Courtney + Jessica | Downtown Champaign + iHotel wedding

A little over a week ago I had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of Courtney + Jessica for my friend Rebekah Albaugh, alongside her associate photographer Jennifer Council. The whole day was so much fun!! I started up in one of the suites with Jessica while she got her final hair and makeup done. We did their First Look in the lobby of the iHotel before heading to the Japan House area for photos.

The couple’s wedding also happened to fall on Pride weekend in Champaign, and the ladies had talked about visiting the festival area for a few quick photos. We didn’t know if the crowds, traffic, and parade would be a problem, but I was determined to give them a fairytale moment that they’d never forget so we made it happened. Our driver Shawn from Elite was a BOSS and got us exactly where we needed to be and even got close enough to pick us up again when we were done.

You guys, it was magical! The bystanders cheered for Courtney + Jessica, and they got all kinds of applause and well wishes. A couple people were standing nearby waiting with rainbow flags and I asked them to wave them in the background. And so I was able to create the image that had been formulating in my head. <3

Then after a few more portraits of the couple and wedding party, we headed back to iHotel for the ceremony and reception. I loved their super elegant cake, Courtney’s dad tearing up during his speech, their throwback hashtag (is that an oxymoron?!), and the day-long laughs. It was a beautiful, perfect day full of love, family, and friends. Congrats on your new marriage, Jessica + Courtney!!

iHotel Renovation Photos | Urbana-Champaign Campus Hotel

I have had the pleasure of photographing many weddings at the iHotel in Champaign, but I was honored to have been asked to photograph their recent renovations as well! The furniture in the common areas gets rearranged on occasion, plus new carpet and curtains were added to the guest rooms. They also needed some updated images of the iCafe and Houlihan’s areas, the “green roof,” and the courtesy vehicles. I can’t wait to be back for another wedding, but it was especially fun to see a little of the behind-the-scenes of one of my favorite local hotels. And the staff at the iHotel can’t be beat — both on the guest services side and the conference side. Everyone is so welcoming, kind, and helpful. I’m happy to keep building on our great working relationship!

Jenn + Joe | Elegant Wedding at Holy Cross + iHotel Champaign

Jenn + Joe planned a dream wedding day that came together in a beautiful package. These two adventurers have travelled all over together, and it was fun to hear stories and meet their friends and family from all over the country. I especially enjoyed visiting their historic house for a few photos both in the foyer and on the front porch.

First off, can we talk about Jenn's dress?  The back  of it with the lace and mesh was flat-out amazing! I also can't resist a good hairspray/setting spray photo!  After the couple's first look, we were fighting with the full sun quite a bit, so we moved to the front of the Holy Cross church, with their huge burnt orange door that I LOVE. I think the wedding party's navy dresses and suits paired very nicely with the scene!  

Following the ceremony, we headed over to the Hartley Gardens at the Arboretum, and a little tucked in spot between there and the Japan House that I adore.  It was the perfect spot to get some magical, ethereal photos of the couple alone before heading to the reception at the iHotel. 

Speaking of the reception, I loved the navy pin-tucked tablecloths and silver charger plates along with the warm amber uplighting bathing the room. The heartfelt toasts given by the best man and maid of honor were genuine and hilarious!  I loved spending the day with Jenn + Joe, and wish them a lifetime of happiness!

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