month: January 2013
Going though some photos I haven’t posted from my European travels. I said hello to this man as I was leaving a friend’s house. His face just captured me, he agreed to let me take his photo as long as I promised to send him a copy (I did). You can see his rough life etched on his face…he’s poor, his wife is dying of cancer and he cried as he told me his life story in 5 minutes. My heart broke for him, I gave him a few dollars as I left wishing I could do more.
PS. Taken with my Lumix point and shoot.
I met Kathy though one of my former Brides whose wedding I shot my first year in bushiness! I didn’t actually meet Shane till the first look, but he’s such a sweet easygoing guy it was smooth sailing all day despite the chilly weather.
Everyone got ready at the Hyatt Place Hoffman Estates.
Kathy you’re beautiful.
Fist look, so happy 🙂
These ladies were smart! Heels don’t really hold up on wet grass.
Our first photo stop was Schaumburg City Hall.
Love her laugh!
Handsome groom, got his tux from the Men’s Wearhouse.
I love a Bride with a fun personality!
Next stop for photos Cadillac Ranch Bartlett.
This bar reminded me of an old time tavern.
Yeah, we had the place to ourselves…my couples are awesome like that.
Both the ceremony and the reception took place at Villa Olivia Bartlett, IL
Their grounds are beautiful! Love the next four photos, a lot!
This boy tore up the dance floor.
Advice for Brides-to-be… Try to slow down and take it all in. Do not stress because things will go wrong but remember it’s not about the wedding day but about the man you chose to spend your life with. Try to keep the guest list as small as you can, the more people the quicker it goes. Make sure you enjoy your day (mine was amazing), remember your guests are there because they love you and the day is about you and your husband. Make you sure you include your husband to be in the process of planning and decision making and do not second guess yourselves, your gut is rarely wrong.’
One of my favorite photos, ^ this one…so ‘cheeky’ I love it 🙂
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I was so exited when Dan and Luis booked me…I knew it was going to be a great wedding right from the first meeting. It was based to two things…Love and fun, how perfect! They told me about their baby “Ozzie” you can see here how cute he is. He’s a nice dog, but camera shy. I was lucky to get a few with him looking at the camera.
There was a theme to the wedding, and it was pork/bacon/pig…and boy was it yummy!
Flowers by LML Estate Management.
I love this photo so much.
Look how handsome they are! Suits by J Crew.
Here’s the entire wedding party. They gave me zero problems 🙂
I wish I had a back yard like this.
Bacon & Eggs socks!
One of my favorites.
Ozzie is licking his chops for my camera, he wanted that Nikon bad!
The ceremony/reception was blocks from their house so we walked there.
Uncommon Ground on Devon is a unique restaurant. They were just named the greenest restaurant in the World (!!!) by Huffington Post. Displayed on the walls were photos of their friends photographed by Luis.
Luis is a very talented photographer…of course featured is the king of the house, Ozzie.
Hanging out on the roof top waiting for the ceremony to start.
Drool, they have the best food!! And a big thank you to the staff for being so nice.
The best ceremony ever, well done Anita Vaughan. The minute they stepped up to the ceremony there were tears. It really was one of the most touching wedding ceremonies I’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing. It was so real, so from the heart, I’m pretty sure I got teary eyed, I’m certain Carolyn cried.
There were also many laughs, so so many laughs!
Went back to the rooftop after the ceremony, this was such a sweet moment between the grooms, enjoying a moment alone. One of my favorites.
And then some weirdo photographer asked them to stand on chairs 😉
They went along with my crazy ideas, love them!
Of course they had a pig cake!
Had to show this lady because I’m sure this is going to be me in a few decades, dressed in red and black from head to toe…she looked so great!
The Breakfast Club was so much fun!!!
The maid of honor and best man were sitting next to each other, and I said ‘can you guys do something fun that might surprise Luis & Dan’ and they did this 😉
Back to the party…and if you though sitting on the sidelines you were safe from the lead singer, you’d be wrong.
Carolyn getting her party on with Dan, I’ve never seen her have this much fun. PS. Yes, I have two assistants, one is named Carol and the dancing photographer below is Carolyn. They’re both awesome.
Time for a fun random artistic photo, here you go 😉
LOVE!!!! Favorite!! Yeah, it was a full moon that night.
‘Venue – Uncommon Ground on Devon– cocktail party/ceremony/reception
Flowers – friends of the grooms – Mark Losher/Karen Smitley LML Estate Management Ft Wayne, IN
Cocktail Party Musician – Gareth Woods
Band- The Breakfast Club
Cake – West Town Baker
Suits – J Crew
Luis took the photographs of our friends, loosely based on some iconic photos and those were used for decorations in the main dining room.
Luis also put together the video montage before we walked into the ceremony.
My favorite purchase was digging through box’s of stones and individually picking out the rose quartz for the rock ceremony. Dave’s Rocks in Evanston.
The day was filled with so many amazing memories. My breath was actually knocked out of me when the doors were opened for Luis and I and I saw all of our family and friends standing there. You could feel the love pouring out of that room like a tidal wave.
Then of course, the moment that we actually locked eyes and started to cry. For me it was a moment that I always dreamed of , but as a gay man never imagined it would come true.
Anita put together one of the most heart felt, loving ceremonies that I still tear up when I think about the words. It was filled with laughter, tears, and memories.
Our goal was to make the wedding a container built on our love of each other, our family and friends, and of course food! We were light on tradition but heavy on the things that mattered to us and our relationship.
I am not sure if they were being kind, but we still have guests reaching out and letting us know it was one of the most beautiful, loving experiences that they had ever been a part of.
There were only a few glitches that only Luis and I noticed so therefor not worth mentioning, just remember the day is about your love for each other.
Things will go wrong, it is inevitable. Let it go and try and bask in the love you have surrounded yourself in.
Oh, and on a final note, make sure you get a kick ass photographer. Hilda, you and Carolyn were incredible. Thank you for capturing the best day of our lives in such an amazing way.
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Photographing Kristen and Jerry was like a dream…they are good looking, photogenic and willing to anything for a great photo op. What else could I possibly ask for? How about a Bridal party so fun that it made my head spin…yeah, can’t post a lot of the photos, but I’d just like to say a huge thank you to them for the most memorable party bus experience of my entire career 😉
Enjoy the photos, I sure enjoyed thanking them.
Kristen and the girls got dressed at theWit Hotel in Chicago.
Yeah, this is what I had to work with all day, rough gig right 😉
The happy couple choose to do a first look, so we could do photos before the ceremony as well.
I freaking love this photo so much!!
The staff at the Wit is super nice, always.
“Hey Jerry, would you mind sitting on the floor?” Such a good groom, love him!
One of my favorites.
Off color jokes, no extra charge.
St. Mary of the Lake, Chicago
This was such an unexpected surprise…while I was finishing up the photos by the lake, one of the bridesmaids flagged down this amazing car and asked the driver to wait for us so we could take photos with it. Can you believe it was the colors of the wedding?!! The car is a 1948 Rolls Royce “Silver Wraith” Limousine form Classic Wedding Car.
The reception was at the Hilton Rosemont O’Hare.
Couples often ask me if up-lighting is worth the extra money, the answer is always yes.
Cake- Il Giardino Bakery
Sweet table- Oak Mill Bakery
From the Bride…
‘Venue- Hilton Rosemont O’Hare…. Heba Helmi, our wedding coordinator, made our day so special. Going into this large production, we kind of expected the basics as the Hilton was not the first place we visited (uhhh, try the 10th venue!!) Heba went out of her way to make sure that we understood everything and felt comfortable throughout the process, and helping us with all the details.
Flowers- Jola’s Flowers….. We were very pleased with the bouquets, boutonnières, and tulle for the church decorations. She met with me on multiple occasions to ensure that we got exactly like we wanted.
DJ- MDM Entertainment-Thank you for making our night memorable. We received multiple compliments on the DJ set and the lights looked amazing! (Patti Heroux helped to coordinate our wedding table decorations, which were awesome!!) We really appreciate that Nick at MDM took the time to tailor the music to our preferences and consult us throughout the night. During planning, he offered great suggestions along the way when we just weren’t sure what to do.
Cake- Il Giardino Bakery
Sweet table- Oak Mill Bakery
Your favorite wedding related purchase? Hers- My wedding hair piece, which was purchased from etsy…. Bee Bee Baubles
His- Bow Tie from Formally Modern
Your favorite wedding memory?
First dance with my new husband- we chatted about what type of dance we should do, and we even thought maybe we should practice and choreograph something…… But with the hustle and bustle of the planning, that did not occur. Our DJ called us for our first dance and I though,” Oh, nooo, how could we forget about this detail!!” But everything flowed perfect, without a hitch…. As if we planned it out…
Memorable side-note…. Hilda sewing my wedding dress as I enjoyed my dinner because the lace bottom tore during photos 😉
Something you would have done different?
Not try to plan a wedding while attending grad school full time 🙂
Any advice for Brides-to-be?
Don’t sweat the small stuff in the planning process… There is always something that will go wrong; and most likely no one will notice but you. Try to take the time and enjoy your day, because it will fly by so fast…. Remember, in the long run, it’s not about the wedding, it’s about the marriage. So think about that when you are planning instead of stressing out so much.’
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