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month: April 2016




Unique wedding venue, The Starline Factory | Wedding Dress by Casablanca Bridal | Brittanie & Kyle

Weddings like this makes me love what I do even more. I adore this beautiful couple, they are gorgeous and kind and sweet AND they gave me plenty of time for photos. The location is an old factory built in the 1800, that’s been remodeled and has incredible light and photo ops. Even though day was gloomy and foggy, but we embraced what mother nature gave us and ended up with some of the most gorgeous photos of my career. Thank you to both families for your kindness and cooperation:)

Venue- The Starline Factory, Harvard IL

Wedding Dress by Casablanca Bridal, beautiful wedding dress, Bride with hair down (5)

Dress by Casablanca Bridal, purchased at White Satin Bridal in Plainfield, IL

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Engagement ring and wedding bands- Brilliant Earth

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Hair & Makeup- Jasmine Salon & Spa, Lake Geneva, WI

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Bridesmaid dresses by Vera Wang at David’s Bridal

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Groom & Groomsmen Tuxes- Joseph Abboud and Vera Wang from Men’s Warehouse

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Unique wedding venue, The Starline Factory, fun wedding photos, winter wedding, Chicago wedding photographer (7)

Flowers- Gooseberries Market, Burlington, WI

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Officiant- Reverend Marcia Boyer, Lake Geneva, WI

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They love beer, so they had a beer ceremony!! My kind of people 🙂

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I usually don’t feature ‘intro’ photos because frankly they’re not terribly exciting, however please allow me to say WOW to Kyle’s brother!

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Cake- Julie Michelle Cakes, Harvard, IL

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The groom and his band put on a great show! Pretty impressive!!

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And then he sang to his new Bride. <3<3

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DJ- Rick Jules out of Milwaukee, WI

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From the couple…
“Venue- The Starline Factory, Harvard, IL 
The Starline Factory was the first place that we looked at and we fell in love right away. We felt it was unique, and was the perfect place both our ceremony and reception.  We booked our date there in February 2014, almost 2 years before our wedding date. In the time that passed, The Starline Factory continued to make upgrades, add more decorations, add on a restaurant, and a kitchen to cater for events there. It started as a place that we would need to bring in all of our own vendors and ended up offering most of the services themselves. We were absolutely impressed with the staff there and had essentially no problems planning our big day there!

 Flowers- Gooseberries Market, Burlington, WI They did such a great job at bringing our ideas to life! Only took a few pictures and one meeting to get our flowers figured out. We were so happy with the way they turned out. Even with a little mix-up on the timing for delivery, it was easily forgotten when the beautiful flowers arrived!

Videographer- Our Wedding Movie  Jimmy was our videographer for the day. He was wonderful to have around and our wedding video turned out so wonderful. It was such a great way to remember the day and to see things that we missed from being so busy.

 Officiant- Reverent Marcia Boyer, Lake Geneva, WI Reverend Boyer was the best. She sat down with us and made our ceremony from scratch. It was an event built from our personal choices. She was able to tell our story in such a beautiful way. Her experience leading the ceremony made everything run smoothly. I cannot thank her enough for being part of our unique ceremony.

DJ- Rick Jules out of Milwaukee, WI DJ Rick brought the party to life. He played the music we wanted and made sure that everyone was having a good time. He was the ultimate professional and made the reception so much fun!

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Angel Eyes Photography-

Well, what can I say about Hilda and Carol. First, I must say that they are THE ABSOLUTE BEST to work with. Hilda is someone that makes you feel comfortable in the spotlight. She is someone that you not only want as your professional photographer, but as your friend. I cannot imagine having any other person, or pair, photographing my wedding. Hilda and Carol are people that you put trust in, and you KNOW without a DOUBT that the final product is going to be everything you dreamed of, and more. I truly cannot thank them enough for playing such an important role in our big day. They were there for us not only as our photographers, but for moral and emotional support.

My favorite wedding related purchase is hard to narrow down, but definitely our photographer and venue.

My favorite wedding memory is spending the first half of the day with our immediate family and wedding party taking photos together. This was so great because we got to calm our nerves, laugh, and have fun with those closest to us. It was really like our “pre-wedding” celebration and it was great to be dressed up and have a mimosa and get ready for the main event!

Oh, then I would have to say the speeches. They were so amazing and made my heart full.

If I could have done one thing differently, I would have found a way for my dogs to be there. They are the only thing I felt was missing from the day!

If I had to give advice to other couples it would be: invest in a photographer & videographer (you will want those pictures and video to look back at), make the day your own, have as much fun as possible, expect at LEAST one thing to go wrong (it’s OK J), sit down when you need a break, step back and look at everyone having fun, and know that the day will fly by! Also, let go of the saying “happy wife, happy life”, it’s a JOINT effort <3″

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Boudoir Photography Chicago | Sexy photos | Female boudoir photographer | Sensual portraits

Have you been thinking about doing  boudoir photos? Wondering what goes on at a shoot? Set up a free consultation to meet me and to see the studio, located very close to the NW suburbs in Chicago. I’m a female photographer happy to talk to you about any concerns 🙂

7132 N. Harlem Chicago #205 second floor, hours by appointment only…please email or message me to set up your consultation.

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Century Memorial Chapel, Naperville wedding | Abbington Distinctive Banquets wedding reception | Claudia & Matt

I’m so excited to blog this wedding!! Claudia and Matt are so incredible sweet and easy going, they are just a pleasure to be around.  From the dress to the flowers everything was gorgeous classic vintage, especially the Bride 🙂
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Ines Di Santo wedding dress, Classic vintage beaded, Bella Bianca, Oakbrook IL (2)
 The dogs at the Brides house were so cute! Sweet Coco was hiding under the bed and occasionally just peaking out to make sure everything was going well.
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Ines Di Santo wedding dress, Classic vintage beaded, Bella Bianca, Oakbrook IL (4)
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Bridal gown by Ines Di Santo/Bridesmaid dressesBella Bianca, Oakbrook IL 
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From the Bride…
We loved the old Gothic looking architecture of the church, and we thought it fit well with our Halloween wedding
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They really did a good job working with us to make sure everything went smoothly and although I (the bride) did not get to really enjoy any of the food, everyone commented on how good they thought the food was. And they were even kind enough to pack up a meal for me to take home, I was starving after the day was over! The tables were decorated beautifully as well, and Kathy (one of the coordinators there) was so sweet, she really took the time to make sure we were happy during both the planning process and on our wedding day.
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They had so many great flavors and fillings to choose from, I was in heaven at the tasting
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Bridal gown/Bridesmaid dressesBella Bianca, Oakbrook IL
They have such beautiful gowns to choose from, and everyone was extremely nice and helpful any time we came in.
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Flowergirl Dresses- House of Brides, Aurora IL
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Besides our awesome wedding photographer J Fresh and Silk was one of the best purchases we made for our wedding. They are a small shop but they are some of the most honest, and helpful people you could deal with for your wedding. I was that crazy bride who planned everything super early (nearly two years in advance), but they were happy to accommodate me and they could not have done a better job of bringing what I wanted to life. The bouquets and centerpieces came out so much better than I could have imagined, and I am so grateful for all the hard work they put in to making what I wanted come true.
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Photographer-Angel Eyes Photography (of course)
Hilda is amazing.  I saw her pictures and immediately decided that she needed to be our photographer on our wedding day. She knows how to capture just the right moments, and she listens to what you want. When we met with her initially we made it a point to tell her that we weren’t a fan of “posed” pictures. We wanted her to capture everyone in the moment, because it shows true emotion and feeling on such a big day. I am very camera shy and although I needed more than just a little bit of guidance on what to do or how to pose, Hilda made me feel so comfortable the entire time. She really knows how to build up your confidence to truly capture the happiness and love throughout the entire day. And let’s not forget Carol! She was great too, and both of them together add so much humor to your day it’s hard to stress at all really. Plus, I had a little issue with my wedding straps being a little loose, and they even ran to get me some double sided tape to hold everything in place. Although it’s small, it really meant a lot to me because it showed just how much they truly do care about each and every one of their clients. All in all, if you need a photographer for anything really, Hilda is definitely the way to go!! Once your day is over, all you have are the pictures, so you better make sure they look awesome!
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Ines Di Santo wedding dress, Classic vintage beaded, Bella Bianca, Oakbrook IL (7)
I wanted a specific look for our wedding day, and let me tell you, Antje nailed it. I had been to various hair trials and no one was able to even come close to what I wanted. Antje took the time to have a really in depth consultation with me before starting anything, and she spent so much time during my trial tweaking things to make sure I was 110% happy with everything. If you are wanting a vintage looking style, she will give that to you and I guarantee you will be more than happy with the results.
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They have a really nice selection of suits and tuxes to choose from, along with several color options for vests and ties too. Great service and great prices, and everyone there was really nice
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Favorite wedding related purchase: Definitely our photographer and florist
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Favorite wedding memory:
Matt and I had been together for a long time, so I was never one of those brides that got super giddy over the whole wedding thing. People would bring up the wedding all the time and I’d always blow it off as no big deal. It didn’t ever hit me until everyone started walking down the aisle that I was actually getting married. I had never been so nervous in my life, but that feeling was just so exhilarating for me that I just loved it! I was shaking walking up the stairs to the chapel, and then I met eyes with Matt. Super cheesy I know, but as soon as I saw him I calmed down. He started laughing which made me start laughing, and it was such a good feeling. I also enjoyed the part when we were exchanging rings, where he gave me the wrong hand AND finger to put his ring on.
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Something we would have done differently:
Overall I am really happy with our wedding day, and I don’t think we would have done anything differently.
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Advice:
Everyone always tells you that the day is going to fly by, and I expected that. But you really don’t understand how quickly everything comes and goes until you are in the moment on your wedding day. I had an early start to my day getting my hair done, and before I knew it the last song was being played at our reception. You might think that you are going to remember to do certain things to say certain things on your wedding day, but trust me, you don’t. So if there’s certain pictures you want, or certain songs to be played, or really anything in general, make sure you have someone that can gently remind you of that or take care of it for you. But just enjoy your day because it’s only a couple of hours of the rest of your lives together.’
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Wedding Ceremony & Reception Venues in Naperville | Meson Sabika wedding photos | Sonora & Tony

Even though this was Sonora & Tony’s beautiful wedding,  there was one tiny little fur baby named Barkley who clearly stole the show. Considering that the couple planned the wedding out of state, everything went very smoothly. Ceremony and the reception were at the Meson Sabika in Naperville.

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