Emily + Bryan | Downtown Urbana-Crystal Lake Park engagement

Emily + Bryan are getting married next June, and I seriously cannot wait for their wedding.  We met a few months ago for their consultation, and we immediately hit it off.  They are huge fans of my work, and Emily even referenced previous blog posts in her initial communication with me, and in prepping for the engagement session.  I love when couples do that, as that's one of the major driving factors behind my blog -- to help you plan your own sessions and wedding. Did you know that you can use the "search" function at the very bottom of my website to search for any local vendors or venues?  You can also search for locations around the area and if I've photographed there, there's a chance you'll find sample photos!

Now, back to Emily + Bryan -- this couple is genuine, affectionate, kind, carefree, and they adore Urbana, especially downtown Urbana.  I've photographed downtown Urbana many times, but it was fun to see it through their eyes and scope out the places they frequent and are fond of.  Enjoy!

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Jessie + Bob | Downtown Champaign engagement session


I've known Jessie for several years now as we were formerly in a networking group together.  She has since become my massage therapist (if you need a massage, seriously -- go see her!) and recently opened the CU Women's Boxing Gym.  Bob's son also joined us for the beginning of the session so they would have a few photos of the new family together!  I'm so looking forward to their wedding at CityView in September! family engagement session with son West Side Park engaged couple Radio Maria engagement session Blind Pig alley cityscape photos with bulb lights Fleurish brick engagement photos brick background engagement session Barrelhouse 34 engagement pictures romantic unposed images from engagement photos

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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