Ashley + Srinu | Monticello courthouse + Monarch Brewery elopement

In Spring of 2017 I was sworn to secrecy as my sister’s friend Ashley married Srinu at the Piatt County Courthouse. I promised to not even tell my sister until they had a chance to tell their friends and loved ones. They were eager to make it official, and had decided on a full wedding and reception the following summer, which happened this past June. I gave them some time after that and then made sure I was in the clear to post the photos from the official courthouse nuptials. :) Ashley gave me the go ahead, and I’m super excited to finally have the chance to show these two off!!

I’d never photographed a wedding at the Piatt County Courthouse before, and I was pleasantly surprised with how pretty the courtroom was! It had very high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling dusty blue drapes, elegant woodwork, and a small-town charm feel to it. It was a warm spring day too, so following the ceremony, we went outside to get some family photos and then of course some portraits of the new Mr. & Mrs. I was loving that sun flare!

Ashley’s family then invited me to join them at Monarch Brewing Co. which had recently opened just a couple blocks away. Everything was SO delicious! I tried avocado fries for the first time! Ashley + Srinu also received some very personal, thoughtful gifts from the close friends and family in attendance. It was an honor to be a part of it all!

Editor’s note: Since these photos were taken, sadly Ashley’s father has passed away. I’m so glad I was there to capture this important day for them. My deepest sympathies to the family.

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Kayleigh + Tyler | Monticello Robert Allerton Park stylish engagement photos

Relationship goals, am I right?  I adore this couple and their sweet puppy Cooper!  Kayleigh + Tyler were easy to work with and pose and had a few great ideas themselves.  When they changed into their second outfits, I was totally in heaven!  I couldn't have chosen more perfect outfits for them.  We met up at Allerton Park and took our time wandering around the grounds looking for golden pockets of light, water features, and cool architecture.  I seriously can't wait for their wedding next May!

Fieldhouse 219 | Monticello bar + grill food photography


When Fieldhouse 219 bar owner Michelle told me she wanted to get some food photos and updated headshots of her and her bar, I was all in! Then she told me that she'd purchased a mini session package I had donated for a fundraiser that was held at her bar a few months ago, and I can't think of a better matchup for a great cause! Fieldhouse 219 has a wide array of menu items from burgers to wings to salads to nachos and more. There's even a kids menu! My family stopped in there last week and my burger was mouth-watering and amazing. My kiddos loved the grilled cheese and chicken tenders, plus french fries. I opted for the cole slaw instead of fries and it was good as well! We can't wait to go back another time and try something new. :) Fieldhouse 219 is primarily a sports bar, but Michelle also hosts Think & Drink trivia, karaoke, and some of the pay-per-view fights, plus occasional live music. Definitely check it out!

burger with grilled onions and fries plus wings

royal burger chicken wrap and buffalo chicken salad

Fieldhouse 219 owner Michelle Murphy