Katie + Jake | Barrelhouse 34 wedding in downtown Champaign

A few months ago I helped Kaitlin Powell photograph a wedding for some long-time friends of hers. We started out photographing the ladies and the details at the Hyatt Place hotel in downtown Champaign. Then I headed on over to Barrelhouse 34 to photograph the ceremony space, the guys, and some more beautiful details.  Barrelhouse is such a beautiful space and worked really well for Katie + Jake's intimate guest list.  Following the ceremony, we took the couple and wedding party down the street for some portraits while the guests mingled in the courtyard for cocktail hour.  In the meantime, the ceremony setup was transformed back into a bar setup with tables and chairs for the guests' dinner from Black Dog Smoke & Ale House.  Katie's pastel-hued wildflowers bouquets pair perfectly with the mismatched pastels of the bridesmaids' dresses.  It was such a fun, unique take on bridesmaid coordination and we loved the challenge of it!  Katie + Jake's butter yellow VW bug was used an additional prop for some of the portraits, and it worked nicely as a backdrop for the floral and rings photos.  I am a bold color type of gal, but I am loving all these pastel hues and the softness of Katie's bouquet -- perfection!  Congrats to the new couple!

Photographed for Kaitlin Powell Photo & Designs.

Emily + Ben | Fall purple + gold wedding at Pear Tree Estate

Gosh, I just love every time I have the privilege of photographing a wedding at Pear Tree Estate, and Emily + Ben's wedding was no exception.  I hit it off with this couple from the get-go with our initial consultation at Starbucks. Emily brought lots of great questions, we had some good conversation, and started making plans.  Then a few months back we met up on the UI campus (Ben's alma mater!) for their engagement session.  I think it's so important to do engagement sessions because it helps me learn about the couple, decide how to pose them, develops trust, and I get to see if they have any issues with blinking, holding smiles, etc.  It also gives me another chance to get to know them a bit better before the wedding day.  Then when Saturday rolled around, we were all comfortable with each other and just got to work!

Emily + Ben planned a beautiful day with deep fall colors throughout all the details.  I loved all the wine bottles and corks on the placecard table, which I worked in to their ring photos.  The purple and scarlett flowers were the perfect stark contrast to the bare trees outside which we used for most of the portraits.  I told them that even though it was colder than average temps outside, we were blessed with some gorgeous light.  And since they planned a 4pm ceremony after the time change, we did a First Look and did nearly all the portraits before the ceremony.  The light was absolutely dreaming streaming through the trees up near Pear Tree's Concorde Room.  Surrounded by family and friends, Emily + Ben stood in front of a warm, glowing fireplace to say their vows.  Ben started tearing up (as he told me he would!), and then I started tearing up!  I also got to work with an outstanding team that day, so be sure to check them all out below!  This was my final wedding for 2017, and I'm thrilled with the results!  Now it's time to rest and recharge through the holidays (while still working on editing and wedding albums -- LOL!) to gear up for 2018.  Bring it on! :)

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Venue: Pear Tree Estate

Cake: Cakes by Lori

Floris: A. Hunt Design

DJ: Bugbee's DJ

Caterer: LA Gourmet

Officiant: Don Christensen

Bride's Dress: Michelle's Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses: Michelle's Bridal

Tuxes: Michelle's Bridal 

Instrumentalist: Molly Madden | Harpist 

Invitations + Programs: Paper Boutique 

Jeweler: Westphal's

Videographer: Maloch Media

Hair: Something You Salon

Makeup: Brittany Koroyanis Makeup Artistry

Cycling sports motion shoot | Custom in-home art piece

Oh my goodness -- this shoot was SO MUCH FUN!  And yet it was one of the most challenging sessions I've had all year!  I knew going in to the shoot that the clients wanted motion blur in most of the photos, and we wanted to try different techniques with them moving and me stationary, both of us moving, and then me moving ahead of them in a truck (driven by their twin HS senior boys).  After my initial conversation with Stephanie, I knew I would need to rent a neutral density filter to be able to slow my shutter speed down enough and not have too much light.  It ended up being a beautiful sunny day, so I'm glad I did!  Without that filter, I wouldn't have been able to properly expose the photo and also catch that blur we were going for.  The ultimate goal for the project was to create a large custom art piece for their bedroom, and I can't wait to see the final printed piece!  Thanks, Stephanie + Clint!

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