Crescent City

Katie + Cal | Crescent City | Kankakee Hilton Garden Inn wedding


Katie + Cal had a beautiful Christmas + winter themed wedding the first Saturday in December. The red dresses the bridesmaids wore and Katie's bouquet just popped against her white dress in a gorgeous contrast. Cal is a country boy through and through, but he did just about everything I asked with no complaints. Same for his groomsmen! They were all troopers. I wish we would have had a bit more daylight to work with, but we made the most of it, and used some off-camera lighting (OCF) in church and got some nice shots of Katie + Cal in the middle of the sanctuary with the Christmas tree in the background. And what wedding limo ride is complete without a stop at Casey's for some -- ahem -- refreshments?? ;) I also wish I could show you the best man's speech, because rapped to the theme from "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." I took a short video of it with my new camera, so I'll have to get it posted and add a link!! Congrats again to Katie + Cal! #celebratecalandkate Leave a comment below for Katie + Cal, and after 50 comments, they'll receive a complimentary 11x14" mounted print of their choice. Thanks for looking!! groomsmen getting ready

groomsmen with tractro

groom portraits

bride and mother getting ready

bridesmaid red dresses getting ready

bride relaxing

Christmas wedding bridesmaids

bride's father first look

red bouquet portraits

winter wedding porttraits

holiday wedding rings

groom calm before the storm

here comes the bride

Crescent City wedding ceremony

St. Peter's Lutheran Crescent City

random wedding details winter

grand exit with fake snow

receiving line

couple with siblings

Christmas tree wedding portraits

sanctuary wedding portraits OCF

limo stop at Casey's General Store

red and white reception details Ba Da Bloom

red and white cake by Jorie

Hilton Kankakee candids

entrance elf props Santa

new Mr. & Mrs.

cake cutting


Hilton Garden Inn Kankakee wedding

bride and groom first dance

father-daughter dance

reception details

reception dancing

Vendors: Ceremony: St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Crescent City Reception: Hilton Garden Inn, Kankakee Cake: Cakes & Patries by Jorie, Manteno Florist: Ba Da Bloom, Bourbonnais DJ: Music to Your Ears DJ Officiant: Joel Brown Bride's Dress: Elite Bridal Bridesmaids & tuxes: Michelle's Bridal Transportation: Elite Limo Linens: Satin Chair Covers Rental, Bradley Invitations/Programs: Wedding Paper Divas Hair & makeup: Jessica Van Hoveln Photographer: Holly Birch Photography

Jill + Joel | Crescent City + Gilman rural wedding


I had a fantastic time on Saturday with Jill, Joel and their entire wedding party. This group was so fun, and made me feel like part of the group from the first minute I was there. #clutchforever Ha! I about died when I saw Jill's amazing bouquet. She is seriously a girl after my own heart with those colors! The blue lace bridesmaid dresses were a unique touch as well -- I would totally wear that again if I was a bridesmaid! Jill + Joel and crew were super laid back, and they were game for anything, even when I made them get out of the limo a couple extra times, including once along the side of a random back road. Joel's family's machine shed was transformed into an amazing wedding venue, and the place looked fabulous. And -- be still my heart -- insulated "Solo" cups as favors. Such an awesome (and practical?) touch! Leave a comment below for Jill + Joel, and after 50 comments, they'll receive a complimentary 11x14" mounted print of their choice.

Royal blue wedding party

blue orange pink wedding bouquet

tan suit wedding party groomsmen

wedding party preparations

groomsmen and bridesmaids

Crescent City wedding ceremony

wedding party candids

rural wedding party photos

bride and groom couple portraits

bride and groom tree pictures

bride and groom roadside portraits

wedding party entrance

farm wedding reception details

bride groom first dance

machine shed wedding images

wedding party before and after

VENDORS: Ceremony: St. Peters Lutheran Church Reception: Goldenstein Farms Cake: Nana's Bakery Florist: Ba Da Bloom DJ: Elite Entertainment Officiant: Pastor Joel Brown Bride's Dress: Nordstroms Adrianna Papell Suits + Tuxes: Elite Bridal Transportation:Elite Limo Linens: Elite Entertainment Invitations/Programs: St. Peters Lutheran Church Hair + Makeup: Reflections Salon Photographer: Holly Birch Photography