downtown Champaign

Hannah + Colin | Downtown Champaign engagement session | Friday Night Live

Colin + Hannah are getting married at the end of July, and they came home the first weekend in June to wrap up some wedding preparations. We planned on a Friday evening session, and I had totally forgotten that it was the first night for Friday Night Live, and dance dress rehearsal at Virginia Theater for a local dance studio. So downtown was definitely jumping! We finally found places to park and then the session couldn’t have gone any more smoothly. These two glided into every pose naturally and effortlessly, so I know we’re going to make magic on their wedding day!! Can’t wait!!

Laura + Bob | Downtown Champaign engagement session

Have I mentioned before that I love when I get the chance to photograph a sibling that I’ve photographed before?? I am truly honored that Bob + Laura (whose sister’s wedding I photographed a couple years ago) chose me to photograph their wedding! I still remember Bob offering to help me with my flash equipment when we were forced indoors while a storm rolled through that day. Laura emailed me a few months ago to ask about my services and availability, and we three had a lovely chat over some house-made chips at Harvest Market. I’m looking forward to their wedding at iHotel next May!

So, cute story — these two met at Destihl in downtown Champaign so that’s where we decided to meet up that evening. We made sure to get a few photos with the sign in the background, ad the lovely pink trees were still blooming so we took advantage of those too. It was a gorgeous evening out, so we enjoyed a lovely stroll around downtown and then West Side Park to round out the session. We got so many cute images — it was hard to narrow them down for this blog post! I especially love the candid ones of them laughing!! <3

Jenn + Joe | Neighborhood engagement session in downtown Champaign

Jenn + Joe are a super sweet couple that fit together so perfectly. Just from the short amount of time I've spent with them at their wedding consultation and now at their engagement session, I can see that they complement each other so well. We had an absolutely perfect evening to do their session before this oppressive heat hit, and with a mild breeze.  Jenn + Joe live near downtown Champaign, so we decided on the first half of their session in the downtown district with brick walls and such, and then we headed over to West Side Park for the 2nd half.  West Side Park is within walking distance to their place, so they pass through it often.  The locations added a certain personal touch to the session, which I think adds so much meaning to the images.  I'm looking forward to their wedding in July!  Stay tuned for that blog post!

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