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Stephanie + Mike | University of Illinois Quad + Japan House engagement

This adorable couple met in a class in the Psych building on the University of Illinois campus when Mike put the moves on Stephanie. If I'm remembering correctly, they had only 1 class together, but that was all it took for them to find their forever.  We started their session in the building that started it all, though not the exact classroom due to renovations and changes to the building.  How cute is this idea?! And Mike stepped things up a notch by bringing a textbook as a prop!  Yes!

Then we moved on over to the Quad from there and did some photos with Foellinger, the Union, the Natural History building, and finally the Eternal Flame.  Gotta lock things in for life! ;)  Then after a quick wardrobe change, we were off to the Japan House area with lots of lush greens, rocks, and Asian elements that Stephanie loved due to a recent trip they went on together.

I wish you both the best as you travel to your elopement soon!  Congrats, Stephanie + Mike!

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!!

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UI Quad wedding portraits

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Foellinger wedding party

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Smith Memorial Hall wedding portraits

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white gerbera daisies bouquet with black feathers

gold black theatre wedding invitations

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Smith Memorial Hall wedding ceremony

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downtown Champaign Quality

engagement pics wedding day redo

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Musical wedding details

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bride and groom first dance

Orpheum Children's Museum wedding first dance

Orpheum wedding dancing

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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

Elvan + Brad | Champaign County Courthouse wedding


I am a BIG fan of courthouse weddings! In fact, my husband and I were married at the Champaign County Courthouse a few years ago (we don't need to say how many!) :) These ceremonies may be short and with just a few family and friends, but they are so authentic, relaxed and always sweet. I highly encourage anyone getting married there to consider bringing along a photographer -- it's the only time photographs are allowed in the courthouse! With Elvan + Brad, I wasn't even allowed to ENTER the courthouse until exactly 11:30, not a minute earlier. :) Congrats, to Elvan + Brad! I had such a lovely couple of hours with you both and your families! arrived at the courthouse

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bride and groom on UI Quad

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it's all in the details

purple trees on campus

materials science and engineering wedding picture