iHotel wedding

Stephanie + Bobby | Lavender + Peach University of Illinois + iHotel wedding

There is one word I can use to describe Stephanie + Bobby's wedding day -- JOY!  This couple was enamored with each other the whole day (and at their engagement session, too!), and you couldn't help but feel their happiness.  They are so genuine and have friends and family that are equally so, including some family that flew in all the way from Korea for the wedding.  I have several favorite parts of the day, but I especially loved Stephanie's smile, Bobby seeing Stephanie for the first time coming down the aisle, traveling all over campus for the wedding party and couple photos, and the bouquet being accidentally tossed to the DJ (LOL!). One other highlight was visiting Seven Saints and the exact table where they had their first date!  I mean, how cute is that?!

We started the day at the iHotel where Stephanie and her bridesmaids were getting ready, then it was on to St. John's Catholic Newman Center for the ceremony.  Following the portraits around campus, we headed back to iHotel for the beautiful lavender, peach, and gold reception. #perfectlyporter 

Leave a comment below for Stephanie + Bobby and after 50 comments, they'll receive a complimentary 11x14" print of their choice!!

Contact Holly to book your own wedding or engagement session!

Vendors

Cake: Cakes by Lori

Florist: Blossom Basket 

DJ: Elite Entertainment

Caterer: University of Illinois

Officiant: Fr. Chase Hilgenbrinck

Bride's dress: Michelle's Bridal | Essence of Australia 

Bridesmaid dresses: Michelle's Bridal + The Bridesmaid Store | Sorella Vita

Suits/tuxes: Men's Wearhouse 

Instrumentalists: Heath Morber + Albert Yu + Jonathan Young

Vocalist: Maggie Wolfe

Transportation: Elite Limos

Linens: Elite Entertainment

Invitations: Kelsey Carqueville Designs 

Jeweler: Jack Lewis Jewelers

Hair + Makeup: Something You Salon and Spa

Photographer: Holly Birch Photography

Stephanie + Clayton | Holy Cross + iHotel wedding | Champaign, IL

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Wow! Where do I start with this one?  Stephanie + Clayton are one of the most genuine, kind-hearted couples I have ever worked with and it was truly a pleasure to spend their wedding day with them and their families.  Their wedding day was filled with friends and loved ones from near and far away, including their wedding party who were all funny, energetic, and still cooperative!  Stephanie tied in the blush bridesmaid dresses so well with the blush and pinks throughout the flowers, the vests, the programs, invitations, and reception decor.  The subtle hints of navy throughout tied the whole package together neatly.  

We had talked about going to a park for the couple and wedding party photos, but on the day of, we opted to just go downtown since everyone wanted to hit up a couple of local watering holes.  I'm so glad we did!  The urban/city backdrop was a perfect fit for Stephanie + Clayton and their friends.

The iHotel ballroom was beautifully decorated in more golds and blushes and looked so elegant.  There was not a dry eye in the house when Clayton twirled his mother Page around in her wheelchair for the mother-son dance.  I will never forget that moment.  Following all the important dances, I snuck the couple out for a few post-dusk photos with some off-camera flash techniques.  It's always fun incorporating something new, and these last couple of images were super fun!  Congrats to the new couple!  I wish you many, many years of happiness together! #itsonlyparkhillfromhere

Leave a comment below for Stephanie + Clayton and after 50 comments, they'll receive a complimentary 11x14" print of their choice!!

Contact Holly to book your own wedding or engagement session!

Vendors

Cake: Cake Artist Studio

Florist: Fancy Florals by Nancy | Nancy Zimmerman

DJ: Bugbee's DJ

Caterer: University of Illinois

Officiant: Father Joe

Bride's dress: Michelle's Bridal | Mori Lee

Bridesmaid dresses: Michelle's Bridal

Suits/tuxes: Black Tie Tuxedos, Michelle's Bridal

Transportation: Bishop Limo

Invitations: Shine Invitations

Jeweler: Flora Gems

Videographer: COMPLETE Weddings

Hair + Makeup: Bridal Brigade

Backdrop + Chairs: Elite Entertainment