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Michele + Aaron | Wedding at the Barn at Woodworth in Onarga

The best wedding days are the ones where little things go wrong, but no one notices because 1) everyone works together to solve problems, and 2) everyone is so happy for the couple that they don’t care to notice. Michele + Aaron’s wedding was one of those days. We had not 1 but 2 bridesmaid dresses break (thank goodness for safety pins!) and no one remembered Michele’s veil before she went down the aisle. But you know what? None of that mattered. Because at the end of the day, they were married And apparently, it was #AboutTimeSchoolman. LOL — love that hashtag.

Michele + Aaron have two beautiful children who were involved in every part of their day. We made sure to take some family photos, and it was adorable with their son walked up to the altar during the ceremony and then shushed the crowd. :) Both kids snuck in during the first dances too!

I was especially excited leading up to their wedding too because it was in a new-to-me venue, the Barn at Woodworth, near Onarga. It was a super cool barn with a loft, and a separate house for the wedding party to relax and get ready in. It is always nice to have everything in one location too as it makes the timeline go smoothly, and it gives me a chance to get reception details before the reception.

I am so happy for you, Michele + Aaron. I hope you’re enjoying your honeymoon!!

Ceremony & Reception | The Barn at Woodworth, Onarga, IL

Catering | The Last Call, Penfield, IL

Cake | Cream and Flutter, Champaign, IL | Instagram

Florist | Heaven’s Design Floral, Watseka, IL

DJ or Band | Pitch Perfect Productions, Bloomington, IL

Officiant | Gary Minard

Bride’s Dress Retailer | Elite Bridal, Champaign, IL | Instagram

Bridesmaid Dresses | Michelle’s Bridal, Urbana, IL | Instagram

Shoes | David’s Bridal, Champaign, IL | Instagram

Suits/Tuxes | Michelle’s Bridal, Urbana, IL | Instagram

Hair & Makeup | Taylor Glazik & Mattie Duits

Jeweler | Helzberg Diamonds | Instagram

Invitations/Programs | Minted | Instagram

Photographer: Holly Birch Photography, Illinois-based photographer available for destination weddings

Beth + Ryan | Buena Vista Farms Wedding | Chapin, Illinois


I told myself this year that I was going to refrain from talking about the weather on every single wedding I posted, but the weather was too crazy and too much a part of Beth + Ryan's day to avoid it! You'll notice that during our portrait time before the wedding, it was as bright and sunny as could possibly be, and we struggled to find shady spots big enough for the entire wedding party! Then you'll see the sky starts to get darker and darker until it was a deep, gorgeous blue behind the pergola for the ceremony. I was really hoping to catch some lightning in the background, and though I was trying to constantly shoot throughout the double-quick ceremony, I didn't catch a bolt. :( As soon as the wedding party was out of the ceremony area, the rain unleashed. And it rained and rained pretty hard for a while, quickly flooding the tent, and making a few of the vendors very nervous. It eventually cleared up though, leaving us with a beautiful rainbow and deep orange sunset. The weather for sure likes to keep me on my toes! Please enjoy these images from Beth + Ryan's wedding near Chapin, Illinois, at Buena Vista Farms. Leave a comment below this post with a comment for Beth + Ryan, and after 50 comments, they will receive a complimentary 11x14" mounted print of their choice!

navy wedding details

navy yellow wedding flowers details

gray navy wedding party

Buena Vista Farms wedding portraits

yellow gray wedding portraits

wedding ceremony pergola

stormy wedding ceremony

quirky wedding details

yellow white wedding flowers and rings

wedding first dances

wedding tent reception

rainbow sunset wedding photos

wedding reception dancing off-camera flash

VENDORS Ceremony + Reception: Buena Vista Farms Cake: Andy's Custom Cakes Florist: Ashley's Petals and Angels Caterer: Hamilton's Catering DJ: Dave Isaacs Planner/Coordinator: Teri Guttier Officiant: Matt Sands, friend of the couple Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal Tuxes/Suits: Men's Warehouse Invitations: Magnetstreet Hair + Makeup: K-Ceraz Salon and Spa Photographer: Holly Birch Photography Assistant photographer: Teresa Klokkenga, Love the Light Photography