Holy Cross

Jenn + Joe | Elegant Wedding at Holy Cross + iHotel Champaign

Jenn + Joe planned a dream wedding day that came together in a beautiful package. These two adventurers have travelled all over together, and it was fun to hear stories and meet their friends and family from all over the country. I especially enjoyed visiting their historic house for a few photos both in the foyer and on the front porch.

First off, can we talk about Jenn's dress?  The back  of it with the lace and mesh was flat-out amazing! I also can't resist a good hairspray/setting spray photo!  After the couple's first look, we were fighting with the full sun quite a bit, so we moved to the front of the Holy Cross church, with their huge burnt orange door that I LOVE. I think the wedding party's navy dresses and suits paired very nicely with the scene!  

Following the ceremony, we headed over to the Hartley Gardens at the Arboretum, and a little tucked in spot between there and the Japan House that I adore.  It was the perfect spot to get some magical, ethereal photos of the couple alone before heading to the reception at the iHotel. 

Speaking of the reception, I loved the navy pin-tucked tablecloths and silver charger plates along with the warm amber uplighting bathing the room. The heartfelt toasts given by the best man and maid of honor were genuine and hilarious!  I loved spending the day with Jenn + Joe, and wish them a lifetime of happiness!

Leave a comment below for Jenn + Joe and after 50 comments, they'll receive a complimentary 11x14" mounted print of their choice.

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Emily + Peter | Pear Tree Estate wedding | Champaign


I never quite know what to expect when I haven't met a couple prior to their wedding day. But when I walked up to the "First Look" site where Peter would see Emily in her wedding gown for the first time, everything was as perfect as I could have imagined. Emily hugged me right away and basically told me to "do my thing." :) I set Peter up in a good shady spot and his reaction didn't disappoint! We jumped right into couple portraits and wedding party photos from there, and it was like we had all known each other for ages. Emily's family was so sweet and accommodating to me all day, and made my job a breeze. And speaking of breezes, a few of those would have been nice on that 90+ degree day! Ha! Some of my favorite parts of the day included the couple's dog Malcolm being introduced at the reception party (such a party animal!), the sweet getaway car Emily lined up for after the ceremony, the gorgeous pocket of light we found in a random spot at Lake of the Woods, and the trip to Bacaro to recreate when Peter + Emily's first met. I love when clients come up with personalized ideas that will make their photos extra special to them. Congrats to you both, and I wish you the best in your marriage! Leave a comment below for Peter + Emily, and after 50 comments they'll receive a complimentary 11x14" mounted print of their choice.

Lake of the Woods First Look

Lake of the Woods waterfall and bridge

Flower girl in poofy dress

bride and groom outdoor portraits

bridal portraits

Groom portraits in tux

wedding party with covered bridge

wedding candids in Mahomet

Bride and groom pictures at covered bridge

Casual walking portraits at covered bridge

bride and groom quiet moment together

Holy Cross church door and sanctuary

bridal dip and veil

Bacaro Champaign where they met

groomsmen walking downtown

bridal processional during ceremony

Catholic wedding ceremony

sweet candid moments during ceremony

announced as husband and wife

grand exit from the church

1972 Monte Carlo getaway car

orange 1972 Monte Carlo

wedding candids at Pear Tree Estate

old fashioned and Moscow mule signature drinks

here come the bride and groom

toasts from the fathers

wedding favors with the rings

Pear Tree Estate beautiful wedding venue

First dance as man and wife

father-daughter and mother-son dance

fun wedding dancing

Let me call you sweetheart group circle dance

PTE back patio candid photos

photojournalistic wedding reception coverage

dog in a tux at wedding

Vendors Ceremony: Holy Cross, Champaign Reception: Pear Tree Estate Cake: Cakes by Rosie Florist: County Market Dress: Elite Bridal Hair: Kelsie Briggs DJ: Party On Productions Rings: Christopher & Co. Photographer: Holly Birch Photography

Sarah + Gus | Holy Cross + CityView wedding


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