Our 2021 wedding season ended on such a beautiful high note as we traveled to Champaign, IL to capture Emily and Ross’ wedding day. Emily and Ross had both graduated from the University of Illinois and these proud Illini alums were excited to show off to their family and friends the place where they had met and fallen in love.
Ross had said that what he was most looking forward to on his wedding day is this – “Having everyone’s attention be on Emily and watching her enjoy the love and support that would be around them, because she deserves it.”
Emily and Ross chose to have the ceremony at St. Patrick Catholic Church. The sacrament was beautifully celebrated and the two sealed their love with a kiss while everyone cheered the start of their life together.
Immediately following the ceremony, the bridal party headed to the charming U of I campus to capture some stunning photos on the quad. As with any winter wedding, the weather is always challenging. Even though the temperatures were dipping into the 20’s, the bridal party did a fantastic job of not letting it show or affect the fun they were having.
With portraits complete, the bridal party headed to the cozy Pear Tree Estate venue for the evening celebration. The moment you walk in the door you can feel the warmth of the fireplaces. You take in the hundreds of candles placed beautifully around the room and it doesn’t take long to warm up from the frigid winter weather. Between the mouth-watering meal, and the heartfelt speeches, Ross was right – it was a beautiful site to see Emily so happy. As the evening progressed, the dance floor quickly heated up when the talented Blues Water Kings Band took the stage to perform.
Much luck and love Emily and Ross, hope you enjoy looking back on your day.
A special thanks to all the vendors who made Emily & Ross’s day beautiful.
Getting Ready Venue: Hyatt Place Champaign/Urbana
Ceremony Venue: St. Patrick’s Catholic Church
Officiant: Fr. Anthony Co.
Reception Venue: Pear Tree Estate
Bridal Dress Shop: Mira Couture
Bridal Dress Designer: Martina Liana Bridal Designs
Bridesmaid Dress Shop: Azazie
Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux
Florist: Flowers by Kristine
Videography: Films By Lydia Stuemke
Papergoods: Truly Engaging by Magnetstreet
Catering: L.A. Gourmet
Transportation: Starr Limousines
Band: Blues Water Kings Band