Meadowbrook Park

Lindsay + Bryan | Late fall engagement session in Urbana

I’m SO EXCITED for these two! We have been waiting for Lindsay to find her Mr. Right and it’s been fun getting to know Bryan over the past year or so. The day we planned to meet up ended up being sunny (yay!) but really cold (boo!), but I don’t think they look too freezing in these photos, so I’ll call it a win. ;) I also let them keep their coats on for a few shots. The day before the session, Lindsay texted and asked if they could bring their dog Tig along for some photos. OF COURSE! The answer to the question of dogs in photoshoots will always be YES! Tig did an awesome job and we finally figured out the trick to getting his ears up: “Tig, do you wanna go for a car ride?” #winning

These two are getting married next May, and it’s going to be a super fun and beautiful affair at a golf club in the suburbs. My husband is still holding out hope that Lindsay is going to ask him to be a flower girl, but I’m not counting my chickens. LOL

Jackie + Matt | Meadowbrook Park engagement + family photography session


Jackie + Matt are looking forward to their November wedding at the newly renovated Urbana Country Club. When I met with them the night they booked their wedding photography with me, they asked if we could include their two kiddos as part of their engagement session. I of course said yes! What better time to get some family photos done? The boys didn't want to do too much interacting (they are boys after all!), but by the end they were actually asking to be IN the photos, and even hugged a few times! I can't wait for the wedding, and I'm so glad we did the engagement session just a couple months ahead of the wedding so that everyone got a sort of "trial run" in. Totally worth it! :) late summer family portrait session with navy blue clothing

Urbana Park District family photographer

Meadowbrook Park gardens engagement photos

family photo session with wooden wagon

walking engagement photos

boys lying in grass with nature family session

family portrait with long 200mm lens compression

Meadowbrook Park bridge at golden hour

sunlight filtering through the trees portraits

golden sun flare engagement photos with kids

Christina + Kyle | Champaign iHotel wedding ceremony + reception


Oh. My. Goodness. This wedding was such a blast!! I can only speak for myself, but I feel like Christina, Kyle and I really bonded throughout the day -- haha... is that weird?? They had said from the get-go that they wanted LOTS of candids, so that's what Emily and I gave them. So, as you can imagine, this blog post is loaded with candid images. :) It's not often that I get to ride in the limo/trolley with the wedding party because I am moving my own car from ceremony to reception, but since everything was in one place, I was able to park and ride! We had some epic times at Meadowbrook Park and then Tumble Inn, including some experiences and people I won't soon forget. The food and cake were delicious, and the company was even better. I even got to sit at a table with one of my 2013 couples! I also enjoyed the "candy bar," and the sparkler exit! I can't thank you both enough for having us along to document your day. I hope you love your images! Leave a comment below for Christina + Kyle, and after 50 comments, they'll receive a complimentary 11x14" mounted print of their choice.

bride getting ready at iHotel

bridal bouquet by Tammie Lawson

First Look behind iHotel

First Look portraits

trolley shenanigans

candid images on the trolley

bridesmaid candids in front of iHotel

having fun on the Elite wedding trolley

black and white wedding party

bridesmaids at meadowbrook park

groomsmen at meadowbrook Park

bridal party huddled around a bench

bride and groom at Meadowbrook Park bridge

goregous blonde bride

groom casual portraits

bridal party with trolley

bride and groom with trolley in parking lot

wedding day trip to Tumble Inn

bride on her wedding day

bride escorted by her father

emotional moments during wedding ceremomy

they're married!

Trolley portraits

Cake Artist's Studio creation

black and silver wedding details at iHotel

entrance and cutting the cake

toasts and laughing

bride and groom first dance

parents' first dance

garter and bouquet toss

photobooth shenanigans

reception with amber uplighting

candid wedding guests dancing

fun dancing photos at wedding reception

sparkler exit and motorcycle getaway

Vendors Cake | The Cake Artist Florist | Tammie Lawson DJ | Elite Entertainment Caterer | University of Illinois Catering Officiant | Dave Donahue Bride's Dress | Elite Bridal Bridesmaid Dresses | Elite Bridal Suits | Elite Bridal Transportation | Elite Entertainment Invitations | Jupiter and Juno Jewelers | Kay Jewelers Hair + Makeup | Bouffant Salon (hair), Kane & Co. (makeup) Photographer | Holly Birch Photography Assistant photographer | Emily Magers