Kankakee

Kaylee + Jason | Kankakee Elks Country Club | St. Anne + Martinton

The in-between intimate moments between a couple on their wedding day are always some of the highlights for me.  Kaylee + Jason took every possible quiet moment to embrace, whisper, giggle, cuddle, and kiss.  I try to be a fly on the wall during those moments -- I can't usually hear what is said, but I can tell that they love deeply and fully and are completely comfortable together.  No cold feet here!

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Jason + Kaylee's love story began at another wedding. Jason's brother Brian was marrying Kaylee's "sister" Miranda from the 4-H House sorority (shout out to my fellow sisters!). Jason was a member of the Farmhouse fraternity. Shortly after returning to campus to begin the fall semester, they had their first official date.  Apparently it went very well, and the rest as they say is history.  The couple both since graduated, and accepted jobs in Louisiana where they now live.

Prior to the ceremony, Kaylee + Jason chose to do a first look in the church sanctuary where they were to be married.  That allowed us time before the ceremony to head to her family's farm for some portraits of them and their wedding party.  I would've LOVED to get some Herefords in a few photos, but the cows were too far out to pasture to hike out there.

The couple chose a navy and yellow sunflower motif for their day, and in my opinion, sunflowers are always a statement flower and make for some super happy photos!  Congrats, Kaylee + Jason!!

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

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Vendors
Ceremony: Church of Christ
Reception & Catering: Elks Country Club | La Villetta
Florist: Flower Patch
Cake: Two Whisks
DJ: Jason Neuman
Bride's dress: David's Bridal
Bridesmaids: David's Bridal
Tuxes: Men's Warehouse
Transportation: Reliable Limo
Invitations: Miranda Buss
Jeweler: Betty White Jewelers
Hair & Makeup: MADEYABLUSH

Sam + Ben | Kankakee, Illinois wedding

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Holly Birch Photography kicked off wedding season this past Saturday with Sam + Ben!  We had an amazing day despite the heat, and there were so many memorable, cute, and happy moments throughout the day that it would be hard to list them all, but I definitely want to share a few highlights!  First, the most emotional moment for me was when Sam was getting into her dress and the weight of what was about to happen just hit her and she cried.  She'd of course just had her makeup done so the bridesmaids gathered around her to fan her while a relative dabbed her tears with a tissue.  Sam warned me that she would cry at least twice -- one down, one to go!!  I adored the blue flannel heart that she sewed to the back of her dress in honor of her dad who passed away three years ago. And the ruffles on the skirt of her dress were so, so dreamy.  The guys all wore crazy socks, and you KNOW I loved Ben's lobster socks!!!  They said he wore them just for me, but I think it was just a coincidence! Haha!!  After the First Look at the hotel, we headed off to downtown Kankakee to the train station where we knocked it out of the park with a ton of amazing bridal and wedding party portraits.  We also spent some time individually with both Sam and Ben, and then I promptly proceeded to lose my car key. UGH!  You may have already seen my post about this on Facebook, but below I've added again the photo of our reaction to finding the key.  (By the way, it fell into a bag of mine and the into a SHOE when I went to get sunscreen.)  No harm, no foul though -- Sam had built plenty of time into the timeline and we were still on schedule!  We headed off then to the Kankakee County Fairgrounds for the ceremony in an outdoor pavilion, followed immediately by the cocktail hour and reception in the expo building next door.  The bridal party entrances were AWESOME and I got some fantastic images from those.  My favorite part from the reception had to be the garter toss -- Ben tossed it up and it stuck in the rafters.  A group of guys did a sort of rugby lift with one guy on top who was able to reach up and grab it. The reactions and action shots were priceless!  Sam often helps her sister-in-law Emily (also my good friend and fellow photographer) photograph weddings, so she knows the importance of great portraits, and using a good sunset if you are given one.  I was so happy the couple let me pull them aside from the reception a couple times to capture some gorgeous skies.  I love the results and know they will too!  Congrats, Sam + Ben, and I hope you're having the best honeymoon ever!! #movinguptothemagers

Leave a comment below for Sam + Ben and after 50 comments, they'll receive a complimentary 11x14" print of their choice!!

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pastel watercolor wedding details

pastel watercolor wedding details

guys getting ready at Hilton Garden Inn

guys getting ready at Hilton Garden Inn

mother of the bride helping her get ready

mother of the bride helping her get ready

tearful emotional bride getting ready for wedding

tearful emotional bride getting ready for wedding

first look under open shade

first look under open shade

candid photos on wedding day

candid photos on wedding day

bride and groom at Kankakee train station

bride and groom at Kankakee train station

modern groomsmen bridesmaid portraits

modern groomsmen bridesmaid portraits

glamourous bride in Allure bridal gown

glamourous bride in Allure bridal gown

purple white soft floral bouquets

purple white soft floral bouquets

bridal party at train station

bridal party at train station

bridal portraits at historic train station

bridal portraits at historic train station

black and white photos of bride and groom

black and white photos of bride and groom

leading lines bricks wedding portraits

leading lines bricks wedding portraits

handsome groom standing poses

handsome groom standing poses

fierce bride at abandoned warehouse

fierce bride at abandoned warehouse

urban wedding photos in downtown Kankakee

urban wedding photos in downtown Kankakee

romantic portraits with urban backdrop

romantic portraits with urban backdrop

fun relaxed walking wedding photos

fun relaxed walking wedding photos

we found the missing car key!

we found the missing car key!

candid photos of flower girl and groom's truck

candid photos of flower girl and groom's truck

here comes the bride and outdoor wedding ceremony in pavilion

here comes the bride and outdoor wedding ceremony in pavilion

wedding ceremony at Kankakee County Fairgrounds

wedding ceremony at Kankakee County Fairgrounds

wedding vows and pronounced man and wife

wedding vows and pronounced man and wife

wedding details at Kankakee County Fairgrounds

wedding details at Kankakee County Fairgrounds

bridal party entrances

bridal party entrances

romantic artistic portrait with twinkle lights

romantic artistic portrait with twinkle lights

toasts by best man and maid of honor

toasts by best man and maid of honor

first dance as husband and wife

first dance as husband and wife

beautifully lit first dance photos

beautifully lit first dance photos

first dance photos with off-camera flash

first dance photos with off-camera flash

mother daughter dance

mother daughter dance

mother son dance with groom's niece

mother son dance with groom's niece

bouquet toss with off-camera flash

bouquet toss with off-camera flash

groomsmen garter toss with ocf

groomsmen garter toss with ocf

oops garter toss with rugby lift

oops garter toss with rugby lift

big sky photos before sunset

big sky photos before sunset

deep color sunset photos madewithmagmod ocf

deep color sunset photos madewithmagmod ocf

Vendors Ceremony + Reception: Kankakee County Fairgrounds Exposition Center Dresses: Formals of Litchfield | Allure Gowns Suits: Men's Wearhouse Invitations: Pro-Type Printing Jewelers: Kay Jewelers, Zales Makeup: Sage Ihrke - Makeup Artistry Hair: Liv Beautifully | Olivia Kingren Photographer: Holly Birch Photography

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

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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

toasts

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