Dustin & Maddie | Fall Wedding + Outdoor Reception

Dustin & Maddie’s wedding was magical in every way.  The rain stopped and the sun shone just in time for pictures.  The ceremony was personal and heartfelt, the dresses and decorations were beautiful, and on and on.  But was made it possibly the most “important” wedding we had ever photographed, is that is was a family wedding.  That’s right, Dustin is Kristin’s nephew, and Maddie is now her niece!

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Bridal Portraits | Sweet Darling Weddings

Corinne had always wished that she had beautiful images of herself in her wedding dress. However, in the rush of the day her photographer didn't pose her for any portraits by herself. While visiting this week from North Carolina, we took some time to take the portraits she always dreamt of having. Thank you to The Beautiful Blooms Co. for creating a beautiful bouquet for us to use!

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Mike & Casey | Elegant Country Wedding in a Barn | Hudson Farm | Urbana, IL

What happens when you have a couple in love, sweet family, fun bridal party, beautiful venue, gorgeous details and THE MOST ADORABLE flower 'girls' I've ever seen?!  Well, it becomes a memorable and fun day for everyone! This was our first time visiting Hudson Farm and I think the owners Cecil and Joyce, have just as much fun soaking in all the festivities as we do on wedding days.  It was a pleasure meeting them and being able to photograph a wedding on their property.

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Brandon + Shannon | Pear Tree Estate Proposal | Champaign, IL

When Brandon was ready to propose to Shannon, he always knew that he wanted to do something special.  Having been a key player in the building of Pear Tree Estate by completing the electrical work he knew Pear Tree would be a perfect place for not only their wedding but for a surprise engagement.  Brandon contacted his good friends Annie and Lauren, co-owners of L.A. Gourmet Catering and Pear Tree Estate to concoct a plan where their two-year old son Lane was requested to be a part of a styled shoot.

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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.  

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Jon + Kari | Downs Methodist Church | Double Tree Hotel | Bloomington, IL

There was nothing but sunshine last Saturday when Jon and Kari got married at Downs Methodist Church in Downs.  After bridal party pics, everyone enjoyed the reception at Double Tree Hotel in Bloomington.  There were plenty of personal touches throughout the day from gifts shared before the ceremony, candles lit in memory of Kari's brother and Jon's father, photos at the fire station and EMS truck which is fitting since that is where Jon is employed.  

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Bobby + Jenn | Hilton Garden Inn Wedding | Champaign

There are negative people. And there are positive people. There are sad people. And there are happy people.There are people when you are near them, you want to claw your eyeballs out. And there are people who from the first time you meet them, you don’t want your time with them to end.

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Renee + Lee | Bloomington Wedding | Double Tree Hotel

What a beautiful day for Lee and Renee’s wedding!  The bride and groom were eager, and maybe a little nervous, to see each other for their first look.  After they saw each other, you could see them relax into each other and just enjoy the rest of their day.  They were so very happy.  Some couples you can see a little extra glimmer in their eye when they look at their soon to be spouse.

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