Koharu + Merlin | Japanese wedding reception at Pear Tree Estate

I described it this way on my Facebook sneak peek too, but Friday’s wedding of Koharu + Merlin truly was a dream! They (with the help of Merlin’s mom Denise) planned an intimate, faith-filled ceremony and reception at Pear Tree Estate with plenty of personal touches and nods to their Japanese heritage.

Can we take a minute to talk about Koharu’s amazing dress? It was gorgeous, and that back — so stunning with the buttons, lace, and the perfect bow at the top. And how snazzy was Merlin’s suit? So sharp, with a fun added touch of the bunny socks for the guys.

I adored all the origami paper cranes that Koharu made to decorate the tables. The colorful 4-tiered butterfly cake by the Cake Artist’s Studio was a show stopper and almost too pretty to eat!

The couple held a ceremony on the back patio at Pear Tree with the pond and fountain as a backdrop, and the giant gold ring as an altarpiece. The monogrammed aisle runner led the way for the couple to enter their new married life together.

Following the as always delicious dinner by LA Gourmet, I led the couple out for a few sunset pictures, and then we did a sparkler exit on the back patio as well.

It was so fun to see Koharu’s wedding vision come to life and for all the details to come together perfectly. I was honored to be a part of it and to be able to capture this special day for them. Congrats, Koharu + Merlin!!

Ceremony & Reception | Pear Tree Estate, Champaign, IL | Instagram

Catering | LA Gourmet, Champaign, IL | Instagram

Cake | Cake Artist Studio, Champaign, IL | Instagram

Florist | Blossom Basket, Champaign, IL | Instagram

Instrumentalists | Barbara Hedlund, 1st Choice Music Services, Urbana, IL | Facebook

Officiant | Pastor Herb Coates

Menu design & Handlettering | Apricity Ink

Bride’s Dress Retailer | Elite Bridal Shop, Champaign, IL | Instagram

Bridesmaid Dresses | Azazie | Instagram

Suits/Tuxes | Men’s Wearhouse, Champaign, IL | Instagram

Bride’s hair & makeup | Style & Grace Salon

Video: Tori Beach Videography | Instagram

Photographer: Holly Birch Photography, Illinois-based photographer available for destination weddings

Lexi | Champaign Centennial senior photo session

This senior stunner was introduced to me at her family session just a few days ahead of her senior session, so I got a sneak peek at her style and flawless makeup application! Lexi is a senior at Champaign Centennial. For her session, she wanted lots of fall colors and feels, so we met at Lake of the Woods and hit up a few of my favorite spots. It was just a tad chilly that day, so she was resistant to give up her coat, but I eventually convinced her to take it off. :) I can’t wait to see which ones she picks for her wallets and canvas!

Connor | Judah Christian senior fall photos

Connor is a senior basketball player at Judah Christian School in Champaign, and he is a fashion fanatic. When he mentioned his shoe collection in his questionnaire 3 times, I knew the shoes were going to be a big part of the shoot! His mom offered to carry them all in from the car, which was no easy task! Connor works hard for his shoes that and has earned the money to pay for nearly all of them himself.

He also has a couple of music artists that he follows closely, and so the images on the white wall are an homage to those talents. When he’s not shopping for shoes, Connor likes to attend concerts with his family and friends.

The last part of our shoot we were aiming to bring in the fall theme, so we went to Crystal Lake Park where the trees were just starting to turn. It was a gorgeous fall day, and we lucked out with a bit of sunshine.

Best of luck with the rest of your senior year at Judah and the basketball season, Connor!

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