Piatt County

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.

Piatt County Courthouse Monticello
Monarch Brewery wedding celebration
backlit romantic wedding images
backlit sunny day wedding portraits
filmstrip wedding photos
springtime wedding photos
cultural wedding details
central IL courthouse wedding photography
Monticello square county courthouse
family photos at courthouse wedding
midwest elopement photos
justice of the peace wedding
married at city hall

Ashley + Phil | Allerton Park + Hilton Garden Inn wedding | Champaign


We had a little email snafu when Ashley + Phil started their wedding planning. Ashley had emailed me to get info on an engagement session, but I never got the email! Our email servers must not like each other or something. Boo! Luckily she was tenacious and called and left a voicemail for me saying, she really wanted to book, so I called her back and started emailing her with my personal email and we were back in business! I was so glad she didn't take the email thing as a bad sign, and they loved her engagement photos, so she and Phil booked me for their wedding as well. I was with them for 12 hours on Saturday, but it felt like the day went by so quickly! We started out with a couple nice, relaxed hours at the Merle Norman salon in Champaign where the girls got pampered and enjoyed Mimosas and Jimmy John's (the wedding lunch of champions!). Then it was off to Allerton Park to get dressed and do some portraits before the ceremony in the Sunken Gardens. We finished up our time at the Park with some killer wedding party images before heading back into Champaign for the reception at the Hilton Garden Inn. The ballroom was decorated with lots of purple and sparkle -- I especially loved the purple uplighting! Ashley + Phil, your wedding party and guests were so fun. Congrats to you both and best wishes!! Leave a comment below for Ashley + Phil, and after 50 comments they'll receive a complimentary 11x14" mounted print of their choice!

Merle Norman bridal party hair and makeup

bridesmaids in teal robes with mimosas

custom wooden wedding hanger in greenhouse

Badgley Mischka blue bling bridal shoes

Alpha Gamma Delta pin on wedding bouquet

purple bridesmaids getting bride ready

groomsmen walking down dirt road

first look in nature preserve

tears from bride during First Look reveal

bride and groom portraits before wedding

bridesmaids in purple dresses with grapevines

bride fixing groom's tie

bride and groom with Tuscany grapevine

bride with Tuscany inspired grapevine wall

groom in gray tux with grapevine wall

groomsmen with grapevines

grand wedding entrance and processional

front and back view of bride's entrance

groom watching bride walk down the aisle

Allerton Park Sunken Gardens wedding ceremony

sand ceremony with rings and pronouncement as man and wife

wedding bands with program and purple bow tie

bride and groom's exit with bubble sendoff

wedding party in Allerton Park Sunken Garden

romantic wedding portrait with wrought iron gates

groom carrying bride's train

sweet wedding photos with subtle dip

wedding day candid photos

purple and gray posed wedding party

pebble walkway with perfect natural light

Brenizer method wedding image

wedding kiss photo

elegant bride and groom sitting portrait

open meadow wedding image with blue skies

backlit closeup wedding photo

bridal images at Allerton Park

Hilton Garden Inn Champaign purple wedding

bride and groom ballroom entrance

wedding cake smash

first dance as husband and wife

parent dances at Hilton Garden Inn

rowdy bouquet toss with sorority sisters

wedding reception dancing with tequila shots

Vendors Ceremony: Sunken Gardens at Allerton Park Reception: Hilton Garden Inn Florist: Blossom Basket DJ: Elite Entertainment Caterer: Hilton Garden Inn Officiant: Dave Ashby Bride's Dress: Elite Bridal | Sophia Tolli Bridesmaid's Dresses: Elite Bridal | Alfred Angelo Suits: Elite Entertainment Transportation: Elite Limos Linens: Elite Entertainment Hair + Makeup: Merle Norman Photographer: Holly Birch Photography

Amber + David | Allerton Park engagement session | Monticello


I loved this session with Amber + David! It was really muggy, but these two powered through and didn't even look too melty! The worst part was probably when a bug flew into my eye, but Amber came to my rescue with some Visine. :) They chose two outfits -- one more casual and one a little dressier, but they all followed the same color scheme which made this session flow seamlessly. Amber + David even hung around with me for a bit longer than anticipated since an amazing sunset was developing on the horizon and I couldn't pass it up! I'm so glad they stuck it out with me for an extra half hour! I can't wait for their wedding in October! Sun Singer engagement photos

walking engagement photos before golden hour

couple in road at Allerton Park

engagement pictures with drooping tree branches

tall tree rows with engaged couple

couple with gray house sitting on stoop

engagement poses with ivy covered doorway

couple in blue and white with ivy background

brick archway in walled garden at Allerton

couple with blue doorway and gray backdrop

engagement photos at Allerton Park

golden hour photos in field

sunset photos in rural Piatt County