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month: March 2015




Brookfield Zoo wedding & reception| Fun and Unique wedding venue | Whitney & Ben

I’ve been wanting to photograph a wedding at the Brookfield Zoo for years, and now finally I can cross it off my wedding bucket list!! Woo-hoo!  And it couldn’t have happened with a sweeter couple. Thank you Whitney and Ben for allowing me to capture your beautiful wedding.

Shoes:   Steven by Steve Madden

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Dress:   David’s Bridal

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FlowersWestgate Flower and Plant Shop

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First look 🙂

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All photos done at the Zoo.

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OfficiantBruce Otto

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Cocktail hour was in the gorilla  house.

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CakeLezza Spumoni & Desserts

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FlowersWestgate Flower and Plant Shop

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DJ:  David O. at MDM Entertainment

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From the Bride…

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  • Favorite Wedding-Related Purchase:  My blue shoes!  Hands down.  I was absurdly excited about them.  After I bought them I could hardly keep them in the box.  I’ll admit, every few weeks before the wedding I just had to pop open the box for a quick peek at them.
  • Favorite Wedding Memory:  A VERY difficult question to answer!  Ben’s favorite wedding memory was when I surprised him by standing up at the end of the maid of honor’s speech to sing him a song (“The Book of Love”, originally by Peter Gabriel).  But there were too many good bits to choose from!  Driving around the zoo beforehand with the wedding party and taking photos was highlight, as well as the cocktail hour with the gorillas!  And our first dance of course – fortunately neither of us tripped  🙂
  • Something would’ve done differently:  If it had been possible, we would have kept the events of the evening more on schedule – the evening ended way too quickly!
  • Advice for Couples:  Have FUN!  And make choices to create a wedding that reflects and fits your personalities and who you are.  It can be easy to get unwittingly get sucked into trying to plan the day based on ideas like what people think should be done or what other have done in the past (or, dare I mention, all the millions of things you find posted on a certain unnamed website that rhymes with “Interest”…).  Forget it!  Plan a celebration that you can imagine yourself describing as “the best / most fun party I went to all year!”

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Chicago wedding photographer | The Westin O’Hare wedding ceremony and reception | Rosemont IL photos | Ellen & Jason

Loved photographing at the The Westin O’Hare. Gorgeous hotel and a beautiful park in the back for photos. They are also pet friendly! Ellen and Jason’s wedding was great!  Some of my  favorite vendors were there, Ryan from StemLine Creative and Entourage-Arlen Music . I also want to mention the Videographers- Mirar Productions, this is the first time I’ve worked with them but I would recommend them in a heartbeat. Talented and fun, I hope to work with them again soon 🙂

Dress: David Tutera for Mon Cheri 

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Shoes: Benjamin Adams

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Hair & Makeup: Ana from United Hair Lines

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Florist: StemLine Creative

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Venue: The Westin O’Hare

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Tux: Men’s Wearhouse by Vera Wang

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Bridesmaid dresses: Bill Levkoff

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Band: Entourage-Arlen Music  

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From the Bride…

‘Florist: StemLine Creative-Ryan was amazing to work with and I really appreciated his creativeness and patience. I changed my mind multiple times on pretty much everything, yet he made every interaction very pleasant.
 
 
Photography: Angel Eyes PhotographyHilda and Carol were amazing to work with! The photos will speak for themselves.
 
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Shoes: Benjamin Adams (these were my fancy wedding shoes, but I changed into my sparkly silver Toms for most of the dancing)
 
Favorite wedding related purchase: We absolutely loved our band, Entourage! We wanted non-stop dancing throughout the night, which they did seamlessly! They kept the crowd going with their high energy and musical talent. They also learned one of my favorite songs, which made for a special dancing opportunity with my bridesmaids.
 
Favorite wedding memories: One of my favorite memories was my first dance with Jason. It felt surreal that I was married to my best friend and now I was dancing with my HUSBAND in front of all my friends and family. What a feeling!
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My maid of honor’s speech was a truly special memory as she took a very eventful trip down memory lane, which led me to none other than Jason. He also happens to have the same last name as her; I had secretly wished for that in the past as she is like a sister to me!
 
Advice for couples: Make sure you take the time to enjoy your wedding!!! Jason and I were able to talk with all of our guests, yet we were able to dance, eat and drink throughout the night. Also, go with the flow of the night, even if you notice something is going wrong. Likely, no one will notice, so don’t let anything spoil your night.
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