Erin + Steve | Hotel Arista romantic evening wedding | Naperville, Illinois


What a sweet little wedding this was! Erin & her wedding planner called it her "big little wedding," and that's for sure what it was. There was love and attention to detail present through every aspect of the day, but with a small guest list for maximum effect. Erin + Steve chose to have all white flowers, menus, and linens, with purple uplighting for the reception. Before the ceremony, I spent some time with both the bride and groom, and got to capture some shots of Erin's amazing shoes, her mom putting on Erin's necklace, and her 8-year-old son Carson writing a note for his mom. I then met Steve in the lobby of Hotel Arista for a few portraits before it got too dark out. We were lucky enough to have a few extra minutes after the ceremony for a few outdoor portraits (brr!), and I added in a bit of flash for some awesome shots of them with the twinkle lights surrounding the property -- perfect for a December wedding! While we were doing pictures outside, the guests were enjoying cocktail hour and having the room flipped from ceremony to reception. The room looked amazing with all the white details set against the purple lighting. Some of my favorite moments of the day were Erin's dad seeing her for the first time (cue the tears!), Carson looking up at his mom during the ceremony while Steve read his vows for their new family, and the newlywed game they playing during the reception. So fun! My husband Aaron was lucky enough to serve this wedding as both usher and my lighting assistant. :) Thanks, honey! Leave a comment below for Erin + Steve and after 50 comments, they'll receive a complimentary 11x14" mounted print of their choice!

wedding dress hanging plus bridal details

bride's Badgley Mischka shoes and jewelry

handsome groom in blue Men's Wearhouse tux

son of the bride writing a note to mom

bride getting ready at Hotel Arista

father emotional first look with bride

groom watching bride walk down the aisle

Hotel Arista Naperville wedding ceremony

white wedding ceremony with pipe and drape

new husband and wife wedding ceremony

clean magazine style bridal portraits

dapper groom in blue suit magazine shoot

modern clean bride and groom portraits

beautiful romantic portraits with bride and groom

new Mr. & Mrs. holiday portraits with twinkle lights bokeh

Christmas lights bokeh wedding pictures

Christmas lights bokeh with wedding couple

Just Married sign with holiday bokeh

beautiful OCF portraits with light bulb bokeh

son of the bride hands her bouquet

white hydrangeas with purple uplighting

white wedding details at Hotel Arista Naperville

candid photos of bride and groom

bridal couple entrance to Go Cubs Go

wedding toast to guests

first dance as husband and wife

macro ring photos with Cubs chocolate and white roses

parent dances

Newlywed game with heart paddles

dancing candids on white dance floor

Vendors Ceremony, reception, cake & catering: Hotel Arista, Naperville Wedding planner & flowers: Just Say Yes Events, Barbara Mouradian Dress: A Joyful Occasion, Naperville Suits: Seno Formal Wear Officiant: Rent-a-rev Jim Rehnberg Hair & Makeup: Mario Tricoci Salon Harpist: Dawn Bishop DJ: DJs For You, Naperville Photographer: Holly Birch Photography

Tina + Joon | Holiday wedding at Hilton Champaign


Tina + Joon planned their wedding for the day after Christmas, which worked out great, except for all the RAIN Champaign got that day and the next two! We didn't have too many options for photos, but we used as much of the Hilton property as we could to maximize their wedding collection. We started out the day with a few detail photos in the room where their ceremony and lunch reception were held. The couple chose a pink and ivory theme with a touch of gold that carried well through their decorations and flowers. After that, we had an hour and a half or so of portrait time with the couple and their friends, followed by some pictures in the hotel room of their jewelry and watch gifts. Then it was time for the ceremony, which incorporated some American wedding traditions as well as Korean and Taiwanese traditions from their home countries. The food and cake were delicious and I enjoyed meeting some of Joon + Tina's friends while we ate! Leave a comment below for Tina + Joon, and after 50 comments, they'll receive a complimentary 11x14" mounted print of their choice!

Hilton Champaign pink wedding reception

pink ombre cake and LOVE ice sculpture

holiday wedding decor

pink and white wedding bouquet

wedding jewelry and watch gifts

rainy wedding day indoor portraits

Christmas tree wedding photos with OCF

Hilton Christmas wedding pictures

fireplace wedding photos

Hilton fireplace wedding

wedding party

December bridal portraits

Groom portraits with OCF

couple portraits in hotel hallway

groom being goofy with groomssmen

bride with goofy pictures

bride and groom on staircase

bridal portraits on bench

bridal couple standing with wooden railing

walking portraits on rainy wedding day

couple with holiday lights

wedding day candids

Korean wedding traditions

bride and groom entrance

ceremony candids

wedding toasts and speeches

bridal bouquet toss

bride and groom greeting guests

bride and groom candid photos

Vendors Ceremony + reception | Hilton Garden Inn, Champaign Flowers | Blossom Basket Hair + Makeup | Sherry's Shear Hair Designs Cake | The Cake Artist's Studio Dress | David's Bridal, Vera Wang Photographer | Holly Birch Photography

Emily + Jordan | Pear Tree Estate winter wedding


Emily + Jordan were blessed with this amazing unseasonably mild December we're having at their wedding this past Saturday. I woke up to sunny skies, and couldn't have been more thrilled for this pair! Pear Tree was all decked out for the holidays too, which tied in nicely with the couple's metallics and neutrals color scheme. Emily and her attendants got ready for the day in the Concorde Room at Pear Tree which is an absolutely lovely space with loads of natural window light -- a photographer's dream! Some of my favorite parts of the day were when Emily started crying as she came down the aisle on her dad's arm, the holiday-themed cupcake, hot beverage, and popcorn bars, the gold sequin tablecloths, and the song that Jordan composed and recorded for Emily's first dance with her dad. So sweet! #jordanmarriesemily Leave a comment below for Emily + Jordan, and after 50 comments, they'll receive a complimentary 11x14" mounted print of their choice!

bridal suite getting ready at Concorde Room

groom getting ready at parents house

bride opening gifts and seeing flowers

groom opening gift from bride

bride getting dressed in Concorde Room

father daughter First Look Reveal

bride candid moment with mom crying

bride and groom first look in Legacy Room

bride and groom portraits in reception hall

holiday bridal portraits

bride and groom under the veil

winter wedding portraits in central Illinois

December wedding portraits in Champaign

winter wedding pictures with evergreens

wedding images at Pear Tree Estate

bride and groom with huge white balloons

outside portraits at Pear Tree Estate

bride with maid of honor holding hands behind groom's back

holiday Christmas tree wedding pictures

wedding details with holiday lights

Best Day Ever cake topper

holiday wedding cupcakes with gold sequin tablecloths

Pear Tree ceremony photos

December wedding ceremony at Pear Tree

pronounced Mr. & Mrs.

hot beverage and popcorn bar

bridal entrance with toasts and cake cutting

bride and groom first dance with off-camera flash

parents' first dances

Vendors Venue: Pear Tree Estate Caterer: LA Gourmet Florist: Flowers by Kristine Cake + cupcakes: Cakes by Lori Videographer: Embee Videography Hair: Studio 9 Hair Design Bride's makeup: BC Makeup Artistry Invitations: Dress: Michelle's Bridal - Mori Lee Suits: Men's Warehouse DJ: Shane Canfield Officiant: Paul Spangler Rings: Giganti & Giganti Photographer: Holly Birch Photography Assistant photographer: Mager Image Photography