Smith Memorial Hall

Emily | Judah Christian School | Senior


Emily is a talented, smart and classy young lady who I know has big things in store for her! She's currently a senior at Judah Christian School in Champaign where she's active in golf and soccer, and also enjoys playing the oboe and singing in the Central Illinois Children's Choir. She's planning to attend Miami University next year, studying business. This girl loves to dress up, and I was in heaven photographing this beautiful young woman in her perfectly selected outfits and dresses. We started out at the Champaign Country Club, where we had the most beautiful light to work with, both inside the building and out. Emily had specifically requested no fields, and didn't want too many photos outdoors. It was her mom's idea to head out to the golf course for a few minutes, and I'm so glad we did! The country club is so beautifully decorated that it provided a fantastic backdrop that gave us the look we were all working toward.

After we finished up there, we ventured over to campus to Smith Memorial Hall, where Emily had previously performed with her choir. The old building's charm and marble staircases paired perfectly with Emily's long black formal gown.

Emily, I had so much fun photographing you for your senior pictures! Best of luck as you continue on with the #classof2017 !

country club dining room senior pictures

golf course senior pictures on green

stunning gorgeous senior girl in black lace dress

senior girl photos with off-the-shoulder olive green top

Champaign Judah senior portraits with long black formal gown

formal black gown at Smith Memorial Hall

Carly + Jason | Smith Memorial Hall wedding | Urbana


What a unique, heartfelt, and personal wedding Carly + Jason had! Their ceremony was completely custom-tailored to each of them and their relationship, and it was so cool to see nearly their entire wedding party, plus a few other family and friends, take part in it. There were poems, music, personal anecdotes, and the grandfather of the bride performed the ceremony! Then we moved on to the reception, which was just as personalized as the ceremony with nods to musicals and plays that Carly's family loves so dearly. The maid of honor's speech was even full of lines from various musicals that the girls grew up watching together (complete with bibliography at the end!). The Orpheum was decorated so elegantly, and the blue uplighting just gave the whole place an amazing atmosphere, which helped make for some really cool images. These are a few of my favorite things (see what I did there!?): throughout the day were recreating both an engagement session photo we did last fall, and then a photo that was taken on one of the first nights Jason + Carly met, Carly's amazing full-back lace dress, the black feathers in her bouquet, the bicyclist riding through one wedding party photo (!), the Orpheum bathed in blue light, and Nigel's, uh, memorable best man speech. Ha! :) Leave a comment below for Carly + Jason, and after 50 comments, they'll receive a complimentary 11x14" mounted print of their choice. Enjoy!!

backyard first look reveal

wedding party oops bicyclist

UI Quad wedding portraits

bridesmaids black lace dresses

groomsmen suits

Foellinger wedding party

black white gold classy wedding party

classic UI quad wedding portrait

lovely wedding portraits

bride and groom closeups

full lace back wedding dress gorgeous

Smith Memorial Hall wedding portraits

elegant wedding pictures

mom buttoning up bride's dress

bride and groom GQ

white gerbera daisies bouquet with black feathers

gold black theatre wedding invitations

playbill wedding program

family generations wedding portrait

bride enters ceremony with fathers

Smith Memorial Hall wedding ceremony

ceremony candids

Champaign wedding day candids

downtown Champaign Quality

engagement pics wedding day redo

wedding portraits downtown Champaign

first meeting picture redo

Musical wedding details

blue uplighting Orpheum wedding

Orpheum wedding candids

cutting the cake

wedding toasts at Orpheum

bride and groom first dance

Orpheum Children's Museum wedding first dance

Orpheum wedding dancing

wedding dancing candids

wedding guest balcony photo

Marquee wedding Orpheum Children's Museum Champaign

Vendors Cake | Sweet Indulgence Florist | County Market DJ | Ryan Reid at Crash Events Caterer | Hendrick House Officiant | Jim Turpin (grandfather of the bride) Bride's Dress | Michelle's Bridal (Allure) Bridesmaid Dresses | Michelle's Bridal Suits | Express Instrumentalists | Pianist- Kim File Transportation | Karaoke Party Bus Linens | Herriots Invitations/Programs | Invitations: My Big Day Events on Etsy; Programs designed by Hilary Pope Jeweler | Zales Hair + Makeup | Hair: Jessica Roberts at Lando Salon; Make-up: Cassie Shafer Photographer: Holly Birch Photography