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

Jen + Jeff | Champaign Country Club wedding | Champaign, Illinois


We had such a wonderful day on Saturday!! Jen + Jeff make a great pair, and even though their wedding day was the first time I had officially met them (outside of a couple of Skype meetings!), I could tell that they complement each other so well. Jen is originally from Champaign, but the couple now lives near the east coast so they weren't too specific choosing places to go for photos, and left it mostly up to me. We started out in downtown Champaign near the Orpheum and around Main St. Even though it was the middle of the day, we were able to find some good shady spots and cranked out a bunch of amazingness in major humidity -- their wedding party members were troopers! The one request Jen did have was to get a few shots with a cornfield, and with the help of our Elite Limos driver, we found the perfect spot! Then it was back to the Champaign Country Club to cool off a bit, do a few family photos, and get ready for the outdoor ceremony. The ceremony was situated on golf course under a couple of nice shade trees. I particularly loved the rose ceremony they did, where each family member came up and added a color-coded rose to a bouquet. Such a neat idea! Following a delicious and neatly presented cocktail hour, we got ready for the dinner reception in the main ballroom, featured live music from The Shenanigans who put on an awesome show! I did sneak Jen + Jeff outside just after sunset again for a couple more portraits, and I'm so happy we did! Congrats, Jen + Jeff, on your new marriage and I wish you both the best!

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Badgley Mischka shoe dress and jewelry details

bride getting dressed with crochet hook

groom donning his suit

First Look between bride and groom at Champaign Country Club

wedding party in downtown Champaign at Orpheum

bridesmaids in coral dresses with orange white flowers

elegant stunning bride in lace high neckline

gray and coral bridesmaids and groomsmen

wedding portrait with ivy wall

bride and groom with ivy wall

midwestern bride bridal portrait

urban wedding photos with Illinois bride and groom

industrial wedding party photo

bride and groom snuggling in downtown Champaign

street photo of downtown Champaign cityscape

bride and groom at Hyatt Place Champaign

wedding party with cornfields

coral wedding details at Champaign Country Club

adorable ring bearer and flower girl giggling

father giving his daughter away

outdoor wedding ceremony at country club

country club wedding photographer

the new Mr. & Mrs.

passed hors d'oeuvres at cocktail hour

Cake Artists Studio cake and English Hedgerow flowers with popcorn bar

bride and groom entrance into ballroom

wedding first dance with live music

cutting the cake and toasts

sunset golden hour on the golf course

father-daughter and mother-son dance in Champaign

candid reception dancing photos with live band The Shenanigans

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Vendors Ceremony + Reception: Champaign Country Club Wedding planner: Nuptiae, Gwen Wilson Cake: Cake Artist's Studio Florist: English Hedgerow Band: The Shenanigans Bride's gown: White Swan Bridal, Vienna, VA Bridesmaids dresses: RenzRags on Etsy Suits: Men's Wearhouse Instrumentalists: First Choice Music Services, Barbara Hedlund Transportation: Elite Luxury Limos Invitations: Carlson Crafts Linens: BBJ Linens Jewelers: King's Jewelry, Alexandria, VA + Memory Lane, Saegertown, PA Hair + Makeup: BJ Grand Salon & Spa Photographer: Holly Birch Photography