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month: February 2019




Lincolnshire Marriott Resort wedding reception | St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr, Chicago | Frank & Renee

Once I met a couple named Frank and Renee, who were straight out of a romance novel…I swear, had I not personally witnessed this (and I have the photos to prove it, HA!!!) I would not believe it. On their wedding day of course they had lots of fun, dancing and making sure they mingled with everyone, and did all the wedding things, but every free second they had they connected somehow. While walking around the tables greeting guests, they grabbed each other and danced for 10-20 seconds…they were always aware of the other, and looked into each others eyes with such love and happiness that Carol and I were practically in tears just watching them.

Thank you Frank and Renee for allowing me to witness and capture your wedding day, and your obvious love for each other…I will always smile whenever I think about you and your wedding 😀


Flowers – Nutmeg Flowers

Flowers – Nutmeg Flowers

Hair/Makeup – Salon M in Niles
Photo by Carol

Church – St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr

I usually don’t include photos from the bus on the blog post, but I had to make an exception here…if you’ve ever been on a wedding party bus, you know the chaos….but just look at how cute they are, connecting in some way every chance they had, I mean they are holding pinkies for Pete’s sake.

Post ceremony photos at Lincoln Park, Chicago.


Tux – J.O.S. Bank

Sew Bridal – Veil and alterations

Venue – Marriott in Lincolnshire


Flowers – Nutmeg Flowers

Cake – Lovin Oven. Picture perfect and delicious!

Flowers – Nutmeg Flowers

From the couple…

‘Church – St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr. This church holds a special place in the bride’s heart. The priest is a really good family friend and he even baptized the bride. 


Hair/Makeup –
Salon M in Niles. Absolutely love them! It’s a family business and the staff is fun. Plus they did an amazing job! 


Sew Bridal – alterations. Kelly is great at what she does and has such a cool personality. She even created my veil from scratch. 


Tux –
J.O.S. Bank. Unfortunately our first location when choosing the tuxes was awful! Thankfully we went to another and the experience was so much better!! Some of the issues we ran into were incorrect information in the systems that we had to re-correct several times, there was confusion with the type of tux.


Flowers –
Nutmeg Flowers. We absolutely loved
Meghan! She was great and super easy to work with. 


Flowers – Nutmeg Flowers


Dress – House of Brides. Took every ounce of the bride not to go there (due to the horror stories), and while unsuccessfully finding a dress decided to go try one. Instantly fell in love with a dress the moment I saw it on me in the mirrors. And I even recall thinking in the dressing room that I was going to hate it since it had flowers on it! It was simple yet beautiful at the same time. Sadly, the experience wasn’t as great. Customer service was awful. Half the time trying to get a hold of someone was nearly impossible. I provided a fake wedding date (a month before) to make sure I’d get the dress on time and it came a week before this date. So happy I had a fake date in the system! Also, since I tried the dress during the winter, my pale skin looked better with the blush color sample I tried on. Freaked out when I was all tan from the summer the day I was able to pick it up. Thankfully my nerves were  for no reason as it still looked gorgeous the day of. More of a lesson…


Videographer-
Petit Four Films. They exceeded our expectations. 


Venue – Marriott in Lincolnshire. Gorgeous venue. Booze was flowing. Food was good. Dance floor big. Setup of the room was awesome. Customer service could’ve been better. 

Favors (cookies) – Trudy’s treats. Mama Ladd is one of my friend’s mom and she nailed what we wanted. And the cookies are delicious!! Plus she’s cool.
 

Favorite wedding related purchase… Renee: the cake topper which includes a Boxer dog silhouette as to incorporate our fur baby Winston. 
Frank: the scotch (highland park 18) for the groomsmen. 
Together: Angel Eyes (pending status lol). Honestly though, Hilda was awesome and came well prepared for everything that day. Even with scissors! She was able to coral all of us to get the best shots. Quite a task with the bridal party we had! Saved the day that day!

Favorite wedding memory…Seeing each other for the first time on our wedding day. 

Funny moments…Alina, our flower girl, stealing the show during the ceremony. 

Advice for couples… Enjoy the engagement. The process is stressful and at times you wish you just went abroad. ‘






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.