Julia + Mike | University of Illinois ARC wedding

Julia + Mike are such a great couple. They planned a very beautiful and classy wedding, with the ceremony at St. Matthew and the reception at the University of Illinois Activities & Recreation Center — a first for me! It is a great venue! For the second time this year, I went to the Tumble Inn on a wedding day, as Julia + Mike asked a bunch of their friends to meet us there in between portrait locations. So after a stop at Hessel Park, we moved on to the TI, before finishing up the portraits on the Quad. There was some amazing, high-energy dancing going on at this reception, and I even got in the action myself for a song or two. Now, I don’t want to name names, but there are couple people who make quite a few appearances in the dance-floor portion of the photos below. 😉

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I started out the day by joining Julia at her hotel room, where she was just hanging out with a few friends. I couldn’t believe how calm she was as she fielded phone calls from friends and family!
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We then moved on to the church where Julia got dressed, and first donned her amazing lace top that she designed and had made by a local dressmaker.

Mike looks slightly nervous.

All smiles now though!
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I love this portrait, but I think the shape of Julia’s dress just seals it for me. Lovely!
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Bustling is always such a group effort!
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I love when I get the opportunity to do some outdoor family formals! Desk copies, everyone? 🙂
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This wedding party was so, so cooperative. You guys were all so easy to work with, and I appreciate your willingness to do anything I asked and to stand in the heat! I didn’t hear a single complaint from any of them. 🙂
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Mike’s softball team is the Crack Monkeys, and there was a large contingency of Crack Monkeys present at the wedding. Julia had these cornhole (or bags, if you prefer) boards made for Mike’s birthday, which is next month.
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I have several great photos from the parent dances, but I had to narrow it down to just a few. The one of Julia hugging her dad is one of my favorites from the whole day.
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This one was either Carly Rae Jepsen or Miley Cyrus. Really, it’s a toss-up.
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Vendors
Ceremony: St. Matthew Catholic Church, Champaign
Reception: UI Activities & Recreation Center
Officiant: Fr. John Zilimu
Florist: Blossom Basket
Cake: Cakes by Lori
Caterer: Michael’s Catering
Limo: Starr Limos
Dress: Nicole Miller; Lace top designed by the bride and made by Tina Columbo
Bridesmaid: Von Vonni
Suits/tuxes: Groom – J. Crew; Groomsmen – Men’s Warehouse
DJ:
Star Talent Events
Photographer: Holly Birch Photography




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