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month: February 2016




Eaglewood Resort ceremony and reception | Suburban wedding photographer | Maggie & Marc

 

Maggie and Marc were a referral for one of my former brides Brooke, who was the MOH for this wedding 🙂 It’s always so fun seeing people you’ve photographed before at new weddings.
Working at Eaglewood is such a pleasure… it’s great having all your wedding activities in one place,  your guest can party and spend the night!
Hope you enjoy the photos!!
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Bridesmaid dresses: Reddington Bridal
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Tuxes: Black Tie Formalwear
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Bridesmaid dresses: Reddington Bridal
Hair and makeup: Elana Darrus makeup 
Shoes: Nina shoes
String quartet: Symphony Sounds
Tuxes: Black Tie Formalwear
From the couple….“Our favorite weddings related purchase was our card box birdhouse. We wanted something that we could display in our home for years to come.
 
Favorite wedding memory: dancing with my husband to Love Train by the O’Jays. It truly is our song and we even made up dance moves to go along to it.
 

We really wouldn’t have done anything differently. Everything was perfect.

 
Advice for couples: on your wedding day really focus on your spouse.  Before I knew it the last song was being played and the night was over. Take time to stop, look around, and let everything sink in. Have fun! It all goes by way, way too fast!!”
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Chicago Athletic Association Hotel | Cindy’s Rooftop wedding | Chicago wedding photographer | Stephanie & Mark

I’ve been photographing weddings for a long time, and I have never, ever seen a more gorgeous view for a ceremony. The venue was a restaurant called  Cindy’s Rooftop at the Chicago Athletic Hotel. The happy couple kept it very low key, only inviting close friends and family and instead of a sit down meal, the restaurant served unlimited appetizers. I can’t even tell you how delicious the food was. I would definitely recommend everyone visit Cindy’s at least once, it’s an experience you will never forget.

PS. A big thank you to Peter for second shooting with me for this wedding.

Custom rings by Stella Blue Design

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Everyone from the wedding! A couple of shout outs…to the grooms Mom who was named Hilda, it was just so nice to meet someone else with that name…to Nicole and Christopher whose wedding I photographed a few years ago, it was great to see you guys :)…and to Richard Roeper, thank you for being kind and gracious when I asked you for photos, and for laughing when I yelled at you…dude you need a more recent head shot for your website, call me 😉

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From the Bride…

  • Flowers – Bulk order from Costco online and arranged by me!  I made my bouquet as well as the bridesmaids’ bouquets.  Boutonnieres were made by That’s Amore Florist on Southport Ave.
  • Cupcakes – Sweet Mandy B’s
  • Tux – custom by Balani Custom Clothiers
  • Shoes – Bride – J.Crew.  Silver metallic kitten heel and super comfortable….and I will definitely be able to wear them again!
  • “Day Of” Wedding Coordinator and lifelong friend – Megan Weibler
  • Rings and Jewelry – Rings were all custom made at Stella Blue Design on Southport Ave.  Mark proposed with a diamond necklace that had been in his family for over 100 years.  I loved it and did not want to take it off, but Angie at Stella Blue transformed it into a beautiful engagement ring and also made a simple elegant wedding band that coordinates perfectly.  She also made three custom rings using stones from a bracelet my parents gave me in high school for my right hand representing the birthstones of our new family (Mark, Joely, and myself).  Earrings and Hairpins were vintage rhinestone pieces also from Stella Blue…my something old!

My favorite wedding related purchase was my rings representing our new family.

So many great memories – Waiting in the hotel room with my dad before the ceremony and he told me I looked “skinny.”

My brother-in-law was the officiant and did an amazing job.  He really made the day extra special.  Also, Joely dropping the rings was hilarious.

We were pretty low key and relaxed about all of the planning and probably did not start as soon as we should have.  Fortunately everything worked out great.  Time flies and it is always better to get things done sooner rather than later…so you won’t be buying tights for the flower girl the day before the wedding!

This sounds so cliché, but enjoy the day.  It is over in the blink of an eye.  Fortunately we will have beautiful photos from Hilda (Angel Eyes Photography) to remember everything!”

 






National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame wedding | Chicago skyline ceremony | Chau & Danny

Some days are just magic…This was one of those days. From the MOST amazing skyline views to the golden light, everything was just beautiful. And working with my favorite florist Beta from Dahlia Blooms ,was just the best bonus. A big congratulations to Chau and Danny, who have been working on their new little project, while I was editing the photos 🙂

This gorgeous wedding dress is an Essense of Australia design, from Reddington Bridal in Park Ridge.

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Wedding Officiant: Father Jef Johnson

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Wedding cake: Tina Selga from My Sweet Kake

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From the Bride…’Vendors: 1. Flowers by Dahlia Blooms 2. DJ by David Olivares from Digital Extasy Entertainment 3. Caterer: Inspired Catering and Events 4. Videographer: Henry Ta 5. Wedding cake: Tina Selga from My Sweet Kake 6. Wedding Officiant: Father Jef Johnson 7. Venue: Grand Piazza at the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame

What I remember the most on our wedding day was how beautiful the day was on Sept 26, 2015. Outdoor ceremony at rooftop overlooking the beautiful Chicago skyline. Seeing all of our family and friends oh so happy to celebrate our wedding with us.

At the reception my memorable moments: My dance with my dad in my Vietnamese outfit, my matron of honor Cristina Hom speech, and how the dance floor was always jumping. Everyone had a great time which was what Danny and I always wanted our dream wedding to be. We loved everything about our wedding day.

My advice to other couples is to enjoy the day as it will go by so fast. To not worry about the little logistical details and just have a great time with your husband to be.”

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Published on HuffPost weddings | “30 Drop-Dead Gorgeous Bridal Portraits” | Chicago wedding photographer

So thrilled to be featured on Huffington Post wedding section again! This time my photo is one of the 3o  Drop-Dead Gorgeous Bridal Portraits.  My beautiful Bride Claudia is in the #20 spot.

 

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