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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!



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 ūüėČ

“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!





Royal Fox Country Club wedding | Outdoor wedding ceremony Saint Charles, IL | Amy & Brandon



I love¬†working at¬†Royal Fox Country Club, it’s a gorgeous venue inside and out. From the stunning¬†flowers to the amazing lace details and yummy cake, everything was perfection!

I loved Amy’s hair!!

Dress by Wolsfelts in Aurora.

Flowers by Town & Country Gardens in Elgin.

Flowers by Town & Country Gardens in Elgin.

Flowers by Town & Country Gardens 

Noah from Music By Design rocked it!!





Independence Grove wedding photos | Chicago wedding photographer | Lauren & Rob



Words cannot describe how much I loved Lauren and Rob’s wedding…but I will try ūüėČ ¬†When I think of them, the fist thing that always pops in my head is happy. They are one¬†the most genuine, happy couples I’ve ever met. Lauren was a stunning Bride, I was obsessed with that dress…and Rob was¬†a hottie Groom whose laugh is incredibly contagious. Love stories are written about couples like this, I’m beyond honored to have been part of it. ¬†Hope you enjoy the photos ūüôā

Dress – Volles Bridal in Lake Zurich Designer Allure Bridal

Flowers – Blue Daisy – Arlington Heights

Venue – Independence Grove, Libertyville

Suit РMens Warehouse 

Flowers – Blue Daisy – Arlington Heights

Working with Rent-a-Rev is always a pleasure ūüôā

Flowers – Blue Daisy – Arlington Heights

Cake РOak Mill Bakery 

You guys, there was hot flaming doughnuts at this wedding!!! You have no idea what’s missing in your life until you have one of these with ice cream, OMG I’m drooling just thinking about it.

From the couple…

Venue – Independence Grove, Libertyville – We loved absolutely everything about having our wedding there. We were attracted to the outdoor space and greenery along with all the windows in the banquet hall. Even though we didn’t get to enjoy the outdoor space due to the weather, it was just as beautiful inside. They set the romantic ambiance by turning the fire place on throughout the whole event – ceremony and reception. Marta was such a pleasure to work with, she was professional, personable¬†and always on top of everything. The food was amazing and more importantly the doughnuts were outstanding!

Dress – Volles Bridal in Lake Zurich Designer Allure Bridal – I had the custom build out, so the back and straps were added on and all done at Volles
Flowers – Blue Daisy – Arlington Heights – Annie was so fun to work and very knowledgeable about her flowers. The centerpieces, bouquets and greenery arrangements were outstanding.
Rings – Rolland’s Jewelers in Libertyville – Such amazing team of jewelers. Lynn helped us out each time, very personable, educated and customer service orientated.
Your favorite wedding related purchase? I was pretty obsessed with my dress and think about putting it on again, haha. But something we both really loved was the picture frame that our guests signed. It will be such a great memory to have in our home.
Your favorite wedding memory? The idea that nearly 180¬†people came together for the two of us that day, to share our love and happiness. Knowing everyone was there for us was such an amazing feeling for the both of us. And of course they were there for the party too ūüôā
Funny moments? Seeing the picture of my Grandpa with some of the bridesmaids – we LOVE that photo and gives us a good chuckle whenever we see it.
Something you wish you would have done differently? Bribed Mother Nature for better weather.
Any additional thoughts you’d like to share? Well of course we had the most amazing photographer who capture the¬†amazing day for us through her photography – but not only that her awesome humor and personality ūüėČ
Lauren & Rob’





Morton Arboretum engagement photos | Chicago wedding photographer | Amy & Dan



A 1,700 acre tree museum, with award-winning Children’s Garden and Maze Garden. The Morton Arboretum is a leading center of tree science. If you’ve never been you should go, it’s a great way to spend a day.

 Had a blast exploring with this happy couple, they were up for anything, and it was an absolutely perfect day for an engagement session.





Independence Grove wedding photos in Libertyville, IL | Lauren & Rob photo of the week



Lauren and Rob got married this week end at¬†Independence Grove in¬†Libertyville, IL. Even though the weather was not ideal, and the ceremony had to be moved indoors, this happy couple was up for a few rainy day photos. ¬†It was an absolute pleasure working with them and their families. ¬†I will never forget how happy and full of joy they were the entire day ūüėÄ


  • This is spectacular! I have no idea how you do it, but you make the gloomiest days into something gorgeous. Wow!





Chicago Boudoir Photographer | Bridal boudoir photos, sexy gift for the groom



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





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



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

If you are on IG please follow m and I’ll follow you back ūüôā

 





Chicago wedding photographer, review of Angel Eyes Photography



I truly appreciate the great reviews from my clients ūüôā





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



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

Flowers: Ashland Addison

Dress: Hayley Paige

Jewelry: Stella & Dot

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

Flowers: Ashland Addison

Bridesmaid dresses: Bill Levkoff 

Tuxedos: Formally Modern Tuxedos 

Church; St. James in Arlington Heights 

Rolling Green Country Club

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

Reception: Metropolis Ballroom

Cake: Gladstone Bakery

Flowers: Ashland Addison

Dueling Pianos: Felix and Fingers

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




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



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





















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