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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!



Orchard Ridge Farms/The Pavilion | Same sex wedding | Brianna & Eva



From the very first meeting it was obvious that this happy couple was meant to be. Whenever they talked about their wedding or how they met, one or both of them teared up. On their wedding day they were surrounded by friends, family, love and support…it truly was a joy to see.

A great big bonus for me was working with two of my favorite vendors/ friends Anita Vaughn with Anita Weds and MDM Entertainment.

Hair/Makeup: Madison with Kiss That Makeup!

Venue: Orchard Ridge Farms

Brides Dresses: Gigi’s Closette in Glenview, IL

Maid of Honor/Bridesmaid dresses: David’s Bridal

Best Man/Father of Bride Tux: Men’s  Wearhouse

Officiant: Anita Vaughn with Anita Weds 

Photo by Cheryl

Dance Choreographer; Krystal with Move the Beat

DJ/Photobooth:  MDM Entertainment

Catering: Henrici’s with the Pavilion at Orchard Ridge Farms

DJ/Photobooth:  MDM Entertainment

Vendors:

-Videographer: Gigi with Mike Staff Productions

-Cake: Design by Brianna Laase but baked by Marianos 

-Boquet: Brianna Laase with flowers from Michaels or Hobby Lobby

-Various Décor: Hobby Lobby and Michaels, Steven Lindstrom (aisle runner)

-Wedding rings: CD Peacock creations

From the Brides…

“Eva’s favorite wedding related purchase is the Message in Bottle bottles. She loves the idea of what they represent and the colors of the bottles. 🙂 Brianna’s favorite purchase is all of the décor elements because we hand made all of the decorations, invitations, programs, bridal bouquets, etc. Eva’s favorite wedding memory is her father daughter but with all of her brother’s best friend/lifelong friends. Brianna’s, besides walking down the aisle and seeing my wife, is taking night time pictures with the officiant and starting the “wedding scream” picture trend. 🙂 Eva’s funny moment was when we were up on the island during the ceremony, forgetting that what state we were in right as Anita said, “And now by the state of Illinois, I now pronounce you married and spouses for life.” Anita had to stop the ceremony to make sure Eva and I were paying attention.

Advice…Start planning early, don’t take time for granted, and have fun/enjoy the day. There will always be something that isn’t the way you expected it, but remember the main purpose of what the day is about.”





Madonna Della Strada wedding ceremony | Intercontinental Chicago wedding reception | Colleen & Aaron



This day was one of the rainiest days in my recent memory….but it didn’t matter! Everything went off without a hitch, and right at the beginning of the reception we got a tiny break in the weather to do a few outdoor photos. This wedding had so many gorgeous details, it was a feast for the eyes!!

Flowers: Anthony Gowder

Hair: Levato Salon – Ashley Carlevato

Dress: Matthew Christopher gown from Dimitra’s Bridal Couture

Hair: Levato Salon – Ashley Carlevato

Jewelry: Kendra Scott Bridal collection

Veil: Nymphi designs

Church: Madonna Della Strada

Flowers: Anthony Gowder

Classic Car: Classic Wedding Car

Tux: Ryan Seacrest – Macy’s Tuxedo Shop

Venue: Intercontinental Chicago

Cake: Bittersweet Bakery

Flowers: Anthony Gowder

Flowers: Anthony Gowder

Band: Orchestra 33

 From the Bride…
‘We absolutely loved the Intercontinental and the Renaissance ballroom was absolutely breathtaking. Chris Schmidt and all the staff at the Intercontinental went above and beyond to make sure our day was perfect!
Band: Orchestra 33 – they blew us away!! Our guests were on the dance floor all night!
Videographer: Poetic Productions
Headband: Brides & hairpins Los Angeles
Rings: Colleen: Jewels of Lake Forest Aaron: CD Peacock
Loved working with Anthony Gowder. From our first meeting with Cassandra I knew I wanted Anthony Gowder to do our flowers. Cassandra was amazing to deal with and we used her as our day of planner as well! The bouquets and all the centerpieces looked so stunning!
Hair: Levato Salon – Ashley Carlevato. They did an amazing job! Everyones hair looked beautiful and stayed in place until the end of the night. They were so much fun to work with and made the morning of beauty completely stress free!
Make up: Jennifer Stoller – Jennifer was amazing to work with and had all the girls looking flawless!
Favorite Memory: Seeing everything we spent 11 months and countless hours planning and working on come together. It was more than I could ever have imagined and it was perfect down to every last detail. Also, seeing all the love and support of everyone that came to celebrate our special day with us!
 
Advice: Always be flexible and prepared, go with the flow, and don’t stress about something you can’t control… like mother nature! Our wedding was on a “record rainfall day” in Chicago. Even though we couldn’t make some of our photo stops, do our church exit photos, or our sparkler send off due to the weather, thanks to Hilda we have the most amazing pictures.We planned ahead and had adorable clear bubble umbrellas for the bridesmaids, navy umbrellas for the groomsmen, and we just made it work. We made the most of the 5 minutes that it didn’t rain to take some amazing pictures on Michigan Ave and they are some of my favorite pictures of the whole day. Everything we had control of went perfectly, but the one thing that was out of our control didn’t and we just went with it!
 
Funny Moment: As we got off the bus at the Intercontinental my sister Kelly, who was my Matron of Honor looked at me and said it’s not raining!! She looked at Hilda and she said lets do it!! Hilda, Kelly, our videographer Keith, Aaron, and I ran to the Michigan Ave median and took full advantage of the 5 mins without rain. My amazing sister was squatting behind Aaron and me the entire time to hold my dress up so it didn’t get dirty from all the rain. Thank god she works out!! Kelly totally took one for the team and was the most amazing matron of honor. Whenever I look at those breathtaking Michigan Ave. pictures I laugh thinking Kelly is there squatting behind us in all these pictures! Will never forget that moment!’

  • Gorgeous wedding! Love the wedding dress, simple but elegant! Really love the photography too, great set of images. Everything’s just gorgeous!





Chicago wedding photographer | Itasca Backyard wedding | Kara & Andy



This happy couple didn’t have to travel far for their wedding, actually they did’t have to travel at all!! Both ceremony and reception were in their back yard. And check out all the fun DIY details, so pretty!

Hair and makeup by Neo Bella Salon in Naperville

This Bride is so super chill that she drove herself to the first look!

Dress from David’s Bridal 

After the first look we stopped by the Starbucks where the Kara and Andy had their first date <3

 

The Groom’s Mom made this gorgeous cake.





Christ the King Catholic Church Chicago ceremony | Beverly Country Club wedding | Colleen & Josh



Congratulations Colleen & Joshua, your weddings was absolutely stunning!!

Dress- Justin Alexander

Flowers- Dahlia Blooms

Hair- Nicolette Folinazzo | Make up- Linda Camacho

Church- Christ the King Catholic Church

The newlyweds showing off their new jewelry 🙂

Venue- Beverly Country Club

Flowers- Dahlia Blooms

Flowers- Dahlia Blooms

Band- The Connexion band

 

 From the bride…
‘Venue- Beverly Country Club and we couldn’t have been happier with the staff. Linda went above and beyond to make the day wonderful. Also extra special, my parents got married there 33 years ago ❤️

Flowers- Dahlia Blooms, Beata did an amazing job!

Cake- Creative Cakes located in Tinley Park

Favorite wedding Purchase- was our gift for my parents to thank them for all the love and support they gave to us throughout the whole process.

Favorite Memory- My favorite memory was seeing Josh for the first time as I was walking down the aisle, on my fathers arm! All of my nerves instantly melted away.

Something I would do different: really try to take in every single moment, the day really did fly by!

Advice- enjoy every second and marry your best friend :)’





Brookfield Zoo wedding ceremony & reception | Lindsy and Frank



When I first met Lindsy and Frank it was about 30 days before their wedding. WHAT? Yes you read that right. They had a photographer lined up (a big name studio), but the studio ended up cancelling on them. I felt horrible that they had to deal with this so close to the wedding…but I was super happy that they ended up hiring me.  Loved photographing this happy couple, their wedding was at Brookfield Zoo, so much fun!!

Shoes: Badgley Mischka.

Dress & Jewelry: Dress by Essense of Australia. Both the jewelry and the Dress were purchased at Diana’s Bridal in Skokie.

Photo by Cheryl.

Photo by Cheryl.

Venue: Brookfield Zoo

After the first look, we had plenty of time for fun photos, I recommend this to all couples who have their ceremony and reception back-to-back.

Venue: Brookfield Zoo

Officiant : Jeannie Walton

Cocktail hour…

Flowers: Betty’s Flowers and Gifts in Brookfield.

 Cake: Cannoli cake with buttercream frosting from Lezza Bakery

 

From the couple…

‘Venue: Brookfield Zoo, ceremony at Roosevelt Fountain, cocktails at Underwater Bears Pavilion, reception in the Discovery Center.
Venue organizer: Carly (She’s amazing) went above and beyond what a venue planner should have. She made everything so simple and        stress free.
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Food: Catered by Brookfield Zoo. The food was really good. I was originally worried about food coming from the zoo but it definitely exceeded my expectations.
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Shoes: Badgley Mischka. I love sparkle and these were the only thing I could find with that much bling!!!!!
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Hair and makeup: One Salon and Spa in Oak Brook (right next to Le Meridian). I loved this place. They were so accommodating and friendly.
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Hotel: Le Meridien in Oak Brook – The hotel is beautiful, however for the price the service and amenities were lacking.
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Cake: Cannoli cake with buttercream frosting from Lezza Bakery. Amazing!!! My husband is Sicilian and his family is from Sicily and they said it was the best Cannoli cake they have had in the states.
 
Dress & Jewelry: Dress was a moscato pink ballgown by Essense of Australia. Both the jewelry and the Dress were purchased at Diana’s Bridal in Skokie. Everyone at Diana’s bridal is amazing, however they have very limited time once you buy the dress to alter it. I had to take off work on 2 occasions for my alterations. Also my dress was a corset top and half way through the day one of the rods in the dress poked through the dress and impaled my hip. I would think after paying several thousand for the dress it wouldn’t have done that.
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Tux: Men’s Wearhouse  The tuxes looked great and everyone was able to pickup on time. I loved that one person could drop all of the tuxs off after the wedding.
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Flowers: Betty’s Flowers and Gifts in Brookfield. She made a trial bouquet and center piece for me to see what everything would look like.
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Invitations: DBY events and invitations. Beautiful quality. Kasey was such a huge party of planning our wedding. When we met with her, there were just so many things she recommended that we wouldn’t have even thought of on our own.
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Limo: Windy City Limo. Very reliable and professional
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Favorite purchase:
Bride: purchasing my husbands ring. I searched for months before I found his diamond band
Groom: Purchasing all of our wedding parties gifts
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Favorite wedding memory:
Bride: Getting to see the polar bears play in the water
Groom: Being able to see everything we planned come together at the end of the day
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Something you wish you would have done differently:
Bride and Groom: never having a wedding. The stress put on us for planning this wasn’t worth it. 
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Advice…If you can make it through planning a large wedding, you two are going to be just fine!’
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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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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.”





















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