month: November 2011
When Amy first contacted me she sent me this e-mail…
“The photography is the most important service for the wedding for me. I do tend to prefer a less traditional more artistic type of photography mixed in with a little fun!
I’m open to trying new ideas to get great shots. Would you be available to meet so that we could see your portfolio in person?”
Needless to say we got along fabulously during our meeting and they hired me. I really admire how truly dedicated they both were to make sure they got amazing photos. They gave me plenty of time by having a first look, and doing the bridal party and romantic the photos before the ceremony.
Dress by Pronovias.
I loved her bridal hair piece with the birdcage veil.
Mom helps with the final touches.
Dave and the groomsmen.
Amy and Dave took the time to select some fab photo locations for their first look and bridal party photos. They even took photos to show me during our final meeting!! How’s that for dedication? I cannot thank them enough for being so pro active!! That is why they have such great photos 😉
I love first looks!!! Dave looked so handsome 🙂
Time for some fun bridal party shots. For couples still in the planning stages please consider grey suits instead of black for summer/fall weddings. Your groomsmen will thank you when we’re shooting in the sunshine. Especially if it’s an outdoor ceremony.
This was one dedicated bridal party, they had to climb over weed and creatures in the grass to get to this location. Totally worth it, no? One of my many favorites.
Don’t you love the colors?
The groomsmen decided that this this would be a fun shot and they were right! 🙂
I just loved the colors and variety in the bouquet. Phillip’s Flowers Wheaton, IL
So get this, they found a red barn for the next stop in our photo shoot. OMG was I in heaven? Yes! The fun part was explaining to the owner why we wanted to take photos there, he was really nice man and we told him we’d send him prints 🙂
On the property.
Of course we had to include their mascot the sock monkey that also made an appearance in their engagement session.
Amy had one more surprise for me, she brought along red jacket…Holy Red Happiness Batman, how lucky am I to have couples like this?
The wedding and the reception was at The Shores of Turtle Creek. It’s located in Spring Grove IL. The property is beautiful, and the food was delicious. No I really mean it, not your typical wedding food at all.
Carol’s view. She works really hard at getting the perfect flare shot, great job Carol!
Love this moment!
Check out the petals on her dress 🙂
The new Mr & Mrs 🙂
Love this one, another favorite.
Phoebe’s Cupcakes Chicago, IL
I live for moments like this.
Amy’s Dad really rocked that guitar, no joke he looked like he belonged with the band.
The Midwesterners from Madison WI, provided the entertainment, they were really good!
Cookies from Caputo’s Algonquin, IL
One last shot of the happy couple, can you spot them on the porch? The fog on the pond was just a huge bonus, I was so happy. Thanks to Carol for not only braving the pitch black and risking falling in, (that’s her by the trees holding the flash) but also for suggesting this idea.
So I do have a question for Amy and Dave, did you guys ever find the lost groomsman? 😉
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This was taken shortly after their first look at Millennium Park. I just told them to pretend it was their first dance, they did a few turns and then he dipped her. Spontaneously!! Yep, angels were singing that’s how perfect that moment was. I just about jumped out of my skin, oh yeah there was some happy dancing by the Bean that night! 😀
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Here’s part two of Jimmy & Kara’s wedding 🙂 Had to post a few more photos in front of the red backdrop of course 😉 Kara you’re gorgeous!
Thank you bridal party for your fun personalities and cheerful cooperation. It always makes my job easier when the bridal party has a good attitude!
BTW, the photos below were all their ideas!
Since they did a first look before the ceremony, we had time to do all the fun/formal photos without stress or rushing, YEY!
Below photos at Maggianos, where the food is to die for, yum.
A special thanks to Jimmy who did not like taking photos but he knew it was important to his Bride. At one point he said to my assistant “I’m really looking forward to seeing the photos I did not want to take”…well here you go Jimmy I hope it was worth it, you were a very good sport 🙂
The adorable flower girls….
…who of course had matching shoes.
Check out the sad little face of the flower girl, I wonder what she was saying to her Mom.
Kara changed into a fun little dancing dress to rock it out with her Grandma.
I love the guys expression on the left, LOL!
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Kara, you *are* welcome! 😉
I shot Sandra & Leszek’s Wedding in 2008, we’ve stayed in touch ever since. I took photos of the twins when they were new born, now they’re two and baby # 3 is on the way! Congrats to the happy family 🙂
Looking forward to meeting the new baby soon!
For all you newly engaged couples below are some very helpful tips from Event Planner Patti Herioux, [With Love Weddings and Events]
Q: What should I pay attention to when I visit a potential venue?
James and Michelle had their wedding and reception at the beautiful and historic Allerton Hotel in Chicago. It’s a gorgeous Hotel located right in the heart of Downtown on the Magnificent mile.
Below the groom, his brothers and Dad get ready.
Meanwhile the girls try to calm Michelle’s nerves.
Gorgeous detail on her shoes.
The ceremony was great!
We didn’t have to go far some some amazing portraits, the Allerton is a photographer’s dream…and obviously so it this gorgeous couple.
Instead of a book, guest signed a canvas by placing their fingerprints as leaves on the tree. How cute is this idea?
Grandpa was the cutest, he was dancing with all the ladies.
The view from the reception.
Just had to run out for a few photos on Michigan avenue.
So cute two random guys congratulating them, notice the thumbs up 😉 We are a friendly bunch here in the Midwest 🙂
“The Allerton was great in coordinating dates and times with us, making it super easy to deal with the long distance planning. Specifically a thank you to Sherri and Kate who were always available for questions and phone calls and last minute details.
Cake by Bom Bon was amazing. Our minister, Marsha, conducted a beautiful ceremony. Thanks again to my cousins Andy & Natalie for the great music. And a huge thank you to April for doing all the flowers.
I don’t think I have much advice except that if you aren’t a detail oriented person you might want to get someone else to plan the wedding, as there are countless little details to coordinate. And as cliche as it is, to remember that the day is really about marrying this wonderful person and THAT’S IT! Everything else if for the guests and making sure they are able to have a great time!
My favorite wedding memories were seeing James at the end of the aisle. The speeches from James, his father, my cousin Anna and brother in law Patrick. Also, watching my grandfather boogy down all night long!
From James: This was the best wedding I’ve ever been to!
Oh AND I FORGOT TO MENTION YOU! Hilda did a wonderful job of meeting our requests of ‘staying in the moment’ of the wedding! She managed the large family shots really well and encouraged us to take time for ourselves to do some beautiful photos. She made us feel like we were made for photographing (which is difficult for me to believe, as I’ve never particularly photographed well). The confidence she instilled showed itself in the photos and I really appreciate all that positivity.”
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At the end of the evening we ran out to grab a few shots on Michigan Ave. Michelle and James are such a gorgeous couple, but this photo really shows how in love they are with each other. I hope they will always remember that feeling 🙂