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Jessie + Bob | CityView train station wedding in downtown Champaign

He makes her laugh. As I was editing these photos, that's the theme I kept coming back to.  Bob brings out Jessie's smile, and they both fit so perfectly together.  In the maid of honor's speech, she shared that the thing that sealed the deal for Jessie's was Bob's demeanor, interaction, and love for his son Bobby.  This new family of 3 is so sweet together!  One of my favorite moments of the day too was just after Jessie had read her vows and Bob stopped and said, "Aw, I want to kiss her right now!"  But he waited for the official pronouncement from the officiant anyway. :)

I am so thankful Jessie + Bob chose to do a first look because their wedding (at the end of September, no less!) ended up being one of the hottest days of the year, and everyone was absolutely melting by the end of the ceremony.  We did most of the portraits before the ceremony and then didn't do any more until sunset after everyone had a chance to cool off at the reception.

Despite the heat, we had a fantastic day with tons of love, laughter, antics, and definitely no shortage of sunshine!  You may also notice one of the very last photos of a few ladies in their boxing gloves as a nod to the CU Women's Boxing Gym that Jessie owns.  I've known Jessie for several years now and I'm so thrilled to see her businesses thriving!  Jessie + Bob, I wish you both the very best, and congrats again on your new marriage!!

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Vendors

Florist:  Blossom Basket | Schnucks

DJ: Elite Entertainment

Caterer: Dish Passionate Cuisine

Officiant: Karla Giroux

Bride's dress: Elite Bridal | Stella York 

Bridesmaid dresses: Elite Bridal | Sorella Vita 

Suits/tuxes: The Black Tux

Instrumentalist: Ryan Giroux | Rob Sweedler | Jeff Sweedler | Henry Strehlow

Invitations: Kelly Graves Designs

Hair + Makeup: Timothy John Salon

Photographer: Holly Birch Photography

Sarah + Gus | Holy Cross + CityView wedding

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Sarah + Gus had a gorgeous wedding day in Champaign last Saturday. I met up with the girls first at Sarah + Gus's house in Urbana where we did the finishing touches on Sarah's makeup, courtesy of Brittany of BC Makeup Artistry. Sarah looked amazing! I was also able to stop by the CityView terminal on the way to the church and get some photos of the untouched reception room, which I don't often get to do. Following the ceremony, we had a good amount of portrait time at both the U of I Arboretum and Crystal Lake Park, so we got a LOT of great portraits of Sarah + Gus together, as well as some fun shots of their wedding party. Then it was back to CityView for the lovely reception with gorgeous red uplights and delicious Italian food. I pulled them out in the hallway for a couple fun images, and then it was back in the hall to dance the night away. Thanks for having me, Sarah + Gus! Congrats & best wishes! Leave a comment below for Sarah + Gus and after 50 comments, they'll receive a complimentary 11x14" mounted print of their choice. Bridal portrait Urbana

Groom portrait tux Holy Cross

CityView reception red & black

wedding details

red and black wedding flowers rings

red and black wedding party

groomsmen and bridesmaids

Holy Cross Catholic wedding ceremony

Here comes the bride

father handing off the bride

Holy Cross Champaign wedding

grand wedding exit

UI Arboretum Hartley Gardens

groom details

Arboretum wedding portraits

Fall autumn wedding portraits

Crystal Lake Park reflection wedding photo

Crystal Lake Park wedding

Crystal Lake Park Urbana

Cake Artist Studio Champaign

CityView wedding decor

CityView Champaign dancing

Reception dancing candids

VENDORS: Ceremony: Holy Cross Catholic Church Reception: CityView Terminal Cake: Cake Artists Studio Florist: Flowers by Kristine Caterer: Minneci's Officiant: Father Dave Bride's Dress: Michelle's Bridal Bridesmaids Dress: David's Bridal Tuxes + Suits: Seno's Instrumentalists: Scott Montgomery Transportation: Andy's Limo Service Linens: Elite Entertainment Invitations/Programs: Seno's Jewelers: Zales Videographer: Dan King Hair + Makeup: Sarah Clark, BC Makeup Artistry Photographer: Holly Birch Photography

Elizabeth + Mark | Champaign CityView Illinois Terminal Wedding

Elizabeth + Mark | CityView Illinois Terminal Wedding, Champaign ILElizabeth and Mark are dear friends of mine and Aaron's. We've tailgated with Mark for years and a few years ago, Mark finally introduced us all (Hi Wikiup!) to his long-time girlfriend Elizabeth. They've now been together for somewhere around 7 years and finally decided to make it permanent! Thank you guys so much for being great friends and having us as a part of your wedding. I also want to send out a sincere thank you to Mark for ruining many of my photos with his weird faces. LOL... It's ok though--I forgive you.

I'll just start with my 2 favorites from the day. Yummy light!! Elizabeth + Mark | CityView Illinois Terminal Wedding, Champaign IL A. Dor. A. Ble. Elizabeth + Mark | CityView Illinois Terminal Wedding, Champaign IL And look at this stud! This was after about 3 minutes of coaching him on loosening his shoulders and his stance. :) Elizabeth + Mark | CityView Illinois Terminal Wedding, Champaign IL Putting in the veil... Elizabeth + Mark | CityView Illinois Terminal Wedding, Champaign IL Laura and I were loving the skylights in the hallway. Elizabeth + Mark | CityView Illinois Terminal Wedding, Champaign IL Elizabeth + Mark | CityView Illinois Terminal Wedding, Champaign IL I love the detail on the side of Elizabeth's engagement ring. Elizabeth + Mark | CityView Illinois Terminal Wedding, Champaign IL Elizabeth + Mark | CityView Illinois Terminal Wedding, Champaign IL A sweet moment as Elizabeth's mother gives her away. Elizabeth + Mark | CityView Illinois Terminal Wedding, Champaign IL And another sweet moment as they take each other's hands for the first time that day. Elizabeth + Mark | CityView Illinois Terminal Wedding, Champaign IL Elizabeth + Mark | CityView Illinois Terminal Wedding, Champaign IL Elizabeth + Mark | CityView Illinois Terminal Wedding, Champaign IL Elizabeth + Mark | CityView Illinois Terminal Wedding, Champaign IL Mark makes himself useful as we walk back into the Arboretum. Elizabeth + Mark | CityView Illinois Terminal Wedding, Champaign IL There was a lot of this: Elizabeth + Mark | CityView Illinois Terminal Wedding, Champaign IL And how can you not love this wedding party shot? I love everything about it! Elizabeth + Mark | CityView Illinois Terminal Wedding, Champaign IL Elizabeth + Mark | CityView Illinois Terminal Wedding, Champaign IL Mark's goofiness did come in handy though! Perfect! Elizabeth + Mark | CityView Illinois Terminal Wedding, Champaign IL Elizabeth + Mark | CityView Illinois Terminal Wedding, Champaign IL Elizabeth + Mark | CityView Illinois Terminal Wedding, Champaign IL They take the floor for their first dance as husband and wife: Elizabeth + Mark | CityView Illinois Terminal Wedding, Champaign IL Elizabeth + Mark | CityView Illinois Terminal Wedding, Champaign IL So happy! Elizabeth + Mark | CityView Illinois Terminal Wedding, Champaign IL The end. Or the beginning? :) Elizabeth + Mark | CityView Illinois Terminal Wedding, Champaign IL

Vendors Ceremony: First Baptist Church, Savoy, IL Reception: CityView | Illinois Terminal, Champaign, IL Florist: Abbott's Florist, Champaign, IL Caterer: Chef Benjamin & Co., Mahomet, IL Band: Tons of Fun Band, Champaign, IL Cake: Cakes by Lori, Champaign, IL Dress: David's Bridal Tuxes: Men's Warehouse Officiant: Pastor Chris Chambers Photography: Holly Birch Photography, Urbana, IL Assistant photographer: Laura Loewen, Aurora, IL