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month: February 2019




Promontory Point – Lake Michigan wedding photos | Palmer House Hilton Chicago, | Ridhwana & Jason


The best part of my job is finding couples who connect with me, not just my work…this allows me to be myself and create more relaxed and fun photos. Of course it helps when the couple gives you plenty of time to create those photos. Jason and Ridwana, were an absolute dream to work with…they took the planning seriously, but the day of the wedding they just had fun, and so did I! WOW, this day was an absolute blast!!

The getting ready photos and the first look, took place at the Palmer House Hilton…since the couple chose not to have a wedding party, the Groom just drove us all over to the ceremony 😀


Flowers – Flowers for Dreams

Hair & Makeup – Jeannie Denault with Bridal Brigade

Hair & Makeup – Jeannie Denault with Bridal Brigade
Photo by Carol

Photo by Carol

Venue – Promontory Point

Officiant – Rev. Dave Angle 

Flowers – Flowers for Dreams
Photo by Carol

From the couple…

  • ‘Venue – Promontory Point – The park district was very easy to work with. The fact that they have a list of preferred caterers actually made things easier for us since there are so many great options out there and knowing even where to start can be a little intimidating. We really loved that we could have our ceremony outdoors with the lake in the background. It also didn’t hurt that the weather was absolutely perfect that day.
  • Flowers – Natalie Pappas with Flowers for Dreams – We went into our appointment without our colors even really figured out and Natalie was able to guide us without making us feel at all like she was pushing her style on us.
  • Planner – Camille Victoria Weddings LLC – We were on the fence about hiring a day-of coordinator but were really glad we did. It was great not to have to check the time at all and know that Camille was keeping us on track. It also gave us piece of mind that if something did go very wrong (which thankfully it didn’t), Camille would be there to take care of things and we could enjoy our big day.
  • Caterer – Premier Catering & Events – Erika is a truly wonderful person and was a blast to work with. We knew right away that we would be in very good hands with her. She was very accommodating and had tons of great ideas to share. PCE was a very big reason why our wedding day went as smoothly as they did.
  • Hair & Makeup – Jeannie Denault with Bridal Brigade – Jeannie really listened to me and made me feel very comfortable despite my not being a big makeup wearer. It was important to me to still feel like me, and Jeannie certainly accomplished that.
  • Cake – Bittersweet Pastry Shop  
  • Rickshaws – Rickshaw Rick’




Makray Memorial Golf Club outdoor wedding ceremony | Chicago photographer | Lori & Bret

The moment this couple told me that they had a Beauty & The Beast theme for their wedding, I’ve been looking forward to it, and I was so excited to see the final result. (Scroll down to see the reception photos). I love it when couples do fun things to represent them and their personalities. And to make this wedding even more unique, they decided to have a Crème brûlée instead of cake. SO GOOD!!!!


From the first look to the reception everything took place at Makray Memorial Golf Club.


Florist:  Twisted Stem 

Dress:  Amelishan Bridal  (Hubertus, WI)  
Photo by Carol

The glass alternative to a unity candle or sand ceremony, Unity in Glass.

Who says you have to get a cake for your wedding? This couple went with
Crème brûlée !! Soooo delicious!!


Bakery for Crème brûlée :  Ambrosia Euro American Patisserie

 SoundWave DJs  (Milwaukee) 

From the Bride…

‘Venue:  Makray Memorial Golf Club  (Barrington):  This was a great venue!  We received lots of compliments on the food (We went with the steak and salmon choices) and the ladies that you work with are very detailed oriented.  They make sure everything is how you imagine it would be on your wedding day and are very accommodating if you want something specific.  

Florist:  Twisted Stem  (Crystal Lake): My bouquet was heavy, but  beyond gorgeous.   They did a great job on all the flowers; highly recommended!

Limo: W-Limo – (Arlington Heights) – After researching many different limo places, we went with W-Limo.  They were on time, professional and vehicles were clean. 

Bakery for Crème brûlée :  Ambrosia Euro American Patisserie (Barrington) – We had this crazy idea to have Crème brûlée at our wedding instead of cake.  One of our traditions when we go out to eat is to have this for dessert with a glass of port.  We struck out a few times finding someone that would be able to make the dessert for our wedding but once we met Debby at Ambrosia, she was on board immediately.  She is one of the nicest people to work with and makes the world’s best Crème brûlée !   The ‘cake’ turned out Absolutely Amazing!    

Hair: Fleur De Lis Salon (Barrington) – They came out to us at the hotel we were getting ready at.  They were on time and did a great job on everyone’s hair.  

Makeup: Bomber Betty (Barrington) – Jessica makes her own make up and does a great job.  She also comes to you on the day of the wedding and is a lot of fun to work with. 

Advice for future couples:  Do a first look! This helped us out a lot on our wedding day.  It took so much pressure off of both of us, and made the rest of the day go smoothly.  Also, plan your honeymoon at least a week after your wedding.  You will be exhausted right afterwards, so wait a week or 2 or 3+, before heading on vacation.  You will have a chance to organize the aftermath of everything wedding related and enjoy more of your time on your honeymoon.  

A lot went into the making of our Crème brûlée masterpiece.  Ambrosia made the Crème brûlée the chef at Makray topped them off with whipped cream and fruit before serving, and Twisted Stem put the vines around the cupcake stand and provided roses for decoration.  It all turned out better than I could have imagined! 

Something I would change:  I think the only thing I might change would be the timing of the reception.  The reason I hardly got to eat was because I was paying so much attention to the speeches which went right into the dances. Once the reception starts, I would do the first dance right away and get the speeches done after that.  Then, in theory, there would be more time to enjoy the dinner that you pay so much for 🙂  

Favorite wedding related purchase was probably our unity glass.   We bought colored glass to mix together during our ceremony (like sand) from a place called “Unity In Glass”.  Afterwards we sent the combined glass back to the company that blows it into a glass sculpture and it turned out amazing.  

Favorite wedding memory: This was probably with my sister.  She was nervous about her speech so she took me a side and said her speech just to me in the bridal suite beforehand.  She got the tears going then and it didn’t stop the tears from falling during her actual speech.  It was special moment between us that I won’t forget.