Maddie + Bryan | Willow Creek Farm

Maddie and Bryan’s beautiful Christmas themed wedding last December at Willow Creek Farm was so special. They grew up knowing each other but didn’t really connect until after they graduated from the University of Illinois. Since then, it’s been three years and they have been inseparable. In addition to the Christmas theme, Maddie used inspiration from her love of Hallmark movies to decorate their venue. 

Willow Creek Farm is a stunning local venue, and I absolutely love photographing weddings there! It’s an incredible combination of rustic yet modern. In addition to getting photos there, Maddie and Bryan chose to take pictures at the Colonnades Club at Memorial Stadium and the 50 yard line on the field at the University of Illinois. 

Although it was a super windy and cold December day, it didn’t take away from the beauty of the day. I loved all the Christmas touches and decorations; the cookie and candy cane table were perfect. An amazing moment of the ceremony was when Maddie surprised Bryan by having his Urbana Police colleagues walk down the aisle as flower men. The entire day was a loving celebration of Maddie and Bryan surrounded by their closest friends and family.

“A happy marriage is a long conversation which seems too short.”

Andre Maurois


Officiant: Brad Wakefield

Event Coordinator: Traci Lipps Willow Creek Farm

Cake: Sweet Designs 

Caterer: Traci Lipps Willow Creek Farm

Florist: Prairie Blooms

DJ: Ryan Ideus 

Rings: Kay Jewelers and Manly Bands

Bridal Gown: Elite Bridal 

Bridesmaid Attire: Azazie   

Groom Attire: Michelle’s Bridal and Tuxedo 

Groomsmen Attire: Michelle’s Bridal and Tuxedo 

Hair and Makeup: Hansen & Co. Beauty Lounge

Linens: Willow Creek Farm

I want to tell your story

Wedding photographs should tell the full story: the candid joy; the family photos grandma loves; the dance photos that leave everyone feeling connected long after the music stops playing…we get to know each other throughout the planning process – that’s why every package comes with engagement photos as well. So by your wedding day, we’re old friends, you’re comfortable with my camera, and your moments are genuine and never forced.

March 22, 2022


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