Maria + Ross | Champaign-Urbana Wedding

I first met Maria when I photographed her sister, Christiana’s, wedding a few years ago. I loved working with their family because they are so warm and welcoming. When I finished Christiana’s wedding, Maria messaged me to say she loved working with me and couldn’t wait for her future wedding so she could hire me as her wedding photographer. Even though that was four years ago, I’ve never forgotten that sweet gesture and note. Fast forward four years, and I was honored to again work with the Hinders family, and meet Ross and his family for the first time. Maria and Ross were married on a gloomy, turned gorgeous July day. When we met before the wedding day, I knew it was going to be perfect because of Maria’s attention to detail, her amazing style, and her and Ross’ overall excitement to make their wedding day vision come to life. I love the way these photos turned out (that’s why this post is so long!), and I can’t wait for you to see! Scroll down to view all of Maria and Ross’ special day!

Erin + Carl | Fishermen’s Inn Wedding

I first met Erin when she was a student at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois. Who knew our sweet babysitter was going to become one of my lovely clients??! I am always completely flattered to capture a wedding day of someone I know from my personal life. In fact, it intimidates me to death! What if they don’t like their pictures? What if something happens to their pictures? What if, what if, blah blah blah… The point is, working with someone you know is fun and challenging all at the same time, however, I am completely smitten with these photos, and I hope Erin and Carl feel the same 😉.

While I knew Erin from years past, I had never met Carl until we met up for their engagement session last spring. I immediately knew they were going to be a fun couple to photograph. Erin and Carl embody genuine and real personalities and love, which lucky for me, makes for gorgeous photos. Just like their engagement session, the wedding day at Fishermen’s Inn in Elburn, Illinois was beautiful… and it was *hot*! Like over 100 degrees hot (and add in the nats/mosquitoes for a perfect picture of the photo portion of their afternoon 😳-  we did a lot of fanning the bride that day 😁). Nevertheless, they both humored me by sticking it out for their photos, and I am so pleased and excited to share how beautifully they turned out. Erin and Carl, thank you for choosing me to capture your perfect day! I loved working with you and your families, and I can’t wait to see where the future takes you 😘.

*Also, a big shout out and thank you to my second photographer (and great friend) Stephanie. She *rocked* this day with me, and I love continuing to work with her. Check out her work at http://www.stephmphoto.com 🤩😊.*

Sydney + Jacob | Bloomington-Normal Engagement

So happy to *finally* blog this engagement session. Sydney and Jacob were so patient this spring waiting for, well, SPRING! As all of us Central Illinois residents know, the weather didn’t turn until about two weeks ago, so we were thrilled with this day. Sydney really wanted to wait for some greenery to show through in the trees and grass, but never did I think it would be almost May before we had some! Besides the warmer weather, it made my day to catch up with these two. They are so easy going, and their love shows through so perfectly in photographs. We started off the shoot at Merry Ann’s Diner in Normal – the place where Sydney and Jacob had their first date – and then we ventured to Illinois State’s campus to finish our time together. Can’t wait for the big day to arrive in July! Until then, here’s a peek at their engagement session! ❤

Jackie + Matthew | Bloomington-Normal Wedding

Jackie and Matthew’s gorgeous March wedding started off with getting ready pictures at the Marriott in Normal, Illinois. The day was perfect – with the best weather we’d had all year –  and I was happy to be reconnecting with a couple that feel like old friends. Jackie and Matthew’s relationship is so endearing, and they are such a joy to photograph. They laugh, have fun, and incorporate their own story into their wedding day. For example, Jackie requested we shoot a couple photos outside of their ceremony location at Second Presbyterian Church. “Okay,” I said, “Where are you thinking?” And as we walked outside, she and Matthew showed me. “There.” They said, pointing at the parking garage across the street. Although I didn’t quite understand the parking garage’s importance at the time, Jackie quickly shared with me that it was in the middle of the sidewalk, next to the shabby old parking garage, that Matthew had proposed and she had accepted. As it turns out, these photographs became some of my favorites. It is stories like Jackie and Matthew’s that bring a smile to my face. Their relationship is as genuine and true as the two people they are independently. Jackie and Matthew, thank you for entrusting me to photograph your day. Best wishes as you start your new life together as a married couple!

Elizabeth + Zack | Bloomington-Normal Wedding

First weddings of the new year are always exciting, but this year, the first wedding of the year fell on the first weekend of the year – which made for a sunny and snowy wedding day. We all know January in Illinois means it is going to be cold, however, this weekend in particular broke some records – both in the area, and also the record for the coldest wedding I’ve ever shot! The high was 10, but the temperature hovered around 0 all day, with a windchill well into the negative digits! Keeping all of that in mind, you won’t believe the amount of gorgeous pictures we were able to capture outside. Elizabeth and Zack, thank you for entrusting me with you wedding photographs, and allowing me to take you outside (in the negative temperatures) for some amazing wedding pictures. I so enjoyed working with you two and wish you nothing but the best as you start your new married life! Hope you enjoy the post!