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month: September 2009




Eaglewood Resort outdoor wedding, Itasca | Nicole and Matt

ea don’t even know how to describe the awesomeness that is Nicole and Matt, there are no words in my limited writing skills and vocabulary. Let’s just say that I adore them. The way they love each other and their families is truly something unique and special. Their friends are funny and a little nutty which was a perfect fit for me! So let’s start with the getting ready photos.

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The girls reaction to Nicole in her wedding dress, priceless.

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Matt and his best man.

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They decided to see each other before the ceremony, which gave us plenty of time to do the fun photos. (Note to future Brides, to get these type of photos we usually schedule about 2 hours of shooting time, not counting travel)

I LOVE how exited they are to see each other, this is just a split second before the first look.

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The bridal party ¬†was so great, running all over town. In the photo below one of the girls was being nibbled on by fire ants and you can’t even tell which one she is! She was such a good sport she waited till the photo was done to kick off her shoe and hop around!

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The handsome men.

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LOVE X 10!!!

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LOVE!!!!!

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Oh yes, we found a cool diner and the owner was so gracious, she even offered to move tables around for us. (we declined)

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I was so proud when I came up with this shot…Nicole & Matt though the diner window with the best man and the 2 maids of honor’s reflections in the glass. YEY!!

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Back at the hotel before the ceremony, Matt greeting his ‘Opa’ , so much love!

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Nicole’s Dad giving her away, could there be 2 prouder men?

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Ceremony.

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Kids keeping busy, so sweet!

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Can you¬†believe¬†this cake?? So unique, covered in chocolate shavings!!! I was so bummed, I didn’t get a chance to try it ūüôĀ

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Fist dance.

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The band was great! They had the party jumping ¬†ūüėČ

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A little air trumpet from one of the bridesmaids, and some support from the groom. Fun!

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And they lived happily ever after!

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I’d like to wrap up this post by sharing an e-mail I got from the groom after the wedding.

Hello Hilda,
How are you doing?  Now that we are back from our honeymoon I just wanted to let you know how pleased I/Nicole are to have had you as our photographer for our wedding.
When we first started planning the wedding I did not care about the photography and left that up to Nicole to make the decisions.  After working with you, I am 120% certain that Nicole made the right decision and have been shocked by the talent/skill of your work.  I am extremely excited to see our wedding day pictures!!!
I never would of thought that I would be this excited about pictures, but I am, and I think that you should know that you have converted me from someone that didn’t care to someone who is checking Nicole’s facebook everyday in hopes of a new picture.¬† Thank you for making my wife HAPPY!!!!
With that said, I have referred you to a family friend.  His son may be getting married in the near future and I gave him your email.  I will do whatever I can to promote you and your business.

P.S. Nicole doesn’t know that I am writing this.
Thanks again,
Matt




Mid America Club Wedding, Chicago IL | Becky and Ben

This wedding was all about the WOW!  Amazing views at every location. This is the view from the hotel where the bridal party got ready, and of course the dress.

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Becky getting ready.

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I loved that she wore her hair down, she looked beautiful.

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Meanwhile on a different floor, the men also get ready for the big day.

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I love Ben’s smile!

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The ceremony was at St.¬†Ignatius Church in Chicago. ¬†Becky’s parents got married there also.

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I LOVE this moment. The bride greeting the grandparents.

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My assistant’s point of view. (Great shot Carolyn!)

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Right after the ceremony I had the privilege to ride on the trolley with the new Mr. & Mrs. while the guests cleared out. I love the “Just Married” sign reflecting on the glass¬†panel¬†I was sitting behind.

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More sweetness…

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These are the moments I live for…that one split second when they forget I’m there and the joy truly shows. My favorite photo hands down.

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xst-ignatius-church-1aFun photos at the Lake front.

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Another favorite ūüôā

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View of the sunset from the Mid America Club, where the reception was.

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The¬†speech¬†was a huge hit! Love Becky & Ben’s reactions.

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First dance.

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The perfect end to the evening, fireworks over Lake Michigan.

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I want to thank Kevin Sullivan, party planner extraordinaire, who did an amazing job with this wedding.  Kevin thanks so much for your patience and help.

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Pam and John Chicago Engagement session

Taking photos inside the Art Institute of Chicago is challenging to say the least. There are guards every 10 feet, and they do not appreciate any sort of pro equipment or photographer. Oh how I love a good challenge!

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There is very loud clown art in the new modern wing, so if you’re scared of clowns leave when you hear the evil laughing. This photo cracks me up it’s so cute…Pam is leaning in ready for a romantic kiss, and the clown is looking down at them like, ‘well, let’s go!’

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This is not a photoshop trick.

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One of my many favorites, love the flare!

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Outside in the gardens I discovered one of Pam’s hidden talents… yes, she can walk on her hands all day long and look cute doing it.

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Yep, I called and ordered that backdrop, don’t you just love it?

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One of their favorite things to do is read together, aren’t they just so sweet?

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These two are my absolute favorites from the session, I can’t decide which one I love more.

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The ring box that John proposed with ūüôā

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Hilda Burke, Angel Eyes Photography, Chicago IL





Jill and Andrew, Elmhurst IL Wedding

Jill and Andrew had a beautiful  wedding day. The church and the reception hall were only about 1 block away, so it was  convenient  for everyone.  When I got to the brides house the gorgeous dress , by Priscilla of Boston was already hanging in a very photogenic spot.

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The rings by Tiffany & Co.

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The girls helping Jill get dressed.

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LOVE this photo of Jill and her sister.

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Jill and Andrew decided to see each other before the ceremony so we’d have plenty of time for photos beforehand and they could just relax and mingle with the guest after the ceremony. I love how happy he looks waiting for his bride ūüôā

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The stained glass windows were simply stunning!

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Andrew deep in thought right before the ceremony, I love this photo!

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Here comes the beautiful Bride!

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Married!

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After the ceremony the guests followed the Bride and Groom to the Wilder Mansion.

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These super delicious cupcakes were made by Chow.

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Fist dance.

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The Wilder Mansion outside in the evening.

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