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Lindsay + Bryan | Cog Hill Golf + Country Club Wedding in Lemont

Lindsay + Bryan hosted a beautiful wedding at the lovely Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont. I mentioned this in my sneak peek on Facebook, but the day from start to end was definitely an emotional one! After both the bride and groom got ready, it was time for Lindsay’s first look with her dad, and that was when the tears started flowing. Then the bride and groom saw each other for the first time, and while it was mostly a sweet and exciting moment, a couple of happy tears were shed then too.

After a short ride from the hotel to Cog Hill, we jumped right into portraits with the bridesmaids and groomsmen and whole wedding party. The two flower girls and ring bearer were the cutest and were so well behaved all day — I have so many great photos of all 3 of them! The day was absolutely gorgeous, and I didn’t have any trouble picking spots with great lighting! The temperature was perfect and I wish all wedding days could be like that — warm in the sun, and cool in the shade with a light breeze. Perfection!

Guests started arriving then, which meant it was nearly time for the ceremony! This venue — SO pretty! I LOVED the wooden beams on the ceiling and how they created so much drama in my ceremony photos. I added just a touch of off-camera flash to light up the bride and groom perfectly, and this ballroom did the rest. And there were more tears, of course! The officiant spoke about loved ones gone too soon, and then also shared some vows from Lindsay + Bryan to baby Liam who is coming at the end of June! That didn’t leave mean dry eyes in the house for sure. :)

During cocktail hour, we took a golf cart out to the Cog Hill barn which is an homage to the farm that originally sat on the land that is now the golf course. We finished up portraits in the hundreds of tulips that surrounded the clubhouse. A funny moment I won’t soon forget was the cake cutting when Lindsay fed Bryan his bite of cake, and then he proceeded to keep feeding himself the cake instead of feeding her! We rounded out the night with the bride and groom’s first dance, parent dances, toasts, and then danced until they shut the place down!

Lindsay + Bryan — I am so happy for you both and can’t wait to meet baby Liam!! Thank you so much for letting me photograph your day!

Ceremony, Reception & Catering | Cog Hill Golf & Country Club, Lemont, IL | Instagram

Cake | Cakes XO, Lockport, IL

Florist | Plainfield Petals, Plainfield, IL | Instagram

DJ or Band | Awesome DJ’s, Chicago

Officiant | Toni Hassett and Patrick Patterson

Bride's dress retailer | Crystal Bride, Geneva, IL | Instagram

Bride’s dress designer | Stella York | Instagram

Bridesmaid dresses | Sorella Vita (Crystal Bride)

Transportation | Ideal Charter

Invitations/Programs | Basic invite | Instagram | Use code: HollyBirch for 20% off!

Jeweler(s) | Little Rock Jewelers, Plano, IL

Hair & Makeup | Czar Salon, Bolingbrook, IL | Instagram

Photographer: Holly Birch Photography, Illinois-based photographer available for destination weddings

Emily + Bryan | Stone Creek golf club wedding

While Emily was getting her makeup done on Saturday, she asked how I felt things were going  since I'd been with the ladies for a little over an hour already. Then she made such a great analogy for a wedding photographer to a wedding -- she said I am like a canary in a coal mine, meaning I can give advance warning of any coming of adversity or trouble by how I'm feeling about the day. Suffice it to say, I was feeling really good at that point and did for the rest of the day, too!  No canaries kicking the bucket at Stone Creek that day!

I KNEW at my first meeting with these two that we were going to get along splendidly, and I hoped with my whole heart that they would book me, and they did very shortly after. We talked as if we were old friends, and Emily and I gabbed about our mutual love of color and natural, bright photos. They are genuine with each other, and you can tell that admire and bring out the best in one another. That is my kind of couple!

Since that first meeting, I did an amazing engagement session in downtown Urbana with these two, plus a headshot session for each of them during the winter. I anxiously awaited their wedding date, because I was sure it was going to be an incredible day full of love, kindness, and gentleness.  If you happened to see my sneak peek on Facebook, you probably saw how I said I would photograph their wedding 10x over -- and that's even with the 90+ degree heat and stifling humidity!

I am so thrilled for these two, and wish them a lifetime of happiness together!! Oh, and if you didn't catch their same-day edit from ParkLife Films, you will definitely want to take a few minutes to watch it -- and have some tissues ready!!

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To book your own wedding or session, contact Holly!

To book your own wedding or session, contact Holly!


Ceremony: Stone Creek

Reception & Catering: Stone Creek | Bob at Classic Catering

Florist: Flowers by Kristine

Cake: Diane McPheeters, flower decorations by Bob Rowe

DJ: Bugbee's (Dan Church)

Bride's dress: Michelle's Bridal

Bridesmaids: David's Bridal

Tuxes: Men's Wearhouse

Videographer: ParkLife Films

Invitations: Minted

Hair & Makeup: Timothy John Salon

Photographer: Holly Birch Photography