Cody + Kelly | Pear Tree Estate | Champaign, IL Wedding Photographer | Sweet Darling Weddings

Cody and Kelly had the most amazing wedding day at Pear Tree Estate in Champaign on June 25th.  But the excitement for us as their wedding photographers actually started the night before. Kelly has been growing her hair out for 3 years for her wedding day.  While Cody had never seen Kelly in short hair he had seen many pictures and always commented on how much he liked her with short hair and asked on multiple occasions when she would cut it.  As a special surprise to Cody, Kelly went to BJ Grand Salon and Spa less than 24 hours before she said 'I do' and cut 11 inches off.  That takes a lot of nerve!  And it was done with a lot of love for Cody and given to Locks of Love! While there, I learned this wasn't the first time Kelly has cut her hair off to donate to Locks of Love.  As a school teacher she meets new kids every year and some of those take a special place in her heart.  There was a little girl named Caity who was in her class 4 years ago, Kelly's first year teaching at Parkside.  Kelly said Caity had a heart of gold and Caity had donated her hair multiple times.  While in Kelly's class, this little girl died suddenly from pneumonia.  As a mom, I can't even imagine the shock, pain and sadness Caity's parents feel losing a child.  Loss of any kind is not easy, but I don't think there could be anything worse than losing a child.  I prayed for Caity's family and hugged my boys a little tighter when I tucked them in that night.  Kelly, after the passing of her student, decided to donate her own hair again in Caity's honor.  Hearing that story as we sat at the hair salon the night before Kelly's wedding made me love her gesture even more.

The first look between Cody and Kelly before the wedding had a little extra excitement in the air as we were all eager to see his reaction not only to his beautiful bride but her new hair do as well. He was surprised and he loved it! Nice job Kelly! He was grinning from ear to ear, the love for her and her hair cut were evident. :-) The first look, the bridal party, the ceremony and reception were all awesome!  Wedding days are always fun for us and it's exciting to see the personal touches each couple puts into their vows, decorations, and other details and their wedding day did not disappoint.

From the dessert tables with never ending bite size treats, personalized sunglasses, 'fan' wedding programs perfect for the 95 degree day, sparkly gold table decorations, and a 'guest book' made out of a pallet was just the beginning of the details that made the day unique.

The most unique and personal touch I've seen at a wedding resulted from sadness unfortunately.  Kelly's father died just a couple months before their wedding day.  The dream of her father walking her down the aisle was dashed.  I lost my own father in a farming accident when I was in high school so when a bride is missing their dad on their wedding day, it tugs at my heart.  Kelly's dad was not physically in attendance but his presence was certainly felt.  Cody giving Kelly a sentimental necklace before the wedding, her mother walking her down the aisle with very few dry eyes watching, talking about him in speeches, and her dancing with many important men in her life while a video of pics of her and her father played on the projection during the 'father-daughter' dance were just a few of the ways in which her dad was remembered and honored.

Lots of special touches in the day.  Lots of love.  Lots of fun.  Lots of smiles.  And a few tears.  Lots of memories made on the day that Cody and Kelly became Mr. and Mrs. Rust.

Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your wonderful wedding day!

XOXOXO,

Heather & Kristin

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Ceremony & Reception Location- Pear Tree Estate

Caterer- L.A. Gourmet

DJ- Crash Events

Videographer- Complete Entertainment

Bridal Gown- Elite Bridal

Hair and Make-Up- BJ Grand Salon & Spa

Groom's Attire- Men's Wearhouse

Engagement ring- Jack Lewis Jewelers

Wedding Bands- Bremer Jewelry

Ceremony arch- Old Oak Vintage Rentals

Florals- Campus Florist

Desserts- Stephanie Shively

Photographer-Sweet Darling Weddings

Bride and bridesmaids at BJ Grand Salon
Bride and bridesmaids at BJ Grand Salon
Bride donated hair to Locks of Love at BJ Grand Salon
Bride donated hair to Locks of Love at BJ Grand Salon
BJ Grand Salon hairstylist and bride
BJ Grand Salon hairstylist and bride
Girls having fun after bride donated hair at BJ Grand Salon
Girls having fun after bride donated hair at BJ Grand Salon
wedding dress on personalized wooden hanger
wedding dress on personalized wooden hanger
wedding dress on custom wooden hanger
wedding dress on custom wooden hanger
wedding dress detail with something old blue garter
wedding dress detail with something old blue garter
custom wedding wooden hanger holds lace wedding gown
custom wedding wooden hanger holds lace wedding gown
Bride with her wedding gown and something old blue family garter
Bride with her wedding gown and something old blue family garter
bride getting ready with BJ Grand Salon stylists
bride getting ready with BJ Grand Salon stylists
bride bridesmaids getting ready on wedding day in robes floral kimonos
bride bridesmaids getting ready on wedding day in robes floral kimonos
wedding shoes family garter invitation and rings
wedding shoes family garter invitation and rings
wedding shoes, rings and other jewelry on invitations
wedding shoes, rings and other jewelry on invitations
Bride's jewelry on glass pear
Bride's jewelry on glass pear
wedding rings on porcelain pear
wedding rings on porcelain pear
beautiful silver diamond ring on white background
beautiful silver diamond ring on white background
bride getting ready with bridesmaids in colorful kimono robes
bride getting ready with bridesmaids in colorful kimono robes
first look of bride and groom
first look of bride and groom
first look of bride and groom
first look of bride and groom
first look of bride and groom
first look of bride and groom
bride and groom outdoors with white flowers
bride and groom outdoors with white flowers
groom getting ready
groom getting ready
bride and groom posing together
bride and groom posing together
bride and groom outside of pear tree
bride and groom outside of pear tree
bride wearing a vail
bride wearing a vail
bride wearing a vail holding flowers
bride wearing a vail holding flowers
bride with red hair
bride with red hair
bearded groom smiling for portraits
bearded groom smiling for portraits
white peonies wedding bouquet
white peonies wedding bouquet
bride and groom farmers in corn
bride and groom farmers in corn
various bridesmaids dresses blush champagne and black
various bridesmaids dresses blush champagne and black
blush black and champagne bridesmaids dresses
blush black and champagne bridesmaids dresses
groom and groomsmen large bridal party
groom and groomsmen large bridal party
large wedding bridal party in champagne black and blush
large wedding bridal party in champagne black and blush
wedding family photos
wedding family photos
3 flower girls wearing baby breath floral crowns
3 flower girls wearing baby breath floral crowns
white peonies flower bouquet with photo of father
white peonies flower bouquet with photo of father
peonies flower bouquet wrapped in white ribbon
peonies flower bouquet wrapped in white ribbon
bride remembering father on wedding day bouquet
bride remembering father on wedding day bouquet
bride wearing a vail that is blowing in the wind
bride wearing a vail that is blowing in the wind
Bride's gift to groom Chief Illiniwek Fighting Illini statue
Bride's gift to groom Chief Illiniwek Fighting Illini statue
wedding programs and personalized sunglasses
wedding programs and personalized sunglasses
wedding flower girls carry balloons instead
wedding flower girls carry balloons instead
Mother of bride gives away daughter since father is deceased
Mother of bride gives away daughter since father is deceased
outdoor ceremony at Pear Tree Estate
outdoor ceremony at Pear Tree Estate
outdoor wedding ceremony at Pear Tree Estate
outdoor wedding ceremony at Pear Tree Estate
bride and groom exchanging rings
bride and groom exchanging rings
bride and groom twist the cord of three at wedding
bride and groom twist the cord of three at wedding
Outdoor wedding ceremony at Pear Tree by pond
Outdoor wedding ceremony at Pear Tree by pond
bride and groom say I do and kiss
bride and groom say I do and kiss
bride and groom celebrate as they walk away from ceremony
bride and groom celebrate as they walk away from ceremony
front of Pear Tree Estate with large lit R
front of Pear Tree Estate with large lit R
custom pallet wood guest book
custom pallet wood guest book
table seating charge in gold framed print
table seating charge in gold framed print
gold sparkly and black table wedding decorations
gold sparkly and black table wedding decorations
bite size dessert table at wedding
bite size dessert table at wedding
gold sparkles and black wedding reception details
gold sparkles and black wedding reception details
Cheesecake wedding cake black white gold
Cheesecake wedding cake black white gold
cheesecake wedding cake wood rustic cake stand
cheesecake wedding cake wood rustic cake stand
a boy and his red tractors at Pear Tree wedding
a boy and his red tractors at Pear Tree wedding
bride and grooms first dance
bride and grooms first dance
groom dancing with his mom
groom dancing with his mom
brides first dance without dad who recently died
brides first dance without dad who recently died
instead of bouquet toss did a lock box
instead of bouquet toss did a lock box
football toss instead of garter toss idea
football toss instead of garter toss idea
Dancing at Pear Tree wedding reception
Dancing at Pear Tree wedding reception
bride and groom walking away at sunset
bride and groom walking away at sunset
bride and groom running out by the crops in country
bride and groom running out by the crops in country
sunset photo in the country with bride and groom
sunset photo in the country with bride and groom