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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!



Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum wedding | brunch reception Chicago | Rebekah & Josh



Rebekah and Josh crammed more fun and dancing into a brunch wedding than I have seen at 12 hour events. The whole day was non-stop. This wedding also had the cutest kids! Carol and I were pretty obsessed with baby Nathan. But my biggest obsession was with the Brides dress. It was so refreshingly different. Classy and beautiful just like Rebekah.

Shoes: Nordstrom

Sparkly Bridal flats

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Dress:  Tara Keely gown from Volle’s Bridal & Boutique

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Accessories: The Left Bank

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Groom’s Suit: Nordstrom

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Venue: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

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This dress was my favorite for this year, if not ever! So simple and elegant.

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Flowers: Stemline Creative 

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Baby Nathan!

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All the cuties!!

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Flowers: Stemline Creative 

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DJ: Toast and Jam

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Of course we had to visit the butterfly exhibit.

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Day-of-Coordinator: Bridget Allen from Shannon Gail Weddings and Events
Invitations: Elana Tennenbaum
Accessories: The Left Bank
Shoes: Nordstrom
Groom’s Suit: Nordstrom
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From the Bride…
‘My favorite purchase was my wedding dress.  I found this dress by opening up a random wedding magazine to the exact page that had a collage of dresses. I saw the Tara Keely dress and I knew it was the one. I tried on others, but there was never a question. 
Advice:  Your wedding should reflect who you two are as a couple. There is no wrong way to have a wedding, so do what works for you.   We never felt like a traditional wedding was for us, so instead we had a brunch wedding. We also wanted our wedding to reflect our personalities. We’re pretty big nerds, so we made our RSVP card a madlib; we had so much fun reading the hilarious responses.  In the end, people loved the way we did our wedding and commented about how it was so “us” and we loved that! 

Your favorite wedding memory? We worked on our first dance for months, which was so much fun to do together as a couple. Seeing the excitement on our guest’s faces when we unexpectedly busted out our dance to Pharrell’s “Happy” was incredible, and we’ll remember it forever.

Something you wish you would have done differently? I can’t say I would have done anything differently, but we took on a lot of projects, which took a lot of time and labor (thanks to my friends and family for helping!). Everything looked great and turned out exactly how we wanted it, but it was exhausting and at times very stressful.

Any additional thoughts you’d like to share? Hire Angel Eyes Photography :)’

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Acquaviva Winery wedding, outdoor unique ceremony and reception, Adam and Marjorie previews



This was one of the most amazing weddings I’ve ever photographed. Full blog post coming soon, I just had to share some previews. Acquaviva Winery is a beautiful and unique venue for anyone looking for something different.

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Harry Caray’s Wedding reception| the Westin Lombard | Chicago photographer | Jaclyn and Tyler



This wedding was amazing from beginning to end. Jaclyn and Tyler are one of the sweetest couples I’ve ever met. The way they look at each other, just makes me melt. This was also my fist time at Harry Caray’s and can I just say WOW!! The food was amazing! The staff, very accommodating and helpful. Thank you for sitting us with a bunch of fun guests :)

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Dress by David Tutera 

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Flowers by Dan Mitchell 

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Purple wedding flowers, unque bouqets

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Invitations: Printable Wisdom on Etsy

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Makeup and hair: Hair by Stephanie Yates, Makeup by Dominica Szwajnos of Outer Beauty 

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Ceremony: St. Patricia Church Hickory Hills, IL 

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Bridesmaid Dresses: Bari Jay 

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Tuxes: Formally Modern 

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Venue: Harry Caray’s Ballroom at the Westin Lombard      

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Cupcakes: Sprinkles Cupcakes 

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DJ: Ryan Meeks at Non-stop Entertainment , he was amazing!!

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Photographer: Angel Eyes Photography 
Makeup and hair: Hair by Stephanie Yates, Makeup by Dominica Szwajnos of Outer Beauty 
Cupcakes: Sprinkles Cupcakes 
Dress by David Tutera 
Flowers by Dan Mitchell 
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bari Jay 
Tuxes: Formally Modern 
Invitations: Printable Wisdom on Etsy

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From the Bride and Groom…’Favorite wedding related purchase:
My dress was the easiest purchase and I absolutely loved it, but Tyler and I really enjoyed picking out invitations.  We wanted them to be fun with a personal touch.  We fell in love with a set of invitations with an illustrated couple on the front.  We were able to make the illustration look more like us by choosing different features like hair color and style.  It was alot of fun being able to create such a personal invitation together.

Favorite wedding memory:
We have two favorites memories.  The first memory for both of us was the moment the doors opened at the church.  It was perfect and made everything worth the wait.

Our second favorite memory was taking pictures at the hotel before the reception.  It was the first time that day we were able to just be ourselves and soak it all in.  It was relaxing and yet still really romantic to be close and pose together on our wedding day.  I have to say that Hilda and Carol really helped make that experience memorable!

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Advice:
Too often wedding planning can get overwhelming and it is tempting to just pick the first thing you see or spend money on the easiest choice. I think it is worth it to take your time with your fiance and pick out the things that you both really like.  On the day of your wedding it feels good to know that you both put all of this together. It was really special to see our friends and family enjoying the things that are important to us as a couple.

Something I would have done differently:
I wouldn’t change anything because everything that happened made the day uniquely ours.  Especially the part when my husband had no idea he was getting a boutonniere so on the way to the church he went to Jewel to buy one because he thought it would look nice.

Additional Thoughts:
Angel Eyes Photography was honestly one of the best decisions we made and we are so happy to have our memories preserved in such an artistic and beautiful way.

Not everything will go as planned but the most crucial part of the plan is to say “I do” and I can guarantee you will get that part right :)’

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Bride and groom creative portrait | Chicago wedding photographer | Marjorie and Adam



I freaking love this photo!!! I live for couples who trust me and allow me to create something unique for them :) Yes that’s their real eye color, so amazing!!

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Some kind words from Ms. C :)

‘Ladies, if you want to feel beautiful, confident, and in love with yourself you need to call up the amazing  Hilda Burke of Angel Eyes Photography and set up a photo shoot with her. I knew Hilda from two different weddings she photographed for good friends of mine, and her work just speaks for itself. So when I got pregnant with my second child I set the goal for myself that once I lost the baby weight (or got close) I would reward myself with a photo session with Hilda. The results were beyond what I could have imagined. She is so funny and professional she made me feel relaxed and it was just a blast to work with her for two hours. By the time we were done I just wanted to go strut down the street I have hardly ever felt so beautiful thanks to Hilda. And then when I got to see the results?! I am so not photogenic, I just can’t figure out what to do in front of a camera, but Hilda captured so many amazing photos! I was seriously in shock that some of those photos were actually me. Thank you thank you thank you Hilda! You are an amazing talent and I truly enjoyed working with you.’

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Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago | Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel | Christine & Matt



I’m so lucky to work with couples like Christine and Matt. Even when it rained (twice!) on their wedding day they just dealt with it and kept smiling. It was a joy to see them so much in love and  and just enjoying every moment.

A very special thank you to wedding planner Kelly Cavanaugh with Clementine Custom Events.

Flowers- Fleur Chicago

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Dress- Hayley Paige from Nordstrom Bridal Suite

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Makeup & Hair- Sonia Roselli

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Getting ready & Reception: Renaissance Chicago Downtown

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A bus full of tourists spotted the Bride on the balcony and started clapping.

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We were at North avenue beach for photos, when it started to rain. We made a run for the bus, but the driver went to lunch.

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No worries though, a couple of nice strangers let Christine take shelter in their car, and even took some selfies with her :)

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While the rest of us waited for the driver to get back.

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Ten minutes later the sun was out again  :)

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Ceremony Venue: Fourth Presbyterian Chicago

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Reception: Renaissance Chicago Downtown

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Christine surprised Matt with a very special groom’s cake!

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Band- Sway Chicago

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From the Bride & Groom…..’Favorite memories:

  • Words can’t describe how wonderful it was to be surrounded by our closest family and friends.  Walking down that aisle and seeing so many smiling faces- it was unreal.
  • Alllyson, my maid of honor, living up to her title as she literally sewed up my dress before the ceremony.  (We had a little ripping mishap on an interior seam when I was trying to climb a big step near the beach!)
  • Four words: Cutest flower girls ever!  All Matt’s nieces- they are cousins, but look like they could be sisters!
  • Hilda sharing some of her mini Snickers with me right after we finished photos in the sanctuary- seriously I don’t think I could have made it through the ceremony without that!
  • Getting scolded for eating in the sanctuary. :)
  • Grooms Cake Unveil- Matt has been known to surprise me with cakes- so I was so excited that the Renaissance pastry chef worked with us to put together an awesome Lego Cake. Matt’s reaction when they rolled the cake out was priceless for me.
  • Spinning around the dance floor- I’m not normally a huge dancer, but had a blast on the dance floor all night!
  • Surprise Rain- despite the blue sky- surprise rain happened twice!  Once while we were at the beach- we rushed back to the bus to find it was still locked.  We were trying to stay out of the rain the best we could (A few friendly college-age guys that were parked near our bus let me jump in the back seat of their Jeep for cover- then we took a selfie!).  The bus driver strolled back to the bus a few minutes later (still raining) carrying his lunch- a plate of fried chicken!

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  • Laughing with Hilda and Carol- I never fully understood the impact that the photographers have on the wedding day until after ours. Hilda and Carol were with us throughout the day and they were literally invaluable in making sure the day went smoothly from venue to venue.  They kept all the kids in the wedding party smiling for the pictures.  They did whatever it took to get the pictures- even on a hot, humid, partially rainy day.  Hilda and Carol took everything in stride- working with large family and lots of kids, respectfully navigating other bridal parties while getting great shots around the city (hey- it happens!), and changing plans on a dime because of the weather.  Not to mention they were smiling, laughing and just upbeat the whole day- it was so wonderful to have their contagious, positive energy with us!

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Vendors:

  • Planner: Kelly Cavanaugh with Clementine.  Her job title is Wedding & Event Planner, but she was so much more.  As an out-of-town bride, I relied heavily on Kelly’s feedback, direction and vendor recommendations, and she always steered me in the right direction. Kelly also frequently helped as a tie-breaker when my family, Matt and I all had different opinions on what to do.  She answered any and every question, small or large.  And she has amazing timelines.
  • Photographer- see above! Angel Eyes Photography, Chicago
  • Reception Venue: Renaissance Chicago Downtown.  We were SO excited we found this venue.  The room was so unique and beautiful, the staff was extremely helpful, and the chefs were amazing and very accommodating to our numerous requests.  The food was so delicious- completely exceeded my expectations.
  • Ceremony Venue: Fourth Presbyterian Chicago.  Working with Fourth Pres was wonderful.  The staff somehow keeps the chaos of bridal party, families, vendors, and guests manageable without breaking a sweat. Literally, every time I turned around, there was someone there to help, offer a hand, or guide us to the right place.
  • Floral- Fleur Chicago- I was completely obsessed with my flowers. I went in knowing nothing about floral, but somehow Kelly Marie knew exactly what I was thinking and put together stunning floral combinations.
  • Band- Sway Chicago kept the dance floor rocking- everyone had a great time and numerous guests commented to me during (and after) the wedding how much they enjoyed the band!  They were also super easy and fun to work with.
  • Dress- Hayley Paige from Nordstrom Bridal Suite- I worked with Sarah from the Chicago Nordstrom Bridal and she was truly exceptional.  The seamstresses there work wonders. They are truly experts at what they do and my dress fit like the most perfect glove.
  • Makeup & Hair- Sonia Roselli.  It was great working with Taylor Maris (hair) and Melissa Guss (makeup).  I ended up changing my mind and going with very different styles from my initial trial for both hair and makeup- and they both expertly worked with my requests and the requests of my bridal party.  We had a great time getting ready!
  • Tux- Men’s Wearhouse- Convenient and we found a very helpful associate at the Downtown Chicago location.’

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Chicago engagement photos | Buckingham Fountain | couples portrait photography | Whitney & Ben



Ben proposed to Whitney at Buckingham Fountain,  it was the perfect place to take their engagement photos. Aren’t they just gorgeous? Looking forward to their fall wedding at Brookfield Zoo!

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Actor headshots photography | Chicago acting head-shots | portraits | Alex



Everyone needs a great headshot, not just actors! You need one for linked in, a dating site, your website, social media etc. You want to make sure you look your best :)  Contact me today to set up your appointment. Three digital files are $150. Photos are done at my office during the week, hours are by appointment only. 7132 N. Harlem Chicago E-mail is the best way to reach me hilda [at] angeleyesphotography [dot] com Thank you!!

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The Armour House, Lake Forest Academy | Lake Forest wedding planning | Chicago photographer | Kate & Eric



This was my first time working at the  The Armour House and I was truly blown away. It’s  breathtakingly beautiful, inside and out.  Everything took place there which made for a more laid back wedding day.

The bouquets and boutonnieres were made by Fleur .

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Jim Hjelm Blush collection.

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Groomsmen grey suits

The bridesmaid dresses were from Target.

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Kate had her hair down for the first look and the pre-ceremony photos,  she then went to a classy up-do and a veil for the ceremony.

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One day I hope to be a cool Grandma like this…dancing with a beer in each hand! Loved her!!

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 Video booth, the LAUGHING BOX

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The first time in my career I’ve witnessed a Pastor jump in the photo-booth with the Bride and Groom :D

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 Oberweis will bring ice cream to your wedding! What a great alternative to cake.

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 From the Bride…

‘The Armour House was elegant and over prepared. They did everything to make our day seamless and so very memorable. Dean was just spectacular.

Our DJ Jim Butkus (Priority DJ)came highly recommended and was worthy every penny!
We skipped the cake and went for an ice cream truck. We love Oberweis because of how much it reminds me of my grandpa (and because it’s just so good!) We even got his favorite flavor Butter pecan on the menu.  We got to keep all the left overs……
We got the bridesmaid dresses from Target for a steal and the groomsmen and groom went to Formally Modern Tuxedo
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My dress was from the Jim Hjelm Blush collection. I tried it on and loved it but I didn’t want to spend that much money. My mom found it on an used wedding dress site unaltered and never worn for half the price!
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The flower vases were hand blown by Eric’s cousin in Oregon at The Glass Forge. They were beautiful and it was such a kind gift that we could hand out something so beautiful to all those that helped make the day so special.  Eric’s mom and sister arranged all the flowers on the morning of! What amazing women!!
Our video booth, the LAUGHING BOX, which turned the videos into flipbooks was the most fantastic thing ever. I couldn’t get enough of it. Dexter and his husband were so on top of their game!
 
The bouquets and boutonnieres were made by Fleur in Logan square.
My aunt Janet helped with the invites.
My maid of honor, Beth, did a ton of crafting with me for all the small wonderful odds and ends.
Fr. Terry from Holy Family in Palatine made our day. He made us laugh, stunned us when he broke out into song and best of all he made us married.
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Our favorite purchase was our vendors all blew our minds!

Favorite memories were a toss up… We loved our first dance, the ceremony was all that we could have ever wanted and more and the speeches were so surprising and hilarious.

I wish we wold have Extended the time. We would not have minded if it lasted ALL NIGHT!

Advice for couples…Enjoy the day. Enjoy your partner, family, friends and all the little moments. It’s truly a special occasion  that will stay with you forever.’

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Lacuna Artist Loft Studios | unique wedding venue, Chicago IL | Amy & Tony



For all you naysayers who are still not convinced about first looks, I present to you, proof that they are a fabulous idea. This couples rooftop ceremony had to be moved indoors because of heavy rain. Since they did a first look, we had plenty of time to do photos while the sun was shining.  Keep scrolling to see the fun photos.  But first let’s talk about this dress! I’ve never seen a Bride in a blush pink dress, it was truly breathtaking.  Martina Liana Style 510 in Blush

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Not only is she beautiful, but so much fun!

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How fun is it to choose your own bridesmaids dress? And you really can wear them again! All photos below taken at Lacuna Artist Loft, also where the ceremony and the wedding took place.

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Can you hear me now? ;)

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Reverend Anne Styx did a great job with the ceremony.

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This fun (and popular) beer bar was made by the bride’s Dad.

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Mini Limoncello bottles for  guest favors, yes please!

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From the Bride…

‘VENUE: Lacuna Artist Loft- Anthony and I were on the hunt for a venue which spoke to our Chicago roots.  We wanted something with the downtown skyline experience that would fit our budget.  We were paying for the wedding ourselves so we knew we needed a place that would be able to work with our byob and byo(food) dreams.  Lacuna definitely delivered.  On our very first visit, we knew immediately that we would be able to check off our long list of wants here at Lacuna…loft-style space, rooftop with skyline, parking lot, etc.  Our families are very creative so we were able to really make the space ours. (http://lacuna2150.com/)

CATERING: Catered Productions- Aside from you and Carol, the catered productions staff were clutch in handling the chaos of a mid-wedding roof-top rain out.  They went above and beyond simply a food vendor when their wonderful staff managed to grab the 115 chairs and individually wipe them off and re-set them three floors down in.  As if their superhero spring into action powers weren’t enough, their food sure was!  Their chicken marsala was to-die for…family members are still singing their praises.  (http://www.cateredproductions.com/)
DJ: Style Matters:  Spencer killed it on the dance floor.  He managed to get everyone, young and old up and dancing into the wee hours of the night.  He was able to find some of our obscure requests for entrance/processional music.  We loved working with him and would choose them again for any event in the (http://www.stylemattersdjs.com)
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REVEREND: Reverend Anne Styx.  We first met Reverend Anne when she married my twin sister a year prior.  Our family fell in love with her and we knew we had to ask her to marry us as well.  Working with her was a dream.  I was able to customize our ceremony and could email her on a whim about an idea I had (like having a special shout out to our dog, Moose) and she would have 50 suggestions for what we could do in a matter of minutes.  She is sweet and know how to give everyone direction. (http://www.revforwhatev.com/)
Flowers: Since we were on a tight budget, we ordered all of our flowers online.  My sisters, mom and friends put together our bouquets and did the centerpieces.  It was a lot of hands on work but everything was hand crafted and breathtaking.
Dress:  I wore a Martina Liana Style 510 in Blush.  My mom actually picked it out off the rack and I knew it was the right one when I cried taking it off.  Well, those tears could have also been attributed to the fact that it was out of my original price budget…I actually bought my second favorite dress that day.  After I got home I told Anthony all about the pink dress (since I didn’t get it) and evidently my gushing was so sincere he insisted I go back and buy it instead.  Even though I told my soon-to-be husband all about what the dress looked like, I wouldn’t change a thing.  My guy still cried like a baby when he saw me for the first time.
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Jewelry:  I wore my grandmother’s high school ring on my neck.  It was a tribute to those who couldn’t be there with us and the special bond that I have with my departed grandparents.  The birdcage was the a hand-me-down from my older sister Kiersten and the headband I put on during our reception was from rent-the-runway’s bridal collection.
Cake: Sweet Mandy B’s.  Since we decided to shoot for the moon on my dress we needed to cut corners here and there.  We decided to have a small cake to cut from our favorite place and then have some sheet Costco cakes pre-cut to serve.  Trust me when I say, although our small cake was delicious (red velvet dreams are made of that cake) the Costco cake did just fine and my pregnant twin sister and I thoroughly enjoyed some of the leftovers at midnight after the party was over.
My favorite wedding related purchase: The Beer Bar.  Although we may not exactly have purchased this, my handy carpenter father built us a custom serve yourself beer bar.  Anthony and I both agree this was the best feature at our wedding.  Guests were able to head on up to the tapper and enjoy the alcoholic root beer, cider, and IPA beer at their leisure.  Thanks Dad! (Essenpreis Builders, Inc.)
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Favorite wedding memory:  Although mother-nature may have thrown one heck of a party on our rooftop wedding and we had to move everything to the reception space, I think having our family and friends all crowd in around us is the memory I will cherish the most.  It was intimate and there really wasn’t a better way to say I do than under the lighting fixture that my brother-in-law and dad crafted with everyone we love encircling us.
Like I said previously, our families were integral on pulling off our wedding.  They collected the hundreds of glasses, bowls, jars from thrift stores and garage sales which we all spray painted to look like mercury glass for our centerpieces. (special shout out to my mom who spent afternoons combing the garage sales of Lake County looking for a deal).  They spray painted the sparkly Moose figurines (a tribute to our dog), hand crafted 100’s of paper flowers for a beautiful paper flower wall behind what became our alter.  I can’t thank our families enough, we will cherish those memories forever.
Advice for brides-to-be: Remember what’s important to you on your big day.  You can’t sweat the small stuff.  Or, in my case, the tornado warnings.  Having had our dream rooftop ceremony rained out, it really became a testament of the love that everyone has for us.  They scrambled to organize plans B, C, D and E all while I got to spend some much needed alone time with my soon-to-be husband.  So brides, wipe away those worries (or tears…) and embrace those who love you.
Also, would like to mention that another favorite part of my wedding was renting a school bus (did I mention we were on a budget?) so that all of my family and friends could move from the hotel to the venue.  A genius decided to grab a ton of McDonalds for the hungry bridesmaids and I will always remember stuffing our beautifully made up faces with french fries on a school bus.  It was truly the best day ever.’
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Photography by me of course (Angel Eyes Photography), have so many favorites but I’m really loving the night time shots!




















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