Kathryn + Wil | Colorful Champaign Country Club wedding

Oh my goodness! My heart! When I first sat down with Kathryn, her mom and sister, we talked a lot about Kathryn + Wil and how they ended up having their wedding in Champaign. Though they both grew up in Champaign, they went to school in Tennessee (and now live there) and her parents currently live in Alabama. It turns out both Kathryn + Wil grew up in Champaign, and Wil's family still lives here. It made the most sense given their childhood and their ties to the community. Don't you just love a good "high school sweethearts" story? <3

Also at that first meeting, there was talk about "Rocky Top" being played (I mean, how could you NOT??). We discussed Kathryn's love of color (like me!). And when Kathryn said the colors would be pink, orange and navy, I was ALL IN.  We met several months later again to go over some last details and I learned that her dress was a Hayley Paige... swoon! They showed me the wedding invitation, and I immediately knew it was a Lilly Pulitzer look they were going for. (And poor Wil had no idea what any of those words meant - ha!)

The day went smashingly well, and I immediately grew to love the antics of Wil and his groomsmen. Throughout the day, several tears were shed by the ladies in the wedding party and mothers, but Kathryn smiled through it all. Sometimes you have to smile to keep from crying, especially when the tears are of happiness and new beginnings.

I am SO happy I was able to witness Kathryn + Wil and their college friends singing along to "Rocky Top" at the cocktail hour. I had been inside photographing details, but came out just in time. It was definitely the highlight of the day, and also the cover photo for this blog post!

Lastly, Wil the Groom = Photobomb World Champion... I find at least 3 "where's Wil?" instances just in this blog post. See if you can find them! LOL ;)

Friends and family of the couple, leave a comment below for Kathryn + Wil, and after 50 comments, they'll receive a complimentary 11x14" mounted print of their choice! Enjoy browsing the photos!


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

To book your own wedding or session, contact Holly!

Ceremony: Holy Cross Catholic Church
Reception & Catering: Champaign Country Club
Florist: Flowers by Kristine
Cake: Cake Artist's Studio
Band: High Cotton
DJ: Bugbee's DJ Plus, Dan Church
Bride's dress: White Dresses, Huntsville, Alabama - Hayley Paige
Bridesmaids: Michelle's Bridal - Dessy
Transportation: Elite Trolley
Linens: BBJ Linens, Chicago
Invitations: Salt & Paperie, Huntsville, AL
Jeweler: Mark Light, St. Louis
Hair & Makeup: Beauty by Llory, Mallory Herges, Champaign

To book your own wedding or engagement session, contact Holly!

Pixels by Emily | Business portrait photographer | Color project

When my good friend Emily from Pixels by Emily saw a few sneak peeks of my #hbpcolorproject (full post coming soon!), she knew she had to have some new headshots in front of the colorful walls!  Emily's branding is rainbow colors, so these portraits fit perfectly! It's fun when I get to incorporate an industry-specific item or location into a business portrait.  What unique places can you think of to help set your business apart from the rest?  I'd love to help!  Contact me to set up your own headshot session.

Jackie + Matt | Urbana Country Club navy + orange wedding


Sometimes as a wedding photographer there are days where things don't go as planned, weather doesn't cooperate and you just have to roll with the punches. Saturday was one of those days as it was the coldest day we've had so far this fall with major wind gusts. So we came up with an alternate plan and ended up doing most of Jackie + Matt's photos indoors at the Urbana Country Club and Barrelhouse 34 who graciously opened their business for us a bit early! We still had a blast though, and I am in love with the window light photos we got at the bar! It's fun being a problem solver sometimes!! :) After Barrelhouse, we also hit up Bunny's Tavern, one of Matt's favorite watering holes. Then it was off to the ceremony and back to the country club for the reception. As an Illini fan, I adored their navy and orange theme (though they didn't choose those colors for their Illini or Bears fandom necessarily!) and had fun incorporating the colors into their ring photos and other detail shots. Jackie + Matt, we had a blast with you Saturday and I wish you both many, many years of happiness together! We definitely need to hit up the Barrelhouse again soon!! Leave a comment below for Jackie + Matt, and after 50 comments they'll receive a complimentary 11x14" mounted print of their choice!

Urbana Country Club getting ready details

Golf course wedding first look

Outdoor first look on veranda

love is sweet ring shots with orange cookie

candid wedding photos at country club

bridesmaids in navy Vera Wang

bridesmaids and groomsmen at fall wedding

trolley wedding party fun

architectural wedding photos in Champaign

bride and groom in front of brick wall

wedding couple in navy and white

awesome wedding couple

beautiful wedding photo with ornate street lamp

Fleurish wedding bouquet

indoor bridal photos with beautiful window light

beautiful bride at Barrelhouse 34

handsome groom at Barrelhouse

groomsmen in navy

fun lovely couple with wood background and light bulbs

bride and groom with wood beams and light bulbs

wedding party on rooftop in central Illinois

fall wedding party in navy and orange

wedding party with urban industrial door

wedding candids and details

bride and groom helping sons get ready

waiting for the ceremony

wedding party entrance

here comes the bride

Urbana church wedding ceremony

exchanging heartfelt vows

happy couple following the ceremony

after dark photos with ice light

orange and navy wedding reception tables

Urbana Country Club wedding reception

toast by the best man

first dance as husband and wife

parent dances with DJ lights and OCF

card and gift table

wedding guests dancing and dabbing

fun reception candid photos

dancing reception at Urbana Country Club

Vendors Ceremony: Unitarian Universalist Church, Urbana Reception: Urbana Country Club Florist: Fleurish, Champaign Pianist: Matthew Gladden Bride's and bridesmaid dresses: David's Bridal Suits: Men's Wearhouse Transportation: Elite Limo Trolley Cakes: Cakes by Lori Cookies: Crumbs Baking Co., Mokena DJ: Pro DJ Entertainment, Urbana Special thanks to: Barrelhouse 34 Hair & makeup: Elise Carlson, Planet Color, Mokena Invitations: Shine Invitations Photographer: Holly Birch Photography