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month: April 2019




Royalty West Banquets wedding photos | Unique Castle venue | Chicago photographer | Theresa & Rick

If I could hand pick my couples, they would all be as chill and laid back as Theresa and Rick were. Bad weather rolled in that morning, so we had to improvise our plans, but no one ever stopped smiling. Of course it didn’t hurt one bit that the wedding was in a Castle. Yep, Royalty West Banquets
is a unique venue, that’s built to look like a Castle inside and out. Needless to say since I’m a huge Game of Thrones fan, this made me very, very happy!!


Flowers – Bouq Box

Dress- Rebecca Ingram Dress Shop- Atelier Igar bridal

Hair/makeup- Rare Bird Beauties

Hair/makeup- Rare Bird Beauties

Hair/makeup- Rare Bird Beauties

Flowers – Bouq Box
Photo by Carol


Photos, first look, ceremony & reception took place at Royalty West Banquets

First look…

Officiant – Rev. Phil Landers, of “I Do” Weddings, Ltd.

Cake – Oak Mill Bakery

Flowers – Bouq Box

DJ –  Kelvon Fluellen of That’s My DJ Entertainment

From the Bride…


‘Dress- Rebecca Ingram Dress Shop- Atelier Igar Bridal Maggie at Atelier Igar bridal was so sweet it was such a pleasure getting my dress altered.

Hair/makeup- Rare Bird Beauties Hair by Shannon Makeup by Amelia
The girls from Rare bird beauties were fun and fit right in with me and the bridesmaids.


Cake – Oak Mill Bakery
The cake not only looked amazing it tasted amazing! We said forget waiting a year to eat the top layer and ate it all within a few days and I still think about it!

Tux- Men’s Wearhouse |Bridesmaids dresses- David’s Bridal
The bridesmaids dresses from David’s bridal were exactly what I imagined when I knew I wanted gold, and the guys looked so sharp in their tuxes from men’s warehouse.

Caterer- Royalty West Banquets
Christina at Royalty West was on top of everything not just before but the day of. She also made the room look absolutely perfect, it was more beautiful than we could have even imagined.

Flowers – Bouq Box
Bouq box did a beautiful job with all the flowers.

DJ –  Kelvon Fluellen of That’s My DJ Entertainment Dj Kelvon was awesome, he timed everything perfectly and played all of our must plays.

Officiant – Rev. Phil Landers, of “I Do” Weddings, Ltd.
 He was such a pleasure to work with. He was so organized and worked with us for as long as we needed to get our story just right. He truly made our ceremony unforgettable, we still get complements about it to this day. 

My favorite purchase was my dress. It was just me and my mom and I found the dress on the first day we started looking. When I came out of the dressing room and saw it in the big mirror then looked at my mom and she started tearing up, I knew it was the dress.


Favorite memory….Hearing our love story and our secret love for each other during the ceremony. It was such a touching and meaning part of the day for both of us.


Funny moments….Literally dancing out of my underwear during the first open dance! Hilda was very helpful getting me to the restroom to readjust!



Advice… Like most couples say, try to enjoy it all. The whole process was fun for us! You only get one day so don’t let the small stuff get to you. All week the forecast for my wedding was sunny and in the 60s, day of it snowed, not a single tear was shed or beat missed we smiled all day long!


I did stress about getting a midnight snack, but the second we knew it wouldn’t work out we said oh well and the next day said oh ya that didn’t happen, guess we didn’t need it.

And of course we got the most amazing photographers ever! Literally you ladies made the day run as smooth as it did, it would not have been the same without you! 

It honestly could not have gone better. It was the perfect day!’


I was photographing the wedding party, and I didn’t notice until I was editing the photos, that the flower girl decided to give me some variety for every shot  😀
I made this collage to show off her posing skills…totally made my day!!




Newberry Library Chicago wedding ceremony and reception | Unique reception venue | Ariel & Daren

If you’re looking for a unique venue in Chicago, the Newberry Library just might be the perfect option. There is plenty of space filled with gorgeous light, and a park right across the street. This is where Ariel and Daren had their wedding ceremony, photos and reception.

A huge thank you to Todd Fischer for not only making out Bride look absolutely stunning, but also for connecting me to this amazing couple!!


Hair by : TAF Hair Todd Fischer

Florist- Blumgarten, Michelle Vazquez

Dress/ Store: Mira Couture, dress by Martina Liana

Dress/ Store: Mira Couture, dress by Martina Liana

Hair by : TAF Hair Todd Fischer

Officiant: Leo Melamed

Catering: Occasions Chicago, Gerard McGuiggan

Florist- Blumgarten, Michelle Vazquez

Florist- Blumgarten, Michelle Vazquez


Cake: Alliance Bakery

Florist- Blumgarten, Michelle Vazquez

Planner- Kerrie Gallagher, CityGirl Weddings

Makeup: Makeup by Stacy Renee

Dress/ Store: Mira Couture, dress by Martina Liana

Catering: Occasions Chicago, Gerard McGuiggan

Groom custom suit: Indochino

Hair by : TAF Hair Todd Fischer

From the Bride….

‘Favorite purchase…My gown! I love it and am definitely going to wear it again! Who says it can only be worn once?!

Favorite wedding memory…Having all of our loved ones, family and friends, under the same roof together.

Funny moments…My sister lent me her veil. Right before walking down the aisle, she stepped on it and ripped it. LOL

If I had a super power, I would slow down time, so I could have soaked in everything in and committed it to memory.

Advice for couples…Have fun with it. It’s a shit ton of work but should be fun!! Everything will always work out- try not to stress. Hire a day of coordinator. Well worth the money. No one in your wedding party nor your guests should be worried and working on day of logistics. The focus should be on enjoying and celebrating your love and union. ‘





Holt’s Restaurant Park Ridge IL engagement photos | The Pickwick Theater Park Ridge | Tina & Mark

I love it when couples personalize their engagement session. Tina and Mark had their first date at Holt’s Restaurant in Park Ridge. They discovered that they both liked Old-Fashioned (the drink) and they quickly got to know each other after a few of these 😉 So when they suggested that we do part of the session at the restaurant, I jumped at the chance. I even got to try their favorite drink, and I’m happy to report that is was yummy!!

The historic Pickwick Theatre is just a block from the restaurant, and we took some photos there.