Wedding

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

Sarah + Andrew | City Hall elopement in Urbana

Sarah + Andrew had their wedding date on their calendar for months, but they had to wait to make an appointment to be married at the courthouse. So about 6 weeks out, they contacted the Champaign Circuit Court Secretary and got on the schedule for Friday, April 26. Weddings are performed by judges in the 6th Judicial Court in counties around East Central Illinois and can take place Monday-Friday from 11:30-12:30. The costs is $10. You also have to be sure to get your marriage license at the Brookens Center at least 1 day prior to the wedding, and that fee is $75.

Once Sarah + Andrew had their appointment, she let me know and we got the ball rolling for my photography services. To reserve my services for an hour (that 11:30-12:30 time slot), it’s $100, with a balance of $200 due the week before the wedding, and you receive all the digital images via download. Generally I provide courthouse clients with about 100-150 images, with print release. My contracts are all online and easy/quick to fill out and sign, and then pay securely. I try to make it simple for all involved!

If you or someone you know is considering a courthouse wedding, have them contact me to see if we can work together!

Megan + Sean | Urbana Courthouse weekday wedding

Most of my courthouse weddings happen on Fridays, but Megan + Sean chose a Monday to be joined as husband and wife. It turned out to be a great idea as there weren’t any other weddings that day so we had the hallway and the judge to ourselves! These first two photos are 😍😍😍!

I adore courthouse weddings because they are so intimate and low pressure. I also love that no phones are allowed because it forces the couple and their loved ones to hang around, chat, and connect while we wait for the courtroom to open.

If you or someone you know are considering getting married at the courthouse, please send them a link to my website! I’d love share with them my courthouse wedding photos and walk them through the whole process.