Marissa & Ashley: April 22, 2016- Pear Tree Estate, Champaign, Illinois

Marissa and Ashley were planning a wedding through a bit of blind eyes when planning their April wedding date.  These two beauties aren’t from this area- they aren’t even from Illinois:)  But they fell in love with Pear Tree Estate (let’s be honest- who doesn’t)- and that choice of venue left them searching for Central Illinois vendors.  Which led them to me.  And I’m SO thankful it did.

These cutie pies met in college when they both were members of the girls’ basketball team at their school.  They didn’t end up dating though until one of them left to play at a different school!  They’ve since both graduated, survived med school, and just bought a beautiful new home together near Indy!

When chatting on the phone about their wedding plans- I asked timidly (I REALLY wanted to do this…but I try not to push my couples too much out of their comfort zone!)- if maybe, just maybe, we could go off grounds of Pear Tree for a bit and find an outdoor court and do some cute pictures of them playing 1 on 1 against each other in their bridal gowns.  The girls were awesome- they responded, ‘wait, what?  you can do that?’  YES!  I was so pumped for that:)))

Their wedding was absolutely gorgeous!  Pear Tree knocked it out of the park again:)  One of the Pear Tree staff said to me at one point, ‘we host weddings with hundreds of people, and this room full of the smaller group of 100 has more love in it than some of those huge weddings’.  I couldn’t agree more.  This wedding was full of amazing friends and family there to support these beautiful brides and the love they share!

Thank you Marissa and Ashley for being SO wonderful to work with!  I had such a blast with you girls- you put up with my shenanigans, and the geese all up in our photos, and ‘come on, Peter’ in your horrible British accent:)  Thank you so much for such a fun day:)))

Love, Kara

 

Photography: Kara Kamienski Photography
Second Photographer: Sydney Wlodyka
Assistant: Meghan Monkemeyer
Planner/Coordinator: Pear Tree Estate
Florist: Flowers by Kristine
Bridal Gown: The Wedding Studio
Suit/Tux: Nordstrom
Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal
Hair/Makeup: Timothy John Salon
Event Design: Pear Tree Estate
Tablecloths/Linens: Pear Tree Estate
DJ: Party on Productions
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Cake by: Cream & Flutter
Venue: Pear Tree Estate

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To see more head over to the second shooter, Sydney’s blog on her website here!