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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!



Cantigny Engagement Photos in Wheaton | Cantigny Park Engagement Session |



This happy couple was so fun and easy to photograph…their only request? Flowers and color, I think that’s a check for both!!  Cantigny is one of the prettiest places for photos in the Chicago-land area…they just are going though a little construction and the new additions will be so worth it! The Park includes large formal and informal gardens, two museums, a 27-hole golf course, a picnic grove, a playground, hiking paths, restaurants and a gift shop.





The Grove Redfield Estate Wedding, LGBT-Friendly Wedding Vendors/Same sex weddings, Erik & Frank



Erik & Frank got married on Friday the 13th on the anniversary of their first date. I’m so happy that they chose me to be their photographer.  I just loved how they made this wedding totally their own, there are no more rules people!! Just do what makes you happy 😉 HUGE kudos to them for planning this wedding in 5 weeks, yes not 5 months…but 5 weeks.

Photos with the fur babies.

They had the most beautiful orchids all over their home.

This cracked me up…wedding day…”Booze diet”

Their sisters were at the house to help them get ready.

The flower girl was the sweetest.

Tuxes: The Men’s Warehouse

Venue: The Redfield Estate

Flowers by AimStudios

How gorgeous do they look? Everyone got to choose their own dresses.

AnitaWeds – Anita Vaughan, Life-Cycle Celebrant

Love working with Anita! She writes the most meaningful and personalized ceremonies.

Orchid potting ceremony.

Succulents as wedding favors!

Too bad Anita never has any fun 😉

Caterer: Refined Dining

Flowers by AimStudios

Caterer: Refined Dining

Speeches…

Pies: Jarosch Bakery in Elk Grove (Chocolate Cream, Dutch Apple, Dutch Cherry)

I asked them if they were to feed each other the pies, to which Frank replied…”No, we’re grown ass men, we know how to feed ourselves” 

And then, since it was Friday the 13th, we had a little fun 😉

From the couple…

‘Flowers: Ordered them from work (FTD) and friend/coworker Amy Constanzo arranged them, AimStudios .

Music: We enlisted out friend Timothy Suchomel to help us make a playlist of songs and he was the one in charge of playing the music (He was the one with the pipe and cane that you took a photo of with his girlfriend in the flapper dress)

Our favorite wedding related purchase must be the rings – reason being is that the rings were the first items that we bought. We looked at rings and made our decision together! We knew we wanted matching rings, and then Frank surprised me and had the rings engraved.

Favorite wedding memory: Walking down the aisle with our mothers seeing the people who have supported us throughout our relationship.

Anything to have done differently? -Nope. Leave it the way it was!

Advice for couples: DON’T FREAK OUT ABOUT PLANNING A WEDDING. If we can do it in 5 weeks, so can you. Just put your mind to it. Research. Make decisions while keeping it simple. Don’t overthink.

How did we do it? We knew for starters we did not want a religious/church wedding. Frank really wanted something as simple as going to the courthouse, but I did not. So we compromised on a smaller wedding with an intimate group of friends and family. We chose some simple, yet elegant options that showed our personalities. We decided to add more personal touches with the décor of pictures of us and the geeky touches with the figurines. What really helped with some major choices was the open house at the Redfield estate where we got to meet you and Anita! It was a fortuitous meeting of some amazing talented people with amazing personalities. The reason for the date we chose was that it is the anniversary of our first date. 8 years later. Frank really wanted that date, and since I can be indecisive, the short time frame made me make decisions a lot faster and I wouldn’t change a thing. Either would he. 😊’





Our Lady of Perpetual Help Glenview | Michigan Shores Club Christmas wedding | Meaghan & Alan



Meaghan & Alan is the kind of couple I dreamed about when I first started my business. They are just the sweetest, kindest souls, and after meeting their families it’s obvious why. When planning this wedding nothing was left to chance from the photo timeline to the hand crafted centerpieces the couple was hands on. I’m so happy to share their magical December wedding! (Yes, I know I’m a bad photographer, I’m behind on blogging, but the wait it so worth it)

Flowers: Millefiori Florist Ltd  Ceremony: Our Lady of Perpetual Help 

Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Hair & Makeup: Patty McGuire Hair & Makeup Artists

Ceremony: Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Glenview

Couple of quick stops in Glenview, where we caught some amazing light!!

This is how happy they were the entire day! My trusty and faithful assistant Carol making sure the Bride’s dress stays clean.

Since the Groom works there, we had special permission to take photos at Charles Deering Library (on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston) I love it when my couples think outside the box for their wedding photos!

Flowers: Millefiori Florist Ltd

Dress: Fifi’s Bridal Boutique

Flowers: Millefiori Florist Ltd

Yes, we got to shoot inside too!!!

Tux: Calvin Klein

Last stop before the reception, the little cafe where the happy couple had their first date 😀

Reception: Michigan Shores Club

Lighting & Uplighting by  Robert J. Nicpon Productions

Cake: Michigan Shores Club

Flowers: Millefiori Florist Ltd

DJ: Robert J. Nicpon Productions

Lighting & Uplighting by  Robert J. Nicpon Productions

From the couple…

‘Our phenomenal photographer was our favorite wedding related purchase! Our wedding day absolutely flew by, so to have such incredible photos that capture the whole day and all the small details we may have missed is worth every cent! All these photos captured the love and joy of the day, not just with us and our wedding party and family, but of our guests as well, and we will be able to look back at these photos and be transported back to so many moments on the best day of our lives.

There were so many beautiful memories it is hard to pick just one. Seeing our wedding come to life from the planning stage to seeing our vision finally realized in-person when the doors opened to the reception was breathtaking. It had exceeded our dreams of the day, and we were blown away by stepping into a room so filled with love and sharing the day with our family and friends.

Our priest taking a selfie with us on the altar during the Homily was quite a highlight! Additionally, being able to dance with my Dad and do a mix of songs was so fun (neither of us are dancers, but we both had an absolute blast dancing together!) It was very much us to play around and get a laugh for our dance together.

We were engaged on December 17, 2016 and planned our wedding for December 16, 2017… with a year-long engagement and starting the planning early, we thought that would be plenty of time for lots of do-it-yourself projects. That time flew though, and the projects kept multiplying, from creating the centerpieces to designing and creating our “Akers’ Mark” bottles to all the little things in-between (if anyone needs to know how to dip their own bourbon bottles… give us a shout!) But it brought us even closer together (if possible!) and helped us make sure that our wedding truly was a reflection of us as a couple. At the end of the day, we didn’t get a lot of sleep that year, but it was incredible seeing everything finally come together when the doors at Michigan Shores opened. Every second of that past year was worth it for that magical day!

Enjoy the day and soak as much of it in as you can, because it will fly by!’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





Chicago engagement photos in Lincoln Park/North ave. beach | Save-the-dates with pets/dogs | Colleen & Joe



Had a fun session with Colleen & Joe this spring, looking forward to their Winder Wedding in 2019!! First stop, the picturesque and popular Lincoln Park in Chicago.

Could these geese have better timing? I was so happy I caught it!!

Hair and make up by Melanie Larson.

Halfway though the session, their puppies Lucy & Lola came to join them <3

Second stop, North Ave. beach.

And if you think working with dogs is easy, I give you this perfect outtake 😀

But in the end, it’s all worth it!!

Follow me on Instagram to see daily photos, and fun behind the scenes action 😉

 





Chevy Chase Country Club wedding venue in Wheeling | Chicago wedding photographer | Kathryn & Andrew



Chevy Chase Country Club is fabulous if you want great food, excellent service and a gorgeous venue, all in one place.  Kathryn was a Bride with a specific vision, and she made it happen. From the candle-lit ceremony to the stunning flowers the whole wedding (including the model couple) was truly breathtaking.

Venue: Chevy Chase Country Club

Flowers by Abby Marshall

Dress: Volle’s Bridal & Boutique in lake Zurich

Make up by Paulina 

 Hair by Taylor Zerante

Photo by Carol

Photo by Carol

This is Reuben, he’s a  Scottish Fold

Drizzle, ready for the ceremony.

                                        I heard giggles and the patter of little feet…I didn’t actually see what happened because I was working on the cool candle shot,                                                                          but then I saw this photo during editing 🤣

Ceremony by Jill Kottmeier

Tux : The Black Tux

Flowers by Abby Marshall

Cake: Lovin Oven Cakery

Get FAMOS! DJ Entertainment. These guys are insane!!

I have never seen a dance-floor like this, from kids to Grandpas, everyone was dancing!!

From the Bride… “Best wedding experience was walking down the aisle seeing my gorgeous man in about to marry. I forgot to put on my belt for the ceremony but it all worked out and snazzed up my dress for the reception.I wish I would of asked someone to video records the flower girl and ring bearer down the aisle. For others: take so many pictures but enjoy your time and live in the moment. It’s the best day of your life.”

 





Hubbard Inn Chicago wedding reception | candlelit wedding ceremony | Red wedding dress



I was thrilled to photograph this intimate non-traditional wedding at the Hubbard Inn restaurant in Chicago. The Bride wore a red dress (with pockets), they had a cocktail hour before the ceremony, and my favorite non-traditional, non-religious officiant Anita Vaughan did the fabulous ceremony.

After many years in the wedding industry nothing really surprises me anymore, but when I walked in and saw this incredible ceremony space, my jaw hit the floor…candles filled the entire table, it was just so stunning! I probably took way to many photos, but I was full on obsessed!!

Thank you to Carolyn for second shooting with me.

The bride making sure her phone is off 😉

 





The Celebration Farm Iowa City, IA wedding | Chicago wedding photographer | Amy & Dan



Honesty time…I’m not a big fan of traveling for weddings…it’s out of my comfort zone, I stress about forgetting stuff at home, I worry about getting lost etc. However when I do travel for a wedding, I do it for a couple who truly is special.  This couple took their wedding planning seriously, but made sure they really enjoyed every minute if the actual day. There was plenty of time for fun photos at some of the most scenic locations, I mean WOW! And if that wasn’t enough we snuck in some stunning sunset photos, and even had a few minutes with the full moon. Any and Dan I cannot thank you enough for trusting me with your memories, and allowing me the time to create some of my favorite photos ever!!

Hair and Makeup: Salon Voche

Dress: Hope’s Bridal

First look.

Flowers: Sam’s Club and fiftyflowers.com

Suit: Indochino

How adorable are these kids?? The little boy was the Ring-BEAR-er 😀

Photo by Carol

Photo by Carol

DJ: Jitterbug Events

DJ: Jitterbug Events

 From the couple…
‘Favorite Purchase: Most of decorations we made ourselves, including invitations, center pieces, and flowers. We had a lot of fun together designing the invitations and picking out the picture frames, lanterns, and flowers.
 
Amy’s Favorite Memories: Sneaking onto the Apple Orchard property and getting hounded by the resident black cat. Also when guests started realizing that our first dance was choreographed.
 
Dan’s Favorite Memories: The moment the dance floor blew up for the first time and everyone was dancing and singing together. And leaving the busy party behind to take sunset pictures was very deeply satisfying.
 
Funny Moments: Calling the groomsmen to stop at a liquor store to pick up booze for the bridal party getting ready. The peanut gallery yelling “Yeah! Get it girl!” when the bride ate the first cupcake. And when our officiant called all of our friends hired extras.
Because we didn’t a receiving line, we should have made cocktail hour an extra 20 minutes longer to give us more time to greet everyone before dinner started.
 
Enjoy the planning process, because it lasts a lot longer than the wedding day. We had so much fun putting our day together that the day seemed like nothing went wrong.
  Make sure to do what you want to do on your wedding day. If you want to dance, dance. If you want to leave to take pictures, do it. If you want to eat brisket, eat that. Make the day yours and you can’t go wrong.
 
Also, don’t skimp on the DJ or the photographer. Having their support through the whole process was invaluable.’




Redfield Estate at the Grove in Glenview | Chicago wedding photographer | Ginger & John



This wonderful couple found me though the Redfield Estate. As my regular blog readers know, it’s one of my most favorite places to photograph weddings. If you’re looking for a unique venue with stunning nature and gorgeous photo ops around every corner, this is it!  I had a blast chatting and planning with the Bride’s Mom & the Bride, they chose their vendors carefully, but trusted them to execute their vision. Enjoy the photos!!

Dress – Gigi’s Closette

Makeup – Adrianna Ghilarducci

First look.

Venue – The Grove/Redfield Estate 

When Grandma sees the Bride for the first time…such a special moment.

Flowers and arrangements – Morning Glory Flower Shop

Rings – Sandburg Jewelers

Perfect example of why two photographers are important…when dad is ready to walk in with the Bride I’m already at the ceremony site…by having another photographer, fun moments like these are not missed 🙂 Photo by Eric

Photo by Eric

Flowers and arrangements – Morning Glory Flower Shop

Catering – Catered by Design 

Bacon Bar!!

Hair – Gary Gwin

Photo by Eric

Photo by Eric

iPod DJ – Just Press Play, Naperville Photo by Eric

Vintage car –  Classic Wedding Car





Millennium Park and Chicago Cultural Center engagement photos | Ridhwana & Jason



This happy couple wanted something different for their engagement photos.  I suggested the Chicago Cultural Center, it’s a beautiful place not only for photos, but it also has several free museums inside and it’s open to the public 7 days a week!  Since Millennium Park is right across the street, we made a quick stop there too 🙂





Michigan Shores Club wedding photos | Wilmette wedding reception venue | Alyssa & Lewis



I love super chill couples…bonus points to said chill couple who does a first look, and has a bunch of fun people in their wedding party! First look, ceremony and reception all at the stunningly gorgeous Michigan Shores Club in Wilmette.

Dress – Allure Bridals (from Glamour Closet)

Shoes – Badgley Mischka

Photo by Carol

Photo by Carol

Venue – Michigan Shores Club

Flowers – Romance In Blooms

Flowers – Romance In Blooms

Venue – Michigan Shores Club

Flowers – Romance In Blooms

 

Flowers – Romance In Blooms

Officiant, Andrea Luburich

Venue – Michigan Shores Club

Flowers – Romance In Blooms

Flowers – Romance In Blooms

DJ TecKniquE

From the Bride…

‘Dress – Allure Bridals (from Glamour Closet) alterations by Gail Terenzio Doyle

Makeup – Antonella Accolti #nellabellamakeup | Hair – Patrick Munoz | Wedding Planner Jessica Sturm

Favorite wedding related purchase – our cake topper (so our pup was part of our big day)

Favorite wedding memory – Lewis’s was seeing me for the first time, mine was having my grandma help me get ready, she’ll never know how truly special that was for me.

Funny moments – when our ring bearer/nephew let out the biggest sigh during a quiet moment during our ceremony. Also when our best man lost the rings, he put them down and never picked them back up – thank goodness one of the venue employees found them.

All of our vendors were amazing and went above and beyond to help make our day perfect! I never thought I could be so in love with flowers – Kathleen is beyond talented and made my ideas come to life in a way I could’ve never even dreamed of.

 And Hilda, you never had a dull moment and really kept our bridal party laughing… Everyone still talks about how much fun you and Carol were to work with!

Any advice for couples – leave your phone at home or just kept away, put someone else in charge of everything and just enjoy your day – it all goes by so fast. We were lucky enough to be able to eat our dinner while everyone was at cocktail hour – best idea ever because then while everyone was eating dinner we were able to go around to all our guests tables.’





















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