Guido's

Danielle + Konnor : Champaign Hilton + Holy Cross Wedding

What a fun group this one was! We managed to do portrait time and two bars in our allotted time between the ceremony + reception. That's efficient! :) I absolutely loved the lemon candy as part of the decorations, which you can see helped me out in some ring shots below. One of my favorite moments from their day was the mother-son dance. Since having a redheaded son of my own (he's only 3!), I tear up just about every time thinking about how I'm going to have to do that someday. And to top it off with a redheaded groom -- well, let's just say I had to really concentrate on the pictures to keep myself from tearing up! I know, I'm such a sap these days. ;) Thanks, Danielle + Konnor for such a fun day! Leave a comment below for Danielle + Konnor, and after 50 comments, they will receive a complimentary 10x15" mounted print of their choice.

Vendors Ceremony: Holy Cross Church, Champaign Reception: Hilton Garden Inn, Champaign Cake: Cakes by Lori Florist: Flowers by Kristine DJ + Linens: Elite Entertainment Officiant: Dave Sajdak, Holy Cross Dress: Bridal Elegance Bridesmaids: Michelle's Bridal Tuxes: Michelle's Transportation: Larry's Limo Photographer: Holly Birch Photography

MaKayla + Jeremy : Champaign Church of Christ + iHotel wedding

MaKayla + Jeremy had a beautiful late fall wedding at the Champaign Church of Christ, followed by a reception at the iHotel. I always love a purple theme, and this one was no exception, and really added pops of color when we needed it for the outdoor (and even some of the indoor!) images. Highlights of the day included MaKayla's upbeat attitude when one of the eyelets came off her dress and she had to be sewn in, the band Walt Flanagan reuniting to play together again, being in FRONT of the bride and groom during the First Kiss, being denied access for photos to a certain campus bar, and some SWEET off-camera flash work around dusk. (Thanks to my assistant for the day, Colleen, for her help with that.) I'll never forget MaKayla's first email to me when she told me she was marrying Jeremy, with a "Mr." in front of his name. You see, I knew Jeremy in college, and I don't recall anyone ever referring to him as "Mr." Ha! But I can safely say now that he fits the bill perfectly, and he and MaKayla are so great together. I also knew 4 of the 5 groomsmen from our college days, and my frequent visits to their fraternity. Enter: Walt Flanagan. I had heard them play a few times years ago, and was excited to hear them play at the wedding. Fun times!

Leave a comment below, and after 50 comments, MaKayla + Jeremy will receive a complimentary 10x15" mounted print of their choice.

Ok, enough talking... on to the photos!

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Ceremony: Champaign Church of Christ Reception: iHotel Cake: Cakes by Lori Florist: English Hedgerow Caterer: University of IL iHotel DJ/Band: Star Talent Events with special performance by Walt Flanagan Officiant: Chaplain Paul Witt Dress, bridemsaids, and tuxes: Michelle’s Bridal Transportation: Larry’s Limousine