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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!



Acquaviva Winery wedding | unique outdoor wedding ceremony | Marjorie & Adam



I’ve been dying to blog this wedding since the day I photographed it. It was raining on and off most of the morning but when it came to photos and the ceremony the sun was shining and the weather was perfect. This really was one of the most fun, unique, interesting places I’ve ever photographed. It’s a winery just outside of Chicago, and the owners could not be any more gracious. All the photos are done on their property, the Bridal party had use of the pool-house and the grounds. Marjorie and Adam were a DREAM to photograph. They gave me plenty of time to take advantage of this amazing place. They made sure Carol and I got a warm plated meal, thank you! BTW  Acquaviva Winery  has a beautiful restaurant (which is where the reception took place) and THE MOST delicious food you will ever have. Go there now…I hear they have great wine ;)

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 Karen the Maid-of-honor is one of my former Brides, so that made this day even more fun and special! Hi Karen!! Please get back on FB, I miss you.

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These boys they gave me so many photo-ops, I can’t even  show some most of them ;)

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I mean, come on, look at all this gorgeousness! I have dreams like this and then I wake up and say “Is this real life”? Yep, my job is awesome!!

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From the Bride…
Acquaviva Winery Maple Park, IL   Fell in love with the place the second we walked in. Everyone is friendly, and we felt right at home.  We figured it’d be completely out of our budget to have our wedding, there, but made an appointment with their event coordinator, Shelly, anyway.  We knew immediately that was the place we’d have our wedding.  Shelly and Joe (the owners son, and also an event coordinator) were great to work with, and were there to answer any question we had about the day.

Dress: Bought my dress from Volle’s Bridal in Lake Zurich. Formosa from the Blue Line by Enzoani

Flowers: bridesmaid bouquets made out of baby’s breath from Mariano’s; brides broach bouquet was made by Ann Prince (mother of the bride); boutonnieres were made by Lillie Nevills (bridesmaid, and sister of the bride)

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DJ: Roberto Monastero from Monastero Entertainment.  He was referred to me by a friend who had him DJ her wedding.  LOVE him.  We are still, being told how awesome the music was at our wedding. Roberto was flexible, professional and completely accomodating.  He even mixed our own entry song for us.  We gave him only a few songs we wanted played that were important to us (like our first dance song, and our recessional song) and he did the rest!

Cake: made by Ann Prince (mother of the bride). Adam LOVES Oreos, so i figured it’d be a nice surprise to make our wedding cake out of Oreos.  It’s nice having a personal baker who can make whatever you want without spending an arm and leg.

Tux: Guys purchased vest and pants at Men’s Warehouse, we provided their ties, and shoes.

Officiant: Christina Gallagher.  Friend, and co-worker of the bride.  She is actually the one who talked to Adam about setting up a “safety meeting” (aka happy hour) with the construction guys that were working on the hospital we were nurses at, with the intention of setting Adam and I up.

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Shoes: Our shoes were personalized online from converse.com,, my ceremony shoes were from the clearance rack at DSW-$9! (I KNEW I wouldn’t be in them all night, so what’s the point of spending a lot on them?!?!)

Favorite Wedding related purchase: our personalized “Dr. Chip” (that’s my nickname for Adam) and “Mrs. Chip” converse, and our wine barrell “guest book”. We painted on our name ourselves, and will one day hang it on the wall, or make a side table out of it.

Favorite wedding memory: Even though we did a first look, i still loved seeing Adam up at the altar as I walked down the aisle.  Making eye contact with him was the only thing that prevented me from balling my eyes out.
There’s not a lot we would have done differently.  We spent time on what was important to us, and feel our wedding was personalized just enough to suit our personalities.  We didnt go overboard, or stress about the tiny details that would have ruined the planning process.  I have to say, we both enjoyed the planning. We just wish the night didnt end so quick.
Advice for couples – Make your wedding yours, and focus on what’s important to you. Don’t stress about the things you can’t control,  because on your wedding day, there’s no time to worry. Enjoy every minute of the day because it’ll be over before you know it. Oh… and make sure you get an amazing photographer!!’

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Photography by me, Hilda Burke/Angel Eyes photography.

PS. Just a kind reminder from photographers everywhere…our photos are protected by copyright.Please do not edit the photos, it devalues our work and makes us very sad. Thank you for understanding!





Chicago engagement photos with fire truck/fireman | firefighter engagement session | Dori & Patrick



I adore these two! Dori is my favorite make up artist in the whole universe, so I was beyond thrilled when she asked me to photograph her wedding :)  Of course it doesn’t hurt one bit that she’s marrying a hottie fire man ;)

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Saddle and Cycle Club Chicago wedding | photo of the week | Lauren & Dustin



Totally obsessed with this photo! Probably one of my all time favorite first dance photos.  Taken at the beautiful Saddle and Cycle Club in Chicago.

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Unique Engagement photos | Chicago photography | Fun engagement session | Claudia & Matt



I love a couple who thinks out of the box! Can you imagine how happy I was when this gorgeous couple suggested that we take photos in a factory? YES please!! This is how you create something unique.

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A little rain didn’t stop us from having fun.

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Naper Settlement Chapel wedding | Chicago Marriott Naperville reception | Briana & Alex



This wedding is one Carol (my lovely and talented assistant) and I will talk about forever!  There were  several memorable moments, one which had one of us flustered and speechless and the other one doubled over in laughter.  ;)  The other moment had us squealing and jumping with joy, thank you Briana and Alex for trusting us and going along with our crazy photo ideas.  You are a photographers dream.
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Flowers: Town and Country gardens.
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Yes, this Bride laid  in the grass in her wedding dress, no it didn’t get dirty, yes she’s pretty freaking awesome and gorgeous!!! So yeah much happiness and jumping happened after we took this photo.
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From the Bride…
‘Chapel: Naper Settlement Chapel in Naperville. We loved the uniqueness and the quaint feel of this chapel. We had the ‘rent a rev’ Jim Rehnberg officiate it. Our guests loved him and he really tailored our ceremony to us.
 
We had 90% guests from out of state so we knew we wanted a hotel. We really liked the space and the hotel rooms and the food was fantastic. The interior of the hotel was also very modern and unique. It made for awesome pics! It was a perfect place to have it at while still being convenient to our guests.
 
Dress: Paloma Blanca. Strapless lace on top and silk organza on bottom. Love the look of black and white together and wanted a black sash. I absolutely loved the contrast of my black sash with the ivory gown. I couldn’t have been happier with my choice!! (Purchased at a Joyful Occasion in Naperville)
 
Shoes: Kate Spade Karolina pumps in ivory with gold heels
 
Flowers: Town and Country gardens. I absolutely loved my flowers and my vision really came to life! I wanted peacock colors and jamie went above and beyond picking flowers/colors to go with my theme. I had orchids, hydrangeas, white roses, and a few peacock feathers within my bouquet.
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DJ: Soundscape disc jockey. They also provided our photobooth which had unlimited photos for our guests. Our guests and my husband and I really enjoyed it!
 
 Videographer: Precision Video.
 
Groom and groomsmen suits: believe it or not (my husbands idea) every suit was bought at H&M. They all got
Teal ties off line. The suits and dress shirts were all from H&M. They all wore the old school black Adidas with the white stripes to coordinate with my black and white dress :)
 
Cake: a signature honey mousse cake. It was a white cake base with honey mousse filling. Our guests really raved about our cake and it was a unique flavor.
 
My favorite wedding purchase was definitely my dress. It was everything I envisioned and was happy with everything about it.
 
My favorite wedding memory was walking down the aisle seeing my future husband waiting for me. It was exciting and comforting seeing him there on the alter!
 
I would suggest that brides really explain their visions clearly to their vendors and take your time planning. There is so much that goes into planning and you don’t want to be stressed. Take it step by step. One piece at a time and it’s not as stressful! It all ends up working out in the end!!’
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Chicago wedding photographer, Salvage One reception photos | Katelin and Robert–photo of the week



Salvage One is a great venue for a Chicago wedding!! It’s a gorgeous and unique space and I cannot wait to go back! Here’s favorite photo, well one of many :)

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Chicago/Glenview engagement photos | fall photography | outdoor engagement session



Ah beautiful fall I already miss you! I’m so glad I have these photos to look upon during these cold dreary days. Looking at this happy couple makes me smile! Had a blast photographing these two, I hope you enjoy the photos :)

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River’s Restaurant wedding | Chicago reception venue | Allison & Sarah



The first time I met Allison and Sarah we got along so well I wished we could just be friends even if they didn’t hire me. Although I’m super happy that I got to photograph their incredibly FUN and LOVE filled wedding I hope we’ll always stay in touch and be friends. Love you guys and I hope you enjoy the photos :)

Flowers- Larkspur

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 From the couple…
  • Venue- River’s Restaurant- We chose River’s because we wanted our wedding to highlight Chicago, with the option of holding everything outdoors. River’s delivered! We’ve been told by many people that the food was the best they’ve ever had at a wedding! Dancing the night away on a terrace overlooking the Chicago River was priceless.
  • Month-of Coordinator- Midwestern Bride- Ashley Kuehnel- Ashley was there for us throughout the entire wedding planning process! She was always available for any questions, big or small. Ashley had some great ideas and suggestions along the way. It was such a relief to see her the morning of the wedding and know that she would assure everything went as planned!
  • Dresses- Sarah’s was Casablanca. Allison’s was Sophia Tolli. We did not see each others dresses before the first-look!
  • Shoes- TOMS (Allison- Crochet Teal, Sarah- Crochet Lavender)
  • Flowers- Larkspur- Beth Barnett- Beth totally understood our vision. We gave her a lot of flexibility, in terms or colors and flower choices. Her arrangements were more than we could have asked for! She brought our vision to life!
  • Photography- Angel Eyes Photography- The AMAZING Hilda Burke! What a joy to work with; we had so much fun, just the two of us, hitting up some scenic spots in the city with Hilda and Sue. Hilda is so talented and has an eye for capturing the moment and adding a beautifully artistic touch. We have absolutely loved the first glimpses we’ve seen from our wedding and can’t wait to see more!
  • DJ & Lighting- A Posh Production- Matt Windsor- Matt kept his promise, the dance floor was packed all night! We also gave Matt full flexibility, we loved the song choices he played! The Italian string lighting gave us the elegant, “backyard” wedding-feel we wanted on the Chicago River!
  • Cupcakes- Chicago Cupcake- Brendan Bolger- Absolutely delicious! We had 9 different flavors for guests to sample. The display was beautiful.

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Favorite wedding memories, from both brides: We couldn’t choose just one!

  • One of our favorite memories was the ceremony itself. We wanted our ceremony to be very personalized and reflect us, which it absolutely did, with the help of Rabbi Goldberg. We handpicked a meaningful adaptation of the 7 Blessings and had our siblings and close friends read them. We wrote our vows together and exchanged them in a “ping-pong” format, where we each read one line to the other. They were so meaningful to us and truly reflected our relationship!
  • Our first dance, to Michael Franti’s “Life Is Better With You”, was perfect! We had a difficult time deciding between a few song favorites, but we loved the pace of this one. We had fun swinging each other around the dance floor to the upbeat tune!
  • Dancing the night away on the dance floor with our family and friends. We are known to never leave the dance floor at weddings, and this was absolutely true at our own wedding!

Advice for couples getting married- Your wedding day is YOUR wedding! Make it your own! And enjoy every last minute of it. Eat the food, drink the drinks, and dance the night away. It goes by very quickly, so don’t forget to take a minute to look around and take it all in.”

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Chicago engagement photos | family photos with dogs | Edison Park fall photos | Jessica & Tony



I love this photo below, I actually love all of them. But how cute is little 4 pound Jack all dressed up for the engagement photos?

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Everyone all together now….awwwwwww!!!!

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Looking forward to December for their wedding!!





Grand Geneva wedding reception, Lake Geneva, WI | St Peter Church ceremony, Antioch IL | Christine & Scott



Christine & Scott got married in a beautiful Church and had their reception in a gorgeous setting, but the most memorable moments from their wedding for me,  is how fun they are together. I laughed at Scott’s silliness all day long, even at the Church…the only time I saw him quiet is when his Bride was walking down the isle. Let’s take a look, shall we?

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 Flowers by Lilypots 

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Wedding reception was at the Grand Geneva.

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I just don’t even know what to do with shy, quiet couples ;)

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From the Bride…

‘Ceremony was at: St Peter Church 557 Lake St, Antioch IL, 60002
I have been going to St Peter Church since I was an infant and to this day my family still attends St Peter Church. Father McMahon was very helpful on what needed to be done in order to be married in the Catholic Church and definitely made Scott and I laugh at times. St Peter Church was having construction done on the roof and a week before the wedding I was told by the organist (Mrs. Kellman) the organ was not in the church due to the construction. Mrs. Kellman also said she had been trying to get a hold of the organ company to have the organ put back into the church prior to our wedding, but was unsuccessful. Even during the rehearsal the night before our wedding Scott and I were told, no organ. :( 

Then our wedding day…. while I was waiting with Dad to walk down the isle…. I heard the organ and the beautiful music I’ve been hearing Mrs. Kellman play since I was a little girl. :) Then the doors were opened and I saw Scott standing at the end of that long isle. The joy I felt at that moment was the same joy I felt the first time I held my children when they were born. Even just thinking about it now, brings tears of joy to my eyes.

Reception was at: Grand Geneva in the Maple Ballroom7036 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva, WI 53147

Cori Congemi with Grand Geneva was very helpful with getting everything set up. The food was good, but the chicken wasn’t made like they were supposed to make it. There was also a table that didn’t get their dinner till almost 9PM because supposedly Grand Geneva ran out of beef when they had the final count well before the wedding date. I also wasn’t happy when Grand Geneva tried to the table a cheaper meal. Sadly my meal was also done wrong. I had a special meal because I needed soft food and they didn’t even make it. :(
 On the other hand, Grand Geneva is beautiful place for a wedding but on the expensive side.

DJ: MDM Entertainment. They were awesome of course!!! Just love them! Music and lighting were just awesome and everyone loved it!!!

Grand Geneva wedding reception, Lake Geneva, WI  St Peter Church ceremony,  Antioch IL (27)

 Flowers were by: Lilypots Fresh Flowers and Gifts 605 W Main St, Lake Geneva, WI 53147
Scott and I were stressed out about trying to figure out the flower arrangements prior to the wedding.  I had pictures of how I wanted the bouquets to look and ideas for colors but was not completely sure on center pieces. We sat down with them and they were very good on trying to give us ideas. I told them flowers I liked and colors with them actually bringing out flowers to show us. They even brought out different roses to make sure they matched the bridesmaid dresses. When it came to our wedding day, I did not have to worry about the flowers at all. Lilypots set up the isle runner and had the flowers set up at Grand Geneva. I have to say after the first meeting with Lilypots the stress was gone in regards flowers and the flowers were beautiful on our wedding day.

The Tuxes, Bridesmaids dresses, and gown were from: La Sposa Bridal 7507 41st Ave, Kenosha, WI 53142
The Bridesmaids dresses were made by D’Zage and my gown was a David Tutera. La Sposa Bridal was very good on helping out with picking out the dresses and very nice, but I would not recommend getting alterations there. The bridesmaids informed me their dresses were altered incorrectly a few times. I actually had the same problem as well and there was a few times I had to tell them I needed the same thing fixed (like the hem on the bottom of the dress was uneven).
 
 The Flower Girl dresses were actually First Communion dresses I had purchased from Sears. I then altered the dresses, sewn and made the red ribbon for the dresses, and then sewed them onto the dresses. It was actually a lot cheaper than buying flower girl dresses plus the girls could use them for their First Communion. :) I also made the red bows for the ring bearer pillow and the flower girl baskets so they would go with the tuxes and bridesmaid dresses.

 Of course my favorite wedding purchase was my bridal gown. I absolutely loved it!! I also had fun picking out Sarah’s dress because she was so cute and said, “Mom I want to look like you!”
 
My best memories were the church ceremony, Scott’s reaction when he first saw me at the church, and my Dad singing Ave Maria. I also loved dancing with Dad and Grandma at the reception. LOL also, Sarah later in the night really wanted to dance with me to “Let it Go”. As soon as we were done dancing, she pulled two chairs together, laid down on them, and fell asleep immediately. 
 
One thing Scott and I wish we did was enjoy the reception more. It seemed like everything was a rush at the reception and it was over before we knew it. I also wished I would have seen Grandma singing with the piano during cocktail hour (I was actually just told about that a couple days ago). I would also recommend just hiring someone to take video of the wedding because the camera I brought for someone to use was never used to take video.
 
I have to admit another good memory of our wedding is taking photos with you and Carol. Especially when we were outside our room at night. We still laugh to this day and I’m really excited to see those photos.’
Grand Geneva wedding reception, Lake Geneva, WI  St Peter Church ceremony,  Antioch IL (26)




















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