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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!



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 ūüôā

 





Le Méridien Chicago РOakbrook Center-wedding photo-Lindsy



This was my first time photographing at the¬†Le M√©ridien 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 ūüėČ

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 ūüėČ

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 ūüėÄ

OMG this kid with the stink eye!! ūüôā

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 ūüôā
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 ūüėÄ

Venue – Lacuna Lofts

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

Flowers –¬†May Floral

First look ūüôā

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 ūüėÄ 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 РLM 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 РDarling 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 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.
..

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!





















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