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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 Herrington Inn & Spa Geneva, IL | Brunch wedding ceremony & reception | Mary & Chris



I photographed the Bride’s (twin) sister’s wedding a few years ago. I was so thrilled when this happy couple asked me to photograph their unique brunch wedding at the The Herrington Inn & Spa
It’s a gorgeous  luxury boutique hotel nestled on the Fox River in Geneva Illinois, it was the perfect setting for the intimate wedding this couple wanted. Even though the day stared off with rain, shortly after the ceremony the skied cleared up, and everyone was able to enjoy the great weather and the stunning views.
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Dress: The Crystal Bride, Geneva.
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Makeup: Nicole Wagner, Glam by Nicole
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Photo by Carol
Photo by Carol
Ceremony time 🙂
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Officiant: Reverend Dan Sullivan
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 From the Bride…
‘Venue, The Herrington: fabulous, wish we could’ve had ceremony outdoors, staff Deanne and Rose were super attentive.
 
Florist: Anton Engelman at Town & Country Gardens: doesn’t personally do weddings anymore but did mine as he is the “family florist”
 
Rings: State Street Jewelers. Chris designed my ring himself, I’m still obsessed.
Cake: The Cakery in North Aurora | Arbor: built by my brother Andrew
Guitarist: Hector Fernandez, incredibly talented, most songs were special requests and he played them beautifully.
 
Officiant: Reverend Dan Sullivan. We have a lot of discussion whether or not we get married in the Catholic Church, based on the type of wedding we wanted it wasn’t an option. Reverend Sullivan was formally with the Catholic Church but left because he fell in love and got married. Couldn’t have asked for a better gentleman to perform our special day.
 My favorite moments: when my dad saw me after I was done getting ready, chatting with my hairstylist Michael and make up artist Nicole while getting ready, both have become dear friends. Chris coming to my bridal suite at 11 pm the night before because I was restless and staying with me until I fell asleep. My Mom and Nora (my brothers girlfriend) keeping everyone in line…all morning. My Dads epic speech, it was his last one, he had a lot to say.
Chris: seeing Mary, that was my whole day.
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Funny moments: Meg was hangry in the morning. Our buddy and groomsman JB stopped at McDonald’s to get her food before the show.
Bridesmaids Brittany and Sarah being confused for the “Brides” in their ivory dresses by a couple at the hotel bar.
Meg and JB getting in a parasol sword battle in the Courtyard.
Chris: nothing to report.
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Notes: neither one of us are comfortable being the center of attention. We opted for the Sunday brunch wedding with a smaller group so we could focus on conversation with our guests while sharing our day. Having an adults only wedding was paramount in the success of the very quick day. I know our siblings and friends who are parents enjoyed themselves much more. Plus only having the ceremony then eat and drink without other traditional events saved us from getting overwhelmed. Advice for couples, it’s your day, do what you want. A lot of people questioned the lack of stimulation and extras that have become standard (stupid Pinterest) for our wedding. We absolutely loved how quickly the day was over so we could resume just being us.’
 And then because I’m the luckiest photographer in the world we got to go take photos at  DuPage Airport. The couple met there while working for the airport 10 years ago. The Bride is now a Flight Operations Manager for a private company, and the Groom remains a technician for the airport authority.
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Chicago engagement photos in Lincoln Park-South Pond bridge | wedding photographer | Yesenia & Roly



Lincoln Park-South Pond bridge is truly is one of the most stunning locations in all the city, and perfectly captures the  contrast of concrete and steel skyscrapers rising above the natural beauty of Lincoln Park. That’s where I met up with this gorgeous couple for their Fall engagement photos.





Our Lady of Pompeii catholic ceremony | Hilton Chicago Hotel wedding reception | Francesca & John



I have never seen a view like that from a Bridal suite, it was just stunning!! The getting ready and the reception took place at the gorgeous Hilton Chicago Magnificent Mile.

Dress from Ultimate Bride, shoes from Badgley Mischka 

Flowers by Steuber/Mt Greenwood Florist & Greenhouses

The Bridesmaids reactions were priceless!!

Off to the Church!!

The ceremony was at the beautiful Our Lady of Pompeii

Reception time!! Hilton Chicago Grand Ballroom is breathtaking.

Cake made by the Hilton Cake topper lladro

Flowers by Steuber/Mt Greenwood Florist & Greenhouses

James Traut at Big Fish Music Productions packed the dance floor!

From the Bride…

Funny wedding memory me and my mother in law (crazy to say) were just talking about how we did almost have a ride to the mass and you were about to hail a cab haha

Cake was actually made by the Hilton which was great  Cake topper was a lladro
Best wedding memory was when of course being pronounced Mr and Mrs John Aye, but also my favorite was being on the balcony and seeing everybody there for us and that when it all hit me that we just got married 
Best advice I received before our wedding is that the day goes by so fast take time to take it all in and that’s exactly what we did! It was the best event we will ever throw .. and I loved every part and second of the day! 
Dj was James Traut big fish productions- he was absolutely great!”




Fall engagement session | Chicago-Park Ridge wedding and engagement photographer | Maja & Travis



 This beautiful engagement session took place right across the street from my studio, at Pioneer Park. I’m so lucky to have such a great location, there are several parks within a 3 block radius, and a beautiful waterfall too 🙂

 Yes, they look like models…yes they are just as sweet as they are gorgeous!! We lucked out with the most perfect fall day, look at those colors!  

My studio is located at 7132 N. Harlem in Chicago (#205) Niles and Park Ridge are within walking distance…send me an email to schedule your session 🙂





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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