wedding

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

Samantha + Christopher | Eastland Suites courtyard wedding in Normal

I spent a lovely Sunday a few weeks ago working alongside one of my best friends Kristin of kDarling Photography and Sweet Darling Weddings. Kristin had previously photographed the bride’s brother’s wedding, so she knew the family well, and we had a great day in Bloomington at the Eastland Suites.

Samantha + Christopher now make their home in Boston, but they traveled back to Illinois for their vows. The ceremony was held in the beautiful courtyard at the Eastland Suites, and I loved the white petals hanging down from the pergola where the wedding party stood with the officiant.

Samantha chose light pastel florals to contrast against the emerald green bridesmaid’s dress and gold accents sprinkled throughout the entire wedding. Some of my favorite moments from the ceremony were when Christopher wiped away Samantha’s tears during, Samantha’s infectious laugh at the officiant’s words amount Christopher, and the couple presenting each of their mothers with a single rose. I also loved the guitar pics that Sam had custom engraved for Chris!

The reception space was bathed in green uplighting, with again lots of gold accents. We set up a photobooth in one corner for guests to get photos with their families or the couple. We ended the night with a fun sparkler exit, and I love how those turned out!!

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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