fall wedding

Isabella + Casey | Spruce Street Studios wedding in Shelbyville, IL


Izzy + Casey had some fun surprises planned for each other on their wedding day! The Star Wars helmets for the guys were a surprise to Izzy, and Izzy's Darth Vader/Stormtrooper garter was a surprise for Casey! I loved the black and silver with a hint of red that they chose as their theme, and it was evident the hard work and time they and their families had spent bringing it all together. Following the ceremony in Shelbyville, we headed a few blocks away to a park for some portraits and wedding party pictures. On the way there, we spotted an awesome side street with a gorgeous orange tree canopy over it. So on the way back, we stopped there and made everyone jump out of their cars onto the one way street -- I like to live dangerously! Ha! Thanks to everyone for being troopers with it all -- especially the ladies since it was chilly and a tad breezy on Saturday! Izzy + Casey, I wish you both many years of happiness together! Leave a comment below for Izzy + Casey, and after 50 comments, they'll receive a complimentary 11x14" mounted print of their choice!

black-white-silver reception decor

Spruce Street Studios wedding

bride getting ready details

light saber boutonneire

Star Wars groomsmen with Darth Vader and stormtroopers

Here comes your bride sign

bride walking down the aisle

Spruce Street wedding ceremony

Shoes and sign details

bride with wind blowing veil

handsome groom

grand exit from church

bride's dress with cross

wedding with orange fall trees

geese photobomb

wedding party at Forrest Park

romantic portraits of b&g

wedding swan picture

fun goofy wedding party

bridesmaids in black dresses

groomsmen in park

ring bearer walking like bride

bridal portraits on white bridge

bride and groom posed

fun fall autumn wedding pics

rings and fun wedding glasses

bride and groom pray

toasts at reception with off-camera lighting

cutting the cake

First dance as husband and wife

reception candids and tosses

Vendors Ceremony + Reception | Spruce Street Studios Cake | Sweet Cake Creations by Dena Wassall Florist | Crystal Gibson Caterer | Nelson's Catering Officiant | Pastor John Stanton Bride's Dress | Cloud Nine Bridal/Martina Liana Bridesmaid Dresses | Vera Wang Suits | Men's Warehouse Linens | Spruce Street Studios Invitations/Programs |Shutterfly Jewelers | Zales Hair & Makeup | Studio 6 Hair Salon Photographer | Holly Birch Photography

Annie + Matt | Willett's Winery wedding in Manito, IL


Where do I start with this one? Matt and I go way back to middle school (maybe before?)... I'm thinking we probably initially met somewhere around 5th grade and his cousin Kristina (my childhood best friend) introduced us. Kristina stood up with Matt as his "best woman" on Saturday, and it was so fun hanging out again like old times. Matt and I actually went to UI together too, even in the same major. But after college, he became a world traveler, living in Africa for a couple years, Arizona for grad school, Washington DC for a summer, and then back to Arizona where he and Annie live now. This pair met on an internship in DC that summer I mentioned. The evening before the wedding, Annie + Matt hosted their family and wedding party out at his dad's farm for a bonfire, where I finally got to meet Annie! We immediately hit it off (at least I think so!), and I can definitely tell why Matt fell in love with her. She's beautiful, smart, funny, and reminds me a tiny bit of Kristen Wiig. LOL! :) So after getting ready at the farm and heading in to Manito, we stopped for a few portraits downtown before the ceremony. Afterward, the wedding party all ventured out to Spring Lake where we were treated to some fall leaves, gorgeous blue water and sunny skies. The reception was at the quaint Willett's Winery in Manito, an awesome venue space! I loved the red painted beer bottles they used as baby's breath holders, and the customized mason jars for every guest. One of my favorites memories of the reception was singing along to Callin' Baton Rouge by Garth Brooks in a big circle on the dance floor. I'm so jealous that Matt + Annie get to see him in concert again in Phoenix this coming weekend! I'm so, so happy for you both and hope you have the best + happiest life together! #happilyeverfornoffs Leave a comment below for Annie + Matt, and after 50 comments, they'll receive a complimentary 11x14" mounted print of their choice!

Red blue paisley tie b-w invitation

bride getting ready putting in earrings

bride's first look with groom and her dad

wedding pictures in downtown Manito

rural town street wedding photos

sidewalk portraits

Americana wedding photo with flag

off-camera flash portraits in sanctuary

bride and groom outside of church

ring and bouquet details

beginning of wedding ceremony

A-frame sanctuary with cross

pronounced as man and wife

bride groom exchanging gifts

candid photos at church

Spring Lake pictures on dock

gray black wedding party

country road wedding pictures with lake

wedding photos with fall autumn leaves

bright blue water pictures on dock

bride and groom with still blue lake water

fun bride and groom shots

golden hour sunset wedding photos

individual bride and groom

romantic images of bride and groom in country

red painted beer bottle centerpieces

Willett's Winery Manito reception details

candid reception photos

bride and groom first dance

parents first dance

Mason County wedding reception

group candid shots at winery reception

wedding sparkler exit

Vendors Cake | Desserts Unlimited Florist | Artistic Flowers DJ | Andy Fuchtman Caterer | Raber Meat Packing Co. Officiant | Pr. Harrison Goodman Bride's Dress | David's Bridal Bridesmaid Dresses | David's Bridal Linens | Raber Meat Packing Co. Jewelers | Engagement: Jared's; Wedding Band: James McGuire's Jewelers Hair | Jessica Embree Photographer | Holly Birch Photography

Jenny + Brandon | Pear Tree Estate wedding


I had the privilege of once again second shooting a wedding for my good friend Kellie of Across the Miles Photography on Friday. It was great to meet Brandon + Jenny and I could tell right away that they were great people with a solid group of friends. It was SUPER windy that day, but we did our best to work around it, and then also the rain that followed the ceremony. Jenny was a real trooper though and I couldn't believe when she said that she actually likes rain. Well, she got it! You'll see some evidence of it in the photos below. :) Second shooting is so fun for me because I get to focus on in-the-moment candids. I'm posting quite a few of those because I feel that's one of a second photographer's biggest roles on the wedding day. While the main photographer is busy posing the bride and groom and crossing the "must-have" photos off the list, it's my job to capture things that the other photographer doesn't see or doesn't have time to focus on. I was so stoked when Kellie told me that the reception would be at Pear Tree Estate. It is one of my favorite venues and is so, so gorgeous. It's hard to take a bad picture there as everything is so picture perfect. Best of luck on your new marriage, Jenny + Brandon!

Groomsmen getting ready

Groomsmen with tie closeups

wedding candids

stunning bridal portraits

Bible Baptist Church Champaign wedding ceremony

sparkler exit

CU Crossfit wedding pictures

Lake of the Woods wedding pictures

gorgeous bouquets

covered bridge portraits

groomsmen with New Glarus spotted cow beer

rainy wedding portraits

rustic wedding decor with S'mores

ring details shots S'mores and pine cones

Pear Tree Estate portraits

Pear Tree estate wedding cake cutting and toast


Ceremony: Bible Baptist

Reception: Pear Tree Estate

Photographer: Across the Miles Photography, Kellie Penn

Second photographer: Holly Birch Photography