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Today I’m sharing Stephanie and Harith’s romantic wedding day at The Orpheum in Champaign!
Harith and I met freshman year of college. I was in the lobby of my best friend’s, Myra’s, dorm playing board games with her and some of our other friends when he walked by. Myra and Harith had already met, so she invited him to join us. I thought he was really funny, so at first I just wanted to be friends. Once I got to know him better, I started chasing after him. A few weeks later from my very obvious flirting and Harith’s obliviousness, and he asked me out on Halloween. Since then, we have shared over half of our relationship long distance, including when I studied abroad in England, did an internship in Wisconsin for a semester, and when he moved to Florida after graduation to begin his PhD.
Through it all, we’ve always been able to come together. We always know what the other is thinking, and we always make sure that the other feels very loved everyday. We still love to play board games, as well as do things like bowling, go on walks, etc. However, we also both are very much independent people. We have mutual friends, but we also each have our own friends. Harith is pursuing a PhD in Physics and has many friends from that, while I just finished my undergraduate degree in engineering and have many friends from time there. We’re both just super goofy and love learning, specifically about history and science. We also both bonded over a love of languages and exploring different cultures. We’re very excited to go on many adventures together after the wedding!
Over the last year, I’ve enjoyed getting to know Stephanie and Harith as they planned their wedding day… From the emails to phone calls to photographing the two for the first time at their chilly engagement session this past March.
On the morning of their wedding day, we were happy to be back in downtown Champaign for a summer wedding day. We started the morning at Kane & Co. Salon where the girls were getting hair and makeup done. Then it was time to travel to the Hyatt place where the last minute getting ready preparations would take place. And the wedding ceremony would later take place here, too!
At the start of this wedding day, we were thankful to connect with the wedding coordinator from Perfect Glow Weddings & Events. Katie and her assistant Jordan were there to make sure that everything went according to plan, and they did that and more. What a joy to work with this duo!
I always love taking a little time to photograph details during the getting ready portion of the day. And these details were fun! For this romantic wedding day at the Orpheum, Stephanie and Harith were all about the board games. They love to play board games, so it only made sense to put a little spin on the invites + decor paired with their sage green and silver color palette. Plus, I LOVED meeting the sweet Kristine from Flowers by Kristine that morning while photographing details. I’ve worked with her before on past weddings, but this was my first time to meet her. Such beautiful work!
As the bride, groom, and bridal party finished getting ready for the day, we loved taking Harith and his groomsmen around to a few spots in downtown Champaign for photos. Next up, it was time to do the same with Stephanie and her bridesmaids. What a beautiful day it was!
After photos wrapped up and the bridal party was tucked away for a bit, it was ceremony time! I loved this unique ceremony blending two families. During the ceremony, Harith’s parents read from the Quran and Stephanie’s father read from the Bible. It was a true testament to the two becoming one.
Once Stephanie and Harith greeted guests post-ceremony, it was photo time… Then party time! We loved spending a few minutes with the bridal party outside of The Orpheum before they joined the reception. And let me tell you, Stephanie and Harith’s board game reception came alive! Between guests enjoying various board games at their tables to the packed dance floor… It was a celebration for these two with some of their favorite things!
Stephanie + Harith – We loved photogrhaping your wedding day! Thank you for sharing your romantic wedding day with us – it was a joy to document everyone celebrating you two and your love!
Bridesmaid Attire: David’s Bridal | Hair + Makeup: Kane & Co. Salon – Champaign, IL | Ceremony: Hyatt Place Champaign Urbana – Champaign, IL | Wedding Officiant: Rev. Gary Heidt-Johnson | Reception Venue: Orpheum Children’s Science Museum – Champaign, IL | Guest Accommodations: Hyatt Place Champaign Urbana – Champaign, IL | Wedding Coordinator: Katie Gerber at Perfect Glow Weddings and Events – Bloomington, IL | Florist: Flowers by Kristine – Champaign, IL | DJ: Andres Elizondo III | Reception Rentals: Herriott’s + Elite Entertainment | Catering: Nelson’s Catering – Champaign, IL | Cake: The Cake Artist’s Studio – Champaign, IL | Invitations + Paper Goods: Minted
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