I met Christy seven years ago, on move in day at the University of Illinois. Her dorm room was right across the hall from mine, which made it easy to become fast friends. Soon we started rolling with the same crowd, affectionately dubbed the "Walrus Loungers". A few months into the semester, Christy and I decided to become part of a roommate swap and move in together--and it was definitely one of the best decisions I made that year! Our friendship grew over the next four years, and one day our senior year, after quite a bit of heckling from our group, she brought Ryan to an event. I've been blessed to enjoy the company of both Christy and Ryan since then, and it's hard to believe that they've been dating for four years now! Ryan has become such a part of our little Walrus Lounge family, and such a great friend to my husband and I, that sometimes I forget he wasn't there with us when Christy and I met that fateful moving day in 2007. I'm so excited to watch them marry this fall, and even more excited to watch their love grow more over the upcoming years :).
During Julie and Shane's engagement session last summer, the two expressed a thought at the same time related to where they wanted to go next for photos. As soon as they realized they said the same thing, they said "Spam!" in unison. They then explained to me that "spam" has become their go-to word for when their minds mesh, and I have to assume that they say it often, since I could tell just after a few hours that these two are so in sync with each other!
Julie and Shane's wedding day started off at their house in Champaign, where the girls had their hair done before retreating downstairs to finish getting ready while the guys got ready upstairs. Once everyone was groomed to perfection, we moved to their ceremony and reception location at the University of Illinois Golf Course. The weather was beautiful for an October day, not too cold or windy, and the trees showed their splendor in orange and yellow hues.
After a beautiful ceremony, we took family photos under the sun and then moved over to a pavilion for dinner and dancing. Of course, the children stole the show, getting their groove on all night long.
Thanks again for having 10,000 Words Photography be a part of your special day, Julie and Shane! It was a blast!
As a Thank You for all my fans' continued support over the past two years, I held a contest on my Facebook page for a free mini-session, where the winner would win a 1-hour photoshoot with me, as well as 10 finalized images after the shoot. Ana was the grand prize winner! As a Animal Sciences/Pre-Vet undergrad at the University of Illinois, she wanted to do a senior portrait session around campus, and as a U of I grad myself, I was very eager to please! We took photos at all the famous spots around campus, including the Alumni Fountain, the Quad, and of course the Alma Mater. We also visited the Animal Science Lab, where Ana spends most of her time in classes. Plus, we had so much fun, and there were so many amazing photos, that I just had to give her more than ten, and ended up editing 20 photos of her instead :).