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month: August 2014




Chicago engagement photos | Buckingham Fountain | couples portrait photography | Whitney & Ben

Ben proposed to Whitney at Buckingham Fountain, ¬†it was the perfect place to take their engagement photos. Aren’t they just gorgeous? Looking forward to their fall wedding at Brookfield Zoo!

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Actor headshots photography | Chicago acting head-shots | portraits | Alex

Everyone needs a great headshot, not just actors! You need one for linked in, a dating site, your website, social media etc. You want to make sure you look your best ūüôā ¬†Contact me today to set up your appointment. Three digital files are $150. Photos are done at my office during the week, hours are by appointment only. 7132 N. Harlem Chicago E-mail is the best way to reach me hilda [at] angeleyesphotography [dot] com Thank you!!

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The Armour House, Lake Forest Academy | Lake Forest wedding planning | Chicago photographer | Kate & Eric

This was my first time working at the ¬†The¬†Armour House¬†and I was truly blown away. It’s ¬†breathtakingly beautiful, inside and out. ¬†Everything took place there which made for a more laid back wedding day.

The bouquets and boutonnieres were made by Fleur .

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Jim Hjelm Blush collection.

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Groomsmen grey suits

The bridesmaid dresses were from Target.

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Kate had her hair down for the first look and the pre-ceremony photos,  she then went to a classy up-do and a veil for the ceremony.

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 Priority DJ

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One day I hope to be a cool Grandma like this…dancing with a beer in each hand! Loved her!!

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 Video booth, the LAUGHING BOX

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The first time in my career I’ve witnessed a Pastor jump in the photo-booth with the Bride and Groom ūüėÄ

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 Oberweis will bring ice cream to your wedding! What a great alternative to cake.

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¬†From the Bride…

‘The Armour House was elegant and over prepared. They did everything to make our day seamless and so very memorable. Dean was just spectacular.

Our DJ Jim Butkus (Priority DJ)came highly recommended and was worthy every penny!
We skipped the cake and went for an ice cream truck. We love Oberweis because of how much it reminds me of my grandpa (and because it’s just so good!) We even got his favorite flavor Butter pecan on the menu. ¬†We got to keep all the left overs……
We got the bridesmaid dresses from Target for a steal and the groomsmen and groom went to Formally Modern Tuxedo
in Lincoln park.
My dress was from the Jim Hjelm Blush¬†collection. I tried it on and loved it but I didn’t want to spend that much money. My mom found it on an used wedding dress site unaltered and never worn for half the price!
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The flower vases were hand blown by Eric’s cousin in Oregon at The Glass Forge. They were beautiful and it was such a kind gift that we could hand out something so beautiful to all those that helped make the day so special. ¬†Eric’s mom and sister arranged all the flowers on the morning of! What amazing women!!
Our video booth, the LAUGHING BOX, which turned the videos into flipbooks was the most fantastic thing ever. I couldn’t get enough of it. Dexter and his husband were so on top of their game!
 
The bouquets and boutonnieres were made by Fleur in Logan square.
My aunt Janet helped with the invites.
My maid of honor, Beth, did a ton of crafting with me for all the small wonderful odds and ends.
Fr. Terry from Holy Family in Palatine made our day. He made us laugh, stunned us when he broke out into song and best of all he made us married.
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Our favorite purchase was our vendors all blew our minds!

Favorite memories were a toss up…¬†We loved our first dance, the ceremony was all that we could have ever wanted and more and the speeches were so surprising and hilarious.

I wish we wold have Extended the time. We would not have minded if it lasted ALL NIGHT!

Advice for couples…Enjoy the day. Enjoy your partner, family, friends and all the little moments. It’s truly a special occasion ¬†that will stay with you forever.’

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Lacuna Artist Loft Studios | unique wedding venue, Chicago IL | Amy & Tony

For all you¬†naysayers who are still not convinced about first looks, I present to you, proof that they are a fabulous idea. This couples rooftop ceremony had to be moved indoors because of heavy rain. Since they did a first look, we had plenty of time to do photos while the sun was shining. ¬†Keep scrolling to see the fun photos. ¬†But first let’s talk about this dress! I’ve never seen a Bride in a blush pink dress, it was truly breathtaking.¬†¬†Martina Liana Style 510 in Blush

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Not only is she beautiful, but so much fun!

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How fun is it to choose your own bridesmaids dress? And you really can wear them again! All photos below taken at Lacuna Artist Loft, also where the ceremony and the wedding took place.

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Reverend Anne Styx did a great job with the ceremony.

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This fun (and popular)¬†beer bar was made by the bride’s Dad.

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Mini Limoncello bottles for  guest favors, yes please!

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From the Bride…

‘VENUE: Lacuna Artist Loft– Anthony and I were on the hunt for a venue which spoke to our Chicago roots. ¬†We wanted something with the downtown skyline experience that would fit our budget. ¬†We were paying for the wedding ourselves so we knew we needed a place that would be able to work with our byob and byo(food) dreams. ¬†Lacuna definitely delivered. ¬†On our very first visit, we knew immediately that we would be able to check off our long list of wants here at Lacuna…loft-style space, rooftop with skyline, parking lot, etc. ¬†Our families are very creative so we were able to really make the space ours. (http://lacuna2150.com/)

CATERING: Catered Productions Aside from you and Carol, the catered productions staff were clutch in handling the chaos of a mid-wedding roof-top rain out. ¬†They went above and beyond simply a food vendor when their wonderful staff managed to grab the 115 chairs and individually wipe them off and re-set them three floors down in. ¬†As if their superhero spring into action powers weren’t enough, their food sure was! ¬†Their chicken marsala was to-die for…family members are still singing their praises. ¬†(http://www.cateredproductions.com/)
DJ: Style Matters:  Spencer killed it on the dance floor.  He managed to get everyone, young and old up and dancing into the wee hours of the night.  He was able to find some of our obscure requests for entrance/processional music.  We loved working with him and would choose them again for any event in the (http://www.stylemattersdjs.com)
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REVEREND: Reverend Anne Styx.  We first met Reverend Anne when she married my twin sister a year prior.  Our family fell in love with her and we knew we had to ask her to marry us as well.  Working with her was a dream.  I was able to customize our ceremony and could email her on a whim about an idea I had (like having a special shout out to our dog, Moose) and she would have 50 suggestions for what we could do in a matter of minutes.  She is sweet and know how to give everyone direction. (http://www.revforwhatev.com/)
Flowers: Since we were on a tight budget, we ordered all of our flowers online.  My sisters, mom and friends put together our bouquets and did the centerpieces.  It was a lot of hands on work but everything was hand crafted and breathtaking.
Dress: ¬†I wore a¬†Martina Liana Style 510 in Blush. ¬†My mom actually picked it out off the rack and I knew it was the right one when I cried taking it off. ¬†Well, those tears could have also been attributed to the fact that it was out of my original price budget…I actually bought my second favorite dress that day. ¬†After I got home I told Anthony all about the pink dress (since I didn’t get it) and evidently my gushing was so sincere he insisted I go back and buy it instead. ¬†Even though I told my soon-to-be husband all about what the dress looked like, I wouldn’t change a thing. ¬†My guy still cried like a baby when he saw me for the first time.
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Jewelry: ¬†I wore my grandmother’s high school ring on my neck. ¬†It was a tribute to those who couldn’t be there with us and the special bond that I have with my departed grandparents. ¬†The birdcage was the a hand-me-down from my older sister Kiersten and the headband I put on during our reception was from rent-the-runway’s bridal collection.
Cake: Sweet Mandy B’s. ¬†Since we decided to shoot for the moon on my dress we needed to cut corners here and there. ¬†We decided to have a small cake to cut from our favorite place and then have some sheet Costco cakes pre-cut to serve. ¬†Trust me when I say, although our small cake was delicious (red velvet dreams are made of that cake) the Costco cake did just fine and my pregnant twin sister and I thoroughly enjoyed some of the leftovers at midnight after the party was over.
My favorite wedding related purchase: The Beer Bar.  Although we may not exactly have purchased this, my handy carpenter father built us a custom serve yourself beer bar.  Anthony and I both agree this was the best feature at our wedding.  Guests were able to head on up to the tapper and enjoy the alcoholic root beer, cider, and IPA beer at their leisure.  Thanks Dad! (Essenpreis Builders, Inc.)
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Favorite wedding memory: ¬†Although mother-nature may have thrown one heck of a party on our rooftop wedding and we had to move everything to the reception space, I think having our family and friends all crowd in around us is the memory I will cherish the most. ¬†It was intimate and there really wasn’t a better way to say I do than under the lighting fixture that my brother-in-law and dad crafted with everyone we love encircling us.
Like I said previously, our families were integral on pulling off our wedding. ¬†They collected the hundreds of glasses, bowls, jars from thrift stores and garage sales which we all spray painted to look like mercury glass for our centerpieces. (special shout out to my mom who spent afternoons combing the garage sales of Lake County looking for a deal). ¬†They spray painted the sparkly Moose figurines (a tribute to our dog), hand crafted 100’s of paper flowers for a beautiful paper flower wall behind what became our alter. ¬†I can’t thank our families enough, we will cherish those memories forever.
Advice for brides-to-be: Remember what’s important to you on your big day. ¬†You can’t sweat the small stuff. ¬†Or, in my case, the tornado warnings. ¬†Having had our dream rooftop ceremony rained out, it really became a testament of the love that everyone has for us. ¬†They scrambled to organize plans B, C, D and E all while I got to spend some much needed alone time with my soon-to-be husband. ¬†So brides, wipe away those worries (or tears…) and embrace those who love you.
Also, would like to mention that another favorite part of my wedding was renting a school bus (did I mention we were on a budget?) so that all of my family and friends could move from the hotel to the venue. ¬†A genius decided to grab a ton of McDonalds for the hungry bridesmaids and I will always remember stuffing our beautifully made up faces with french fries on a school bus. ¬†It was truly the best day ever.’
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Photography by me of course (Angel Eyes Photography), have so many favorites but I’m really loving the night time shots!