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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 | studio photographer | pregnancy photos with family pet | Katy & Brendan



I photographed Katy and Brendan’s wedding a few years back. I’m so happy I got to see them and their puppy Charlie during this special time in their lives.  All the photos were taken in my studio. Contact me today to set up your session 🙂

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Hotel Arista wedding photos in Naperville | Illinois wedding photographer in Chicago | Caitlin & Stephen



Things I like about the Hotel Arista...it’s unique, plenty of parking, great staff, amazing food, wonderful service. Things I liked about this wedding…absolutely everything….super sweet couple, kind friends and family, adorable (and well behaved!) children, and the most amazing dress (that train!!!)

Dress by  Mira Couture

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Flowers by Floral Events

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Photo by Carol.

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Flowers by Floral Events

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The Bride’s Uncle, Steve Engelhardt did the beautiful ceremony.

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Flowers by Floral Events

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If you ever wonder if up-lighting is worth it, the answer is yes!!

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It’s always a pleasure working with MDM entertainment.

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From the couple…

‘Vendors there was Hotel Arista, Angel Eyes Photography, Floral Events Mira Couture for my dress and Dance Spa for dance lessons.
 
Our favorite wedding purchase was Garrett Popcorn  that we put in the welcome bags.
 
Our favorite wedding memory was the first dance.’

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Firefighter engagement photos | Fall engagement session with dogs | Chicago photographer | Katie & Mike



This session had all my favorite things…dogs, the color red, hot fireman, beautiful woman, golden light…YES, to all those things a hundred times over 😀

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Published on Borrowed & Blue | Stan Mansion Chicago featured wedding | Chicago wedding photographer



So thrilled to announce that Yana & Steve’s wedding has been published again! This time on Borrowed and Blue 🙂

Click here to read all about it!!

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The Redfield Estate in Glenview Wedding photos | The Grove unique outdoor ceremony & reception | Lenore and Brian



The Redfield Estate in Glenview is one of my all time favorite places to work. It’s such a charming beautiful mansion surrounded by acres of greenery…clearly Lenore agreed when she decided that this would be the place to have the most exquisite English Garden themed wedding. No detail was left to chance, everything was perfection. The happy couple collected those amazing antique tea-cups that the cup cakes were served in, if I remember correctly so was the lace and the plates on the tables.

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All the flowers were from Morning Glory Flower Shop

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All the pretty sparkley Bridal must haves!

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First look 🙂

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Reverend Anne Styx did a wonderful job with the ceremony.

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I adore this moment! The happy couple paused their exit to turn back and look at all the happy faces of their friends and family.

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How cool are these name cards? They’re hand made tiny canvasses on tiny easels! I’ve never seen anything like it!! If you want more info please contact [email protected] or 847-208-0867

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Morning Glory Flower Shop

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Morning Glory Flower Shop

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Practicing their first dance in the gorgeous sunset light.

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Hel’s Kitchen Catering

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Cocktail hour visitor.

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Hel’s Kitchen Catering

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Oak Mill Bakery

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Oak Mill Bakery

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Oscar Swan wedding in Geneva Illinois | summer outdoor wedding reception | Alex & Jake



The Dress! The Venue!! The Band!!! This Wedding!!!!! I’m running out of exclamation points, but take a look and see for yourself how gorgeous this wedding was. Thank you Alex & Jake for allowing me to capture your beautiful wedding day,  enjoy the photos 🙂
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 From the Bride…“My favorite wedding purchase Kate spade tennis shoes and my Kate spade heels for ceremony.
 
My dress was the shit – literally and worth every penny (thanks mom) I pretty much have the coolest parents ever…did you see that wedding?
 
Couples advice- there is no such thing as too much planning Go Big or Go Home and enjoy every minute because it’s the greatest day EVER
 Flowers: Forget-me-not Flowers I know Debbie and knew her work before the wedding but she even surprised me at how amazing everything looked
Suits: Men’s wear house…Thanks for not f*in%  it up.
 
Dress: Nicknamed “Big Brown” bought at Veil and Elegance with a custom made veil to match
 
Venue: Oscar Swan
I have wanted to get married here since I was super little we have done a lot of family events here including my confirmation/ 8th grade graduation. So very thankful they let me and my crazy friends and family come in and over take the place for the day.”
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Makray Memorial Golf Club Barrington wedding photos | Saint Emily Catholic Church Mt Prospect, IL | Nicole & Chris



I feel lucky that I get to work with couples like Nicole & Chris…they are happy and willing to anything to great photos, which makes my job easy…. and it was just a huge bonus that their wedding was at my one of my favorite places to work Makray Memorial Golf Club .The staff and the food never disappoints, and this time I got an unexpected bonus…I discovered Nothing Bundt Cakes, so SO SOOOOOOO delicous! I’m running out this afternoon to buy some, YUM. See photo at the end of the blog post, but now let’s get ready for some Bridal prettiness 🙂

Wedding Shoes: Forbes by Nina Shoes in Grape Luster Satin

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Florist: Purple Rose Florist

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Wedding Dress: Brides by Demetrios

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Florist: Purple Rose Florist | Invitations: Minted

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Jewelry: Merry Richards Jewelers

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Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal

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Bridal Hair & Makeup: Debra Petrielli Freelance Hairstylist & Makeup Artist

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Ceremony: Saint Emily Catholic Church

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Tuxedoes: Men’s Wearhouse

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Cake: Lovin Oven Cakery

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Florist: Purple Rose Florist 

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DJ & Lighting: MDM Entertainment

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Snuck out for a few sunset photos, and the moon was up too!!

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DJ & Lighting: MDM Entertainment

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Desserts: Lovin Oven Cakery

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THE BEST wedding favors ever!!! Nothing Bundt Cakes

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From the couple…

‘Reception: Makray Memorial Golf Club – From the moment we first visited Makray, the venue and scenery took our breath away.  The golf course grounds are beautiful and the inside of the venue is absolutely gorgeous.  The wedding coordinators Jaci, Laurie, and Lynda helped us create the wedding of our dreams.  From the décor to the food and service everything was amazing and we received nothing but compliments.

Florist: Purple Rose Florist – Purple Rose was the only florist that we visited.  Ana helped us every step of the way and did an amazing job on all of the arrangements.  She delivered flowers to the hotel location as well as the church and venue. Ana helped set up the arrangements at each location throughout the day.  I was absolutely in love with my bouquet as well as my bridesmaids’ bouquets and the groomsmen’s boutonnieres.

Photographer: Angel Eyes Photography – While researching for wedding photography, I fell in love with Hilda’s pictures. Hilda was amazing to work with throughout the entire wedding process. Hilda and Carol have awesome personalities and kept us smiling and laughing throughout the entire day. They went above and beyond finding the perfect locations for pictures on our wedding day. Hilda and Carol are such a great team and work perfectly in sync with one another; they made us feel comfortable taking pictures throughout the entire day!

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DJ & Lighting: MDM Entertainment – Our DJ’s, Robert and Sigi, did a great job from the announcements to the music.  They kept everyone on the dance floor all night! MDM’s website made selecting music that much easier and the lighting and our name in lights looked beautiful.

Videographer: I Do Video by Leo – Phil Hosticka – Phil was easy to work with and really delivered on the video of our wedding day.  The video truly captures our entire wedding day and allows us to relive every moment from getting ready in the hotel to ending the night on the dance floor with our friends and family.

Cake & Desserts: Lovin Oven Cakery – We loved designing every aspect of our wedding cake! We were able to incorporate both of our favorite cake flavors into the different layers! However the cannoli cake was by far our favorite!!

Wedding Favors: Nothing Bundt Cakes – We discovered these delicious bundt cakes a few years ago and it was love at first bite.  We knew that these cakes would make delicious wedding favors.

Wedding Dress: Brides by Demetrios – I visited Brides by Demetrios twice before finding the wedding dress of my dreams. I knew I wanted a lace dress with a low back and that is exactly what I found. I fell in love with my dress immediately and couldn’t believe I had to wait a year to wear it.  I never wanted to take my wedding dress off!

Bridal Hair & Makeup: Debra Petrielli Freelance Hairstylist & Makeup Artist – Debbie and her team did an amazing job! They were extremely accommodating and allowed each of my bridesmaids to have their own special look. I loved my hair and makeup and it stayed perfect throughout the entire day and night!

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Our favorite wedding related purchase is difficult to choose, as we loved everything! However we would say our photography and our venue are our top two picks. Hilda and Carol were able to capture amazing pictures throughout our entire wedding day! They work so well together that we felt comfortable the entire time and absolutely love the pictures they captured on the golf course at Makray. Makray Memorial Golf Club allowed us to feel as if we were in Tuscany, Italy. The view off of the balcony was absolutely gorgeous! Our guests could not stop talking about how amazing it was to be able to go out on the balcony throughout the night!

Our favorite wedding memory is seeing each other for the first time when I was walking down the aisle with my dad. Chris and I were so nervous about the whole wedding ceremony, but all of our nerves went away as soon as we saw each other.

Overall we absolutely loved our entire wedding and feel we made the absolute best choices for us! However to add dimension to the reception room, we would have done a variety of centerpieces instead of one type.

Advice….Your wedding day will go way too fast; before you know it the last song will be playing and your special day will be ending! Remember to take the time to stop, look around, and take everything in! Have fun with your guests but remember to take time to enjoy one other as it is your special day!’

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The Armour House, Lake Forest wedding photos | Chicago wedding photographer



A few previews from this stunningly gorgeous Lake Forest wedding at the The Armour House. Wedding dress by Demetrios.

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Indian Lakes Resort wedding, Bloomingdale IL | Maggie Sottero wedding dress | Ashley & Nick



I loved so many things about this wedding, the pretty colors, the adorable kids, the all-in-one location, the happy couple and of course the epic cloud shots. The last photo in their blog post will definitely be one of my forever favorites. Thank you for climbing the hill in your gown Ashley, you were a trooper 🙂

Flowers- Bella Flora

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Dress- Maggie Sottero. Purchased at The Crystal Bride,

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The couple’s little boy was definitely the star of the show, he gave me so many great photo ops.

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Make up by Gia Densford.

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First look <3

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Venue- Indian Lakes Resort, Bloomingdale, IL

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Officiant- Kim Panzarella

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From the Bride…

“Dress- Maggie Sottero. Purchased at The Crystal Bride, Geneva, IL. This was one of the BEST experiences in the wedding planning process. From the first step in the door at The Crystal Bride I felt like I was the most important customer they had. They made the process so special and I was actually sad when I picked up my dress because I didn’t have to go back!
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Flowers- Bella Flora. Lindsay with Bella Flora was wonderful to work with! Such fresh ideas and seems to really understand modern brides!
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Hair- The amazing Emily Wohead and Tara Krzmarzick both with Frank Gironda Salon. Both made each girl look unique, but listened to what they had envisioned as well!
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Make-up- The super talented Gia Densford. I loved watching each girl look in the mirror as Gia finished their make-up! Their faces were priceless seeing how beautiful they looked.
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Musician- Scott Hamilton. He was amazing! He was willing to learn any song we wanted for our acoustic ceremony/cocktail hour and added a fun upbeat vibe when he brought in the band for our reception. He was also our emcee and kept our guests involved the entire time.
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My favorite wedding purchase was definitely my dress. From the experience I had at The Crystal Bride, to the dress itself It was such a memorable experience. I loved my dress the second I put it on (it was the FIRST dress I happened to try on)! I literally did not want to take it off the night of my wedding. Had it not been for the corset (thank you to my sisters who got that sucker SUPER tight) I probably would have slept it in. It was just perfect. I am still trying to find a reason to put it back on! 🙂
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My favorite wedding memory was the first look. The excitement I had right before seeing Nick was indescribable. I couldn’t wait to see him and have him see me! We had so much fun after doing our couple pictures. He literally made me laugh the entire time. This really eased my nerves for walking down the isle and made that part of our big day even more special. I was really able to enjoy the moment instead of being caught up in my nerves.
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After looking back, I feel so lucky to have had all the wonderful people, vendors, photographer ;), family and friends involved in our big day. It was everything I had ever dreamed of and more. I can’t thank the people who helped make the day what is was enough. I couldn’t have done it without so much help from so many talented people. I feel so grateful to be able to go back and reminisce on such an amazing day!
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Advice for couples–Truly enjoy every moment. I know you hear it over and over, but to say the day goes by in a flash is a vast understatement. Before you know it, its last call and the last song. The day is gone in a blink of an eye, so getting caught up in the tiny details that no one else will even notice is not worth the time. Spend the time with the people you love most and cherish the day!
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We are so excited to see the photos. A HUGE thank you to you and Peter for your work with us and our not-so-easy wedding party! You are so talented and I can’t wait to share all our photos with our family and friends! You are AMAZING!!”
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Chicago boudoir photography | Bridal boudoir | sexy photos



I’m often asked about what to wear for a boudoir shoot? The answer is anything you want. No need to over think it, just bring whatever you feel sexy in. This gorgeous bride-to-be brought her future husband’s shirt, and a simple bra and panty set. I think it’s perfect 🙂

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