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month: February 2018




St. Paul of the Cross Church | Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel wedding | Monica & Mike

This was one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve had the pleasure of photographing! This couple had their modern reception at the  Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel. The service and the staff is amazing, and with the help of an amazing team of vendors, this wedding was flawless.
 Flowers: Northern Greenhouses  
Mike surprised his bride with this gorgeous purse by Yves Saint Laurent
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Photo by Carol
Photo by Carol
Photo by Carol
Photo by Carol
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Fun socks!!
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Pre-party touch ups.
Love this, not posed.
Gorgeous artwork…Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel
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Photo by Carol
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The happy couple soaking in the reception room with venue  planner Vasso.
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Monica admiring the room.
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Photo by Carol
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DJ: John Grammatis
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 From the Bride…
‘As far as my Vendor team I loved all of them. I feel like I had a dream team. I would have to say my flowers were probably my favorite they just ran with my thoughts and made it something so beautiful. Also I would have to say Vasso from Lowes Hotel was the best person to work with. She helped organize my “vision” and help it come to life. She also went so above and beyond for things that I was not even expecting her to do. The best! Overall everyone did such a great job.
 
Favorite wedding purchase: Our rings 🙂
Favorite memory: 1. When Mike and I were first shown our venue. I was so blown away on how beautifully it all came together. 2.  getting ready with the girls in our suite 🙂  3. During cocktail hour Vasso had set up an escape room for mike and I. She took us away for 15 minutes and had a table set up with champagne and all of our hors d’oeuvres it was so nice to just have the time together for a few minutes.
Funny moments: Idk if it was so funny at the moment but the best man forgot our rings on the limo going to the ceremony luckily the driver had to pick the girls up after they were dropped off so one of the bridesmaid was able to get them to him.
If I could have changed anything it would have been not be so nervous while I was getting ready and just enjoyed that more.
 Just enjoy the day it goes so fast!’
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Limo: Cloud Nine | Photo booth: Icon Photo booth | Videographer : Blink of an Eye Production

 





Orchard Ridge Farms/The Pavilion | Same sex wedding | Brianna & Eva

From the very first meeting it was obvious that this happy couple was meant to be. Whenever they talked about their wedding or how they met, one or both of them teared up. On their wedding day they were surrounded by friends, family, love and support…it truly was a joy to see.

A great big bonus for me was working with two of my favorite vendors/ friends Anita Vaughn with Anita Weds and MDM Entertainment.

Hair/Makeup: Madison with Kiss That Makeup!

Venue: Orchard Ridge Farms

Brides Dresses: Gigi’s Closette in Glenview, IL

Maid of Honor/Bridesmaid dresses: David’s Bridal

Best Man/Father of Bride Tux: Men’s  Wearhouse

Officiant: Anita Vaughn with Anita Weds 

Photo by Cheryl

Dance Choreographer; Krystal with Move the Beat

DJ/Photobooth:  MDM Entertainment

Catering: Henrici’s with the Pavilion at Orchard Ridge Farms

DJ/Photobooth:  MDM Entertainment

Vendors:

-Videographer: Gigi with Mike Staff Productions

-Cake: Design by Brianna Laase but baked by Marianos 

-Boquet: Brianna Laase with flowers from Michaels or Hobby Lobby

-Various Décor: Hobby Lobby and Michaels, Steven Lindstrom (aisle runner)

-Wedding rings: CD Peacock creations

From the Brides…

“Eva’s favorite wedding related purchase is the Message in Bottle bottles. She loves the idea of what they represent and the colors of the bottles. 🙂 Brianna’s favorite purchase is all of the décor elements because we hand made all of the decorations, invitations, programs, bridal bouquets, etc. Eva’s favorite wedding memory is her father daughter but with all of her brother’s best friend/lifelong friends. Brianna’s, besides walking down the aisle and seeing my wife, is taking night time pictures with the officiant and starting the “wedding scream” picture trend. 🙂 Eva’s funny moment was when we were up on the island during the ceremony, forgetting that what state we were in right as Anita said, “And now by the state of Illinois, I now pronounce you married and spouses for life.” Anita had to stop the ceremony to make sure Eva and I were paying attention.

Advice…Start planning early, don’t take time for granted, and have fun/enjoy the day. There will always be something that isn’t the way you expected it, but remember the main purpose of what the day is about.”