Hannah + Colin | Downtown Champaign engagement session | Friday Night Live

Colin + Hannah are getting married at the end of July, and they came home the first weekend in June to wrap up some wedding preparations. We planned on a Friday evening session, and I had totally forgotten that it was the first night for Friday Night Live, and dance dress rehearsal at Virginia Theater for a local dance studio. So downtown was definitely jumping! We finally found places to park and then the session couldn’t have gone any more smoothly. These two glided into every pose naturally and effortlessly, so I know we’re going to make magic on their wedding day!! Can’t wait!!

Bianca + Thomas | Japan House engagement session

Bianca + Thomas told me from the get-go that they are quirky and weird and they definitely wanted to play that up for their engagement photos. I definitely got several photos of them sticking their tongues out at each other and a few with some funny poses, though those didn’t quite make the cut for the blog — LOL. I’m sure there will be some from the wedding though!! I love how after a few minutes of us getting comfortable together during the session, they both relaxed a little and we settled into a good groove! Keep an eye out at the end of October for their Halloween-themed wedding!

Laura + Bob | Downtown Champaign engagement session

Have I mentioned before that I love when I get the chance to photograph a sibling that I’ve photographed before?? I am truly honored that Bob + Laura (whose sister’s wedding I photographed a couple years ago) chose me to photograph their wedding! I still remember Bob offering to help me with my flash equipment when we were forced indoors while a storm rolled through that day. Laura emailed me a few months ago to ask about my services and availability, and we three had a lovely chat over some house-made chips at Harvest Market. I’m looking forward to their wedding at iHotel next May!

So, cute story — these two met at Destihl in downtown Champaign so that’s where we decided to meet up that evening. We made sure to get a few photos with the sign in the background, ad the lovely pink trees were still blooming so we took advantage of those too. It was a gorgeous evening out, so we enjoyed a lovely stroll around downtown and then West Side Park to round out the session. We got so many cute images — it was hard to narrow them down for this blog post! I especially love the candid ones of them laughing!! <3