Allerton Mansion

Melissa + Tom | Allerton Mansion wedding | Monticello, Illinois


What a lovely day we had at Allerton Park and Mansion on Saturday, May 16 with Melissa + Tom! Tom doesn't like to have his picture taken, but you'd hardly know it from these photos! My second shooter (Emily) and I were able to capture the couple in a very natural way I think, and I think they look very comfortable in front of my lens! Don't you agree? Melissa and her mother planned this wedding down to the last detail, and their hard work was evident everywhere we turned. The purple hue they chose for the dresses and flowers just popped against the natural backdrop of Allerton's Park and Mansion. A couple of my favorite parts of the day were when Melissa's dad walked her down the aisle, the flower girl playing Legos in the hall, eyeing the radar to dodge small rain showers, and the late-night nacho bar. Yes, you read that right: A NACHO BAR. Melissa + Tom, I hope you love these images as much as I do! There are many more where these came from that I have left to edit!

Leave a comment below for Melissa + Tom, and after 50 comments, they'll receive a complimentary 11x14" mounted print of their choice!

wedding dress at Allerton Mansion

Paper Boutique wedding print suite

bride getting ready

purple ivory wedding details

bride getting dressed

Michelle's Bridal dress

bridal couple portraits

bridesmaids purple dresses

groomsmen dark gray tuxes

groom portraits

bridesmaids oven mitts

floral details Boka Shoppe

couple portrait Allerton

purple white green bouquets

bridal jewelry

purple wedding decor

purple ivory gray wedding party

groom kissing bride on cheek

bride and groom walking

Wedding Cakes by Rosie

Flora Gems wedding bands

Allerton Mansion wedding pictures

tall grass bride groom portraits

blushing bride

Here comes the bride

casual wedding party image

Allerton Mansion ceremony

wedding party intros

Allerton after dark

toasts reaction

parent dances

off-camera flash portraits after sunset

first dance Thinking Out Loud Ed Sheeran

bouquet toss

get the garter

reception candids dancing

dancing candids reception

Vendor Team Ceremony | Mansion at Allerton Park and Retreat Center Cake | Wedding Cakes by Rosie Florist | Boka Shoppe DJ | Bravo Entertainment Caterer | Allerton Park and Retreat Center Bridal Dress | Michelle's Bridal - Allure Bridesmaid Dresses | Michelle's Bridal - Belsoie Tuxes | Michelle's Bridal - M2 Invitations/Programs | The Paper Boutique Jeweler | Flora Gems Hair & Makeup | Style Evolutions - Sarah Koss

Ryan + Courtnie | Allerton Mansion Wedding | Monticello, Piatt County


Saturday morning I woke up in the early morning to sound of a hard, driving rain on my roof. I love sleeping when it's raining, so I went back to sleep not thinking too much of it. Every so often I would wake up again and think "that sounds like a LOT of rain." My sump pump was running like crazy. So I started to get nervous. Just before I was about to get out of bed, my phone started buzzing, and I jumped up and freaked out, thinking immediately that it was Courtnie calling to tell me there was a wedding emergency. Turns out it was the emergency alert, telling me there was a flash flood warning for the Mahomet area (and I'm pretty sure Piatt County was included in that). So then I was SUPER nervous. It turns out that most of the grounds at Allerton Park didn't flood too bad, and despite a bit of soggy ground, we were able to get outside still to do most of the images we wanted. Courtnie and Ryan were cool as a cucumbers through it all, and the wedding was amazing. Here are some of my favorite images -- I hope you enjoy them as well! Leave a comment below for Courtnie + Ryan, and after 50 comments, they'll receive a complimentary 11x14" mounted print of their choice. wedding getting ready images

groomsmen gray suits

wedding details seating chart

purple wedding flowers Ba Da Bloom florist

Allerton mansion wedding ceremony

rock candy rings cake

Allerton wedding party

Courtnie bridal portraits

purple bridesmaids different dresses

wedding couple portraits

Allerton wedding couple

night time wedding photography off-camera flash

Allerton reception photos

First dances

Vendors: Ceremony + Reception: Allerton Cake: Heavenly Delight Cakes Florist: Blossoms and Branches Caterer: Allerton DJ/Band: DJ Your Way Planner/Coordinator: Pam Glosser Officiant: Pastor Kurtis Bueltmann Dress: Rosa Clara Tuxes/Suits: Weber's Jewelery Instrumentalists: Shay Christian Linens: Allerton Jeweler: Weber's Jewelery Hair & Makeup: Jenna Howze Photographer: Holly Birch Photography

Shannon + Jordan : Allerton Mansion wedding : Monticello

What a beautiful wedding! I've photographed several weddings and many portraits on the Allerton Park grounds in the past, but this was my first experience with a ceremony and reception both in the mansion. It is such a gorgeous venue, and I was so happy to get to work with Shannon's family again! Back in 2010, I did her sister Haley's wedding to George. :) I also got my first request from Shannon + Jordan's wedding party to do the now-famous viral dinosaur photo. I hope they enjoy my take on it! Also, thanks to my awesome assistant photographer, Melanie, for some of the images below! Leave a comment below for Shannon + Jordan, and after 50 comments, they will receive a complimentary 10x15" mounted print of their choice!

The guys had a foam sword fight, which was pretty fun, and below that you'll see Shannon kissing a frog that Jordan caught. I've always been told you have a kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince??? :)

Vendors Ceremony & Reception: Allerton Mansion, Monticello Cakes: Cake Artist's Studio Florist: Fleurish Catering & linens: Allerton Coordinator: Pam Glosser (Allerton) Officiant: Bob Rasmus Dress & suits: Lindsey Lane Bridesmaids: Nordstrom DJ: Crystal Entertainment Photographer: Holly Birch Photography Second photographer: Melanie Anderson (check out her new website!!)