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month: November 2014




Chicago engagement photos with fire truck/fireman | firefighter engagement session | Dori & Patrick

I adore these two! Dori is my favorite make up artist in the whole universe, so I was beyond thrilled when she asked me to photograph her wedding¬†ūüôā ¬†Of course it doesn’t hurt one bit that she’s marrying a hottie fire man ūüėČ

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Saddle and Cycle Club Chicago wedding | photo of the week | Lauren & Dustin

Totally obsessed with this photo! Probably one of my all time favorite first dance photos.  Taken at the beautiful Saddle and Cycle Club in Chicago.

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Unique Engagement photos | Chicago photography | Fun engagement session | Claudia & Matt

I love a couple who thinks out of the box! Can you imagine how happy I was when this gorgeous couple suggested that we take photos in a factory? YES please!! This is how you create something unique.

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A little rain didn’t stop us from having fun.

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Naper Settlement Chapel wedding | Chicago Marriott Naperville reception | Briana & Alex

This wedding is one Carol (my lovely and talented assistant) and I will talk about forever! ¬†There were ¬†several memorable moments, one which had one of us flustered and speechless and the other one doubled over in laughter. ¬†ūüėȬ†¬†The other¬†moment¬†had us squealing and jumping with joy, thank you Briana and Alex for trusting us and going along with our crazy photo ideas. ¬†You are a photographers dream.
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Chicago Marriott Naperville, great photo ops and beautiful light.
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Flowers: Town and Country gardens.
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Yes, this Bride laid ¬†in the grass in her wedding dress, no it didn’t get dirty, yes she’s pretty freaking awesome and gorgeous!!!¬†So yeah much happiness and jumping happened after we took this photo.
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From the Bride…
‘Chapel: Naper Settlement Chapel in Naperville. We loved the uniqueness and the quaint feel of this chapel. We had the ‘rent a rev’¬†Jim Rehnberg officiate it. Our guests loved him and he really tailored our ceremony to us.
 
We had 90% guests from out of state so we knew we wanted a hotel. We really liked the space and the hotel rooms and the food was fantastic. The interior of the hotel was also very modern and unique. It made for awesome pics! It was a perfect place to have it at while still being convenient to our guests.
 
Dress: Paloma Blanca. Strapless lace on top and silk organza on bottom. Love the look of black and white together and wanted a black sash. I absolutely loved the contrast of my black sash with the ivory gown. I couldn’t have been happier with my choice!! (Purchased at a Joyful Occasion in Naperville)
 
Shoes: Kate Spade Karolina pumps in ivory with gold heels
 
Flowers: Town and Country gardens. I absolutely loved my flowers and my vision really came to life! I wanted peacock colors and jamie went above and beyond picking flowers/colors to go with my theme. I had orchids, hydrangeas, white roses, and a few peacock feathers within my bouquet.
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DJ: Soundscape disc jockey. They also provided our photobooth which had unlimited photos for our guests. Our guests and my husband and I really enjoyed it!
 
 Videographer: Precision Video.
 
Groom and groomsmen suits: believe it or not (my husbands idea) every suit was bought at H&M. They all got
Teal ties off line. The suits and dress shirts were all from H&M. They all wore the old school black Adidas with the white stripes to coordinate with my black and white dress ūüôā
 
Cake: a signature honey mousse cake. It was a white cake base with honey mousse filling. Our guests really raved about our cake and it was a unique flavor.
 
My favorite wedding purchase was definitely my dress. It was everything I envisioned and was happy with everything about it.
 
My favorite wedding memory was walking down the aisle seeing my future husband waiting for me. It was exciting and comforting seeing him there on the alter!
 
I would suggest that brides really explain their visions clearly to their vendors and take your time planning. There is so much that goes into planning and you don’t want to be stressed. Take it step by step. One piece at a time and it’s not as stressful! It all ends up working out in the end!!’
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Chicago wedding photographer, Salvage One reception photos | Katelin and Robert–photo of the week

Salvage One is a great venue for a Chicago wedding!! It’s a gorgeous and unique space and I cannot wait to go back! Here’s favorite photo, well one of many ūüôā

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Chicago/Glenview engagement photos | fall photography | outdoor engagement session

Ah beautiful fall I already miss you! I’m so glad I have these photos to look upon during these cold dreary days. Looking at this happy couple makes me smile! Had a blast photographing these two, I hope you enjoy the photos ūüôā

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River’s Restaurant wedding | Chicago reception venue | Allison & Sarah

The first time I met Allison and Sarah we got along so well I wished we could just be friends even if they didn’t hire me. Although I’m super happy that I got to photograph their incredibly FUN and¬†LOVE¬†filled wedding I hope we’ll always stay in touch and be friends. Love you guys and I hope you enjoy the photos ūüôā

Flowers- Larkspur

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Shoes- TOMS

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Venue- River’s Restaurant

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Cupcakes- Chicago Cupcake
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DJ & Lighting- A Posh Production– Matt Windsor…The dance-floor was insane!!!!
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¬†From the couple…
  • Venue- River’s Restaurant– We chose River’s because we wanted our wedding to highlight Chicago, with the option of holding everything outdoors. River’s delivered! We’ve been told by many people that the food was the best they’ve ever had at a wedding! Dancing the night away on a terrace overlooking the Chicago River was priceless.
  • Month-of Coordinator- Midwestern Bride- Ashley Kuehnel– Ashley was there for us throughout the entire wedding planning process! She was always available for any questions, big or small. Ashley had some great ideas and suggestions along the way. It was such a relief to see her the morning of the wedding and know that she would assure everything went as planned!
  • Dresses- Sarah’s was Casablanca. Allison’s was Sophia Tolli. We did not see each others dresses before the first-look!
  • Shoes- TOMS (Allison- Crochet Teal, Sarah- Crochet Lavender)
  • Flowers- Larkspur- Beth Barnett- Beth totally understood our vision. We gave her a lot of flexibility, in terms or colors and flower choices. Her arrangements were more than we could have asked for! She brought our vision to life!
  • Photography- Angel Eyes Photography– The AMAZING Hilda Burke! What a joy to work with; we had so much fun, just the two of us, hitting up some scenic spots in the city with Hilda and Sue. Hilda is so talented and has an eye for capturing the moment and adding a beautifully artistic touch. We have absolutely loved the first glimpses we’ve seen from our wedding and can’t wait to see more!
  • DJ & Lighting- A Posh Production– Matt Windsor- Matt kept his promise, the dance floor was packed all night! We also gave Matt full flexibility, we loved the song choices he played! The Italian string lighting gave us the elegant, “backyard” wedding-feel we wanted on the Chicago River!
  • Cupcakes- Chicago Cupcake– Brendan Bolger- Absolutely delicious! We had 9 different flavors for guests to sample. The display was beautiful.

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Favorite wedding memories, from both brides: We couldn’t choose just one!

  • One of our favorite memories was the ceremony itself. We wanted our ceremony to be very personalized and reflect us, which it absolutely did, with the help of Rabbi Goldberg. We handpicked a meaningful adaptation of the 7 Blessings and had our siblings and close friends read them. We wrote our vows together and exchanged them in a “ping-pong” format, where we each read one line to the other. They were so meaningful to us and truly reflected our relationship!
  • Our first dance, to Michael Franti’s “Life Is Better With You”, was perfect! We had a difficult time deciding between a few song favorites, but we loved the pace of this one. We had fun swinging each other around the dance floor to the upbeat tune!
  • Dancing the night away on the dance floor with our family and friends. We are known to never leave the dance floor at weddings, and this was absolutely true at our own wedding!

Advice for couples getting married- Your wedding day is YOUR wedding! Make it your own! And enjoy every last minute of it. Eat the food, drink the drinks, and dance the night away. It goes by very quickly, so don’t forget to take a minute to look around and take it all in.”

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Chicago engagement photos | family photos with dogs | Edison Park fall photos | Jessica & Tony

I love this photo below, I actually love all of them. But how cute is little 4 pound Jack all dressed up for the engagement photos?

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Everyone all together now….awwwwwww!!!!

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Looking forward to December for their wedding!!