought this guy caught it as he sailed through the air from out of nowhere. I was wrong! garter toss

Vendors Ceremony: Faith United Methodist Church Reception: iHotel Cake: Pam Berbaum Florist: Abbott's, University of Illinois DJ: KC's DJ Service Officiant: Brad Shumaker Dress: Bridal Elegance - Enzoani Bridesmaids: Watters Tuxes: Seno Formal Wear - Calvin Klein Rings: His - Browne's Fine Jewelry; Hers - Simon G, James Williams Jewelers Other: Ecofetti from Etsy