wedding

Jill + Jeff | Urbana Country Club wedding

Jill + Jeff were married on the golf course at the Urbana Country Club under a beautiful sunny sky. Their four daughters stood up with them and were in charge of the rings. I was only with them for an hour, but in that short time I got to see them loved on by their families and friends, with a few happy tears thrown in for good measure. :) I especially loved the part of the ceremony where the officiant had them turn around and look at all their guests and imagine all their love and thankfulness for each person in attendance. It was an honor to be a witness to their new union!

Vendors: Urbana Country Club & Champaign Jewelers

Lindsay + Bryan | Cog Hill Golf + Country Club Wedding in Lemont

Lindsay + Bryan hosted a beautiful wedding at the lovely Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont. I mentioned this in my sneak peek on Facebook, but the day from start to end was definitely an emotional one! After both the bride and groom got ready, it was time for Lindsay’s first look with her dad, and that was when the tears started flowing. Then the bride and groom saw each other for the first time, and while it was mostly a sweet and exciting moment, a couple of happy tears were shed then too.

After a short ride from the hotel to Cog Hill, we jumped right into portraits with the bridesmaids and groomsmen and whole wedding party. The two flower girls and ring bearer were the cutest and were so well behaved all day — I have so many great photos of all 3 of them! The day was absolutely gorgeous, and I didn’t have any trouble picking spots with great lighting! The temperature was perfect and I wish all wedding days could be like that — warm in the sun, and cool in the shade with a light breeze. Perfection!

Guests started arriving then, which meant it was nearly time for the ceremony! This venue — SO pretty! I LOVED the wooden beams on the ceiling and how they created so much drama in my ceremony photos. I added just a touch of off-camera flash to light up the bride and groom perfectly, and this ballroom did the rest. And there were more tears, of course! The officiant spoke about loved ones gone too soon, and then also shared some vows from Lindsay + Bryan to baby Liam who is coming at the end of June! That didn’t leave mean dry eyes in the house for sure. :)

During cocktail hour, we took a golf cart out to the Cog Hill barn which is an homage to the farm that originally sat on the land that is now the golf course. We finished up portraits in the hundreds of tulips that surrounded the clubhouse. A funny moment I won’t soon forget was the cake cutting when Lindsay fed Bryan his bite of cake, and then he proceeded to keep feeding himself the cake instead of feeding her! We rounded out the night with the bride and groom’s first dance, parent dances, toasts, and then danced until they shut the place down!

Lindsay + Bryan — I am so happy for you both and can’t wait to meet baby Liam!! Thank you so much for letting me photograph your day!

Ceremony, Reception & Catering | Cog Hill Golf & Country Club, Lemont, IL | Instagram

Cake | Cakes XO, Lockport, IL

Florist | Plainfield Petals, Plainfield, IL | Instagram

DJ or Band | Awesome DJ’s, Chicago

Officiant | Toni Hassett and Patrick Patterson

Bride's dress retailer | Crystal Bride, Geneva, IL | Instagram

Bride’s dress designer | Stella York | Instagram

Bridesmaid dresses | Sorella Vita (Crystal Bride)

Transportation | Ideal Charter

Invitations/Programs | Basic invite | Instagram | Use code: HollyBirch for 20% off!

Jeweler(s) | Little Rock Jewelers, Plano, IL

Hair & Makeup | Czar Salon, Bolingbrook, IL | Instagram

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

Romantic Styled Wedding Shoot | The Reset Conference

The Reset Conference wrapped up this past weekend, and Friday evening I had the privilege of shooting along side Hawaiian wedding photographer Vanessa Hicks. Vanessa planned a romantic styled wedding shoot for us, inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. She chose lots of gold details, as well as a deep wine/burgundy color and lots of greenery since the location itself didn’t have loads of color. We photographed tons of special and intricate details provided by the vendors that Vanessa sought out, from all the way in Hawaii to Lexington, Kentucky. The models were a local-to-Louisville engaged couple named Stephanie + Tyler, and Stephanie is a photographer too!

It was a tiny bit chilly that night, but we had lots of sunshine and the Heigold Facade was such a cool background, unlike anything else I’ve photographed before.

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Thanks so much to all these awesome vendors!!
Conference: The Reset Conference
Planning & Design: Vanessa Hicks Photography Instagram: @vanessahicksphotography
Venue: Heigold Facade
Florals & Decor: State and Arrow Instagram: @stateandarrow
Stationery: Anna Claire Calligraphy Instagram: @annaclairecalligraphy
Hair: Emma Justine Hair Lounge & Spa Instagram: @emmajustinesalon
Makeup: Ellie’s Makeup Artistry Instagram: @ellies_makeupartistry
Bridal Boutique : WhiteHOT Hawaii Instagram: @whitehothawaii
Dress Designer: Ashley & Justin Bride Instagram: @ashleyjustinbride
Cake: Batter and Buttercream Instagram: @batterandbuttercream
Rentals: Reliable Rentals Instagram: @reliablerentalsky
Shoes: Badgley Mischka Instagram: @badgleymischkabride
Ring Box: The Mrs Box Instagram: @themrsbox
Table Rental: Southern Classic Rentals @southernclassicrentals 
Laser Cutting: Light Box Laser Instagram: @lightboxlaser
Models: Stephanie Hardwick & Tyler Thompson