southern Illinois

Commercial Project | Cabins in Wine Country at Alto Pass, Illinois


I spent about a day and a half last week travelling down to southern Illinois' wine country near Alto Pass.  I visited 5 different properties, plus stopped off at the Alto Vineyards for a glass (and a bottle to take home!) in the late afternoon. Part of my payment was the opportunity to stay in one of the cabins overnight, and it was nice to relax with a bubble bath, my wine, a book, and then a movie before turning in for the night!  I also made the long drive go much quicker by listening to an audiobook and finally starting the Serial podcast.  I'm hooked! For all your commercial property, headshots, or real estate photography needs, email Holly!

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Amanda + Steven | Alto Vineyards, Alto Pass, Illinois wedding


Amanda + Steven planned a gorgeous winery wedding at southern Illinois' Alto Vineyards. There's an Alto Vineyards location in Champaign too, but this one is the "mothership," so to speak. :) Amanda + Steven have to be one of the most affectionate couples I have worked with lately. Steven could not stop gushing over his bride all day, and it was so, so adorable to witness and photograph. Living in unpredictable Illinois, I don't get to do as many outdoor ceremonies as I'd like, and this one will be hard to beat -- absolutely perfect weather, blue skies with just a few clouds, plus a pond and vines in the background. These two had several personal touches worked into both the ceremony and reception as well, including two friends singing + playing guitar during the sand ceremony, exactly 1,000 handmade origami birds for good luck (made by the couple and some of their wedding party), Instax cameras and film (like Polaroids!) for their guestbook, and beautiful decorations consisting of blue tones, burlap and wildflowers. The food and cupcakes were amazing as well!! Best wishes for your marriage, Steven + Amanda! Leave a comment below for Amanda + Steven, and after 50 comments, they'll receive a complimentary 11x14" mounted print of their choice!

Alto Wine Trail Lofts bride getting ready

winery wedding details

Instax camera guestbook blue burlap details

head table wedding banner

cupcake table in blue and yellow

17 Street catering barbecue BBQ

ceremony candids

bride enters ceremony with her father

groom sees bride for the first time

outdoor sand unity ceremony

ceremony altar

blue skies outdoor wedding ceremony

first kiss ceremony images

pronouncement of marriage

various blue bridemaid dresses

modern wedding party pose

groomsemen with sunglasses

bride with wildflower bouquet

bride and groom in full sun with vines

bride and groom vineyard portraits

bride and groom midday portraits in full sun

blue shoes and Cowboys socks

DJ announces bride and groom

reception candids

bouquet and rings with origami birds

cupcake smash and candids

first dance at Alto Vineyards tasting room

more first dance with off-camera flash

mother-son and father-daughter

garter and bouquet toss

golden hour wedding party images

bride and groom portraits at sunset

ceremony pictures with all the colors

Vendors Cake | Janie's Designer Cupcakes Florist | Flora Bay Farms DJ | 618 Productions Caterer | 17th Street Barbeque Officiant | Melanie Bray-Endres Bride's Dress | BleuBelle Bridal Shop - Savannah, GA - dress by Mikaella Bridal Groom's Suit | Express Hair | Hair Brains Salon (Lynn Kidd), Carbondale Instrumentalists | Kurt Thompson, Lyndsay Manson Photographer | Holly Birch Photography