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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!



Unique wedding venue, The Starline Factory | Wedding Dress by Casablanca Bridal | Brittanie & Kyle



Weddings like this makes me love what I do even more. I adore this beautiful couple, they are gorgeous and kind and sweet AND they gave me plenty of time for photos. The location is an old factory built in the 1800, that’s been remodeled and has incredible light and photo ops. Even though day was gloomy and foggy, but we embraced what mother nature gave us and ended up with some of the most gorgeous photos of my career. Thank you to both families for your kindness and cooperation:)

Venue- The Starline Factory, Harvard IL

Wedding Dress by Casablanca Bridal, beautiful wedding dress, Bride with hair down (5)

Dress by Casablanca Bridal, purchased at White Satin Bridal in Plainfield, IL

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Engagement ring and wedding bands- Brilliant Earth

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Hair & Makeup- Jasmine Salon & Spa, Lake Geneva, WI

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Bridesmaid dresses by Vera Wang at David’s Bridal

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Groom & Groomsmen Tuxes- Joseph Abboud and Vera Wang from Men’s Warehouse

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Flowers- Gooseberries Market, Burlington, WI

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Officiant- Reverend Marcia Boyer, Lake Geneva, WI

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They love beer, so they had a beer ceremony!! My kind of people 🙂

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I usually don’t feature ‘intro’ photos because frankly they’re not terribly exciting, however please allow me to say WOW to Kyle’s brother!

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Cake- Julie Michelle Cakes, Harvard, IL

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The groom and his band put on a great show! Pretty impressive!!

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And then he sang to his new Bride. <3<3

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DJ- Rick Jules out of Milwaukee, WI

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From the couple…
“Venue- The Starline Factory, Harvard, IL 
The Starline Factory was the first place that we looked at and we fell in love right away. We felt it was unique, and was the perfect place both our ceremony and reception.  We booked our date there in February 2014, almost 2 years before our wedding date. In the time that passed, The Starline Factory continued to make upgrades, add more decorations, add on a restaurant, and a kitchen to cater for events there. It started as a place that we would need to bring in all of our own vendors and ended up offering most of the services themselves. We were absolutely impressed with the staff there and had essentially no problems planning our big day there!

 Flowers- Gooseberries Market, Burlington, WI They did such a great job at bringing our ideas to life! Only took a few pictures and one meeting to get our flowers figured out. We were so happy with the way they turned out. Even with a little mix-up on the timing for delivery, it was easily forgotten when the beautiful flowers arrived!

Videographer- Our Wedding Movie  Jimmy was our videographer for the day. He was wonderful to have around and our wedding video turned out so wonderful. It was such a great way to remember the day and to see things that we missed from being so busy.

 Officiant- Reverent Marcia Boyer, Lake Geneva, WI Reverend Boyer was the best. She sat down with us and made our ceremony from scratch. It was an event built from our personal choices. She was able to tell our story in such a beautiful way. Her experience leading the ceremony made everything run smoothly. I cannot thank her enough for being part of our unique ceremony.

DJ- Rick Jules out of Milwaukee, WI DJ Rick brought the party to life. He played the music we wanted and made sure that everyone was having a good time. He was the ultimate professional and made the reception so much fun!

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Angel Eyes Photography-

Well, what can I say about Hilda and Carol. First, I must say that they are THE ABSOLUTE BEST to work with. Hilda is someone that makes you feel comfortable in the spotlight. She is someone that you not only want as your professional photographer, but as your friend. I cannot imagine having any other person, or pair, photographing my wedding. Hilda and Carol are people that you put trust in, and you KNOW without a DOUBT that the final product is going to be everything you dreamed of, and more. I truly cannot thank them enough for playing such an important role in our big day. They were there for us not only as our photographers, but for moral and emotional support.

My favorite wedding related purchase is hard to narrow down, but definitely our photographer and venue.

My favorite wedding memory is spending the first half of the day with our immediate family and wedding party taking photos together. This was so great because we got to calm our nerves, laugh, and have fun with those closest to us. It was really like our “pre-wedding” celebration and it was great to be dressed up and have a mimosa and get ready for the main event!

Oh, then I would have to say the speeches. They were so amazing and made my heart full.

If I could have done one thing differently, I would have found a way for my dogs to be there. They are the only thing I felt was missing from the day!

If I had to give advice to other couples it would be: invest in a photographer & videographer (you will want those pictures and video to look back at), make the day your own, have as much fun as possible, expect at LEAST one thing to go wrong (it’s OK J), sit down when you need a break, step back and look at everyone having fun, and know that the day will fly by! Also, let go of the saying “happy wife, happy life”, it’s a JOINT effort <3″

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Boudoir Photography Chicago | Sexy photos | Female boudoir photographer | Sensual portraits



Have you been thinking about doing  boudoir photos? Wondering what goes on at a shoot? Set up a free consultation to meet me and to see the studio, located very close to the NW suburbs in Chicago. I’m a female photographer happy to talk to you about any concerns 🙂

7132 N. Harlem Chicago #205 second floor, hours by appointment only…please email or message me to set up your consultation.

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Century Memorial Chapel, Naperville wedding | Abbington Distinctive Banquets wedding reception | Claudia & Matt



I’m so excited to blog this wedding!! Claudia and Matt are so incredible sweet and easy going, they are just a pleasure to be around.  From the dress to the flowers everything was gorgeous classic vintage, especially the Bride 🙂
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 The dogs at the Brides house were so cute! Sweet Coco was hiding under the bed and occasionally just peaking out to make sure everything was going well.
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From the Bride…
We loved the old Gothic looking architecture of the church, and we thought it fit well with our Halloween wedding
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They really did a good job working with us to make sure everything went smoothly and although I (the bride) did not get to really enjoy any of the food, everyone commented on how good they thought the food was. And they were even kind enough to pack up a meal for me to take home, I was starving after the day was over! The tables were decorated beautifully as well, and Kathy (one of the coordinators there) was so sweet, she really took the time to make sure we were happy during both the planning process and on our wedding day.
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They had so many great flavors and fillings to choose from, I was in heaven at the tasting
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Bridal gown/Bridesmaid dressesBella Bianca, Oakbrook IL
They have such beautiful gowns to choose from, and everyone was extremely nice and helpful any time we came in.
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Flowergirl Dresses- House of Brides, Aurora IL
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Besides our awesome wedding photographer J Fresh and Silk was one of the best purchases we made for our wedding. They are a small shop but they are some of the most honest, and helpful people you could deal with for your wedding. I was that crazy bride who planned everything super early (nearly two years in advance), but they were happy to accommodate me and they could not have done a better job of bringing what I wanted to life. The bouquets and centerpieces came out so much better than I could have imagined, and I am so grateful for all the hard work they put in to making what I wanted come true.
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Photographer-Angel Eyes Photography (of course)
Hilda is amazing.  I saw her pictures and immediately decided that she needed to be our photographer on our wedding day. She knows how to capture just the right moments, and she listens to what you want. When we met with her initially we made it a point to tell her that we weren’t a fan of “posed” pictures. We wanted her to capture everyone in the moment, because it shows true emotion and feeling on such a big day. I am very camera shy and although I needed more than just a little bit of guidance on what to do or how to pose, Hilda made me feel so comfortable the entire time. She really knows how to build up your confidence to truly capture the happiness and love throughout the entire day. And let’s not forget Carol! She was great too, and both of them together add so much humor to your day it’s hard to stress at all really. Plus, I had a little issue with my wedding straps being a little loose, and they even ran to get me some double sided tape to hold everything in place. Although it’s small, it really meant a lot to me because it showed just how much they truly do care about each and every one of their clients. All in all, if you need a photographer for anything really, Hilda is definitely the way to go!! Once your day is over, all you have are the pictures, so you better make sure they look awesome!
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Ines Di Santo wedding dress, Classic vintage beaded, Bella Bianca, Oakbrook IL (7)
I wanted a specific look for our wedding day, and let me tell you, Antje nailed it. I had been to various hair trials and no one was able to even come close to what I wanted. Antje took the time to have a really in depth consultation with me before starting anything, and she spent so much time during my trial tweaking things to make sure I was 110% happy with everything. If you are wanting a vintage looking style, she will give that to you and I guarantee you will be more than happy with the results.
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They have a really nice selection of suits and tuxes to choose from, along with several color options for vests and ties too. Great service and great prices, and everyone there was really nice
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Favorite wedding related purchase: Definitely our photographer and florist
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Favorite wedding memory:
Matt and I had been together for a long time, so I was never one of those brides that got super giddy over the whole wedding thing. People would bring up the wedding all the time and I’d always blow it off as no big deal. It didn’t ever hit me until everyone started walking down the aisle that I was actually getting married. I had never been so nervous in my life, but that feeling was just so exhilarating for me that I just loved it! I was shaking walking up the stairs to the chapel, and then I met eyes with Matt. Super cheesy I know, but as soon as I saw him I calmed down. He started laughing which made me start laughing, and it was such a good feeling. I also enjoyed the part when we were exchanging rings, where he gave me the wrong hand AND finger to put his ring on.
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Something we would have done differently:
Overall I am really happy with our wedding day, and I don’t think we would have done anything differently.
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Advice:
Everyone always tells you that the day is going to fly by, and I expected that. But you really don’t understand how quickly everything comes and goes until you are in the moment on your wedding day. I had an early start to my day getting my hair done, and before I knew it the last song was being played at our reception. You might think that you are going to remember to do certain things to say certain things on your wedding day, but trust me, you don’t. So if there’s certain pictures you want, or certain songs to be played, or really anything in general, make sure you have someone that can gently remind you of that or take care of it for you. But just enjoy your day because it’s only a couple of hours of the rest of your lives together.’
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Wedding Ceremony & Reception Venues in Naperville | Meson Sabika wedding photos | Sonora & Tony



Even though this was Sonora & Tony’s beautiful wedding,  there was one tiny little fur baby named Barkley who clearly stole the show. Considering that the couple planned the wedding out of state, everything went very smoothly. Ceremony and the reception were at the Meson Sabika in Naperville.

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Revolution Brewing Unique Chicago wedding venue | Chicago wedding photographer | Maureen & Steve



This wedding had pretty much everything that makes me happy….a super sweet and easy going couple, an adorable dog (with a veil for photos), gorgeous weather, a unique venue that’s a brewery, and a team of great vendors 🙂

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My first time working at Revolution Brewing. Great place for a fun and unique wedding!!

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Flowers by Daffodils Flowers

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Working with my favorite officiant Anita is always a treat!

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Yeah, this place doesn’t just give you appetizers on a stick, they measure their food by the pound! OMG the shrimp was delicious!!

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DJ- Cage and Aquarium

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Business Headshots for Real Estate agents, professional Head -shots Chicago



Come see me on your lunch hour or after work for your professional head shot! Conveniently located near the NW suburbs and O’hare in Chicago’s Edison Park. 7132 N. Harlem Chicago second floor #205  E-mail me today to schedule your appointment hilda [at] angeleyesphotography.com

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ThunderHawk Golf Club wedding | Wedding Photographer near Chicago Suburbs | Dori & Pat



Watching Dori & Pat is like a romance novel come to life…the way they look at each other, the way he’s constantly kissing her hand,  it just makes me swoon. Their wedding was a beautiful, fun party. Dori & Pat I love you both, thank you for allowing me and Carol to capture this incredible day for you.

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Dress: Martellens in Lemont IL  My assistant Carol declared it her favorite dress of all time!!

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This gorgeous Bride is my favorite make up artist in the whole world! She did her own make up 🙂 Dori Mae Makeup

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Venue: Thunderhawk Golf Course 

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Tux:  Men’s Wearhouse

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Caterer: Food For Thought

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DJ: Dream House production, Ruki Dole

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From the Bride…
 
Caterer: Food For Thought– Chef Ann and Jody were amazing to work with. They listened to our needs and did everything to accommodate us. The food was amazing. The set up, exactly the way we wanted. Honestly couldn’t have imagined it all to be any better!
 
Dress: Martellens in Lemont Il. This boutique is a gem. Mary Ellen is the owner and she is a wonderful human being. Everyone who works there is genuinely nice and share in the excitement of shopping for your wedding dress!
 
 
Bride shoes: I started in Betsey Johnson flats but quickly switched to Toms!
 
DJ: Dream House production, Ruki Dole”




Redfield Estate wedding |Northwest Chicago outdoor wedding venue | The Grove in Glenview | Caroline & Pat



This wedding was one of my favorites from this past season….for many reasons 🙂 It was at one of my favorite venues, the Redfield Estate in Glenview. It’s a magical place for smaller weddings and the staff is just amazing! I also loved how the couple incorporated their love for Star Wars and Dr. Who! I adore couples who do whatever makes them happy…Caroline and Patrick did that and the entire wedding was fun, classy and beautiful.

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Star Wars lipstick and nails to match the wedding colors.

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Dress – Pixie Pocket

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Pretty paper bouquet with a Tardis on top.

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The handle was a Sonic Screwdriver!

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The groom wore Stormtrooper plugs!

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Venue – Redfield Estate

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These kids were adorable, and the boys had Star Wars bow ties.

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LOVED the pops of red!! The girls had pretty paper bouquets as well.

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And the sweet little flower girl had a Star Wars dress and a Darth Vader petal holder!!!

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Caterer – Catered By Design Fantastic food and a wine tree!! I mean that right there makes me want to have a wedding 😉

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Cocktail hour.

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Outdoor reception space.

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A Tardis for your cards, a CARDIS!! I mean come on! How cool is that? The groom and his brother made that! It even lit up!!

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When I showed my husband this photo he said…Wow, she likes Sci-Fi and whiskey? Lucky guy 😉

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Cake – Oak Mill Bakery | Cake Topper – Bee3DGifts

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DJ – Toast and Jam

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From the Bride…

“Caterer – Catered By Design: Nikki was an absolute joy to work with. Since the Redfield Estate has preferred caterers they recommend choosing from, we thought we would have trouble incorporating dishes that were important to our Polish/Italian backgrounds. Nikki helped us find options that allowed us to include everything we were looking for. (http://www.cateredbydesign.com/)

Cake – Oak Mill Bakery (http://www.oakmillbakery.com/) | Late night snack – Gene and Jude’s (http://www.geneandjudes.com/)

Cake Topper – Bee3DGifts: I absolutely loved our personalized cake topper. My husband proposed at the top of the Eiffel Tower, so we wanted to somehow incorporate that into our wedding. Since we are also big Disney fans, the cake topper was the perfect place to put our own hidden Mickey! (http://bee3dgifts.com)

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DJ – Toast and Jam: DJ Dustin was amazing! From our first meeting, we were pretty confident he knew just the songs we’d want to hear. Dustin not only nailed the songs we wanted to hear, but the songs that had our guests dancing all night as well! (http://toastandjamdjs.com/)

Photography – Angel Eyes Photography: Before we even started looking at wedding venues, I was already on the hunt for the perfect photographer. I came across Angel Eyes Photography and fell in love with the photos, but Hilda’s personality is what really won us over. Hilda and Carol went above and beyond the day of our wedding, and managed to keep us smiling the whole time.

Photo Booth and uplighting – AMP DJ Services 

Dress – Pixie Pocket (facebook.com/pixiepocket) | Tux – Men’s Wearhouse (http://www.menswearhouse.com/)

Sash – David’s Bridal (http://www.davidsbridal.com/) | Shoes – Mary Jane Kitten Heels

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My favorite wedding related purchase is the “Cardis” my husband and brother-in-law built for the wedding. They surprised me with a beautifully detailed Tardis that lit up and had a slot for our wedding cards, and it is something we now have proudly displayed in our home.

My favorite wedding memory is seeing my husband at our first look. The whole morning felt rushed, but as soon as I saw him it felt like time slowed down and it was just the two of us enjoying that moment.

If I could do something differently, I would spend less time stressing about all the little details leading up to the wedding. Post wedding what we remember most is the great time we had with the people we were with and not the small details of what we were able to or not able to include.

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Additional thoughts…If there’s something you really want to incorporate in your wedding but can’t find it, make it! In our case, we had a very hard time finding Star Wars/Doctor Who wedding related items. A few trips to the craft store and lots of patience resulted in some of my favorite wedding items: a paper bridal bouquet with a sonic screwdriver handle, a Star Wars table runner, and light up mason jars just to name a few. 

Advice…Have the wedding you want to have. In the beginning stages of wedding planning it is a bit intimidating to do anything out of the ordinary, but once you get past that initial hesitation, you are giving your ideas a chance to shine. I love Star Wars and Doctor Who, and unable to decide which theme to go with, we went with both! As Yoda said – Do or do not, there is no try. I have had people tell me they wish they had incorporated more of their interests into their weddings, but I have not had anyone say they regret doing so.”

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Eaglewood Resort ceremony and reception | Suburban wedding photographer | Maggie & Marc



 

Maggie and Marc were a referral for one of my former brides Brooke, who was the MOH for this wedding 🙂 It’s always so fun seeing people you’ve photographed before at new weddings.
Working at Eaglewood is such a pleasure… it’s great having all your wedding activities in one place,  your guest can party and spend the night!
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Bridesmaid dresses: Reddington Bridal
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Bridesmaid dresses: Reddington Bridal
Hair and makeup: Elana Darrus makeup 
Shoes: Nina shoes
String quartet: Symphony Sounds
Tuxes: Black Tie Formalwear
From the couple….“Our favorite weddings related purchase was our card box birdhouse. We wanted something that we could display in our home for years to come.
 
Favorite wedding memory: dancing with my husband to Love Train by the O’Jays. It truly is our song and we even made up dance moves to go along to it.
 

We really wouldn’t have done anything differently. Everything was perfect.

 
Advice for couples: on your wedding day really focus on your spouse.  Before I knew it the last song was being played and the night was over. Take time to stop, look around, and let everything sink in. Have fun! It all goes by way, way too fast!!”
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Chicago Athletic Association Hotel | Cindy’s Rooftop wedding | Chicago wedding photographer | Stephanie & Mark



I’ve been photographing weddings for a long time, and I have never, ever seen a more gorgeous view for a ceremony. The venue was a restaurant called  Cindy’s Rooftop at the Chicago Athletic Hotel. The happy couple kept it very low key, only inviting close friends and family and instead of a sit down meal, the restaurant served unlimited appetizers. I can’t even tell you how delicious the food was. I would definitely recommend everyone visit Cindy’s at least once, it’s an experience you will never forget.

PS. A big thank you to Peter for second shooting with me for this wedding.

Custom rings by Stella Blue Design

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Everyone from the wedding! A couple of shout outs…to the grooms Mom who was named Hilda, it was just so nice to meet someone else with that name…to Nicole and Christopher whose wedding I photographed a few years ago, it was great to see you guys :)…and to Richard Roeper, thank you for being kind and gracious when I asked you for photos, and for laughing when I yelled at you…dude you need a more recent head shot for your website, call me 😉

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From the Bride…

  • Flowers – Bulk order from Costco online and arranged by me!  I made my bouquet as well as the bridesmaids’ bouquets.  Boutonnieres were made by That’s Amore Florist on Southport Ave.
  • Cupcakes – Sweet Mandy B’s
  • Tux – custom by Balani Custom Clothiers
  • Shoes – Bride – J.Crew.  Silver metallic kitten heel and super comfortable….and I will definitely be able to wear them again!
  • “Day Of” Wedding Coordinator and lifelong friend – Megan Weibler
  • Rings and Jewelry – Rings were all custom made at Stella Blue Design on Southport Ave.  Mark proposed with a diamond necklace that had been in his family for over 100 years.  I loved it and did not want to take it off, but Angie at Stella Blue transformed it into a beautiful engagement ring and also made a simple elegant wedding band that coordinates perfectly.  She also made three custom rings using stones from a bracelet my parents gave me in high school for my right hand representing the birthstones of our new family (Mark, Joely, and myself).  Earrings and Hairpins were vintage rhinestone pieces also from Stella Blue…my something old!

My favorite wedding related purchase was my rings representing our new family.

So many great memories – Waiting in the hotel room with my dad before the ceremony and he told me I looked “skinny.”

My brother-in-law was the officiant and did an amazing job.  He really made the day extra special.  Also, Joely dropping the rings was hilarious.

We were pretty low key and relaxed about all of the planning and probably did not start as soon as we should have.  Fortunately everything worked out great.  Time flies and it is always better to get things done sooner rather than later…so you won’t be buying tights for the flower girl the day before the wedding!

This sounds so cliché, but enjoy the day.  It is over in the blink of an eye.  Fortunately we will have beautiful photos from Hilda (Angel Eyes Photography) to remember everything!”

 






















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