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month: June 2012

Vera Wang Fashion show at the Trump International Hotel, Chicago IL [Bridal/fashion photography] *guest blogger*-

Greetings, Angel Eyes fans! I’m Whitney Middleton Gruber, a Chicago based fashion stylist. I write about fashion, fitness, beauty and everything else glam on my blog at www.whitneyambition.blogspot.com.


My friend Hilda asked me to comment on my favorite looks from the Vera Wang fashion show. I’m a huge fan of Vera’s designs, having worn one for my own wedding in May. To me, her work is pure magic. Here are my top 4 gown styles from Spring and Fall 2012.

Jacqueline – Fall 2012

This dress is one I’d suggest to a bride who envisions a new spin on a “vintage” themed wedding. The black and nude palate speaks of old world elegance, but also keeps this dress modern by straying from tradition. A chantilly lace overlay is always an excellent choice for the girl who dreams about the days of old.
Jacqueline would be stunning in a winter setting with deep maroon florals and bare tree branches. A fresh dusting of snow wouldn’t hurt, either!

Hayley – Spring 2012

Can’t you just picture this dress flowing down a grassy aisle in a garden maze outside of a mansion? The bride would pair Hayley with a fresh wreath of flowers in place of a veil. Oh, how I love the organza petals streaming down the back of the dress to create the ultimate statement train. A bride needs to look outstanding both coming and going.

Janice – Fall 2012

I’m more of a full-skirt girl, but this soft mermaid really tugs at my heart. Perhaps it’s the layers of shirred organza that form an abstract take on the classic silhouette. Maybe it’s the buttery soft satin bodice that skims ever so gently into a plunging scoop back. At any rate, I love Janice. Perfect for the tall, statuesque bride-to-be.

Joelle – Fall 2012

This is what I would imagine happens when a Gothic bride and her traditional mother collaborate on a wedding gown. The sheer black corset bodice speaks to a very bold female, while the luxurious cascade of tulle and petals is a lofty princess dream. What better way to represent yourself while still holding true to the tradition of a wedding gown?

Thank you Whitney! More photos on Facebook 🙂

Make up by Aga……..Hair by Frankie

Dawn and Peter [2] The Carleton of Oak Park Hotel, Illinois Wedding planning/reception venue-

After getting married at the beautiful Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple (Oak Park, IL)  we did some photos around the Temple. Love the one below!

Another favorite 🙂

Reception Site – The Carleton of Oak Park Hotel (Oak Park, IL)

Gorgeous staircase inside the Hotel.

Dawn’s  hair looked beautiful.

Hair – James Anthony Salon (River Forest, IL)

Flowers – Paradise Flowers (Chicago, IL)

Cake – Oak Mill Bakery

I love the way Pete’s looking at Dawn during their first dance…sigh…

DJ – Toast & Jam (Chicago, IL)

This was the best idea, and a huge hit; a late night snack of S’mores.

That’s A S’More

From the Bride…

“Dress – Mori Lee purchased at Kasia’s Bridal (Chicago, IL) http://www.kasiasbridal.com/ || TuxesBlack Tie Formalwear  (Chicago, IL) http://www.blacktietuxes.com/ || Cake – Oak Mill Bakery http://oakmillbakery.com/ ||   Dawn’s Shoes – Heels – Brynn by Nina in New Navy; Flip Flops – Serenity Metallic Sandals by Coach in Silver || Ceremony Site – Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple (Oak Park, IL) http://www.unitytemple-utrf.org/ ||  Reception Site – The Carleton of Oak Park Hotel  (Oak Park, IL) http://www.carletonhotel.com/ || Photobooth – MJ Photo Booth http://www.mjphotobooth.com/ ||  Hair – James Anthony Salon (River Forest, IL)  http://www.jamesanthonysalon.com Laura is amazing!

Make-up – Dori Mae Makeup http://www.dorimaemakeup.com/ I am very thankful that I found Dori through Hilda.  Makeup is not my thing and it honestly makes me a little nervous.  I can sum up how I feel about Dori’s work with one word.  LOVE!!!

Rings – Flaherty Jewelers (Arlington Heights, IL)   http://flahertyjewelers.com/ We loved our jewelers.  They were incredibly accommodating and went out of their way to make sure we were able to get the perfect rings.  They even made a custom mold for my wedding band after they found out they couldn’t get the one I wanted in the correct precious metal. We highly recommend working with them.

Flowers – Paradise Flowers (Chicago, IL) – Perfect!!  Seriously, there is no better word to describe the beautiful flowers that Beata created for our wedding.  I loved them so much.  The colors and combination of flowers couldn’t have been done better.  Beata was a joy to work with and she interpreted my scattered thoughts and comments so perfectly.

Ceremony Music – Moeller Music   http://www.moellermusic.com/ Pete really wanted guitar music during our wedding ceremony.  We found Kerena and Paul Moeller’s website while searching on the Knot.  The samples of their guitar and cello duo were so hauntingly beautiful we immediately decided that we needed to book them.  They are incredible musicians and we could have listened to them play for hours.

DJ – Toast & Jam (Chicago, IL) http://www.toastandjamdjs.com/ There were two decisions in our wedding planning that were incredibly easy.  The second easiest was our DJ.  After going to a friends wedding in 2011, we knew that Toast & Jam was exactly what we wanted.  Rachel & Kate did an awesome job of following the mood of our reception and they certainly kept us dancing all night long!

Late night snack – That’s A S’More http://www.thatsasmore.com/ – We had them come in and do a late night snack of S’mores for our guests.  They were a HUGE hit.  Everything was very tasty and the service was AWESOME both before and during.  HIGHLY recommended.

Officiant – Bruce Otto – Spirited Weddings http://spiritedweddings.com/ – We stumbled across Bruce on The Knot.  In short, we loved working with him.  Bruce made it so easy for us to create a ceremony that was exactly us and his Homily was perfect.  He listened to what we wanted and made the day go so smoothly.

Photographer – Angel Eyes Photography – Hilda and Carol are INCREDIBLE.  The absolute easiest decision we made for our wedding was choosing to work with Hilda.  She had done one of my cousin’s weddings in the Spring of 2011 and from the minute I saw her photos I was sold.  From her help with planning & schedules, to her recommendations on vendors, to the little things she just took care of for us during the day of the wedding, she made the whole experience so much easier for me (and by extension Pete).  And that doesn’t even touch on her incredible eye for detail, the way she uses light in her photography.  It’s pure art.  And without Carol I have no idea how we would have gotten kids corralled and bows tied and group pictures taken. They are a perfect team.  We’ve loved everything we’ve seen so far and can’t wait to see the rest.  Thank you so much to both of you for everything!  Words can’t express our gratitude properly.

From Pete –  Two memories stand out for me.  The first was watching Dawn walk up the stairs the first time. That was the moment I felt like the whole process was worth every moment and disagreement and penny spent.   The other was standing next to Dawn before we walked into the reception for our intro. Dawn was soooo excited and beaming. I knew then that I was perfectly happy.

From Dawn – The day went by so fast.  Sometimes I feel like I blinked and it was all over.  We did try our best to just enjoy it and because of that I have so many wonderful memories to keep with me.  I think the one that stands out the most to me was right after the ceremony.  At a friend’s suggestion, Pete and I decided to go back into the Bridal Room at the church and spend a few moments all by ourselves before the craziness of the rest of the day took over.  I very clearly remember dragging him into that room and closing out the world and just looking at my new husband and feeling so lucky and blessed and loved and happy.  It was a perfect moment and I am so thankful that we were able to share it with each other.”

Photo of the week, Sara and Chad at Cuneo Mansion and Gardens [Vernon Hills Illinois wedding venue]-

A quick favorite from Sara & Chad’s wedding. If you’ve never been to the Cuneo Mansion it’s so worth a visit. Check out their website for more info.

See more photos here 🙂

Photo of the week, Bride and Mom [Meyer’s Castle Dyer Indiana wedding photography]-

Well technically it’s ‘photos of the week’  but I couldn’t just choose one.  Her Mom was there for the initial meeting and for all of the planning, and all the hard work was worth it, it was a beautiful wedding. Cara and her Mom have a very close and special relationship as it clearly shows in the photos below.  (One or both of them were trying not to cry.)

As always, there are more photos on Facebook 🙂

Wedding at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple (Oak Park, IL) Dawn and Peter-

Dawn and Peter choose two of the most unique locations I’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing, both of them in Oak Park, Illinois. The getting ready and the reception took place at the beautiful  Carleton of Oak Park Hotel and the ceremony was at  Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple which truly is worth a visit if you’re ever in Oak Park.

Rings – Flaherty Jewelers (Arlington Heights, IL)

TuxesBlack Tie Formalwear (Chicago, IL)

Dress – Mori Lee purchased at Kasia’s Bridal (Chicago, IL)

Her Mom’s ring.

Beata from Paradise Flowers (Chicago, IL) did all the flowers, and it’s obvious why she’s one of my favorite vendors to recommend.

Hair – James Anthony Salon (River Forest, IL)

Make-up – Dori Mae Makeup


Rings – Flaherty Jewelers (Arlington Heights, IL)


Officiant – Bruce Otto – Spirited Weddings

Carol’s view from the balcony.

Guess what I found right outside the Temple? Yep, a red photo-booth!!


Love this one too.

More photos coming in part two…please leave your comments below.

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Meg and Andy [2] Pavilion at Meson Sabika, Naperville Illinois Wedding reception

Meg and Andy’s Wedding Reception was at Meson Sabika in Naperville. It is a gorgeous reception hall, with amazing food…I don’t know what it was called but the shrimp pasta dish had me and Carol going back for seconds. Click here to see part one on their wedding.

A few  portraits on the grounds at Meson Sabika.

Seriously Meg, WOW!

Getting ready for their big entrance! Andy is a triathlete and Meg loves to run and bike, so they incorporated all that into their entrance to the reception as husband a wife.

While Andy circled the dance floor, Meg ran all the way around the room, it was epic I tell you…the guests were impressed, as was I!

Not only did  Meg have her running shoes on, but she also had her water bottle and sports watch! I love it when couples add these personal touches to their weddings 🙂

First dance.

Party time.

Had to do something cool with the rings…

From the Bride…

‘Dress-Wolsfeld’s in Aurora, IL
Flowers-Town & Country Gardens in Geneva, IL: Absolutely wonderful service, quality work and arranging, freshest flowers!
DJ-Music by Design in Geneva, IL: Very accommodating staff, competitive rates, ability to select custom music selections for the reception.
Dessert Buffet: Cocoa Bean in Geneva, IL: Nancy Saucedo the owner, is fantastic. The selections are great, and every item selected for the buffet tasted even better than they looked. A true treat for us and our wedding guests.
Favorite Purchase: Custom-made straws in our wedding colors off of Etsy.com…a totally random and fun detail for the reception.

Favorite memories: Taking photos with Andy on the river-walk with Hilda and Carol. You both made the photography so easy, fun, and natural. The quality of work is evident in the photos we’ve seen. The attention to detail in each photo has captured the essence and atmosphere of our wedding day so perfectly.

Second favorite-Andy and my entrance in to the reception…probably the most personal touch of the day.
It was fun, it was a relaxed yet beautiful day, and I felt nothing but happiness.’

Love this photo, they used it for their thank you card 🙂

More photos on Facebook 🙂

Evalyn’s one year old photos [Chicago, Niles, Park Ridge, Glenview baby/family photography]

This adorable little girl just turned one, her Mom brought her to my office for a mini session. There are 3 beautiful parks within walking distance, if anyone is interested in doing a mini session (half an hour, half the price of regular sessions) near my office please e-mail me hilda@angeleyesphotography.com This offer is available for one or two subjects only. 7132 N. Harlem ave Chicago. (Hours by appointment only.)

Both of them, gorgeous!


Downtown Chicago wedding | Chicago wedding photographer | photo of the week Vicki & Bernardo

I’m so excited to share this photo with you from yesterday’s wedding.  As we arrived for the reception at the Willis/Sears Tower we noticed a couple of street musicians playing at the corner. Vicki and Bernardo had a very intimate wedding of just 40 guests, so they only had a dinner planned with no dancing.

When I suggested taking some photos near the musicians, Vicki said “we might as well have our first dance here since we don’t have anything else planned”. As the musicians played a romantic tune on their saxophones, they had their first dance as husband and wife under the shadow of the Sears Tower. Most. Romantic. Moment. Ever!! I was all misty eyed when they were finished.

More previews on Facebook 🙂