Leslie + Ben | Navy + coral wedding | Joliet Country Club

I had an open Saturday in June this year, so I offered to be a second photographer for Brian L. Coss Photography.  I'd never been to the Joliet Country Club before, and I absolutely loved the building and grounds.  The evergreen trees served as an excellent backdrop for both the ceremony and some group photos of the guys.  I spent the first part of the day photographing details before everyone arrived, and then I got to take the groomsmen out to the golf course where they all were great models!  Ben looked smashing in his suit (and takes his fashion very seriously), and Leslie was breathtaking in her lace gown.  The couple attended U of I (like me -- Go Illini!) and I was a big fan of their subtle nod to the orange & blue with the navy and coral theme.  And the added bonus of succulents in the bouquets -- it doesn't get better than that!! Congrats, Leslie + Ben!

Photographed for Brian Coss

Kaitlin + Tom | Champaign Hilton Garden Inn wedding


In December I had the privilege of second shooting a wedding with my good friend Emily from Mager Image Photography.  Some of you may remember Emily as she has been a second photographer for many of the weddings I have photographed.  We make a great team! :) We met up at St. John's Catholic Church and Newman Center to capture the wedding day of Kaitlin & Tom.  It was a cold, cold day and the roads were pretty icy, but we made the most of it and the bride, groom, and wedding party were such troopers in the cold!  Following the ceremony, we headed to downtown Champaign for some pictures out with the Christmas lights and the frosty trees and ice-covered grass.  The evening was kind of hazy and glowing with all the street lamps and Christmas lights.  Then we were able to get into the ballroom at the Hilton early ahead of the guests to grab some photos of the beautifully decorated tables with a red and gold holiday theme.  It was a lovely evening filled with wonderful people!

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