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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!



Highland Park Presbyterian Church | Highland Park Country Club wedding reception | Brittnee & John



This wedding was full of fun and surprises! One of them was  Jim Cornelison singing the national anthem, and the other involved a bag piper…never a dull moment in this career  😉  I absolutely LOVED the Bride’s hair and dress, her look was just so beautiful and romantic! Thanks so much Brittnee and John for having such a fun and well organized wedding, the photos at the Lakefront will be some of my forever favorites. Enjoy!!

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Shoes and belt by  The Left Bank

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 Makeup and Hair by Kim Piech

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Suit: Men’s Wearhouse

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Dress: Glamour Closet (Chicago)

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Ceremony: Highland Park Presbyterian Church

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Reception: Highland Park Country Club

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Cake: Oak Mill Bakery

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From the couple….

‘Ceremony: Highland Park Presbyterian Church– Beautiful church and wonderful community that helped prepare us for the big day!

Reception: Highland Park Country Club– AMAZING service and group of people who went above and beyond in making the venue set up and incredible food services possible. The set-up coordinator, Izzy Rosas, even did our floral arrangements and bridal party flowers. Izzy is extremely hard working and helped in so many ways to make everything run smoothly.

Cake: Oak Mill Bakery– Many wedding cake options with various designs to select from. The bakery works closely with HPCC, so it was easy on our part for coordinating between the two venues. Our cake was a lemon custard flavor with simple frosting texture and a floral topper. We loved the fresh and simple look that flowed with the rest of our wedding decor and overall feel.

Dress: Glamour Closet (Chicago)– My wedding dress was from the Glamour Closet, which is a designer wedding gown resale shop. Most dresses there are very couture and runway looking so I only went originally for fun since I wanted a simple dress. The first dress I tried on was the most simple dress (designer Jenny Yoo) in the store and I fell in love with it. Material is chiffon with silk layers underneath on the skirt. The belt/shoes (Benjamin Adams designer) were purchased at a bridal accessory shop in Lincoln Park called The Left Bank. The bridesmaid dresses (Wtoo designer) were from a boutique in Glenview called GiGi’s Closette. Bridal jewelry were antiques from my grandmother.

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Suit: Men’s Wearhouse- The groom’s and groomsmen/ushers’ suits were purchased at Men’s Wearhouse. The shop provides great service and it was easy for the wedding party, who was scattered across the map, to go to their local store and try on the designated suit. Groom’s shoes were purchased at Macy’s.

Rings: Engagement and wedding bands are from Kay. Love their policies and service.

Favorite wedding related purchase: The photography and party bus (Signature Transportation)

Favorite wedding memory: For both of us, it is when the bride walked down the aisle. The second favorite memory would be Papa Fitz’s surprises inclusive of the drivers brigade and Jim Cornelison singing the national anthem.

Something we wish we would have done differently: Not get stressed over logistics

Any advice for couples: Do not get too stressed over the logistics…it will all work out if you just simply keep working at it and your timing is right. Also, you cannot please everyone, just do what is right for you and everything will come together for your special day.’

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Published in the Chicago Splash Wedding!! | Chicago wedding photographer | Yana & Steve



So freaking excited be published in the Chicago Splash 🙂 My gorgeous couple Yana & Steve recently got featured. Click here to read the article and see bigger, better, shinier photos 😉

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Holy Name Cathedral Chicago ceremony | Modern Wing at the Art Institute Chicago wedding reception | Katie & Stephen



Photographing a wedding at the Art Institute has been on my bucket list for many years. The entire day I felt like I was living a dream. From the cute flower girls to the wedding party everyone was happy and supportive. The families were having a blast, and I don’t think the happy couple stopped smiling the entire day.  A special thanks to  Clementine Custom Events for helping pull off this incredible day, and to A Stem Above  for making this gorgeous wedding pop with amazing texture and color.
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Chicago boudoir photographer | sexy photos | Boudoir photography



“The next time you look into the mirror, try to let go of the storyline that says you’re too fat or too sallow, too ashy or too old, your eyes are too small or your nose too big;  just look into the mirror and see your face. When the criticism drops away, what you will see then is just you, without judgment, and that is the first step towards transforming your experience of the world.” -Oprah Winfrey
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I asked the sexy lady to write a few words about her experience…

“I had always wanted to do a boudoir shoot, but never had the guts to go for it…until now. I was a bit nervous going in to it, but Hilda was cracking jokes put me at ease from the second I walked in the door! We went through outfit selection (I’d brought a few with me), likes and dislikes, pose ideas and more. I had so much fun – I wish I would have scheduled a shoot sooner! I truly felt like a model and it was so empowering! It wasn’t about taking photos for someone else to see, it was about seeing my own beauty and worth. I felt like a vixen after seeing some initial sneak peaks from the back of the camera! I can’t say enough good things about my experience or about Hilda! She truly captures natural beauty in all of her photos.”





The Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus Oak Brook wedding | all inclusive Wedding Venue | Allison and Bryan



What makes for *nearly* stress free wedding planning? When it’s all in one with a rain plan included. The Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus, has it all covered. Beautiful grounds for photos, plan B if it rains (it did in this case), great service, great food and a place for your party people to crash without driving anywhere. Allison and Bryan, I hope you enjoy the photos 🙂

Flowers- Phillips Flowers, Wheaton, IL

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Dress – Macy’s downtown Chicago

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Flowers- Phillips Flowers, Wheaton, IL

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Venue- The Grand Oaks Pavilion at the The Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus, Oak Brook, IL

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Venue- The Grand Oaks Pavilion at the The Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus, Oak Brook, IL

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Cake – Lezza Spumoni and Desserts

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Flowers- Phillips Flowers, Wheaton, IL

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DJ – Robert at MDM Entertainment

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From the Bride…

‘Venue- The Grand Oaks Pavilion at the The Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus, Oak Brook, IL

I loved loved loved my venue. The service was great, my wedding coordinator was great (Lauren Molloy) the food and drink were great, just everything about it was fantastic. We were hoping to have an outdoor ceremony, but it rained and rained and rained some more on our wedding day. There was a backup option indoors at the Hyatt that turned out to be where our reception was going to be. The Grand Oaks Pavilion has huge glass windows that look out to the grounds of the hotel so we didn’t even need flowers for the ceremony because the landscape was very lush and green (even with the rain). Then when it was time for the reception, one hour after our ceremony, it was a completely different set up and the pavilion looked gorgeous.

DJ – Robert at MDM Entertainment

We didn’t actually meet Robert in person before the wedding, and only had a few phone calls with him prior to the wedding. I was a little nervous about not meeting him in person initially, but the process of getting him our music choices was really easy. We simply filled out a form with songs that we really wanted him to play, and songs we didn’t want to play and he listened to us. The dance floor was full the whole evening! It was a lot of fun. And actually the phone conversations with Robert were comforting, he had a lot of experience and told us the different songs he usually plays for each generation and encouraged us to play a variety of music. Everyone attending the wedding had a chance to get up and dance. And that is what we wanted, for everyone to enjoy themselves.

Dress – was from Macy’s downtown Chicago

I worked with Trish (not sure of her last name). She was really easy to work with and was able to work with my budget. I didn’t want to go crazy with the flowers, because I know how expensive they can get. I think she kept my centerpieces simple and still looking beautiful. And I loved my bouquet! I just sent her a photo of what I liked, and then she went with it. I trusted her ability to create something beautiful, and she did!

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Cake – Lezza Spumoni and Desserts

The cake came with our contract through the Hyatt, so we didn’t have to fuss over which bakery to choose from. I thought Lezza’s cake was beautiful, and Phillips added the extra flowers on top (which I thought added to the beauty of the cake!!)

Tux – Men’s Wearhouse Simple only because we had groomsmen who lived all over the states, so it was easy for them to go into any store and get fitted.

Shoes – Blue by Betsey Johnson  I wanted to wear flats, but I didn’t want them to be too plain. The shoes were comfy and cute!

Favorite memory…. I liked the time that I got to spend with family. For our tasting, the Hyatt let my parents and Bryan’s parents join in. It was just nice to be able to have everyone involved and together. That was my favorite part about the whole wedding. I got to hang out with the people I love (even though it was stressful at times).

I wish I spent more time with everyone on the actual wedding day! I know it is impossible to really talk with every single wedding guest, but I felt like I missed talking with a lot of my friends and family.

Overall I had a great time! From what I have heard, all my guests that I spoke with said that they had the best time, too! They thought the music was great, the location was beautiful (even though it was raining) and the food was great. It was just an all around good time!

My advice is to make sure not to take the little details tooooo seriously. And enjoy every minute of it! the process, including the wedding day, goes by so quickly!”

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Lake Forest wedding planning | Lake Michigan romantic wedding photo | photo of the week



This day was so perfect…the clouds were amazing, we had plenty of time for photos and of course the happy couple brought the romance 🙂 This is one of my favorites from  Brittnee & John’s wedding day.

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Modern wing at the Art Institute of Chicago wedding, night time photos on the Nichols Bridgeway



One of the highlights (and there were many) of this wedding was the night time photos on the Nichols Bridgeway. Behind them the Pritzker Pavilion is beautifully lit up at Millennium Park. If you have your wedding in the Museum’s Modern wing, this is one of the fun benefits 🙂

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Carnivale restaurant in Chicago | unique Wedding Ceremony & Reception Venue | Ritz & Ernie



I love intimate weddings! Especially when a couple is a s chill and easy going as these two. No fuss, they just had their kids and kid relatives for the ‘wedding party’ and the happily braved the rain for a few quick photos. The getting ready was at the James Hotel. And get a load of those shoes!!

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Of course the rain stopped when we finished the outdoor photos.

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If you’ve never been to Carnivale Restaurant just do yourself a favor and go. And be sure to get a margarita 😉

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Make up by A Modern Face (Anjelica Santillan)

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Cakes by Karen

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Amazing blues music by Giles Corey of Stoned Soul, Roger Femalli and Roberto Agosto of Head Honchos.

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From the couple…

“Dresses by David’s Bridal, Make up by A Modern Face (Anjelica Santillan ), cake by , blues music by Giles Corey of Stoned Soul, Roger Femalli and Roberto Agosto of Head Honchos. 
Doug from Carnivale was an angel and made planning for our day so much easier and so much more enjoyable. I loved each and every purchase because it was made with my little gift from God, my maiden of honor, my daughter Alyssa! She was even there for my lingerie shopping for my bridal boudoir,  which was the hubbie’s fave (besides the shoes)! 
As far as advice for other couples, take a week before the wedding to enjoy your loved ones and each other because the stress of that week can be unbearable.  You may feel like everything your husband to be is doing is wrong and annoying, but know that you will love him again once the big day is done! Enjoy your honeymoon phase to the umpteenth power.
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A special thank you and ultimate gratitude goes to Joseph Cuellar, the groom’s best friend from childhood,  for being our officiant. He made me cry before I even heard from my groom. He really did an amazing job! 
And to my photographer…she made us feel even more special on an already special day. Hilda brought out the sunshine on a cloudy rainy day.
My favorite memory on a day full of wonderful memories would have to be having my 92 year old father there to give me away. As I got older and he got sicker, I never dreamed he would be there to see his only daughter wed; but, I am so blessed that I had a chance to share in that day with him.
The groom’s favorite memory of the night is a two parter : chasing his bride around the Wrigley building with an umbrella to get the perfect shots and standing in front watching his beautiful bride come down the aisle wondering “How did I get so lucky?” 
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Chicago Fashion Photographer- Beauty, Editorial, Portrait Photography | Kellie



Isn’t she just stunning? Photographed at my studio, using only natural light. Looking forward to our next shoot Kellie!

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Disney Themed Wedding | Century Memorial Chapel | Bobak’s Signature Events | Amanda & Fred



This day was full of emotions and lots of fun Disney details! Of course I loved all the red accents 😉 Kudos to the wedding party and the couple for braving the weather for a few fun photos.

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Dress: Clarice’s Bridal- St. Louis, MO

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Hair/Make-Up:  Zano Salon & Spa- Naperville

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One of my all time favorite Groom shots by Carol.

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Church: Century Memorial Chapel- Naperville, IL

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Venue: Bobak’s Signature Events:

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Flowers: Dreamscapes Wedding Floral Designs– Amanda

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From the couple…

“Venue: Bobak’s Signature Events: It was truly amazing getting to work with Liz at Bobaks. She helped us think of so many amazing personal touches to our wedding that truly made it magical.

Photography: When I was looking for a photographer for our wedding I wanted someone that could really capture our relationship and make the photography come alive. I could not have asked for a better photography team than Hilda and Carol. They were so accommodating and definitely allowed me to have a stress free wedding. Hilda basically walked with me throughout the entire day and gave me much needed direction. My husband got to hang out with Carol and she was an amazing sport and worked great with all the guys. Their photography is perfect and I would recommend them to everyone!!

Wedding Bands: HappyLaulea on Etsy– Hawaiian Koa Wood from Oahu, HI

Groom/Groomsmen: Men’s Wearhouse | Bridesmaids: David’s Bridal

Videographer: Imagination Designers

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DJ: Yazz Jazz Entertainment- Amy and David: they brought our wedding to the next level. They genuinely cared about our music interests and made our wedding an unforgettable experience for all of our guests.

Favorite Purchase: Our venue suggested the idea of us having an ice sculpture and we decided to get it made into Cinderella’s Castle, it was definitely a highlight of the wedding and was even more impressive since it also doubled as a martini bar.

Favorite Memory Bride: Seeing Fred start crying as I was walking down the aisle. Definitely a memory that I will never forget.

Favorite Memory Groom: Getting stuck in the elevator 2-3 times with the photographer at our hotel.

Advice: I think the wedding was a lot less stressful because I had my hair and make-up artists come to my house instead of going to a salon. I would recommend this because it eliminated all the stress of having to go somewhere and be there by a certain time and I definitely felt a lot more relaxed.”

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