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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!



Published in Chicago Style Weddings magazine!!! | Chicago boudoir photographer | Chicago weddings



So happy to be featured throughout the pages of the new issue of Chicago Style Weddings magazine :) I also got interviewed for a boudoir article…love photographing boudoir!!

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Lost more photos throughout the magazine, you can see some of them here :)





Surprise engagement proposal at the Chicago Botanic Garden (photographer for proposals)



I’m so happy to share with the world this gorgeous couple. The handsome groom-to-be hired me to photograph the proposal, and please excuse the pun, but it really was picture perfect. Thank you to the forever picturesque Botanic Gardens (specifically Connie Bolle) for the referral.

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Of course we had to explore the beauty of the Gardens and do some fun portraits.

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Congrats to the happy couple :)





Park Ridge wedding planning | Engagement photography | Maggie & Marc



Even though I live close to Park Ridge, I hardly get to photograph there….so I was thrilled when Marc and Maggie decided to have their engagement photos captured in this beautiful City.

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Tressa & Dad first look, Holy Family Catholic Church, Chicago wedding photographer



In honor of Father’s Day, I thought I would share this beautiful moment when Tressa’s Dad sees her for the first time. Happy Father’s Day to all the great Dads out there :)

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Germania Place (unique Chicago wedding venue) | Church of Our Saviour Chicago ceremony,



Everything about this wedding was classy and beautiful, especially the Bride!! I was SO thrilled to be working at Germania Place, it truly is a one of a kind venue, with HUGE windows and a second story balcony for incredible photo ops. Yep, I was one happy photographer :)

Flowers: Juliet Tan

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Dress by Marisa.

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Venue: Germania Place

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Cake: Cozzie’s Creations

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First dance…so good I couldn’t just post one.

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DJ: Toast and Jam

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From the Bride…

‘Venue: Germania Place (Old Town, Chicago, IL) – When we were venue shopping, I know Germania Place was perfect for us as soon as we walked in!  The separate cocktail and reception rooms are very large with a vintage-feel and high ceilings. There is a huge balcony that overlooks the reception room. We worked primarily with Genevieve and she was amazing!  Everyone loved the food too – since they are associated with Kenmare Catering, their menu is enormous!

Dress: I loved my dress! I thought it was very vintage – matched the venue well!  I found it at Wedding Belles in Barrington, IL, but ending up buying it a week later at House of Brides downtown Chicago (they matched the price!). The designer is Marisa. The veil was actually my mom’s – I added lace to the edge to match the dress.

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Suit: Men’s Wearhouse – Michael Kors. The groomsmen wore Chicago flag cufflinks and the groom wore Chicago Cubs cufflinks.

Flowers: Juliet Tan (West Loop) – Juliet was amazing! She is very experienced and had tons of ideas. She let us borrow her lanterns to use as centerpieces, which we alternated with bird cages for a “spring garden” theme. She worked well with our budget. Juliet put together the centerpieces a few weeks before the wedding for a trial run. She also took me to the flower mart a week before the wedding to put together sample bouquets. Could not have asked for better! We love Juliet!

Photographer: Angel Eyes Photography – I heard about Hilda from a friend who knew she photographed many downtown weddings. I booked her long distance from Maryland over the phone. She was very easy to talk to and asked me tons of questions about the wedding. When I finally met her a few months before the wedding, I was even more excited to work with her! I appreciated her “take the lead” attitude – made the day go much smoother and we got all the shots we needed (even the dreaded, posed family photos during the reception). Thanks so much Hilda and Carol! We can’t wait to see more pictures!

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Hair and Makeup: Tamara Makeup and Hair Artistry – All our prep work was done at my parent’s condo – the stylists came to us!  Everyone was very pleased with the hair/makeup. It was a long day – started around 7:30am – and the styles lasted the whole time!  Would definitely recommend them!

DJ: Toast and Jam – Sarah was our DJ and everyone loved the music! When guests requested songs she didn’t think we would love, she always double checked with us. She played a good mix of new and old, at our request. Several people raved about Toast and Jam before our wedding and we are so happy we booked them!

Cake: Cozzie’s Creations (Oak Lawn, IL) – I heard about Tara from a cousin who used her for her daughter’s birthday cake. The cake was beautiful! She bought lace molds to make the lace design – we were very happy with our cake! She was also very affordable.

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Favorite wedding purchase – Definitely the dress! I’m so sad I can’t wear it again!

Favorite wedding memory – Right before I walked down the aisle. I was standing with my dad and was so excited and nervous at the same time! The church was small and packed with all our family and friends and Tom waiting for me at the altar. We also loved the bit of free time after our trolley ride and before the cocktail hour – the calm before the storm!

Advice – Things will go wrong, try not to stress about it, just hope they are small things! And as everyone else says, enjoy the day! I wish we could do it all over again!’





St. Michael’s Church, Old Town, Chicago wedding | Victoria Beau Jolie reception | Mallory & Tom



Every detail of this gorgeous wedding was carefully thought out, and wonderfully coordinated. The happy couple even made their own invitations.  Now that’s what I call teamwork! They also had some of the most adorable kids in the wedding party :)

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LOVED her bouquet!!

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Flowers: Fabbrini’s  Flowers (Schaumburg, IL)

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Makeup: Danielle Lettieri | Hair: Gina Scalpone_Glamhairus

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St. Michael’s in Old Town is the second oldest Church in Chicago…and one of the most beautiful.

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Reception venue: Victoria Beau Jolie (Schiller Park, IL)

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Second ceremony.

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Officiant: Rev. Rebecca Armstrong

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DJ: Memories with Music (Alex Nuño)

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From the Bride…
‘Reception venue: Victoria Beau Jolie (Schiller Park, IL) – I actually can’t take the credit for finding the Beau Jolie, my husband did. As soon as we walked in to the Beau Jolie, we were instantly in love. The beautiful chandeliers and large windows surrounding the entire room gave it a lofty feel and a mixture of traditional and contemporary, which as it turns out is just what I was looking for! The food and staff are also amazing and we couldn’t have asked for a better experience.
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Flowers: Fabbrini’s  Flowers (Schaumburg, IL) – Jim was one of the very first vendors I booked. When setting up an appointment, he asked if I had a wedding Pinterest board, which impressed me. By the time I met with him, he had viewed my Wedding Pin Board and felt confident that he understood the vision for the flowers and colors of my wedding and had a lot of ideas. I immediately loved his ideas and put all my trust into him and his expertise. He listened to my requests and was very responsive to everything I chose. I made some changes here and there and he went with the flow effortlessly. He is truly great at what he does and enjoys doing it – and it shows. When he brought my flowers on my wedding day, I was so happy I almost cried.
 
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 Photographer: Angel Eyes Photography– I found Hilda through a friend’s wedding pictures and stalked her for years preceding my engagement (I know…kinda crazy). Hilda and Cheryl were both true professionals and fun to work with! They have amazing talent behind the camera. We had a pretty big bridal party and a large guest list with lots of demands but Hilda and Cheryl both handled the day with ease and made sure that I got all the shots I wanted….it was a great experience working with both of them and I will not forget it.
DJ: Memories with Music (Alex Nuño) – Alex is actually my cousin’s brother-in-law so I knew him prior to getting engaged. We went to observe Alex at another wedding and knew right away he was the DJ for us. Alex & Michela were both friendly, professional, and easy to work with. They had awesome ideas for our entrance, timeline, and special dances to do during our reception. We met once in person to go over details for announcements, timeline details, playlists and I felt completely confident that my wedding music would be flawless – and it was!
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Videographer: Borrowed & Blue Productions – Tim, our videographer was awesome! When we met with him prior to our wedding, he had so many great ideas for our wedding video – ideas I would have never thought of myself. On the day of our wedding, he arrived on-time and handled all the footage himself with ease – I barely knew he was there! The footage quality is top-notch and results are spectacular. I’m so glad we have the wedding video to watch to relive the memories of our wedding day.
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Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff purchased at House of Brides | Tuxes: Vera Wang Black purchased at Men’s Wearhouse
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Bridal Gown: Here Comes The Bride (Addison, IL) – Everyone told me I was crazy for this but my dress was the last major purchase I made. The staff at Here Comes The Bride is wonderful and so is the selection of beautiful dresses. I worked with Diana who is amazing at her job. The dress I chose was actually the first one (of several) that I tried on that day and it wasn’t at all what I pictures myself wearing.  Since I did wait to purchase my dress last, Diana suggested I close my eyes and envision my dress with all the other elements of my wedding (flowers, colors, venue) and that really helped me decide that it was the one.
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Officiant: Rev. Rebecca Armstrong (http://www.weddingbyheart.net/) – Another unique tidbit about our wedding was that we had two ceremonies. We had a church ceremony at St. Michael in Old Town Catholic church and the second one with Rebecca Armstrong at the Beau Jolie. We found Rebecca through the Knot. She was highly rated and when we spoke on the phone, we instantly connected with her. Rebecca got to know us as a couple, listened to our goals, and managed to come up with some fresh and unique ideas for our ceremony. We met twice in person and worked on a script and made some edits via email along the way. On the day of our wedding, she conducted a beautiful ceremony and didn’t read off of a paper. She delivered every word with flair and enthusiasm which was a beautiful touch. It was an unforgettable ceremony. She is simply fantastic and I am so glad we chose her to be a part of our day!
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Hair: Gina Scalpone_Glamhairus (http://www.glamhairus.com/chicago/) – Gina has been styling my hair for over a decade and she delivered another flawless look for my wedding day. She is reliable, creative, flexible, and extremely talented. She and her colleague handled 9 hairstyles in a short amount of time & finished with time to spare so we didn’t run behind. I’ve known Gina for so long, having her with me on my wedding day was just special for me. Gina is everything I could ever want in a stylist and I’m not just saying that because she’s a close friend of mine.
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 Makeup: Danielle Lettieri (https://www.facebook.com/dlettieri.hm) – Danielle was another important member of my “Wedding Day Glam Squad”. She handled 9 makeup applications all by herself and dealt with a very hectic morning. She reminded me to eat something while applying my makeup and helped calm my nerves when I kept getting pulled away.
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Favorite wedding moments: The first one that comes to mind was when Tom and I had our First Look. All morning while getting ready with my girls, I couldn’t wait to see Tom. I just couldn’t wait to spend the whole day by his side. So our First Look was a very evocative moment. We laughed, choked back tears, and embraced all at once. It was like the kick-start to our wedding day for me. I also think of when we exchanged personal vows to each other. It was such a tender moment because we both spoke from the heart. Finally, I loved how I felt while taking pictures with our bridal party. I felt beautiful, grateful, and special to have all our closest friends stand by our side on such an important day.
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Advice for couples: (1) Stay organized and plan as many things as possible together with your partner. Be a team throughout the entire process. (2) Don’t sweat the small stuff and get caught up in perfection. No matter how much time you spend planning, something will probably still go wrong but your day will still go on; (3) Remember to soak in the moment. Take at least one minute alone with your partner and look around at everyone who is there celebrating with you and think about how much they mean to you. (4) Most of all, have FUN and have faith that it will all be worth it!’
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Germania Place | Chicago wedding | first dance | Meghan & Tom, photo of the week



What a fantastic venue! Can’t wait to share all the photos from this wedding, but here is a favorite. Highly recommend Germania Place :)

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Congrats to Meghan & Tom!





Arlington Heights wedding |The Belvedere in Elk Grove reception | Chicago suburban wedding photographer | Tarah & Jason



I loved photographing this wedding! I’ve worked with the bride’s family in the past, so I knew that this was going to be one well organized and super fun wedding. I was right 😉  This couple  was such a joy to photograph, they also gave me plenty of time to do my job…yes it’s true, if you give your photographer ample photo time,  you will have relaxed, beautiful photos  :)

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Dress – Here comes the Bride in Addison Illinois

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Makeup – Lauren Guillen of LG Makeup Design

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Loved everything about this blinged out blush pink dress!!!

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Flowers – Blooming Flowers in Elk Grove

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Hair – Gina Oliveto of Gina Renees Layers of Talent Salon

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Love so many things about this photo…she’s the baby of 3 girls and the last one to be married, (her maiden name on the wall behind her) looking out the window of her childhood home as a Meehan for the last time.

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Meanwhile Carol hangs with the men as they get ready.

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Our Lady of the Wayside Catholic Church in Arlington Heights, IL

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Thank you to both families for making my (and Carol’s) job such a pleasure and for allowing us to photograph this FUN wedding!!
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From the couple…
The Belvedere in Elk Grove – We chose the hall mainly because of its convenience. It is attached to a Country Inn and Suites and it made it very easy for our guests to get home safely at the end of the night. We were very happy with everything the day of the wedding. The hall was set up exactly how we requested and the service throughout the evening was great.
 
The Baking Institute – This was one of the vendors our reception hall uses. We got compliments all night about how great the cake was! Unfortunately, we never actually got to taste the cake as it came out while we were doing rounds to the tables.
 
Sound Pro DJ – We had a great experience with Sound Pro at my sisters wedding a few years back so we hired them for our wedding. Overall, we would say the DJ did a good job, but not great. He did not do a great job of listening to requests from my parents or siblings (which he had been instructed to do beforehand).
 
Hair – Gina Oliveto of Gina Renees Layers of Talent Salon – I cannot say enough great things about Gina. She came to my home the morning of the wedding to help myself and the rest of the ladies get ready. She is truly talented and did exactly what I asked of her and replicated perfectly what I had liked from my trial. She also did an amazing job at creating styles the girls asked for.
 
Makeup – Lauren Guillen of LG Makeup Design – Lauren also came to my home the day of the wedding. She did a great job of creating the makeup look I asked her for.
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Dress – Here comes the Bride in Addison Illinois. They have a great selection and helped me find exactly what I wanted. We took my dress to a woman who does alterations in her home, and I was very happy with that more personalized experience. Shoes were Betsey Johnson flats from David’s Bridal. I am not one to wear heels, and flats allowed me to be comfortable all day and night.
 
Flowers – Blooming Flowers in Elk Grove. Vista made picking out flowers easy. I did not know what I wanted, but after shower her my dress and explaining the venue she came up with arrangements for everyone. The flowers turned out beautifully and we were so pleased.
 
Photographer – Angel Eyes Photography of course! Hilda did the weddings of my sister and my cousin and she was the first call I made when I got engaged. Her and Carol were a wonderful addition to our day, fun and easy to be around and they made taking all of the pictures fun. We are thrilled with what we have seen so far and we cannot wait to get the rest!
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My favorite wedding purchase was absolutely my dress. It was exactly what I had envisioned for as long as I can remember. As soon as I put it on I knew that was the dress I would walk down the aisle in. The shop kept putting me in more gowns and I repeatedly requested to be put in that gown again. I felt amazing throughout the entire day.
 
Favorite wedding memory: Jason – My favorite memory was when Tarah was revealed and walked so elegantly down the isle.  She was beautiful and i will always cherish that memory.
 
Tarah – My favorite moment of the entire day was walking down the aisle toward my soon to be husband. It was just me and him in the church in that moment. I had joked with him leading up to the wedding that I would turn around if there wasn’t a tear in his eye. He did not disappoint :)
 
I think the best advice we can give is enjoy your day. Make sure your wedding is what you want it to be, but don’t make it a stressful event for yourself. There will be people who have other ideas about how your day should go, but all you can do is enjoy the moment and stay true to yourselves. You only get one wedding, and the most important thing is you and your husband united and sharing it with everyone you love.’
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Venuti’s Ristorante & Banquet Hall wedding | Naperville Riverwalk wedding photos | Jessica & Tony



It was such a pleasure getting to know Jessica and Tony during the planning process. The first time we met I vividly remember Tony telling me (with a big smile on his face) ‘I cannot wait to marry this girl’.  Their wedding was everything I hoped it would be and more! Got to meet LOTS of fun people, so fun in fact that some of those photos will never see the blog 😉 Good times!!!

Flowers – Enchanted Florist of Palos

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Dress – Allure Bridals (Style C170)

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Wedding Bands – Cornerstone Jewelry & Engraving

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Hotttie!!!!

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Everything was color coordinated, even the bridesmaids nail polish.

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Tuxes – Black Tie Tuxes

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Custom Converse All Stars 

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Ceremony and reception – Venuti’s Ristorante & Banquet Hall

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Cake – The Baking Institute

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DJ – Direct Hit Productions

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From the couple…
 
-Flower Shop and Jeweler are in the same shopping mall and will work on prices if you hire both businesses to do your wedding. (I still have Billy Ball Flowers in a vase from my wedding in December 2014…so awesome!)
 
-Direct Hit Production’s website is in the works so the site may not be fully functional but it will be.
 
-The cake was included in Venuti’s wedding package.
 
Favorite  Memory:
 
Bride: Sooooooo many to choose from but hearing someone yell out “Nooooo!!!” when our “fake” first dance song came on (My Heart Will Go On). It was a great kick-off to the best first dance ever! 😉
 
Groom: Seeing his Bride! J
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Favorite Purchase:
 
Bride: My Custom Yellow & Grey Chuck Taylors that said Mrs. Marino on the side! And they were much more comfortable than high heels!
 
Groom: Since our 4 pound Yorkie couldn’t come with us on our wedding day, I had him put in a picture on my tie clip!  
 
Advice:
 
Bride: Don’t forget your veil in the hotel room closet! I did…for the entire day…but I’m glad it ended up that way. I feel like it was just meant to be and the veil ended up being my girlfriend’s “something borrowed”!
 
Groom: On your big day, whatever is gonna happen, is gonna happen! Roll with it and have a blast!
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Victoria Banquets & Catering | Victoria Beau Jolie Wedding | Photo of the week, Mallory & Tom



Victoria Beau Jolie is a gorgeous venue, and the staff is incredible! Congratulations to Mallory & Tom, they are my first 2015 wedding :)

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