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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 Chateau Bu-sche wedding reception | Lake Katherine wedding photos | Kristyn & Eric



Kristyn is a fun, fearless Bride…I love that about her, and her hottie husband sooo easy on the eyes ;)  I could photograph these two for weeks and not get bored. What a fun wedding this was, below are the highlights, enjoy!

Wedding dress by Justin Alexander

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Shoes from Nordstrom.

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Makeup/Hair – Dori Mae Makeup Artist and Todd Fisher

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Flowers by  Stemline Creative

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Lake Katherine is a gorgeous place for photos.

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Models, I mean really!

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Ceremony and reception were both at The Chateau Bu-sche

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Flowers by Stemline Creative

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Carol’s view…

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…and mine.

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Photo booth fun :)

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From the Bride…

The Chateau Bu-sche – This place is very underrated. I think because of it’s location, it’s sort of over looked. All I wanted was a big white tent to get married in, rather than a cookie cutter banquet hall, and this place has two very beautiful  atriums. They have just remodeled the rooms connecting to the atriums (which are also included in the price of renting the space) so the place is stunning, and it was definitely large enough to accomodate our wedding size. The staff is friendly, and so on top of things. I felt like they were always right there when I had a question or needed something throughout the night. They set up plenty of planning meetings with us, food tastings, etc. so I always felt pretty organized. :) 

The DoubleTree Hotel-I had to throw the hotel in there, because LuAnne Tarvid was SO incredible to us. I probably called her twice a month adding more hotel rooms, shuttles, asking questions, etc. She was one of my favorite people to talk to in the planning process. She was so accomodating, patient, and on top of things. She told us the bar was open until 2am, but that we could party in the lobby as late as we wanted. Who wouldn’t love her!

The Dress -I saw a picture of the dress on Pinterest and fell in love with it. It was a simple, sweetheart neckline, lace ball-gown, and I knew by looking at it I would still be able to eat, drink, dance and enjoy my night. (The most important things to me!)  It was a Justin Alexander, and the very first dress I tried on. I knew my mom would never let me get away with only trying one wedding dress on, so I tried about 10-12 others, but always knew it was the one I was going with. 

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Flowers – My flowers came from Stemline Creative in Chicago. I did some yelp searches and Ryan with Stemline had very great reviews. I met with him for 5 minutes and knew I was going with him. I didn’t put much thought into the flowers ahead of time, and every question he asked me I basically said – “I don’t know, what do you think?” Needless to say, he had a great vision for my wedding flowers based on the little feedback I was able to give and the flowers turned out phenominal. I am happy to say that I actually took notice of all of the flowers the day of the wedding, from the poms down the center aisle at the ceremony to the dinner centerpieces, to the cake flowers, everything was just perfect. Ryan did a fantastic job.

Makeup/Hair – Dori Mae Makeup Artist and Todd Fisher They were really great to work with! I trusted both of them to just kind of make me look like ME. I think Dori put all of the right colors on me, and made me look natural. That’s exactly what I wanted!! I sort of just trusted Todd too, to curl my hair and put it half up. The guy makes better curls than I’ve ever seen!!!

Videographer – PD Video Films. Frank was really great. I hadn’t even met him, I pretty much just booked him through emails. (If you can’t already tell, I’m pretty trusting of people. I always go with my gut.) Frank was professional, came in and took a ton of film, and had our video back to us sooner than expected. The video is awesome, and includes about an hour long video and a “highlights” video which is 3-4 minutes.

Cake – came from The Chateau Bu-sche – I wish I remembered what all of the layers were inside, but I don’t. I know the cake was a quilted butter-cream frosting white cake with different fillings. Yes, Fondant looks better, but I think it tastes like crap, so I went with butter-cream frosting. 

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Reverend Frye was awesome! Funny, dry humor, SO accomodating and helpful putting our ceremony together. Punctual, and fun!!

I used Wedding Paper Divas for the Save the Dates, Invitations, and shower invitations. I LOVE that website.

Tuxes – Men’s Wearhouse by Vera Wang 

I bought my shoes at Nordstrom because they had blue bottoms so that was my “something blue.”

 The girls got Kate Spade Secret Garden Pendant Necklaces. The guys got Justin Ray Bans.

Favorite memories –At the hotel while we were all getting ready, my grandma handed me a note and said “I had to write it down, because I’m not sure I could get it out with out balling my eyes out.” She gave me a dante gold ring with a turquoise center stone. The note read “Dear Kris, this ring is from my mother, given to me on graduation from high school so it’s “OLD.” Now it is yours to keep! Please take good care of it as it’s from your great grandmother. Give it to your daughter one day, along with my love. Love you! Grandma. – I can’t even type that with out shedding a tear! She is such a special person to me.

My dad had the best speech I’ve heard – ever, at any wedding I’ve been to. I’m not being biased either. It was a perfect mix of laughter, tears, sentiment, and emotion. It surprised me because I’ve never heard my dad speak publicly before, and he just knocked it out of the park. Definitely one of my favorite moments of the entire night.

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Advice–The #1 thing we were complimented on was having the ceremony and reception back to back, and at the same place. This day/night is about you, but it’s also about the 150+ people choosing to spend their Saturday celebrating you. Don’t make them regret it. :) Make sure they are comfortable, fed, drinking, and that they feel appreciated. Out of town guests deserve a gift of some sort. Water, snacks, etc. We did snack bags and put a lottery ticket inside. On the envelope we wrote “Are you getting lucky tonight?”

Don’t sweat the small stuff. SOMETHING will go wrong. If you get upset over it, ultimately it’ll ruin your night. Ask people for help if you need it. This is the one night of your life you want to look back and remember that you were happy through every minute of it. Look at each other often throughout the night and remind yourselves that this is for you. These people are all here for you both. If you don’t soak in those moments while they’re happening, then it is easy to say the night was a blurr. Don’t let it be a blur!

Oh yeah, and eat your food and have a DRINK!’

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  • A. MAZ. ING!!


  • I’m planning a similar wedding in June: Same photographers (they’re the best), same photo venue, same wedding venue, and same make-up hair. So happy that the combination worked out so well for you two! Love the photos, and your easy going attitude!


  • I love it. The dress was GORGEOUS!! The venue is beautiful. Got that awwwww feeling all the way through and i wasn’t even there!! Good job.





Saints Faith Hope and Charity, Winnetka wedding | Saddle and Cycle Club Chicago reception | Lauren & Dustin



This wedding was a perfect example of style and class. Every last detail was thought out, and the entire day went off without a hitch. So happy to be sharing these amazing photos from Lauren and Dustin’s wedding.

Dress: VWIDON by Carla and Kenneth

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Shoes: Badgley Mischka white satin pumps with a crystal brooch | Belt: The Left Bank

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Hair: Livia Caporale, love working with her she’s amazing!!

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Flowers: Alexandra Justino at Exquisite Designs

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Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo in dove/silver grey

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Reception Venue:  Saddle and Cycle Club

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Veil: Mira Couture 

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Flowers & Decor: Alexandra Justino at Exquisite Designs

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First dance.

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Band: Blue Water Kings Band

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From the couple….

‘Church: Saints Faith Hope and Charity in Winnetka, IL  – it was the church Lauren grew up going to in her hometown so it was really special for us to be married there.

Reception Venue:  Saddle and Cycle Club – We loved this venue!  It is such a special place and really felt like we were somewhere completely different than the city.  The outdoor terrace is amazing and we lucked out with a perfect fall day so everyone could enjoy cocktails outside!

Dress: VWIDON by Carla and Kenneth – I knew this was the one as soon as I tried it.  I loved the simple elegance with the amazing rose detail in the back.  I extended the train quite a bit from the original design because I love long trains!

Shoes: Badgley Mischka white satin pumps with a crystal brooch | Belt: The Left Bank

Veil: Mira Couture |  | Makeup: Jen Brown with Nika Vaughan

Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo in dove/silver grey | Groom’s Tuxedo: Hugo Boss

Hair: Livia Caporaleshe is absolutely amazing.  I don’t think a single hair fell out of place all night!

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Band: Blue Water Kings Band – we knew we wanted something other than the traditional wedding band.  They were so much fun and really got people out on the dance floor!

Flowers & Decor: Alexandra Justino at Exquisite Designs – flowers were one of the wedding details I stressed about the most throughout the planning and Alex was incredible to listen to all my ideas and make them come to life!

Cake: Il Giardino Del Dolce chocolate with raspberry and white chocolate mousse.

Videographer: R.E.M. Video – it was very important for us to capture our day every way we could with both photos and video.

Photographer: Hilda Burke with Angel Eyes Photography of course! Her pictures speak for themselves and we couldn’t be happier!’

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Chicago proposal photography | Lincoln Park Zoo lights | proposal photographer | Jeff & Kelly



I love photographing proposals, although they stress me out more than  weddings….it’s the whole ‘will I find the right couple in the dark’ type of stress ;) Jeff is a fantastic guy and a great planner. Thank you Jeff for inviting me to part of your ‘new’ beginning :)

Here’s me being all stalker-ish and following them in the crowd.

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I think at this point Kelly said “Is this really happening?”

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There was a huge crowd behind me watching and recording.

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Woo-hoo!!! Who’s happy to be engaged?

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Congratulations to the happy couple!

PS. If you are engaged and are looking to book a photographer for 2015 please do not wait…most independent photographers book 12+ months in advance. I am already 50% booked for 2015. Please e-mail me [ hilda at angeleyesphotography dot com] to check if your date is still open. Have a happy New Year everyone!!!!





Venuti’s wedding photos | Addison IL reception venue | Jess & Tony previews



Below are a few favorites from Jessica and Tony’s freaking awesome wedding at Venuti’s in Addison. Check back for the full blog post!

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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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Personalized Converse All Stars.

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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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Chicago Marriott Naperville, great photo ops and beautiful light.
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Flowers: Town and Country gardens.
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 Groom and groomsmen suits: H&M.
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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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