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Hi! I'm Hilda, the owner, photographer, secretary, book keeper, photo editor and album designer of Angel Eyes Photography. I'm non-stop but I'm doing what I love. I especially enjoy weddings, hanging with cool couples, being in the company of chubby babies, and going on photographic adventures. Welcome to my blog. If you like what you see please leave a comment!



Hotel Arista wedding Naperville, IL | Chicago wedding photographer | Shannon and Steve



Shannon and Steve’s wedding was filled with unique touches, I loved all the fun details…top hat, walking cane, white gloves, peacock feathers…this wedding had it all! The best part though (for me anyway) is how much trust they put into their vendors. That’s how it should be! You do your homework, you get referrals, but the day of the wedding you just let your vendors do their ‘thing’ and you get enjoy the reward of all the planning!  Shannon & Steve, hope you love your photos as much as I loved creating them :)
Hair Decorations for Bridesmaids and Bride - sweet grass mill from Etsy
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 Bridal Gown - Wolsfelt’s
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 Makeup Artist - Jennifer Lee Johnson, Inc. 
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I’m not kidding when I tell you I lost my mind when I took this photo, it’s my all time #1 favorite artsy photo EVER!!!
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  Venue - Hotel Arista  I loved everything about this place, and cannot wait to go back!!
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First looks do not take away from the emotions of the ceremony…see?
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Oh, yeah! Did I mention the rings arrived on a shark, yep they did!! It was a surprise from the groom :D
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Officiant - Anita Vaughn
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Love working with Anita, not only are her ceremonies heartfelt and funny, she knows to step aside during the first kiss.
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 Flowers (Centerpieces, Boutonnieres, Corsages) - Jane’s Blue Iris Ltd.
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Cake - The Cakery
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 DJ - Dj Harsh  Highly recommend him!!!
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From the Bride….
‘Venue - Hotel Arista - They had the contemporary look we were looking for and they could accommodate our large wedding very easily. The service was amazing! Davina, the wedding planner, was fabulous. She had great ideas. The service, from the food to the hospitality staff, was excellent! I can’t wait to go back! - http://www.hotelarista.com/
 
Jewelry - Harry W. Yaseen Jewelers - Larry (the current owner) has an amazing array of jewelry. I absolutely love my engagement ring and wedding band. My wedding necklace and earrings are blue pearls. They are so pretty and unique. The service is top notch! Also all price points are offered. If you are in Naperville, please stop in a take a look. - http://www.yaseens.com/
 
Tuxes – Black Tie Formalwear – Naperville – They were able to provide us with a wide range of colors and styles. Plus they could accommodate many sizes. The best man is almost 7 ft tall. They were a ton of fun to work with. - http://www.blacktietuxes.com/location_naperville.asp
 
Bridesmaids Dresses - twobirds Bridesmaid – We actually tried on these dresses at a shop but I ordered them directly from the manufacturer. They were happy to send samples of the colors and answer any questions. Plus I loved the convertible dress idea. The emerald color is gorgeous. - http://twobirdsbridesmaid.com/
 
Bridal Gown – Wolsfelt’s – This is actually the first place I tried on dresses. They have a variety of sizes and styles. I got to try on the most dresses at this shop. The experience was fun, and the staff was so friendly. I also did not feel rushed as I did at other places. My mom also found her MOB dress there. Plus the alterations department can’t be beat! I really love my dress and veil! - http://www.wolsfelts.com/.
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Hair Decorations for Bridesmaids and Bride – sweet grass mill from Etsy – Jade (the owner) was a joy to work with. I scoured the internet looking for the right peacock hair acessories for me and my bridesmaids. She was professional and sent things very quickly. I think all the hair fascinators are very well made. I highly recommend her work. - https://www.etsy.com/shop/sweetgrassmill
 
Flowers (Centerpieces, Boutonnieres, Corsages) – Jane’s Blue Iris Ltd. – We worked with Jane to figure out our centerpieces because we wanted to incorporate lights. It was great to put all three of our heads together to come out with a wonderful idea for them. They took my peacock theme and completely ran with it. They did a phenomenal job!!! - http://www.janesblueiris.com/
 
Bridal and Bridesmaid Bouquets – I made them myself out of coffee filters. :)
 
Makeup Artist - Jennifer Lee Johnson, Inc. - Jennifer was a blast to work with. She had great ideas and also listened to what I wanted. Heck even the trial was a blast! -http://www.jenniferleejohnson.com/
Hair – I had two hairdressers come to take care of all the gals. Angie Borzym of Lockport (815-685-5740) and Joanne Vick of McHenry (815-344-2307) did wonderful work! Angie took all my suggestions (not a lot of curls and a braid) and make a super unique hairstyle. These women really know what they are doing. They had to take care of 6 women and only 2 of them had trials done beforehand. Seriously they do great hair!!!
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Photographer - Angel Eyes Photography - Hilda Burke - Hilda and Carol did a phenomenal job. They were so much fun to work with and so flexible. Plus they captured who Steve and I are an a couple. And talk about creative!!! The pictures have been drool-worthy!!! Seriously HIRE THEM!!! - http://www.angeleyesphotography.com/
 
DJ - Dj Harsh - Dj Harsh is fun loving and oh so funny. But he knows when to be serious about the music. He did a great job announcing and Djing. He handled really wacky requests with aplomb. He is also great about giving you suggestions when you are a ta loss of what song to pick for something. Be prepared to laugh! http://djharshchicago.com/
 
Officiant - Anita Vaughn - Anita Weds – Anita was phenomenal as our officiant. She came up with creative ideas of how to do what we wanted and really made our ceremony ours. She fully embraced our geeky side. We had so much fun with her! http://www.anitaweds.com/
 
Cake - The Cakery - Bob and his crew did an amazing job on our cake. It not only tasted really good but it also looked beautiful. And Bob is so creative. I was not worried when I told him what my colors and theme were and let him do his thing!!! http://thecakeryinc.com/
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 I think my dress and veil was my favorite purchase. Everything just came together so easily from the shoes to the jewelry.

My favorite wedding memory? Man, there are so many good ones. It is really hard to choose. But I think the one that comes to mind is when I saw Steve for the first time once we were all ready to go. It was such a beautiful moment full of emotion and love. He blew me away with how good he looked in his tux. To follow that, it was so neat to everyone all dressed up and looking so good. We felt surrounded by love and happiness.

 Something I would have done differently? The planner in me wants to give you the answer while the bride in me wants to give you a completely different answer. So first the bride’s answer is I would not change a thing. The day was full of love, and we were surrounded by family and friends. And I got married! Ok now the planner in me. I wish I had asked for some of the “special” parts of our wedding to be announced or explained better to our guests. For instance, we had a photobooth that would provide the pictures for our guest book. Some of our guests took full advantage of it but I know some guests did not figure out the photobooth was there until later. Was it really a big deal? No but it is still something that bugs me a little bit after the fact.

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 Here are the tips I found invaluable:

1. Something will go not quite how you want on your wedding day so make peace with it now. Once your wedding day is here, you just need to relax and go with the flow. Everything will work out as it should. Really the main thing is that you get married to the one you love! 2. Do your research. By this I mean, read books and blogs. Now I would recommend books such as “Offbeat Bride” and “A Practical Wedding”. Websites like The Knot and Weddingwire are not bad. I did use them but the one that really helped me emotionally was OffbeatBride.com. It helped knowing I was not alone in the problem I was facing or how I was feeling. 3. Choose good vendors. They are there to support you and make your day what you want it to be. Also trust them. You, the bride, do not have to know everything that happens in a wedding, especially if it is your first one. Let your vendors give you tips because they do this day in and day out. Yes I can tell my cake baker what color I want the cake to be but I also ask him to help me in designing how the cake will look. I am not a cake decorator but I can hire one that does good work and trust that he will do a good job. Let your vendors do what they do best. Or why hire them in the first place? 4. Pinterest is lovely for ideas but understand that centerpiece you are drooling over may only look effortless because it costs a ton of money. Use the pictures for inspiration, not trying to copy that look or item exactly. You want your wedding to be unique, not a copy of someone else’s vision. 5. Don’t be afraid to dream big and make this wedding your own.”

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Artistic portraits | Chicago portrait photographer | Unique photos | Whitney



I love photographing portraits! All these were done in or around my studio/office at 7132 N. Harlem Chicago. Whitney is such a good model, here are some favorites. E-mail me to set up your session hilda@angeleyesphotography.com

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Here’s proof that you can be sexy with clothes on!

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Pleasant Home, Chicago suburb of Oak Park, Illinois | unique wedding venue | Steampunk theme open house



Pleasant Home is a Prairie Style house museum located in the heart of Oak Park. If you are looking for a truly unique venue to host your even this is the place for you!  They recently had a Steampunk themed Open House, below are some photos, enjoy!

Flowers by Fairy Godmothers.

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 Joseph , DJ Vourteque.

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 Orange Dreamsicle Cocktail by Food Obsession.

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 Bay Scallops by Food Obsession.

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 Brussels Sprouts by Food Obsession.

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 2MayToz Catering.

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  The Monkey’s Gland Cocktail (Gin, Absinthe, OJ and Grenadine) from Fig Catering.

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Brown Basmati Rice from  Fig Catering.

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Flowers by Fairy Godmothers

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Thomas Holmes is a very talented artist!

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Steampunk cookies from Fig Catering.

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For more information on  Historic Pleasant Home please contact Sarah Najera Event Coordinator, (708) 383-2654




Royal Fox Country Club, St Charles IL wedding reception | St. John Neumann Catholic Church | Jacqueline & James



Where do I even start with these two? I just love them.  From out first meeting we clicked instantly,  they hired me on the spot! Working with them and their families has been an absolute joy. And speaking of families, Jacqueline and James are expecting twins!! My assistant Carol and I are so happy for them :) Congratulations!!!! (PS. Carol is a wonderful family/newborn photographer, take a look at her website Today Everlasting Photography)

Shoes: Tahari

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Chicago florist, bridesmaids flowers

Flowers: A Perfect Petal

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This is the first time I have ever seen five girls carry one wedding dress…and it did have the longest train I have ever seen!

 Wedding Dress: A L’Amour Bridal Boutique

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  Jewelry: Huang’s Trading Co.

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I think she looks like a young Liz Taylor here, no?

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 Makeup: Fringe - A Boutique Salon Hair by: Jacque Steinke (hair.byjacquelyn@yahoo.com)

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Chicago photographer, Hilda Burke, Angel Eyes photography

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Transportation:  Naperville Trolley

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My favorite groomsmen photos, probably ever!

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Seriously, can you imagine how gorgeous their babies are going to be?

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OMG!! LOVE!!

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This is the spot where they had their first kiss…..everyone all together now…awwww.

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The reception was at the Royal Fox Country Club. I hope to go back someday soon and enjoy some more of these delicious bacon wrapped scallops.

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Shoes: Tahari | Jewelry: Huang’s Trading Co.

Purse: Lill Studio Custom Handbags | Hairpiece: Wedding Belles LTD | Veil: Crystal Bride

Bridesmaid Dresses: A L’Amour Bridal Boutique by Bill Levkoff | Wedding Dress: A L’Amour Bridal BoutiqueBrand: Pronovias (Rose)

Tuxedos: Men’s Wearhouse

Makeup: Fringe – A Boutique Salon Hair by: Jacque Steinke

Flowers: A Perfect Petal

Transportation:  Naperville Trolley

Cake: Oak Mill Bakery

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Chicago headshots | business head-shots | portraits | on line dating profile photos



Why get a professional headshot when you have a perfectly good camera you can use to take shot yourself?   According to the Success Matters website… ‘Well, quite simply, it’ll look homemade.  It’ll look unprofessional, and it’ll make you look cheap. It won’t capture you in the best light, at the best angle, and it certainly won’t capture that perfect expression which exudes your personality.These are the things that you should pay a professional photographer to do for you, because they are skilled at how do all of those things! ‘  Read more here.

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They can be done on your lunch hour at my office 7132 N. Harlem Chicago. Please note, headshots are by appointment only.  Email me today to set up your appointment.

hilda@angeleyesphotography.com





Ceremony St. Cyril & Methodius in Lemont | Patrick C. Haley Mansion in Joliet, IL wedding reception | Heidi and Eric



I always wanted to photograph at the Patrick C. Haley Mansion in Joliet. So when Heidi and Eric hired me to photograph their wedding there I was beyond thrilled!!! This historic mansion is now officially one of my favorite venues in the Chicagoland area.

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 Dress :“Bernadette” by Maggie Sottero.

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 ShoesBadgley Mischka 

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Hair & Makeup: Jeffrey Lamorte Salon in Lemont.

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 I saw this red room and I was pretty sure I was in heaven.

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 I mean come on!!! How gorgeous is this Bride? WOWZA!

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 St. Cyril & Methodius in Lemont.

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 CakeOak Mill Bakery

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From the Bride…

Venue: Patrick C. Haley Mansion in Joliet, IL.  Absolutely no other venue compared to the Haley mansion.  I was in awe from the moment I stepped inside. I would recommend this venue to every bride. It’s pricey, but it’s worth every penny! It was everything I had always dreamed of for my big day. Victorian elegance, professional wedding planners, white glove butler service, and amazing food and top shelf cocktails. In a word…perfection.
 
Church:  St. Cyril & Methodius in Lemont. This was the church Eric and I both had attended while growing up, and I had always pictured myself walking down the aisle there.
 
String Quartet: Symphony Sounds. LOVED them! Beautiful orchestral music that truly made our ceremony special.
Flowers: Renata Chmielniak was so wonderful to work with! Her passion and excitement for flowers was truly contagious!  She understood exactly the look I was going for. She could see my vision and was just as excited as I was…maybe even more!
 
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Cake: Oak Mill Bakery  I was very satisfied with my experience with Oak Mill Bakery. Did a tasting, picked the design…bada bing bada boom. No issues. The cake was delicious and looked exactly like I had imagined. Here’s to hoping the top tier tastes just as good on our anniversary.
 
Dress: “Bernadette” by Maggie Sottero, bought at Eva’s Bridal of Oak Lawn. I only tried on 6 dresses and this was the one I kept going back to. Bought it the same day, no need to sleep on it. This was the dress I knew I’d be married in.
 
DJ: Style Matters, Nate.  This was the only vendor that we were disappointed with. Our DJ, Nate, didn’t listen to any of our music requests and pretty much played a cookie-cutter wedding playlist from 3 years ago. I should have just plugged in my ipod, at least my music is current.
 
TuxesMen’s Wearhouse. What can I say, the guys all showed up and looked good. Mission complete.
 
Shoes: Badgley Mischka  I could lie and say that they were comfortable to wear for 12 hours….but beauty is pain and I absolutely loved my shoes.
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Hair & Makeup: Jeffrey Lamorte Salon in Lemont. Melissa did my hair and it was exactly as I always wanted it: a simple, clean sophisticated up-do. I had so much fun with her doing the hair trials.
 
Favorite memory: feeling my heart pound as my dad walked me down the aisle towards my future husband. That, and also when the priest kept mispronouncing my name. I am now known as Haydeee.
 
Advice: do your wedding hair trial on the day of your bridal shower. I’m not good at styling my own hair, so I used that opportunity to feel extra special with my fancy updo at the shower.
 
Favorite wedding related purchase: Angel Eyes Photography, duh! Hilda is truly amazing! I She can make anyone feel comfortable in front of the camera. She’s so fun and down-to-earth. Hilda’s an artist, a photographer, gal pal, comedian, and stylist all rolled into one. She and her wonderful assistant Carol do everything they can to capture the beauty and special moments of your big day.’
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Chicago model shoot, Double Tree Hilton Hotel in Arlington Heights, Portrait/fashion photographer



I recently did a shoot for the  Double Tree Hilton Hotel in Arlington Heights below are some of my favorites. Thanks to Meg and Patrick for modeling :)

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Fountain Blue in Des Plaines, IL wedding reception and ceremony | Ryan & Ryann | Chicago wedding photography



Just so no one is confused, Ryann is the Bride and Ryan is the Groom. The Grooms sister recommended me, (thanks Erin!) I shot her wedding a few years ago…her little girl is the adorable flower girl. The ceremony and the reception was all in the same place, at the Fountain Blue  in Des Plaines.

Shoes from Nordstrom

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 Dress: Jasmines in Lombard

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  Jewelry from Nordstrom.

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Helloooo sexy!!

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 Hotel: Radisson

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 Flowers: Flowerville in Park Ridge

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The kids waiting for the ceremony to start….love this photo ;)

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  Venue: Fountain Blue in Des Plaines, IL

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 Reception time. Up lighting makes a difference! Yes it’s worth the money.

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 Flowers: Flowerville in Park Ridge

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 DJ: Sounds Abound

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 The speeches were great!

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 From the Bride….

‘Venue: Fountain Blue in Des Plaines, IL – people are very easy to work with, very accommodating and willing to work with us on prices.  Only down fall, when we put the deposit down on the the tent “Lion’s Gate Pavilion” little did we know 4 months before our wedding we would be going to a town hall meeting regarding noise violations. We were almost told to find another location for our wedding, but fortunately we were able to stay.  Unfortunately for them they are unable to use the tent as of the new year. Phew……

Dress: Jasmines in Lombard- loved the “say yes to the dress” experience.  had a lot to pick from and the staff was amazing. Also got all the Bridesmaid dresses there too.  They give the bride and bridesmaids discounts if both are purchased there.  The only down fall is the alterations department.

Cake: Central Continental Bakery in Mount Prospect- Horrible.  The pictures that we agreed on for design looked NOTHING like what they made.  It looked like a 4 year old made it, it was even lopsided.  They are the bakery that the venue uses and because of all the issues with the town, Fountain blue didn’t make us pay any up charges for it.  However that is why i think it looked so awful

Flowers: Flowerville in Park Ridge- Loved loved Loved them.  So easy to work with and gave great advice and the prices are amazing.

DJ: Sounds Abound in Naperville- great to work with from the beginning and able to resolve an issue with the banquet halls sound system.  Had the guest entertained all night.

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Shoes and Jewelry: Nordstrom!!!!  | Makeup and Hair: Rachel and Kasie.  LOVE THEM!!!!!!!!

Hotel: Radisson: perfect location….. right next door.  Pretty accommodating give me and the bridesmaids a conference room for free to get ready in.

Tuxes: Mens Wearhouse- super easy.  why is everything for the men so easy?!?

Our favorite wedding related purchase: Not to be a butt kiss, but YOU!!!!!! We could not imagine the day going any more smooth.  You made us laugh and made us remember why we were there.  because we love each other.

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Memory: Ryan says me walking down the isle.  And I say our personal vows we wrote for each other.

Something you would do different: Worry less through out the whole process and enjoy more, even the little tedious things.  it is all worth it at the end.

Advice: Random but….* Do not have your wedding shower less then a month before your wedding. I was scrambling to get thank you notes out and our office housed all our presents for far to long after.

*Yes you can listen to other peoples opinions but at the end of the day do what you want and remember its the one day that is really all about you and your husband.  No one else.  Its okay to say NO   ( i swear i was not a bridezilla)

*When you get alterations, do not leave there until you are 100% satisfied.  Even if you have to try multiple ways to get it perfect.  Then you wont be obsessing over your boobs like i did ;)

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Assumption Catholic Church ceremony, Fulton’s on the River Chicago wedding reception, Marianne and Brian



This was the first wedding where I got to go on a Water Taxi with a Bridal party!  It was so much fun!!  Also this wedding party was one of the most supportive I’ve ever seen. They did everything they possibly could to help the couple.  It was an absolute pleasure working with them :)

Flowers by Ashland Addison Florist.

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Dress:  Tara Keely by Lazaro, purchased at Bella Bianca in Oakbrook, IL.

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Shoes: White glittery TOMS

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Jewelry: Left Bank

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Hellloooo gorgeous!! Hair & Makeup: Holly Kasprisin of Chicago Bridal Hair & Makeup

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Church: Assumption Catholic Church

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The rain didn’t stop us!

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Everybody was happy to have the newlyweds on board :)

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 Venue  Fulton’s on the River

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 DJ:  Toast & Jam

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Church: Assumption Catholic Church in River North

Venue: Fulton’s on the River. It was the first and only venue we looked at, and we knew right away we had to have it. We felt this venue really fit our personalities. It also had that urban feel we were looking for and beautiful city views. The staff was wonderful and attentive, and had great attention to detail. We got many compliments from our guests on the venue as a whole, especially the food!

Shoes: My shoes were white glittery TOMS. I was comfortable the whole day and never had to waste a minute worrying about how my feet hurt. Also, because of the TOMS “One for One” movement, by me purchasing these shoes someone in need also got a pair!

Jewelry: My earrings were from the Left Bank in Lincoln Park. My bracelet was my “something borrowed” from my good friend Heather Venkatesh.

Flowers: The flowers were one of my favorite wedding elements. I am a very creative person with many ideas and “visions”, and Meghan Riley from Ashland Addison Florist absolutely nailed it on our flowers. She took the idea in my head and brought it to life perfectly. The flower arrangements included my favorite flowers (hydrangeas), as well as dusty millers, silver brazilias, and echeverias to bring in the grey/silver tones.

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Dress:  Tara Keely by Lazaro, purchased at Bella Bianca in Oakbrook, IL.

Hair & Makeup: Holly Kasprisin of Chicago Bridal Hair & Makeup did my hair and makeup. I am very particular when it comes to my hair and makeup, and I was thrilled with how it all turned out. Holly was so sweet, and my makeup and hair stayed intact all day/night!

Tuxedos: Formally Modern Tuxedo in Lincoln Park

Cake: It was a red velvet cake, and from West Town Bakery in the Ukrainian Village. Delicious!

DJ: Our DJ was Ruby from Toast & Jam. She had the dance floor packed all night!

Favorite Wedding Memories: Since I have so many, I couldn’t possibly pick one so I narrowed it down to three.

1. When my limo turned the corner on the way to the church. I saw Brian, the groomsmen, and our dads walking toward the church, I got so excited and couldn’t wait to bust out of the limo and get in there to marry Brian! It was at that moment that everything started setting in and feeling real.

2. After the ceremony, when we got to celebrate and relax with our wedding party on the limo and Water Taxi.

3.  Celebrating and dancing with family and friends at the reception, especially when our friends had us up on their shoulders dancing to “Wake Me Up” by Avicii.

 Favorite Wedding Related Purchase: Our honeymoon in Maui!

 Advice for Bride-to-be: If you’re freakishly organized and detail oriented leading up to your wedding day like I was, everything will come together perfectly and you can kick back, relax, and enjoy!

 There was honestly nothing we would have changed about the day or done differently. It was our dream wedding, and we had the most perfect day celebrating with our family and friends!

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Photography by Angel Eyes Photography :)  More on Facebook! 





St. Viator Church ceremony | Arts Club of Chicago wedding reception | Jenny and Gabe



How do I always end up with such great clients? No clue but I’ll take it ;)  Just looking  at the Brides flowers you can tell that this couple has style and unique vision. Maybe that’s why they hired me! Thanks to Jenny and Gabe for giving me incredible photo ops all day long :)

Flowers by A Always Lou’s Flowers

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Dress by Victoria Souks

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Hair by Mario Tricoci,  Make-up MAC. Tina Salazar.

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What’s better than a surprise gift from your future husband on your wedding day? How about a  gift from Tiffanys!

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Lego cuff-links!

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Ceremony took place at St. Viator Church in Chicago.

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The groom surprised his Bride with her favorite treat! Pinkberry frozen yogurt! What a guy!!

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Family formals with small kids, never a dull moment ;)

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Tuxedo from Formally Modern Tuxedo.

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Reception took place at the Arts Club of Chicago.

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The Arts Club of Chicago wedding, unique bridal party photos, Fun Chicago photographer, Angel Eyes Photography

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Cake from Bombon Bakery

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From the Bride and Groom…

‘Our favorite purchase…The HONEYMOON!! Two weeks in South Africa – one week in Cape Town and another week full of safari’s in Kruger National Park.

Favorite memories…1) At St. Viator exchanging vows.

2) Partying it  up with all our friends and family

3) The after party at Untitled and coming home at 4AM.

4) Surprise Pinkberry yogurt

Something I would have done differently… Not stepped on doggie poop! And had more time for pictures. 

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Cake from Bombon Bakery,,,Laura made the cake experience incredibly awesome. We had a number of tastings before finally deciding on our 3 cakes for the weekend. The cakes were decorated beautifully and everyone commented on how wonderful the flavors were.

Magsino Mobile Entertainment - Vince Magsino…Vince made the wedding! He kept everyone on a timely scheduled and kept the crowd energized with his music. The dance floor was packed all night long!!

Day of Coordinator-Joy Vergara.  Joy was a dream come true and allowed us to enjoy our day while she took care of all the behind the scenes action.  She executed our wedding plans without a hitch and let us relax and enjoy our moment.

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A Always Lou’s Flowers…I would recommend any bride to get her flowers from Daisy. Her arrangements were beautifully selected and was a pleasure to work with.

Photobooth by Shutterbooth…So many goofy photos of our friends and families. I’ve never seen a feather boa repurposed in so many ways.

Tuxedo from Formally Modern Tuxedo…. Donnie Gordon was so helpful and accommodating. 

Videographer-Life Made Still…Geraldine is very passionate about her work and captures the event just perfectly.  She tells a wonderful story of our wedding days through her videography  We enjoyed working with her and you will too.

Dress by Victoria Sdoukos…Every bride should get her dress from Victoria! She made the experience so much fun and I always left laughing. Loved the way that dress was painted on.’

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Photography by me of course, Angel Eyes Photography :)





















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