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

Erin + Chris : Flatville, Champaign iHotel wedding photographer

Erin + Chris planned their wedding for 2nd part of October, which always leaves the weather odds in limbo. They lucked out with a gorgeous day, albeit a little wet grass. That didn't deter us at all though, as we traipsed around Erin's parents' farm following the ceremony, as well as the Arboretum. Poor Erin told me the week before the wedding that she does not like cheesy photos, and her wedding party was NOT willing to oblige. Erin was totally a good sport though, and played along with their hair-brained ideas. I will narrate them for you below. :) The ceremony took place at the Lutheran church in Flatville, followed by the reception at the always lovely iHotel. These two are so adorable together, and I wish the best happiness throughout their marriage. Leave a comment below the post, and after 50 comments, Erin + Chris will receive a complimentary 10x15" mounted print of their choice.

Flatville Church wedding partybride groom in front of church Erin is the 4th generation in her family to be married in this church. How cool is that? couple with churchFlatville Immanuel Lutheran Churchchurch doorwayinside churchcouple How gorgeous are these two? Lovely couple! Mr. & Mrs.Tammy Lawson florist bouquetwedding ringswedding programentering the sanctuaryThe new Mr. & Mrs.exiting the churchgroom in limo If you've been reading my blog for very long, you know I'm a sucker for farm implements! bridal party with combine And, well, anything farm related is the bee's knees. Their Centennial Farm sign takes the cake! Huls Centennial Farm Erin is a true farm girl through and through, and she had no problem traipsing through the wet ditches around the farm! Bride walking in ditch The bridesmaids were trying to hitch a ride! Bridesmaids hitching a ridewedding party with storm cloudsbridal portraitgroom's portraitArboretum wedding party University of Illinoisbride and groom on benchwedding party This was one of the bridesmaids' other ideas, which I'm sure Erin thought was kind of cheesy, but she went along with it, and I think it turned ou cute!! fall wedding leaveswedding party at Arboretum Chris is an MMA fighter (he proposed to Erin after a fight!), so we had to get a couple wrestling poses in throughout the day. MMA pose And then someone had the idea to do a football pose. groomsmen football pose And a Tebow is bound to follow! LOL This is perfect, Erin! bride doing Tebowsunset portrait What's a wedding-day portrait session without a good photobomb? ;) wedding photobombIdea gardenbridal portraitgroom portrait SWOON. I need this in a canvas. Champaign-Urbana wedding photographer Holly Birch Photographyreception entranceCakes by Lori wedding caketoasts with champagne Their first dance was beautifully choreographed, and the two of them just floated around the dance floor. First danceFirst danceFirst dance And then the real party started! Reception dancingiHotel Reception dancing Some NightsReception dancingReception dancingGroom dancingReception dancing

Vendors Ceremony: Immanuel Lutheran Church, Flatville Reception: iHotel Cake: Cakes by Lori Caterer: University Catering DJ, Photobooth & Linens: Elite Entertainment Officiant: Pastor Jim Lehmann Dress: Bridal Mansion of Lisle Bridesmaids: House of Brides Tuxes: Black Tie Formal Wear Transportation: Larry's Limousine Service Videographer: Forevermore Videography Photographer: Holly Birch Photography