Abby + Justin : Champaign Memorial Stadium Wedding

Justin + Abby were blessed with a gorgeous day for their July 20 wedding. The light for their super-cute First Look and portrait session was about as good as we could have asked for. Abby look stunning in her beautiful gown, and as a fellow redhead, I told her that I thought she chose the color of it very well. :) It had been a while since I had done a wedding at Memorial Stadium, so I was excited to get back there in the Colonnades Club and on the football field. We also all got a sneak peek of the new gigantic scoreboard! Leave a comment below for Abby + Justin, and after 50 comments, they will receive a complimentary 10x15" mounted print of their choice!

Vendors Ceremony: Grace Lutheran Church, Champaign Reception: Memorial Stadium Colonnades Club Caterer: UI Catering Officiants: Terry Groth + Harvey Lange (father of the groom, and grandfather of the bride - so cool!) Florist: Blossom Basket Cupcakes: Cream & Flutter Dress: Michelle's Bridal, Casablanca Bridesmaids: Michelle's Bridal (Bill Levkoff) Suits/suspenders: Macy's Videographer: Sheepshead Studios, Milwaukee, WI Photographer: Holly Birch Photography

Danielle + Konnor : Champaign Hilton + Holy Cross Wedding

What a fun group this one was! We managed to do portrait time and two bars in our allotted time between the ceremony + reception. That's efficient! :) I absolutely loved the lemon candy as part of the decorations, which you can see helped me out in some ring shots below. One of my favorite moments from their day was the mother-son dance. Since having a redheaded son of my own (he's only 3!), I tear up just about every time thinking about how I'm going to have to do that someday. And to top it off with a redheaded groom -- well, let's just say I had to really concentrate on the pictures to keep myself from tearing up! I know, I'm such a sap these days. ;) Thanks, Danielle + Konnor for such a fun day! Leave a comment below for Danielle + Konnor, and after 50 comments, they will receive a complimentary 10x15" mounted print of their choice.

Vendors Ceremony: Holy Cross Church, Champaign Reception: Hilton Garden Inn, Champaign Cake: Cakes by Lori Florist: Flowers by Kristine DJ + Linens: Elite Entertainment Officiant: Dave Sajdak, Holy Cross Dress: Bridal Elegance Bridesmaids: Michelle's Bridal Tuxes: Michelle's Transportation: Larry's Limo Photographer: Holly Birch Photography

Kaite + Phil : University of Illinois Quad + iHotel wedding

Katie and Phil chose Father's Day 2013 to share their vows on the south end of the Quad just in front of Foellinger Auditorium. The weather was absolutely perfect, and my second shooter Colleen and I both raved about how great the light was. I adored the navy bridesmaid dresses with the coral/pink-colored sashes. Such a great color combination! Some of my favorite moments were the guys playing wiffle ball before the ceremony, when Phil cried as Katie walked down the aisle, the dangerous scavenger hunt game at the reception, and when Phil's mom started to cry when she realized their mother-son dance was to "You Are My Sunshine." It's moments like these that remind me I have the best job! Leave a comment below for Katie + Phil, and after 50 comments, they will receive a complimentary 10x15" mounted print of their choice. Thanks for looking!

Vendors Ceremony: Foellinger Auditorium, University of Illinois Quad Reception: iHotel Cake: Erika's Cakes & More Florist: Abbott's Florist Chairs: Champaign Tent & Awning Caterer: UI Catering DJ: Complete Music DJ (Kyle Dietz) Officiant: Rev. Christopher Ansell Dress: Ducky's Bridesmaids: Elite Bridal (Eden Maids) Suits: Men's Warehouse (Black by Vera Wang) Limo: A Ride to Remember Photographer: Holly Birch Photography Assitant photographer: Colleen Deal