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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!



The Library Club | The Rookery Building | Chicago wedding & engagement photographer | Lilian & Steve



Lilian and Steve had the most epic locations for their engagement session. These amazing buildings are usually off limits unless you work there, but thanks to Steve we had spacial access. The first one is  called the  The Library Club.

“Forty floors above the hustle and bustle of the Loop, this 7,000-square-foot former law library has been transformed into the two-story private club known as the Library. The room features a custom-built mahogany bar and several alcoves and is furnished with richly upholstered sofas and leather chairs. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide stunning views of Lake Michigan and the majestic statue of Ceres on top of the Chicago Board of Trade building.”

The other amazing building was The Rookery Building. If you’re looking for a unique venue for a wedding or other event venue, both these amazing locations are highly recommended.

“The Rookery Building is a historic landmark located at 209 South LaSalle Street in the Loop community area of Chicago in Cook County, Illinois, United States. Completed by John Wellborn Root and Daniel Burnham of Burnham and Root in 1888, it is considered one of their masterpiece buildings, and was once the location of their office. The building measures 181ft, is twelve stories tall and is considered the oldest standing high-rise in Chicago. It has a unique style with exterior load-bearing walls and an interior steel frame, which provided a transition between accepted and new building techniques. The lobby was remodeled in 1905 by Frank Lloyd Wright. Beginning in 1989, the lobby was restored to the original Wright design.”





Cantigny Park engagement photos | Chicago wedding photographer | Courtney & James



One of the most beautiful parks in the Chicagoland area is Cantigny Park.  Cantigny is a 500-acre park in Winfield, Illinois, 30 miles west of Chicago. It is the former estate of Joseph Medill and his grandson Colonel Robert R. McCormick, publishers of the Chicago Tribune, and is open to the public.

Had a great time with Courtney & James, they are a gorgeous couple and incredibly sweet.  Also they are the perfect example on how to dress for engagement photos. Perfectly coordinated without being too matchy matchy  😉





InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile wedding on Michigan ave | Colleen & Aaron | photo of the week



It rained the entire day, but we had a little 10 minute window and took advantage of it…I was especially excited about the fog 🙂

The wedding was at the beautiful and historic  InterContinental Chicago on Michigan ave…more photos coming soon!





Chicago Wedding Venue – 19 East | Palmer House Chicago wedding prep | Brooke & Jake



I will be forever grateful to my friend Dana who recommended me to this gorgeous and fun couple!! The entire day was absolute perfection. The weather was great, the Band fun, the Bride flawless, the wedding party cooperative, the Groom handsome, the kids were adorable….overall just one of the most fun weddings with the kindest people. Booke and Jake I hope you love the photos….and Dana, I owe you lunch with drinks  😉

Dress – Madison James 

Getting ready photos at The Palmer House Hilton

Flowers – Ashland Addison Floral

Hair and Make up by Beauteluxe

 Shoes – Badgley Mischka

Photos of the men by Carol.

When you pop the Champagne cork and it nails the photographer right in the lens, hilarity ensues 😀 😀 😀

Windy City Limousine

Venue – 19 East

Officiant – Pastor Rich Rubietta

Flowers – Ashland Addison Floral

Caterer – Food for Thought

Cake – Sweet Mandy B’s (AMAZING!)

Band – Matt Stedman & Ring of Music

Stan’s Donuts 

From the Bride…
‘Venue – 19 East (I would recommend it for ALL brides! Such a versatile venue, you can literally do anything you want to transform the space, and the venue reps are just so amazing!)
Caterer – Food for Thought (the best Catering company out there – food was amazing, staff was so genuinely sweet and took such great care of us, and Kendall was amazing to work with)
One-of-a-Kind Fine Art, Stationery – Maxe Designs
Dress – Madison James, purchased in Atlanta (I loved it, but word of advice for future brides, if you plan to wear a ball gown style dress, bring a dress to change into! It gets hot when you’re getting down on the dance floor!)
Band – Matt Stedman & Ring of Music (THEY WERE INCREDIBLE! Had everyone dancing all night long! Matt is a gem to work with and the whole band is so talented. They also handled day-of coordination)
I think you and I (and everyone else in the bridal party) would agree the funniest moment was when Jake opened the champagne bottle and it hit your camera lens. THANK GOD IT DID NOT BREAK!! Turned out for an amazing picture though 🙂
 
My favorite part of the entire day was when we were driving around on the coach bus and our best man (shout out to you, Abid) played “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers on Spotify. Every single person in the car was signing along together and it was so awesome and reminded me of the bus scene from the movie Almost Famous (which is one of my favorite movies ever!) This song will forever be so special to me.
My favorite wedding related gift was a Star Sapphire ring my sister gave me the day before our wedding, to wear as my something “blue”. My Grandfather who passed away 10 years ago gave my mom a Star Sapphire ring when he was overseas in the Navy, and my mom let me wear it and I lost it. The ring was so special to me and I was devastated because there are not too many heirlooms from my Grandfather. My sister and I had a special moment and she gave me the ring (along with a ton of other hilarious gifts that all had puns on them – ie. socks, and it wrote “in case you get cold feet!” and an apple “because Jake is the apple of my eye). The ring was almost an exact replica of my Grandfather’s and I couldn’t stop crying!
 
The one advice I have for couples is to LIVE. IN. THE. MOMENT. I know it sounds so cliche – but seriously, don’t sweat the small stuff. Don’t spend a second of your wedding day sad or stressed. It is truly the best day of your life and it FLIES BY and you really don’t want to waste a single second of it not over-the-moon happy. Something is bound to go wrong, but that is what your vendors are for. Also, I would recommend to all brides to use Angel Eyes as your photographer – because not only is Hilda a total doll, she keeps the entire group laughing and the mood light :)’
 Rings & Bridal Jewelry – Treasures Jewelry 


  • Had a blast at this wedding! Made the trip all the way from Australia as the brother of the bride and loved every minute of it!

    -Bryan





Chicago maternity photos | Pregnancy portraits | Rebecca



I photographed this gorgeous lady’s wedding a few years ago, and now it was time to capture this new chapter in her life. Her baby boy is due tomorrow!! Congratulations Rebecca & Tyler 🙂

 





Le Méridien Chicago – Oakbrook Center-wedding photo-Lindsy



This was my first time photographing at the Le Méridien Chicago – Oakbrook Center. It’s a gorgeous modern Hotel with a really cool lobby…that’s where I photographed this beautiful Bride. Congratulations Lindsy, you are photo of the week!!

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Chevy Chase Country Club wedding | Red wedding dress | Denise & Rick



As if the Bride wearing a Red wedding dress  didn’t make me delirious with joy,  photographing Denise and Rick was like a shot of adrenaline! They are both happy people, but together as a couple they’re practically glowing!! It was such a pleasure photographing them and their families at Chevy Chase Country Club.

Bandolino from Macy’s for the ceremony…Red Converse sneakers for the reception.

Fist look!

They are just the happiest couple ever!!

Venue – Chevy Chase Country Club

No extra charge for the sometimes funny, occasionally bad jokes 😉

The signing of the Ketubah.

Beautiful ceremony by Rabbi Ari Margolis.

Flowers – Joseph’s Florist in Libertyville

Cake – Sweet Ali’s Gluten-Free Bakery

Music – Michael Walters Orchestra

From the Bride…

‘Venue – Chevy Chase Country Club – Truly a hidden gem. The Devonshire room is classy and beautiful – more of a city feel in the suburbs, and they indulged us in doing food stations, which was more work for them, but our guests loved it! They couldn’t have been better about handling our and our guests’ dietary requirements, and carefully marked the gluten-free and vegan items.

Dress – Maggie Yan from Deemi Fashion. She was simply amazing. She took my vision of a red dress and made it a reality. It was the biggest dress she’d ever made, and of course, the first red wedding dress!

Music – Michael Walters Orchestra.  One word – AMAZING.  EVERYONE raved about them.  They kept us dancing all night, learned a new song for us, and couldn’t have been easier to work with!  They did every single thing we asked, exactly as requested.  

Flowers – Joseph’s Florist in Libertyville.  We worked with Jill.  She helped us create an elegant look without breaking the bank.

Cake – Sweet Ali’s Gluten-Free Bakery.  The cake was beautiful, but best of all, all of our guests ate it and liked it!  Ali is the nicest woman ever, and we’re grateful that even with gluten allergies, we got a traditional-looking wedding cake!

Tux – Men’s Wearhouse.   Rick looks handsome wearing anything, if you ask me. 

Shoes – my heels were Bandolino from Macy’s – they cost $34.  The more fun detail is that I ditched the heels for the red Converse sneakers after the ceremony!

 

Your favorite wedding related purchase? THE DRESS. Your favorite wedding memory? Standing with Rick under our chuppah – just soaking in the moment and marveling at how much we’d been through. Funny moments? When Rick and I totally fumbled through the Jewish tradition of circling 7 times (it wasn’t easy in the big dress, and we almost forgot to do it altogether!), and the Rabbi noted that we circled “Seven-ish” times! Also when I said in my vows that I know I’m not the easiest person, and everyone laughed. A lot. Something you wish you would have done differently? Totally regret not videoing it. Should have done it, 100%. Any additional thoughts you’d like to share? We’d like to add a thank you to our amazing photographer, who was so much more than photographer that day! You became a memorable part of our day and night and were a huge help!

We feel so lucky to have this second chance at marriage! Our best advice is to keep the focus on the marriage, not the wedding. And to have a good rain plan if you choose an outdoor venue for your ceremony or celebration – it rained for ours, and it was so nice having an equally lovely Plan B! ‘





Eaglewood Resort & Spa Wedding | Chicago wedding photographer | Amanda & Mike



I met Amanda though her friends when I photographer their weddings. (Hello Heidi, what’s up Katie :D) I also knew most of the Bridesmaids though these weddings, so needless to say it was great hanging out with these fun ladies!!   I had a blast photographing this gorgeous couple, I mean they look like freaking models, but they are also kind, sweet and very much in love. The kids at the wedding gave me plenty of photo ops as well, keep scrolling to see them 😉

Getting ready, ceremony and reception took place Eaglewood Resort & Spa in Itasca IL

Dress: Eve of Milady purchased at Eva’s Bridal of Chicago

Shoes: Nina

Venue: Eaglewood Resort & Spa

Flowers by Steen

Flowers by Steen

The little flower girl was all smiles ’till she saw the ring bearer in tears, then it was game over, and she took off for her Mom…please note the flowers petals flying out from her basket 😀

OMG this kid with the stink eye!! 🙂

This was my first time working with Rev. Phil, and I certainly hope to work with him again. He is a true professional who took the time to email me before the wedding and give me the run down of the ceremony. He made sure I had the heads up for anything taking place during  the vows, and he set up the best bubble exit ever!! Thank you Rev. Phil!

Rev. Phil “I Do” Weddings, Ltd.
630-664-3500

Tux: Men’s Wearhouse

Cake: Oak Mill Bakery, Chicago IL

Flowers by Steen

Music & Uplighting by The Music Boyz

Shoes: Nina
Flowers: Karen Steen from Flowers by Steen, Homerglen IL
Cake: Oak Mill Bakery, Chicago IL
 ..
From the Bride…
“Favorite memory – looking at my handsome hubby as I walked down the aisle and how we kissed before the ceremony began (whoops!)
Funny moments – my panic attack from the heat and my maid of honor’s dress strap busting open
I wish I would have worn my hair up considering how hot it was 🙂
Advice for couples – Be in the moment, laugh at anything that goes wrong, and remember the meaning of the day – you just married the love of your life!”




Lacuna Lofts wedding photos | Chicago unique loft wedding venue | Beata & Steve



Words cannot express how happy I was to photograph this wedding. The Bride, Beata (Dahlia Blooms Design) has been my favorite florist to work with for so many years, I can’t even remember. She’s a beautiful, kind soul who dedicates herself to make couples happy, and I was thrilled when she asked me to be her photographer. Steve her husband is the man who knows everyone, everywhere. His company (SC Lighting Design) did the amazing lighting for the reception. Big thank you to Steve’s brother Bryan who got us into the Board of trade, where we created truly unique photos. What a great GREAT day this was 😀

Venue – Lacuna Lofts

Bridal Gown  and Hair Jewelry by Kasia’s Bridal & Special Occasion Boutique

Flowers – May Floral

First look 🙂

Men’s Formal wear – Men’s Wearhouse

Church- Father Ted Dzieszko- St. Constance Catholic Church

When the florist takes time to smell the flowers on her wedding day 😀 I was so excited to capture this moment!!

Inside the Chicago Board of Trade Building.

On the roof!!

The lobby was my favorite!!!!

Venue – Lacuna Lofts

 Catering – LM Catering & Events

Flowers – May Floral

Cake- Vanille Patisserie

Lighting – SC Lighting Design

Hair – Dorothy – D’s Corner  |  Makeup – Nadia – The Virgin Look

DJ- Garrett David

Lighting – SC Lighting Design

 Sweets- Laramie Bakery

From the couple….

Angel Eyes Photography -Having Hilda as our photographer was the best decision we made. We were so lucky to have Hilda and Carol with us on our special day. Hilda has blown us away with her sneak peek photos!!!!
Flowers – Lovely from May Floral – having my flower friend design my flowers on our wedding day was so stress free…I can’t imagine doing my own flowers, she did an amazing job.
 
Event Coordinators – Sara & Matt – ESP Presents
Transportation – Windy City Limousine
 Surprise Performance – Darling Squire
Wedding Bands – Krystyna’s Jewelers
Audio & Sound – AIS
Lighting – SC Lighting Design
 
We loved purchasing our wedding bands from our good friend Bernie who owns Krystyna’s Jewelers in Lemont – Steve bought my engagement ring from Krystyna’s and she helped us pick our beautiful wedding bands.
We had so much fun taking photos with our bridal party at the Board of Trade, a big thank you to Steve’s brother Bryan who was able to get us inside the building and up on the rooftop, it was an amazing view.
Another favorite memory was walking into cocktail hour and seeing our close family and friends there who came to celebrate with us
Funny Moments from the wedding: Me putting my slip on upside down, and my Maid of Honor, Renee, helping me flip it over…Having wedding crashers at the wedding pretending to be our cousins.
I recommend not leaving things to the last minute (considering we planned the wedding in less than 5 months, I thought overall we did a good job)
Enjoy every moment of your wedding day because it truly goes by fast, hiring an amazing photographer helps take us back to that day to relive all those moments.’

  • What beautiful pics!! Wow, the lobbies both worked out great!!! And the over view pic is unbelievable !! Words just don’t do the pictures justice, what a gorgeous day and I think that you truly captured the essence of the day!!! I’m privileged to be a part of such a wonderful event!!

    Bryan Casica
    Realtor
    Daprile Properties
    312-593-1105
    [email protected]





Boudoir photos | Chicago boudoir photographer | Lisa’s story



Thank you Lisa for allowing me to share your story. You are an inspiration!! Can’t wait for the second photo shoot 😉

“On 12/19/13, i was home alone.  It was just like any other normal day.  Then, while lying in bed, it felt like someone took a serrated knife and jammed it dead center into my chest and dragged it all the way down to my stomach.  I heard a ripping sound, similar to a zipper.  And i cant even describe the pain.  I went to get out of bed and run for my phone (which was downstairs) and I collapsed.  My legs didn’t work.  I couldn’t walk.  So, I army crawled it out of my bedroom.  I had no idea how I was going to make it down those stairs but I did and by the time i reached the bottom, my legs were working again.

Flash forward to the hospital and it was determined that my aorta tore and that I’d have to have emergency open heart surgery.  This surgery is so uncommon for a woman, let alone someone my age (35).  It is also terribly dangerous with about a 10% chance of survival.  I had to say goodbye to my family and the hospital chaplain read me my last rites.  11 hours later, surgery was over.  I had survived.
 
I spent 9 days in the hospital, 3 months in rehabilitation.
 
They were not able to fix my whole aorta so I go annually to check for aneurysms.  In 2016, an aneurysm had grown and now I’m scheduled to have open heart, or aortic dissection, again at the Mayo Clinic within the next 3 months.
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I’ve always wanted to do boudoir but time and money seemed to always get away from me.  After my surgery i didn’t think i ever would do it.  I didn’t feel pretty enough with my scars, etc…  A good friend showed me your work and I decided to go for it.  If I could inspire girls to feel confident and sexy then that is great.  Being overweight and with scars on my chest, well, as you can imagine…you don’t always feel so glamorous.  I’m done feeling that way!

I’m so excited!  I had an amazing time.  Thank you for making me feel so comfortable in my own skin.”

 

  • Lisa – You are gorgeous! You are also a strong woman who is obviously a fighter. Wishing you all the best for your surgery. And more boudoir session in the future!





















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