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Heidi + Chris : Rural Sullivan wedding

Heidi + Chris planned a beautiful tent wedding reception in her parents' front yard, which was conveniently also just steps away from the church where they were married. I wish I had more photos of the outside of the church and its grounds to show you, but it rained ALL DAY, so we didn't get much outside until later in the afternoon and evening. The reception tent was set up perfectly though, from the table decorations to the chairs to the lighting and of course the food. Melanie and I were in wedding detail heaven! I loved both Heidi + Chris's laidback, go-with-the-flow attitudes though, and took the weather in stride. I'm very excited (and partly relieved!) now that Heidi + Chris have already booked a post-wedding Mr. + Mrs. session with me at Allerton, so we can get some good weather, and nice lighting for some more portraits of the happy couple. Can't wait! Leave a comment below for Heidi + Chris, and after 50 comments, they will receive a complimentary 10x15" mounted print of their choice.

vendors Ceremony: Elim Springs Church of Jesus Christ, Sullivan Cake: Heavenly Delights Cakes, Windsor Florist: An Affair to Remember, Decatur Caterer: L.A. Gourmet Catering, Champaign DJ: Elite Entertainment, Champaign Special guest: The Other Guys, UI a cappella group Officiants: Felix Hagerman and Vanessa Patient Dress: Elite Bridal - Sophia Tolli Bridesmaids: Elite Bridal Tuxes: Ducky's Linens: Elite Entertainment & An Affair to Remember Videographer: Ben Scribner Makeup: Romine Makeup, Tuscola Photographer: Holly Birch Photography Assistant photographer: Melanie Anderson

Amanda + Matt | Tuscola engagement photographer

Amanda + Matt had me come out to his family's farm in rural Tuscola last week for their engagement session. I grew up on a farm myself, so whenever I get a chance to get out again with the dirt, cattle & tractors, I am all for it! And they had the right color of tractors and all (RED), so we were all set. I even texted my dad about halfway through to send him a picture of the "prop" tractor we were using. He said he didn't know I could afford such extravagant props! Ha! Anyway, Amanda + Matt, thanks for having me out to the farm to traipse around the countryside, and for letting me get to know you a little better before the wedding. We've just got to loosen Matt up a bit more in the next 50 or so days. :) Can't wait for it!

Lovington Family Portraits

On Sunday I got to take a short country drive to rural Lovington, Illinois, to do some family portraits for my friend Sarah and her husband Kyle's family. I actually showed cattle with Kyle and his brother Joel (they showed Shorthorns and I showed Herefords) too. And I was so excited that Kyle knew what my license plate (named after one of my favorite steers) meant! I was also excited to get to shoot pictures with corn, straw bales and a CaseIH combine. Everyone knows that red is the way to go, whether it's tractors or cattle. :) Here are my favorite images from the session: Reedy Family The three farmers of the bunch: Reedy Family Reedy Family Reedy Family So adorable! Gotta love those blonde curls and blue eyes! Reedy Family Reedy Family