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month: August 2009




Karen and Paul Wedding, Allerton Hotel Chicago

Karen managed to pull off a miracle. She planned this amazing wedding in a few short weeks, from 2,000 miles away. It was beautiful and intimate. The ceremony and reception took place at the Allerton Hotel in Chicago. It’s a truly unique Hotel, it’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places. [ http://www.theallertonhotel.com/ ]

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Cute little window built into the wall and the bride’s shoes.

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Karen looked Ah-Maz-ing!

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The groom wasn’t too bad either 😉

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They decided to see each other before the wedding, so we’d have plenty of time for photos. Here’s Karen approaching, I love the anticipation on Paul’s face!

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Awww, the first look 😀

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Few photos around the Hotel, photo ops everywhere!

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Then we were off to shoot around the City, check out the guy giving them the thumbs up.

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Wowza!

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In the cab.

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Back at the hotel, just before the ceremony I saw this incredible light coming though the window, I asked Karen to come over for a few shots, and the result is one of my absolute favorites!

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The ceremony.

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The vows,  I love the look on Paul’s face.

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Immediately after the ceremony, Karen’s little boy was overwhelmed with emotion. Everyone was crying including me!  He is the sweetest most well behaved kid I have ever met. His answers were ‘yes, ma’am’ and excuse me ma’am’ . I want to send my kids to live with Karen for a few months, I think she could whip them into shape.

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In a few minutes he was fine, and ready to help me out with the rig shots.

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Around dusk we ran back out for a few more photos.

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The view from the reception.

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Yum!

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Another favorite.

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Here are the vendors that helped make this wedding possible….notes from the bride.

Shelia Newman was my contact at the Allerton, she was extremely helpful and a sweetheart. She delivered exactly what I wanted. (p): 312-440-1500

Flowers – Linda M. Eskra with Art Miller’s Florist.
Again, beautiful job. She did everything last minuted and I could not have been happier with the results.

Cake – Bonbon Bakery

Hair & Make-up – Sonia Roselli Esthétique
Jo – Make-up Amy – Hair
Two super sweet amazingly talented women.

Thanks for visiting my blog, Hilda Burke, Chicago IL Photographer.





Leah and Kyle Engagement, Navy Pier Chicago

Leah and Kyle live about 200 miles from Chicago. Leah  hired me just based on what she saw on line. I was really exited to finally meet them when they came to Chicago for their engagement session. We clicked right away, they are so easy to be with and talk to, and huge bonus they are both naturals in front of the camera!

This park near Navy Pier had special meaning for Kyle and Leah, so it seemed like the perfect spot to start the photos.

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They are so cute together!

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Leah told me she loves reflection shots, and I’m like ME TOO !

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There was a band playing some lovely romantic jazz, so I asked them to do a little dancing 🙂

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These two dancing shots are probably my favorites!!

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Red door and reflection, double bonus!!

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Kyle wanted some night shots with the Ferris Wheel lit up…here you go.  🙂

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You don’t wanna know what I had to do to get this shot.

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Looking forward to seeing you in November for the wedding!

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Ashley and Dave, Engagement session in Chicago

These two lovebirds met at their local neighbourhood bar, the Emerald Isle. Ashley was there with her friends and Dave (with the help of some liquid courage) approached them. I guess he’s got a pretty good pickup line, because here we are just a few months away from their wedding.  I like to incorporate places that are meaningful to a couple so it was a perfect place to start our photographic adventure.

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The beautiful courtyard in the back. It was barely after noon, so we pretty much had the lace to ourselves….so romantic 🙂

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From that point on we just drove around the City and stopped for photos wherever we felt like it, so much fun!

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We found this cute little Coffee-shop-resale-store…I love Chicago!!

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We had a yummy lunch at the red & yellow hot dog place. Thanks for lunch Dave 🙂

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They were such good sports, sat on the floor without hesitation.

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Major cuteness!

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Cool red bench at a firehouse.

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My favorite photo from the session, LOVE<LOVE>!!!

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Angel Eyes Photography, Chicago IL

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Naomi and Family @ Tipsy Cake Chicago

Naomi is the owner of Tipsy Cake in Chicago. I got to know her when she made my son’s incredible birthday cake.  I’m so happy I live far away from this bakery because I’d be stopping by every day for her incredible treats. They. Are. To. Die. For!!!

OK moving along to her darling little boy, Mikey.

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He’s so adorable!

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Some daddy loving….

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And some from Mommy….

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🙂

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The flower shop next to Tipsy Cake didn’t mind us stopping there for a few photos.

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Naomi asked me to take some photos of her & the staff, but not to make it the ‘standard’ head-shots. Naomi was up first.

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And a couple of her bakers…

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He’s not part of the staff, he’s part of the ‘zombie cake’ they were making! I kid you not, you cannot come up with anything they can’t make, check out some samples on their website.

http://www.tipsycakechicago.com/ Yes, they do amazing wedding cakes.

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In front of the store/bakery where the magic happens.

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One of my favorite shots of Mikey.

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Angel Eyes Photography, Hilda Burke Chicago IL Photographer

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