Helms Park

Casey + David | Urbana courthouse wedding + Helms Park


If you’ve been reading my blog for very long, you know that I’m a sucker for a lovely courthouse wedding! I just can’t get enough of them! It’s like a perfect little lunch hour for me, packed full with love, a small gathering of family + friends, maybe a few details to photograph, and usually a little time for some romantic portraits just after. The judges and bailiffs are always so welcoming and kind to us. I’ve heard several judges say they don’t often deal with happy events, so the weddings are a nice change of pace for them. Casey emailed me months ago in preparation for her courthouse wedding in July, and we because social media friends over the months since, so I felt like I was meeting an old friend at the courthouse that day. David was so sweet also, and couldn’t stop smiling! I actually had to ask him to stop smiling a couple times – haha! Casey + David brought along a little turtle sculpture they bought in Barcelona where they got engaged, as well as an old ring box that made for some great detail photos. After the courthouse wedding, we had plenty of time to do some portraits with their family outside, and then we headed over to Helms Park to finish up their session. Congrats on your marriage, Casey + David!courthouse hallway photos

time for a wedding

married by judge

urbana courthouse wedding

it's official

wedding ring details with antique ring box

portraits at Champaign County Courthouse

family group photo for courthouse wedding

Holly Birch Photography courthouse photographer

couple portraits at Helms Park

Champaign Boneyard pictures

Abby + Justin : Helms Park Champaign engagement session

Abby + Justin met me at the relatively new Helms Park in Champaign on a rare Saturday evening session opening. It turned out to be prom central, but we managed to work our way around the park without any prom goers in the background! I'm finally happy to photograph sessions at this park now that the rocks have weathered a bit and lost their deep yellow color. Abby + Justin loosened up in front of the camera quite nicely, and we got some great images. The one of them sitting on the park bench with the purple flowers behind them is my favorite!