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month: April 2015




Arlington Heights wedding |The Belvedere in Elk Grove reception | Chicago suburban wedding photographer | Tarah & Jason

I loved photographing this wedding! I’ve worked with the bride’s family in the past, so I knew that this was going to be one well organized and super fun wedding. I was right 😉  This couple  was such a joy to photograph, they also gave me plenty of time to do my job…yes it’s true, if you give your photographer ample photo time,  you will have relaxed, beautiful photos  🙂

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Dress – Here comes the Bride in Addison Illinois

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Makeup – Lauren Guillen of LG Makeup Design

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Loved everything about this blinged out blush pink dress!!!

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Flowers – Blooming Flowers in Elk Grove

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Hair – Gina Oliveto of Gina Renees Layers of Talent Salon

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Love so many things about this photo…she’s the baby of 3 girls and the last one to be married, (her maiden name on the wall behind her) looking out the window of her childhood home as a Meehan for the last time.

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Meanwhile Carol hangs with the men as they get ready.

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Our Lady of the Wayside Catholic Church in Arlington Heights, IL

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Photo by Carol.
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Thank you to both families for making my (and Carol’s) job such a pleasure and for allowing us to photograph this FUN wedding!!
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From the couple…
The Belvedere in Elk Grove – We chose the hall mainly because of its convenience. It is attached to a Country Inn and Suites and it made it very easy for our guests to get home safely at the end of the night. We were very happy with everything the day of the wedding. The hall was set up exactly how we requested and the service throughout the evening was great.
 
The Baking Institute – This was one of the vendors our reception hall uses. We got compliments all night about how great the cake was! Unfortunately, we never actually got to taste the cake as it came out while we were doing rounds to the tables.
 
Sound Pro DJ – We had a great experience with Sound Pro at my sisters wedding a few years back so we hired them for our wedding. Overall, we would say the DJ did a good job, but not great. He did not do a great job of listening to requests from my parents or siblings (which he had been instructed to do beforehand).
 
Hair – Gina Oliveto of Gina Renees Layers of Talent Salon – I cannot say enough great things about Gina. She came to my home the morning of the wedding to help myself and the rest of the ladies get ready. She is truly talented and did exactly what I asked of her and replicated perfectly what I had liked from my trial. She also did an amazing job at creating styles the girls asked for.
 
Makeup – Lauren Guillen of LG Makeup Design – Lauren also came to my home the day of the wedding. She did a great job of creating the makeup look I asked her for.
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Dress – Here comes the Bride in Addison Illinois. They have a great selection and helped me find exactly what I wanted. We took my dress to a woman who does alterations in her home, and I was very happy with that more personalized experience. Shoes were Betsey Johnson flats from David’s Bridal. I am not one to wear heels, and flats allowed me to be comfortable all day and night.
 
Flowers – Blooming Flowers in Elk Grove. Vista made picking out flowers easy. I did not know what I wanted, but after shower her my dress and explaining the venue she came up with arrangements for everyone. The flowers turned out beautifully and we were so pleased.
 
Photographer – Angel Eyes Photography of course! Hilda did the weddings of my sister and my cousin and she was the first call I made when I got engaged. Her and Carol were a wonderful addition to our day, fun and easy to be around and they made taking all of the pictures fun. We are thrilled with what we have seen so far and we cannot wait to get the rest!
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My favorite wedding purchase was absolutely my dress. It was exactly what I had envisioned for as long as I can remember. As soon as I put it on I knew that was the dress I would walk down the aisle in. The shop kept putting me in more gowns and I repeatedly requested to be put in that gown again. I felt amazing throughout the entire day.
 
Favorite wedding memory: Jason – My favorite memory was when Tarah was revealed and walked so elegantly down the isle.  She was beautiful and i will always cherish that memory.
 
Tarah – My favorite moment of the entire day was walking down the aisle toward my soon to be husband. It was just me and him in the church in that moment. I had joked with him leading up to the wedding that I would turn around if there wasn’t a tear in his eye. He did not disappoint 🙂
 
I think the best advice we can give is enjoy your day. Make sure your wedding is what you want it to be, but don’t make it a stressful event for yourself. There will be people who have other ideas about how your day should go, but all you can do is enjoy the moment and stay true to yourselves. You only get one wedding, and the most important thing is you and your husband united and sharing it with everyone you love.’
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 Love this ring shot 🙂 More photos on Facebook.




Venuti’s Ristorante & Banquet Hall wedding | Naperville Riverwalk wedding photos | Jessica & Tony

It was such a pleasure getting to know Jessica and Tony during the planning process. The first time we met I vividly remember Tony telling me (with a big smile on his face) ‘I cannot wait to marry this girl’.  Their wedding was everything I hoped it would be and more! Got to meet LOTS of fun people, so fun in fact that some of those photos will never see the blog 😉 Good times!!!

Flowers – Enchanted Florist of Palos

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Dress – Allure Bridals (Style C170)

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Wedding Bands – Cornerstone Jewelry & Engraving

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Everything was color coordinated, even the bridesmaids nail polish.

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Tuxes – Black Tie Tuxes

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Custom Converse All Stars 

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Ceremony and reception – Venuti’s Ristorante & Banquet Hall

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Cake – The Baking Institute

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DJ – Direct Hit Productions

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From the couple…
 
-Flower Shop and Jeweler are in the same shopping mall and will work on prices if you hire both businesses to do your wedding. (I still have Billy Ball Flowers in a vase from my wedding in December 2014…so awesome!)
 
-Direct Hit Production’s website is in the works so the site may not be fully functional but it will be.
 
-The cake was included in Venuti’s wedding package.
 
Favorite  Memory:
 
Bride: Sooooooo many to choose from but hearing someone yell out “Nooooo!!!” when our “fake” first dance song came on (My Heart Will Go On). It was a great kick-off to the best first dance ever! 😉
 
Groom: Seeing his Bride! J
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Favorite Purchase:
 
Bride: My Custom Yellow & Grey Chuck Taylors that said Mrs. Marino on the side! And they were much more comfortable than high heels!
 
Groom: Since our 4 pound Yorkie couldn’t come with us on our wedding day, I had him put in a picture on my tie clip!  
 
Advice:
 
Bride: Don’t forget your veil in the hotel room closet! I did…for the entire day…but I’m glad it ended up that way. I feel like it was just meant to be and the veil ended up being my girlfriend’s “something borrowed”!
 
Groom: On your big day, whatever is gonna happen, is gonna happen! Roll with it and have a blast!
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Victoria Banquets & Catering | Victoria Beau Jolie Wedding | Photo of the week, Mallory & Tom

Victoria Beau Jolie is a gorgeous venue, and the staff is incredible! Congratulations to Mallory & Tom, they are my first 2015 wedding 🙂

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