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month: July 2010

Chicago fun Engagement session | Katie and Bryan

Katie and Bryan Got engaged ant this cute little diner, so I thought it would be great to meet there for their engagement session and just explore the neighborhood…and that’s exactly what we did. I love ‘winging it’ usually those sessions are the most fun!

The exact booth where Bryan proposed 🙂

Yes, I tipped the little man in the green extra to point to her engagement ring  😉

I am obsessed with Katie’s eyes, sooo blue….yes, I’m sooo jealous.

They have incredible chemistry, and it shows.


This is so romantic, I felt like a perv peaking in on their private romance….one of my favorites!

All my regular blog readers know I really love vivid colors…so if you think the next 2 are some of my favorites, you would be right!

We lucked out with this photo because you needed a code to get in to the dock area, but a nice guy named Wes let us in to get some shots 🙂

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Chicago Engagement session | Julie and Pete

Despite the heat, humidity and being stuck in a cab for way too long, Julie and Pete rocked this session…just see for yourself.

We ran into this high end store downtown, and I love the fact that no one stopped us and Julie and Pete didn’t even blink and eye when I suggested it.

Red and reflection,  score x2!!!

I love the next two…the  stream of light coming though the door was a nice bonus.


This is where Pete proposed and Julie said yes!


I love the next 3, it really shows their personalities.

This one is definitely a favorite.

This one too!! Love it!

Can’t wait to see you guys in September!!!

Hilda Burke, Chicago IL, Engagement (Portrait) photographer


Loyola University Chicago Wedding|Madonna della Strada Chapel | Laura and Stephen

Laura and Stephen’s wedding took place on the Loyola University campus. It was so nice to have everything close to each other and not to mention the church sits on the shores of Lake Michigan!!!

Laura is one of those  people you instantly love. I’ do not  say ‘I love you’ to people I don’t know that well, but throughout day the I just kept hugging her and I kept saying I love you. So Laura I hope you know, I love you…you are a true beauty inside and out 🙂

The BEST view from the Church doors.

The first kiss!

Do I need to say it? Yes, this is my favorite!!!! (the inside glass doors were propped open which provided the perfect reflections, woo-hoo)

Millennium Park, Chicago.

Stephen was the sweetest, he takes such good care of Laura, his whole expression changes when he looks at her. I also love her nickname for her,  “Pretty”. I melted every time he said it.

Yes, I am completely hysterical at no extra charge  😀

…and, ummm, well….never mind….

Back on the bus the video guys lets a lesson in flirting from Lilian.

The couple met in school, so Laura though it would be cute to take some photos in the classroom, below the groom gets his first lesson from Laura (her job is a teacher)

**I just realized that I had 3 teacher brides in a row, and one groom. Yey for teachers!!! Thanks for working so hard and putting up with those little (and big) challenges every day.**

The most important lesson any groom could learn is the one below…”Listen to your wife =Success”

And just to make sure he won’t forget….

So sweet.

Another favorite!!!

The reception was in the library.

The first dance blew everyone away!!! I was never more impressed, the guest were on their feet clapping.

Laura’s mother lead the scarf dancing, it was a great party.

Hilda Burke, Angel Eyes Photography.

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The Rookery | unique wedding ceremony and reception venue Chicago IL | Pam and John

Pam and John are a couple in love, big time,  make your head spin true love…. it makes me melt…for real, yeah I’m that sappy….but I’m in the right business that’s for sure 🙂

The flower girl was adorable.

And the ring bearer was the cutest!!!

Pam get dressed with the help of her Mom.

Oh, how I loved the room where Pam got ready.

She looked stunning!

A great moment with Grandma, these are the photos that make me sooo happy.

John looking very handsome.

I am so in love with this photo, I can’t really explain it, but I freaking love it! OK?

The Rookery, an amazing piece of architecture that’s beyond words. For you Chicago history buffs you should really read about it it’s so interesting.

They both wrote their own vows and I have to tell you John wins the prize for the most beautiful vows ever written, not kidding. I felt like I was in a movie but without the sappy stuff. It was so from the heart that even the best wedding planner in the business (Patti Herioux) who NEVER cries during ceremonies, (unlike me) was tearing up. We will talk about this wedding for many years to come no doubt. John I liked you  before but I think I love you now (in a platonic way of course)  😉


Took a little time for some portraits, but first we needed a cab.

The Palmer House Hilton.


Then it was back to the Rookery for the Party.

Took a few minutes to explore this amazing staircase, (and I swear I did not set this up, that would be too cheesy) Pam needed help with her shoes, and of  course John helped her. I mean really how lucky can a girl be?  Tell me ladies, is this not the Princess moment you’ve always dreamt of?

Then back to the party!!!!

Congrats you two!

Hilda Burke, Chicago IL Wedding photographer

John’s favorite things about the wedding: When Pam read her vows, and our vows in general. Seeing family and friends that I hadn’t seen in a long time all in the same room. Pam’s hair… I really really loved her hair!

Pam’s favorite things: Never in a million years did I imagine my 89 year old grandma jumping up on the dance floor and shaking her hips all night. I can’t even explain how happy that made me. Realizing that I made the right decision to write and read my own vows. Even though I was petrified days beforehand, the moment I was up there it felt like just John and I were in the room and nothing else mattered. Walking down the stairs with my dad, and the look on John’s face. After a lot of health concerns, getting to dance with my dad and embracing the moment. Dancing with all our friends and family surrounding us – we felt so much love and hapiness. Calling John “Husband”!!  🙂

Best wedding related purchase:
Patti Herioux – our wedding planner was amazing. We only hired her for the “day of” because I thought I was cool enough to handle all the planning on my own. Months before the wedding I would call Patti with questions and she would go above and beyond to help us with anything. She came to many meetings with us, and truly became a friend that we are honored to have. She’s the best!
Worst purchase:
Being the indecisive person I am, I made far too many purchases when it came to wedding gowns. I am a self proclaimed “Dresszilla”. All I can say to those who are having a hard time deciding on a gown is to go with what you have always dreamed of and what makes you feel beautiful. Try not to get sidetracked or swayed be trendy dresses if that’s not your style, because on the day of your wedding you want to feel like yourself. 🙂