Lake of the Woods

Tricia + Wes | Mahomet wedding photos at Lake of the Woods + Grace Church

Tricia + Wes blended their families together last Saturday with a beautiful and fun portrait session at Lake of the Woods, followed by their ceremony and lunch reception at Grace Church in Mahomet. Wes and his two daughters and Tricia and her two sons all prayed together both before the couple’s First Look, and again during the ceremony. The kids are all close in age (all between 2nd & 5th grades) and you can tell that they all get along pretty well and love each other so much already!

The group then traveled across Mahomet to Grace Church where the early afternoon ceremony took place. We then went straight into the reception in another wing of the church. Everything was delicious! And then the bride and groom played the shoe game, had their first dance as a couple, in which the bride’s father stepped in. And Wes’s girls also stepped in to dance with him to “I Loved Her First.” It was a sweet, intimate wedding, and I am so happy for Tricia, Wes, and their children!!

Ceremony & Reception | Grace Church, Mahomet, IL | Instagram

Photographer: Holly Birch Photography, Illinois-based photographer available for destination weddings

Rachel + Torey | She Said Yes Proposal Story

Her nails weren't perfectly manicured, but it didn't matter -- Rachel had a gorgeous ring on her finger and she had just said "yes!" to the man she loves!

Torey planned his proposal meticulously, but we all know that life likes to throw us curve balls. Last Friday evening, Torey had all his details in order and then Rachel got off work early.  No problem -- he just had to stall her a bit!  She knew something was up when he made her get dressed in something other than scrubs. Then he drove her out to the place where they often take their dog Pepper for walks -- with no dog this time.  

Luckily for me as the "nature photographer/hiker" casually applying bug spray as the entered the parking lot, there were several other people around that evening too.  I saw a runner, a dog walker, a guy flying a drone... all perfectly timed so I as the surprise photographer blended right in! :)   I followed them back a long grassy path and just as I rounded the bend, Torey dropped down on one knee and popped the question.  I then met them both for the first time, and we continued on with a sort of mini engagement session.  They also ran back to their house quickly to bring the dog back for a few shots.

Congrats, Rachel + Torey!!  It was my honor to be there to document your proposal.  And if you need a wedding photographer, you know where to find me!! ;)

To book photos of your own surprise proposal or engagement session, shoot me a text! 217-737-0971

Jayme + Wayne | Downtown Mahomet + Lake of the Woods engagement photos

I am so excited with how this engagement session turned out! Jayme rented this special red dress as a statement piece for her and Wayne's engagement photos. These two are actually really good friends of ours, so we had many chances to discuss locations and options for their session. We all wanted to stay around Mahomet, and we frequent JT Walkers, so we started there on the rooftop bar, and then continued downstairs to a cute little bistro table out front with a couple craft beers. 

We strolled along the little Americana slice of downtown Mahomet and found some great nooks and crannies to finish up the first half of the session. Then we moved on to the Lake of the Woods, because I knew with that red dress that we HAD to use the red metal bridge at the park.  As we neared sunset, I wanted to try a couple images with the fading orange glow and also my off-camera flash equipment.  It was fun to hang out and just have a very chill session and take our time visiting different spots.

I am SO excited for Jayme + Wayne's wedding in September.  Wayne's son Max and my son Max are best friends, and my daughter Hadley is going to be the flower girl!  It is going to be the best day! Stay tuned! <3

To book your own session or wedding, contact Holly!