Seattle, Washington Couple Says I do in Champaign

Sweet Darling Weddings, creating lasting memories in Central Illinois and beyond.


Taylor was born and raised in central Illinois.  That's what brought this couple back to Champaign from Seattle, where they currently live, to say "I Do" .  With the help of HR Events, planning a wedding while out of state made the process much less stressful.   Where does one even begin to talk about their wedding day?  Taylor's wedding gown from BHLDN was such a beautiful gown. We couldn't stop staring... Taylor truly looked like a princess on her wedding day.  The added belt to coordinate with her bridesmaids' dresses was a perfect touch. 


Between dinner from El Toro, their favorite local restaurant, and gluten-free cupcakes (that were amazeballs) no one should have left hungry. 

While having family members in the bridal party is fairly common, it's not as usual for the officiant to be a family member.  Taylor's grandmother officiated their ceremony and did such a beautiful job.  The love her grandmother has for both her granddaughter Taylor and Chris was apparent by the stories she shared, the looks she gave and the affection she showed.  It was such a sweet, touching ceremony. 


As we sit here seeing news reports of a winter storm coming to central Illinois in the next 24 hours, it’s a perfect time to think back to their beautiful sunshine filled day last summer. Chris and Taylor, we pray you have a lifetime of moments as beautiful as the ones we were able to witness on your wedding day.




Heather and Kristin




Ceremony/Reception Location- The City Center
Bridal Gown- BHLDN Chicago, Designer Catherine Deane
Bridesmaids- Weddington Way
Hair and Make-up- Emma Wendt at Style and Grace Salon and Spa (previously BJ Grand Salon & Spa) 
Groom's Attire- Lee Allison
Groomsmen's Attire- TieBar
Rings- Ferko's Fine Jewelry
Florals- Blossom Basket Florist
Cake- RegCakes
Caterer- El Toro Mexican Restaurant
DJ- Tim Williams
Stationary- Minted
Table Runners- Lottie Brogan Linens

Photo Booth- Sweet Lemonade Photography

Wedding Coordinator- HR Events


Kristin Darling and Heather Wanninger have over 14 years of combined experience photographing the connection between couples on their wedding days in Champaign County, throughout Central Illinois and beyond.  Located in Mahomet, Il, they have photographed weddings in Chicago, New York, and Mexico and are eager to add more locations to their list of destination weddings. 

Are you recently engaged?  Whether you are planning a wedding in central Illinois, in another state or overseas, Kristin and Heather would love to learn more about your plans.   Shoot them a message and SAY HELLO!  They capture love and connection through a fun, relaxed, and creative process providing you with images that will provide you with memories that last a lifetime.