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month: November 2013




Evanston wedding planning | Chicago engagement photos | Dani & Matt-

This adorable family was a pleasure to photograph. Their little girl went home with Grandma after a few photos, while I finished up with the happy couple.

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The next two are my favorites!!

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Love!

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Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel Marriott wedding planning | Lory and Saby-

I met Lory and Saby a few years ago when I photographed Lori’s brother’s wedding. So I knew without a doubt that this was going to be a FUN wedding!  Both families are Italian (lots of relatives made the long trip for the wedding) and I learned a few key phrases that I needed to get my job done. “Guarda a me” means “look at me” I used this one a lot 😉

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 She wore those shoes all day long!

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 Gorgeous!!

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 Love the next three, they are so sweet together.

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 The reception  was at the Renaissance on Wacker where they not only have the best food in the City, they also have the best view.

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 The view from cocktail hour on the terrace.

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 I’ve been to many beautiful weddings, but it’s not often I’m in awe …when I walked out on the terrace to photograph cocktail hour I was blown away!!

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LOOOOOVEEEEE!!!!

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Every woman wants a man to look at her like this….sigh….

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DJ- MDM Entertainment

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The answer to ‘I wonder if we need up-lighting?’ is always YES!

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From the Bride…
Hilda Burke-Angel Eyes Photography-I just cant thank you enough, one of the very first compliments I got from family after the wedding was how amazing you were and they had never seen a photographer be that active and involved in the day. They couldn’t believe all the great shots and special moments you were capturing not just of us but of our guests. My facebook inbox is filled with people asking when the pictures are coming out! I have a family friend who I see maybe once a year on me for pictures! Also, a heard from a few people Carol was a delight and working the room so nicely!
 
Renaissance on Wacker– Absolutely loved this place, cocktail hour was amazing and everyone is still talking about the view! Lory Skup was the girl who originally got me to fall in the love with that place and she kept in touch with  me over the year and half helping me and giving me great suggestions. she even offered to go to bridal events with me! She also never really goes to wedding because she passes them of to the coordinator, we become so friendly she came that night to help with the night and make sure everything went well. So sweet!!
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Floral Gardens of Highland Park- Rosanne was amazing as well! I brought in a few pics and they were all different and all over the place. She picked through them all and came up with the best of all worlds. My Italian mother is very hard to please with flower and table arrangements, she was in love with the sample pieces and didn’t even have her change one thing on them!
 
DJ- MDM Entertainment– Mike did my brothers wedding as well and we all loved him. Everyone was up and dancing and we all had such a great time. At one point in the middle of dinner Mike had the entire place on their feet, I remember looking around and My grandpa was the only one sitting!!! I had maybe 10 songs for Mike and trusted him to work the rest of the night and he truly delivered!  I also used MDM for my photo-booth which was a big hit as well (only problem with that is they had the wrong date on everyone’s prints pictures 🙁 oohh well, im over it!)
 
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Patti H. – Wedding planer- what an amazing gift from my brother and Aly. I really never thought I needed someone their, until I started meeting with Patti and she keep me in check as well as reminded me of things I would have never thought of having or doing. she kept me super calm that morning and all through out the day.
 
Shoes and Dress- Working in the fashion industry I really was just looking for something unique and I thought would look great in unique pictures. I wanted it to me fun and I didn’t think i would like the drop waist style, but it ended up looking the best on my body since I’m so short and have big boobs. But you have to sometime go with a cut and looks good on even if it isn’t what you had in your mind or see in the pictures!
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My favorite wedding purchase was my dress, i almost didn’t want to take it off at the end of the night! Also the platform sparkly shoes that i wore from 9:00Am to 1:00AM!!! no joke, my friend had bought me some great flats to wear and I never even put them on! they were so comfortable!
 
Brides to be… don’t stress about the little things just think about being on that dance floor with your husband (who never dances with you and all of a sudden is sweating and jamming on the dance floor) and all your friends and family!!!”
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Patrick C. Haley Mansion in Joliet, wedding previews | Heidi and Eric-

I love getting notes after the wedding!  The letter arrived during the huge rainstorm we had a few days ago, the envelope was soaked you can still see the water stains on it.  Thank you Heidi & Eric for allowing me to photograph your beautiful wedding at the Patrick C. Haley Mansion in Joliet. I hope you enjoy your previews 🙂

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” Hilda (and Carol)

Eric and I wanted to thank you both again for being part of our wedding day. I honestly could not have imagined working with anyone else. I felt so confident in both of you, I knew I had nothing to worry about.  You and Carol were such a joy to work with, I’m so glad we chose Angel Eyes Photography.  -Heidi and Eric”

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Engagement photos Chicago suburbs | Couples portraits | Christine and Matt-

The first time I met Christine and Matt was at the engagement session, since they live in Texas all the ‘meetings’ we had was on the phone. We hit it off right away, they laughed at my jokes  which is the #1 requirement if you want to hire me…well actually that’s #2….#1 is you must like my photos 😉

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 They are so comfortable with each other, and so obviously in love 🙂

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Love this one!!

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A New Leaf, Chicago unique wedding venue | Hotel Lincoln | Laura & Mike-

This happy couple chose a unique venue for their wedding, and also for the getting ready portion of the day.  They got ready at the Hotel Lincoln…I mean the accent color was red, how could I not be over the moon?

Shoes by Jimmy Choo.

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Dress – The Dress by Nicole in Wheaton, IL

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The view of Lincoln Park from the Bride’s room.

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Helooo gorgeous!!!

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I adore small bridal parties.

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So happy 🙂

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I love how many unique photos ops  A New Leaf offers.

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Ceremony time, upstairs on the second floor.

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DJ – Okyne Medialab – DJ Randall

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From the Bride…

“Venue – A New Leaf, Chicago –  As we were looking at different event spaces, we realized quickly that the more traditional wedding venues did not appeal to us. We were hoping for something different, a more of a comfy get together feel. Walking into A New Leaf for the first time we instantly fell in love! It is one of the most unique venues in Chicago. A great blend of rustic and contemporary. We loved the outdoor courtyard, and multi-level interior that encourages guests to move around and be comfortable. As day turned into night, the ambiance that the candle treatment provided was just gorgeous!
Flowers – Besides being a fabulous wedding venue, A New Leaf is also premiere florist that provided the flowers for our event. The space speaks for itself, so we did not need to add a lot of extra flowers. Our coordinator Laurie had great ideas about what would look best, and she blended our two favorites (orchids and succulents) to make some beautiful arrangements.

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Food – The Hearty Boys, Chicago – We could not have been happier with the food! The “Urban BBQ” buffet theme was delicious. Steve at Hearty Boys was such a pleasure to work with, and we enjoyed every minute of planning, tasting, and eating the food! The private server they assigned just to us made sure that we had everything we needed all night. We received a lot of compliments from our guests about the food and specialty drinks the Hearty Boys created for our event!
DJ – Okyne Medialab – Our DJ Randall did a great job of making sure he played all the songs we requested beforehand and mixed them with crowd requests.  He kept our guests dancing all night.

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Dress – The Dress by Nicole in Wheaton, IL. A small dress boutique that manages to offer a variety of different styles and great service. This was the first dress I tried on, and nothing else compared to it!
Cake – Amy Beck Cake Design – Possibly the most fun part of planning the wedding was trying out the delicious cake options! Amy was great to work with and with just a few suggestions of the colors and designs I liked from me created a gorgeous cake.
Photography – Hilda BurkeAngel Eyes Photography – Hilda was an easy choice for us 🙂 She is likable, easy to work with, passionate about her work, and incredibly talented!

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Your favorite wedding related purchase? My Jimmy Choo sparklers were comfortable, matched my dress perfectly, and were worth every penny!

Your favorite wedding memory? The “first reveal” was a really special and emotional moment. It was so easy to get caught up in the stress of planning a wedding, and in that moment it just hit me that we were really about to be married, the planning was over, and all that was left to do was enjoy the day.. and the rest of our lives together!”

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Lincoln Park Chicago engagement session | Allison & Sarah-

It was a perfect day when I met up with these two lovely ladies in Lincoln Park. I love fall in Chicago. I love fall light in Chicago! Even more than that, I love two people in love in the fall in Chicago 🙂

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 Pups are always welcome on photo shoots as long as they have a  ‘puppy sitter’.  These two cuties left after a few photos. It makes for a more relaxed session for everyone.

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Olympia Fields Country Club wedding planning | Chicago IL photographer | Lauren & Patrick-

This was my first time at  Olympia Fields Country Club, and I certainly hope it won’t be my last. There are so many great photo ops, the staff is amazing and the food delicious! What else could you ask for? Oh, yeah rooms upstairs where you can stay and get ready. Perfect!

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For most of the getting ready, it was just Lauren and her Mom. It was very sweet and it gave them both some quality time together before the chaos of the day took over. Lauren’s Mom paused several times and said ‘wait, let me just enjoy this moment’ it was quite heartwarming and refreshing to witness.

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Flowers: Viva La Flora

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 First look, yay!!

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 Aren’t they just the cutest? So happy!

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 Flowers: Viva La Flora

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Cake: Karen Scobbie Cake Design

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 Band: Stitely Entertainment – “312 Chicago”

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From the Bride…
“- Venue: Olympia Fields Country Club – They provided anything I could possibly have wanted! Our wedding guests complimented the staff and how friendly/efficient they were. I was seriously amazed at how well organized the event manager was and how her staff took care of everything!
 
– Band: Stitely Entertainment – “312 Chicago” – This band was rockin! They let Patrick and I pick out our songs through their website, and they put together a simulated set list for us about a week before the wedding! They did a great job of playing the songs we picked and then choosing new songs that fit those styles! The dance floor at our venue was huge, and it was completely packed from beginning to end. We loved them!
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– Flowers: Viva La Flora – They did a fantastic job creating  beautiful and unique arrangements that fit our style. I was floored by the grandiosity of some of the arrangements! I actually found myself being distracted by the flowers during the ceremony 🙂
 
– Cake: Karen Scobbie Cake Design: We really enjoyed the way our wedding cake tasted and looked. We wanted something simple, and Karen gave us just that.  Looking at some of her past cake designs, it is clear she can do some pretty awesome things with cake.  She was very easy to work with, too. This was one of the low-stress areas of our wedding.
 
– Of course, our photographer Hilda Burke/Angel Eyes Photography  was awesome 🙂
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As far as memories go – The whole thing was one huge party and we had a blast the whole time! I specifically remember how much fun the band provided – The dance floor was packed, and we felt like it was nonstop dancing for hours! They were very high energy, and we loved it!
 
I took the advice of other brides about making an effort to remember every moment of the day. I didn’t let anything go by without truly being in the moment. I think the best advice is to completely stop worrying on the day of your wedding. What is done is done, and there is no point in worrying about the organizational aspect. You’ve done all the hard work already, so enjoy the day!
 
Hah, sorry if that was long-winded.
 
We can’t wait to see the photos! The ones you have showed us already looked fantastic! You rock 🙂 “

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