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

Meryl + Scott | Champaign Hilton Garden Inn Wedding

Meryl + Scott married at St. John's Catholic Chapel in the heart of the University of Illinois campus. They chose a great purple color that they carried throughout all the details of the wedding that made for a beautiful wedding and reception. I LOVED Meryl's cathedral length, mantilla-style veil. It framed her beautiful face so well. Pair that with her stunning eyes and a great spot of light we found just outside the church, and you have one of my new all-time favorite bridal portraits! Scott cleans up well himself, and we got a striking portrait of him near that same spot as well. My last task of the evening was to photograph their choreographed (and very practiced, I imagine!) first dance as husband and wife. Meryl + Scott gracefully floated all of the dance floor, and I have to give credit to a guest who had his Nikon speedlight set to slave and gave me a nice burst of extra light throughout that dance. :) Here are some of my favorites! Leave Meryl + Scott a comment below, and after 50 comments, they will receive a complimentary 10x15" mounted print of their choice!

Vendors Ceremony: St. John's, Champaign Reception: Hilton Garden Inn, Champaign Florist: English Hedgerow Band: Chris Reymond Officiant: Fr. Charles Klamut Dress: House of Brides (Allure) Bridesmaids: Alfred Sung Tuxes: Michelle's Bridal Linens/uplighting: Elite Entertainment Photographer: Holly Birch Photography

Jennifer + Marq | St. John's + Hilton wedding

Jennifer and Marq had a beautiful ceremony at St. John's Catholic Church on the University of Illinois campus. I had a few favorite parts of the day -- a stop off at Kam's for some refreshments before heading to the Quad for photos, the actual portrait portion of the day on the Quad with students everywhere, and the most touching moment of the day was when Marq's family and Jen visited the cemetery to include Marq's dad who passed away in May. The ballroom at the Hilton was decorated beautifully and everyone had a great time on the dance floor, including me who was persuaded by Jen's grandpa to dance with him for a bit. :) EDIT: I forgot to add the FREE PRINT portion of this post! If Jen + Marq can get 50 comments on this post, I'll gift them a 16x20" mounted print of their choosing. Thanks for looking + commenting!

Here are some of my favorites...

Vendors: Ceremony: St. John's Catholic Church Reception: Hilton Garden Inn Cake: Cakes by Lori Florist: Campus Florist DJ/Linens/Uplighting: Elite Entertainment Dress: Lindsey Lane Bridesmaids: David's Bridal Suits: Men's Warehouse Transportation: Cain's Limosine Photo Booth: Illini Photo Booth Assistant photographer: Laura Loewen (3 images above are hers!)