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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!



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“People often say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing you are the beholder”…. Salma Hayek





Winter engagement session at the Morton Arboretum | Chicago engagement photos | Katherine & Andrew



It was a cold but magical day for this engagement session at the Morton Arboretum.  The light and the wind changed from minute to minute…it the end it was just gorgeous!!

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Metropolis Ballroom wedding in Arlington Heights | St. James Church | Michelle & Erik



Ever since I photographed their romantic proposal, I’ve been looking forward to this wedding.  I absolutely loved all the details that made this day so fun and unique. The flowers were my favorite, so beautiful in colors and textures. Erik is not only a firefighter but a very talented man. He made the LOVE sign, the bench (the guest signed that instead of a book)  and the card holder. I also thought that is was fun touch to have the firemen bring their helmets and they were used as part of the table decorations 🙂

Flowers: Ashland Addison

Dress: Hayley Paige

Jewelry: Stella & Dot

Hair: Adam and Eve Salon in Arlington Heights | Makeup: Elana Darrus Makeup & Hair

Flowers: Ashland Addison

Bridesmaid dresses: Bill Levkoff 

Tuxedos: Formally Modern Tuxedos 

Church; St. James in Arlington Heights 

Rolling Green Country Club

Wood Decor: (LOVE Letters, Guest Bench and Card Box): Custom Wood Inventions

Reception: Metropolis Ballroom

Cake: Gladstone Bakery

Flowers: Ashland Addison

Dueling Pianos: Felix and Fingers

From the couple….‘Vendors:
Dress: Hayley Paige (Oakbrook Nordstrom Wedding Suite) | Jewelry: Stella & Dot
Bridesmaid dresses: Bill Levkoff  | Tuxedos: Formally Modern Tuxedos 
Photographer: Angel Eyes Photography  | Videographer: Life Made Still
Party Bus: Emperor Limousine & Party Bus | Dueling Pianos: Felix and Fingers
Wood Decor: (LOVE Letters, Guest Bench and Card Box): Custom Wood Inventions
We couldn’t be happier with all the vendors.We are so thankful to each of them. From the start of picking the venue to the littlest details in between and the day of each one worked with us the entire way and really made our vision come true.
 
Besides the Dress I think the best purchase was the materials that Erik purchased that he used to make our LOVE Letters that were used as a backdrop to the dance floor, our guest bench that we used for our guest to sign and our card box.
 
The Funniest moment would be either me falling on the dance floor during the mother daughter dance or Erik and his groomsmen dancing around with cow bells.
 
Our favorite wedding memory is the choreographed Backstreet Boy dance we did after our first dance. We had many laughs learning it and were so happy that we actually got through it on the dance floor. Also being able to celebrate our wedding with all our family in friends. Definitely a day and night to remember.
 
Advice to other couples is too enjoy every moment and take it all in….XO Michelle & Erik.’




Chicago engagement photos | Save-the-date | Engagement session photographer | Colleen & Aaron



Winter weather din’t stop these two lovebirds from looking happy and adorable. Looking forward to photographing their wedding in the fall. Congratulations Colleen & Aaron 🙂





Wedding at the Grove Redfield Estate in Glenview, Illinois unique historic venue | Chicago wedding photos | Carla & Carlos



When two of the sweetest people hire you to photograph their wedding at one of my favorite venues, (Redfield Estate in Glenview a.k.a. The Grove) the end result had to be happy and amazing photos 😉 [humble brag] I might have scared the Bride with my squeals of joy when the flower crowns arrived 😀

A special shout out to the unofficial but hardest working ‘wedding planner/assistant’  Casey who was tireless in helping anyone with anything they needed! Thank you!!

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All the fun and activities too place at Redfield Estate in Glenview a.k.a. The Grove.

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Such a funny moment…came across these boys playing in the woods and they started yelling “ewww love” 😉

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Manna Music 

From the couple…

They were in charge of our catering and also providing all the eating utensils including forks, plates, coffee cups etc. Refined Dinning also provided our cake and our sweet table with wonderful desserts.
Provided all of our alcoholic drinks and they also provided the champagne glasses, wine, and the cups for the mixing drinks. Of course we had to rent the cups from them.
She made our beautiful centerpieces, bouquets and boutonnieres. Pamela is very sweet and able to capture our ideas and made everything  look beautiful 

For the groom and groomsmen tux. 
I was lucky to have found  the perfect purple shoes to match my bridesmaids dresses. 
Where I purchased  my wedding gown. The manager helped me the first  time i went looking for a gown she was sweet and really worked with me I was able to make payments on my dress
Dj  he was great! 

-Our favorite wedding purchase would have to be searching for wedding favor to give out. Carlos and I did not want to give something that people would throw away right away so we decided to give succulents. It makes us  so happy when we  visit  family and friends and they still have our wedding favors and the succulent are still alive 🙂 
One of our favorite wedding memories was after we exit the house we saw our beautiful reception the purple lights, and the lights on the trees in the lawn and see all of our guest and just admiring at how blessed we were that we had the perfect weather for a fall day. 

If we could do anything differently it would be our planning Carlos and I had been  engaged for two years and were planning for about a year although everything came out better than we expected we left a lot of things for the last minute and we were so close to the deadlines with our payments which made us very stressed out. So definitely wished we had a better system to planning and managing. 
Our funny moment was when we were at the gazebo and the pastor is talking about how we are soon to be husband and wife and I jump and kiss Carlos before the pastor actually pronounces  us husband and wife all of our guest laughed which made it very funny. ‘





The Westin Chicago Northwest wedding reception | St. Edna Catholic Church | Kari & Dan



It was an absolutely prefect fall day for Kari and Dan’s wedding. No detail was overlooked and everything turned out beautiful. From the getting ready to the dances, everything went off without a hitch. A special shout out to Kari’s sister and M-O-H who made sure that everything stayed flawless 😉

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Shoes by Nina, shoe clips from an Etsy shop (MissJoansbridal)

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Dress and Veil –Macy’s

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All the getting ready photos for the ladies were at  The Westin Chicago Northwest

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Flowers-Flowers by Steen

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Transportation by Naperville Trolley

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The Groom and the Best Man are the founders of Tiesta Tea.

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Tuxes-Formally Modern Tuxedo

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St. Edna Catholic Church

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Venue-The Westin Chicago Northwest

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Cake-Lovin Oven

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Favors-Tiesta Tea

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Flowers-Flowers by Steen

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DJ- Music By Design (Nicole)

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From the Bride…

‘Dress and Veil –Macy’s– I loved my dress and veil! My veil was probably one of my favorite purchases

Flowers-Flowers by Steen-Karen is very professional and spent a lot of time with me to plan out the flowers and centerpieces. Everything turned out beautiful!

Venue-The Westin Chicago Northwest– The tent pavilion was a beautiful venue. We wanted something other than a banquet hall or ballroom but loved that it was still part of the hotel. The hotel rooms were reasonably priced. The dinner and appetizers served at the reception were delicious. The serving staff was helpful and friendly. The drink package we chose was high quality as well.

DJ- Music By Design (Nicole). Our music was one of the best parts! Everyone stayed on the dance floor the entire time. She really knew how to read a crowd and accommodated all of our requests!

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Hair and Makeup-Anastasia Tomala and her coworkers-They were very professional and timely. I was very worried about being ready on time and we ended up with time to spare. I am picky about my hair and makeup and loved how Ana did it.

Videography-John Zale, Klein Video- Highly professional and accommodating. We met with John before the wedding and he asked great questions to really understand what we wanted.

Naperville Trolley– The trolley was perfect for us! Our driver, Chris, was so nice and professional. Annette was my contact at Naperville Trolley and she was so friendly and accommodating when I changed our timing last minute.

Photography-Angel Eyes Photography-Loved Hilda and Carol! Not only were they awesome photographers and all of our pictures look amazing, but they also were by my side all day to help me!

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Cake-Lovin Oven-We had several different layers with different flavors. Our favorite was the chocolate peanut butter!

Favors-Tiesta Tea-My husband’s company provided tea for our favors. They were a hi

Tuxes-Formally Modern Tuxedo-They were professional and had everything ready for us.

One of our favorite memories is when Dan and I got on the trolley before everyone after the ceremony. While we were waiting, it was nice to have time alone to reflect on our wedding ceremony. You spend the whole day with other people so it nice to have some time alone to cherish the day. One of our other favorite memories was having everyone out on the dance floor the whole night. We had a blast dancing together with our closest family and friends.

One thing I would have done differently is worry less! Everything went smoothly and you’re too busy throughout the day to notice if something went wrong anyway.

One of our funny moments of the day was playing a game while waiting at the church. It helped me to be less nervous!’

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The Armour House, Lake Forrest wedding photos | Chicago wedding photographer | unique wedding venues in Illinois



This was one of my favorite weddings of my career. Some couples just radiate joy and love and everyone feels it…at the end of the night I did not want to leave…I just wanted the fun to last…but we’ll always have these photos to look at whenever we want to re-live this most incredible day 😉

Venue:  Armour House at Lake Forest Academy

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Dress by Demetrios from Macy’s

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Dad giving the Bride the thumbs-up 🙂

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First look.

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Suit by Tom Ford from Neiman Marcus

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Cake: Deerfield’s Bakery

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Flowers by  ArtQuest

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Flowers by  ArtQuest

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We snuck out for some fun night time photos.

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We ran into a random student who just happened to be playing his instrument in the dark, and he was nice enough to serenade the newlyweds…this entire day was magic.

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Party time with Toast and Jam DJs

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Videographer:  NightOwls Media  | Quartet:  Innocenti Strings

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Published on Huffington Post | HuffPost Weddings | Chicago wedding photographer



It’s always so thrilling to get the email from Huffington Post that my photos were published 🙂

This article featured Romantic wedding photos.

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And this one Stylish Brides with short hair.

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Chicago Cubs Engagement photos | Wrigley Field engagement session | Chicago photographer | Stan & Jess



To say that Stan and Jess are huge Cub fans, would be an understatement. They live in Atlanta, and they flew in just for the session. Oh Yeah, Stan proposed at Wrigley Field….inside the stadium….on the field, yeah, it’s OK to be jealous. We met up at Murphy’s Bleachers, where I was also  introduced to Jess’ custom sparkly Cubs heels! OMG!!! They are insane!!! Thank you Stan and Jess for braving the cold and allowing me to photograph your very fun engagement session!!!

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A quick outfit change and we headed downtown.

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