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month: March 2014




Pleasant Home, Chicago suburb of Oak Park, Illinois | unique wedding venue | Steampunk theme open house

Pleasant Home is a Prairie Style house museum located in the heart of Oak Park. If you are looking for a truly unique venue to host your even this is the place for you!  They recently had a Steampunk themed Open House, below are some photos, enjoy!

Flowers by Fairy Godmothers.

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 Joseph , DJ Vourteque.

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 Orange Dreamsicle Cocktail by Food Obsession.

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 Bay Scallops by Food Obsession.

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 Brussels Sprouts by Food Obsession.

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 2MayToz Catering.

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  The Monkey’s Gland Cocktail (Gin, Absinthe, OJ and Grenadine) from Fig Catering.

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Brown Basmati Rice from  Fig Catering.

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Flowers by Fairy Godmothers

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Thomas Holmes is a very talented artist!

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Steampunk cookies from Fig Catering.

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For more information on  Historic Pleasant Home please contact Sarah Najera Event Coordinator, (708) 383-2654




Royal Fox Country Club, St Charles IL wedding reception | St. John Neumann Catholic Church | Jacqueline & James

Where do I even start with these two? I just love them.  From out first meeting we clicked instantly,  they hired me on the spot! Working with them and their families has been an absolute joy. And speaking of families, Jacqueline and James are expecting twins!! My assistant Carol and I are so happy for them 🙂 Congratulations!!!! (PS. Carol is a wonderful family/newborn photographer, take a look at her website Today Everlasting Photography)

Shoes: Tahari

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Chicago florist, bridesmaids flowers

Flowers: A Perfect Petal

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This is the first time I have ever seen five girls carry one wedding dress…and it did have the longest train I have ever seen!

 Wedding Dress: A L’Amour Bridal Boutique

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  Jewelry: Huang’s Trading Co.

Pearl Brecelet, bridal jewelry, Chicago wedding photographer

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I think she looks like a young Liz Taylor here, no?

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 Makeup: Fringe – A Boutique Salon Hair by: Jacque Steinke ([email protected])

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Chicago photographer, Hilda Burke, Angel Eyes photography

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Transportation:  Naperville Trolley

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My favorite groomsmen photos, probably ever!

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Seriously, can you imagine how gorgeous their babies are going to be?

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OMG!! LOVE!!

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This is the spot where they had their first kiss…..everyone all together now…awwww.

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The reception was at the Royal Fox Country Club. I hope to go back someday soon and enjoy some more of these delicious bacon wrapped scallops.

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Shoes: Tahari | Jewelry: Huang’s Trading Co.

Purse: Lill Studio Custom Handbags | Hairpiece: Wedding Belles LTD | Veil: Crystal Bride

Bridesmaid Dresses: A L’Amour Bridal Boutique by Bill Levkoff | Wedding Dress: A L’Amour Bridal BoutiqueBrand: Pronovias (Rose)

Tuxedos: Men’s Wearhouse

Makeup: Fringe – A Boutique Salon Hair by: Jacque Steinke

Flowers: A Perfect Petal

Transportation:  Naperville Trolley

Cake: Oak Mill Bakery

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Chicago headshots | business head-shots | portraits | on line dating profile photos

Why get a professional headshot when you have a perfectly good camera you can use to take shot yourself?   According to the Success Matters website… ‘Well, quite simply, it’ll look homemade.  It’ll look unprofessional, and it’ll make you look cheap. It won’t capture you in the best light, at the best angle, and it certainly won’t capture that perfect expression which exudes your personality.These are the things that you should pay a professional photographer to do for you, because they are skilled at how do all of those things! ‘  Read more here.

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They can be done on your lunch hour at my office 7132 N. Harlem Chicago. Please note, headshots are by appointment only.  Email me today to set up your appointment.

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Ceremony St. Cyril & Methodius in Lemont | Patrick C. Haley Mansion in Joliet, IL wedding reception | Heidi and Eric

I always wanted to photograph at the Patrick C. Haley Mansion in Joliet. So when Heidi and Eric hired me to photograph their wedding there I was beyond thrilled!!! This historic mansion is now officially one of my favorite venues in the Chicagoland area.

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 Dress :“Bernadette” by Maggie Sottero.

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 ShoesBadgley Mischka 

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Hair & Makeup: Jeffrey Lamorte Salon in Lemont.

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 I saw this red room and I was pretty sure I was in heaven.

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 I mean come on!!! How gorgeous is this Bride? WOWZA!

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 St. Cyril & Methodius in Lemont.

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 Chicago Bridal party photos

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 CakeOak Mill Bakery

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From the Bride…

Venue: Patrick C. Haley Mansion in Joliet, IL.  Absolutely no other venue compared to the Haley mansion.  I was in awe from the moment I stepped inside. I would recommend this venue to every bride. It’s pricey, but it’s worth every penny! It was everything I had always dreamed of for my big day. Victorian elegance, professional wedding planners, white glove butler service, and amazing food and top shelf cocktails. In a word…perfection.
 
Church:  St. Cyril & Methodius in Lemont. This was the church Eric and I both had attended while growing up, and I had always pictured myself walking down the aisle there.
 
String Quartet: Symphony Sounds. LOVED them! Beautiful orchestral music that truly made our ceremony special.
Flowers: Renata Chmielniak was so wonderful to work with! Her passion and excitement for flowers was truly contagious!  She understood exactly the look I was going for. She could see my vision and was just as excited as I was…maybe even more!
 
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Cake: Oak Mill Bakery  I was very satisfied with my experience with Oak Mill Bakery. Did a tasting, picked the design…bada bing bada boom. No issues. The cake was delicious and looked exactly like I had imagined. Here’s to hoping the top tier tastes just as good on our anniversary.
 
Dress: “Bernadette” by Maggie Sottero, bought at Eva’s Bridal of Oak Lawn. I only tried on 6 dresses and this was the one I kept going back to. Bought it the same day, no need to sleep on it. This was the dress I knew I’d be married in.
 
DJ: Style Matters, Nate.  This was the only vendor that we were disappointed with. Our DJ, Nate, didn’t listen to any of our music requests and pretty much played a cookie-cutter wedding playlist from 3 years ago. I should have just plugged in my ipod, at least my music is current.
 
TuxesMen’s Wearhouse. What can I say, the guys all showed up and looked good. Mission complete.
 
Shoes: Badgley Mischka  I could lie and say that they were comfortable to wear for 12 hours….but beauty is pain and I absolutely loved my shoes.
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Hair & Makeup: Jeffrey Lamorte Salon in Lemont. Melissa did my hair and it was exactly as I always wanted it: a simple, clean sophisticated up-do. I had so much fun with her doing the hair trials.
 
Favorite memory: feeling my heart pound as my dad walked me down the aisle towards my future husband. That, and also when the priest kept mispronouncing my name. I am now known as Haydeee.
 
Advice: do your wedding hair trial on the day of your bridal shower. I’m not good at styling my own hair, so I used that opportunity to feel extra special with my fancy updo at the shower.
 
Favorite wedding related purchase: Angel Eyes Photography, duh! Hilda is truly amazing! I She can make anyone feel comfortable in front of the camera. She’s so fun and down-to-earth. Hilda’s an artist, a photographer, gal pal, comedian, and stylist all rolled into one. She and her wonderful assistant Carol do everything they can to capture the beauty and special moments of your big day.’
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Chicago model shoot, Double Tree Hilton Hotel in Arlington Heights, Portrait/fashion photographer-

I recently did a shoot for the  Double Tree Hilton Hotel in Arlington Heights below are some of my favorites. Thanks to Meg and Patrick for modeling 🙂

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