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month: February 2017

Metropolis Ballroom wedding in Arlington Heights | St. James Church | Michelle & Erik

Ever since I photographed their romantic proposal, I’ve been looking forward to this wedding.  I absolutely loved all the details that made this day so fun and unique. The flowers were my favorite, so beautiful in colors and textures. Erik is not only a firefighter but a very talented man. He made the LOVE sign, the bench (the guest signed that instead of a book)  and the card holder. I also thought that is was fun touch to have the firemen bring their helmets and they were used as part of the table decorations 🙂

Flowers: Ashland Addison

Dress: Hayley Paige

Jewelry: Stella & Dot

Hair: Adam and Eve Salon in Arlington Heights | Makeup: Elana Darrus Makeup & Hair

Flowers: Ashland Addison

Bridesmaid dresses: Bill Levkoff 

Tuxedos: Formally Modern Tuxedos 

Church; St. James in Arlington Heights 

Rolling Green Country Club

Wood Decor: (LOVE Letters, Guest Bench and Card Box): Custom Wood Inventions

Reception: Metropolis Ballroom

Cake: Gladstone Bakery

Flowers: Ashland Addison

Dueling Pianos: Felix and Fingers

From the couple….‘Vendors:
Dress: Hayley Paige (Oakbrook Nordstrom Wedding Suite) | Jewelry: Stella & Dot
Bridesmaid dresses: Bill Levkoff  | Tuxedos: Formally Modern Tuxedos 
Photographer: Angel Eyes Photography  | Videographer: Life Made Still
Party Bus: Emperor Limousine & Party Bus | Dueling Pianos: Felix and Fingers
Wood Decor: (LOVE Letters, Guest Bench and Card Box): Custom Wood Inventions
We couldn’t be happier with all the vendors.We are so thankful to each of them. From the start of picking the venue to the littlest details in between and the day of each one worked with us the entire way and really made our vision come true.
Besides the Dress I think the best purchase was the materials that Erik purchased that he used to make our LOVE Letters that were used as a backdrop to the dance floor, our guest bench that we used for our guest to sign and our card box.
The Funniest moment would be either me falling on the dance floor during the mother daughter dance or Erik and his groomsmen dancing around with cow bells.
Our favorite wedding memory is the choreographed Backstreet Boy dance we did after our first dance. We had many laughs learning it and were so happy that we actually got through it on the dance floor. Also being able to celebrate our wedding with all our family in friends. Definitely a day and night to remember.
Advice to other couples is too enjoy every moment and take it all in….XO Michelle & Erik.’

Chicago engagement photos | Save-the-date | Engagement session photographer | Colleen & Aaron

Winter weather din’t stop these two lovebirds from looking happy and adorable. Looking forward to photographing their wedding in the fall. Congratulations Colleen & Aaron 🙂

Wedding at the Grove Redfield Estate in Glenview, Illinois unique historic venue | Chicago wedding photos | Carla & Carlos

When two of the sweetest people hire you to photograph their wedding at one of my favorite venues, (Redfield Estate in Glenview a.k.a. The Grove) the end result had to be happy and amazing photos 😉 [humble brag] I might have scared the Bride with my squeals of joy when the flower crowns arrived 😀

A special shout out to the unofficial but hardest working ‘wedding planner/assistant’  Casey who was tireless in helping anyone with anything they needed! Thank you!!

North Suburban Flower Company

All the fun and activities too place at Redfield Estate in Glenview a.k.a. The Grove.

North Suburban Flower Company

Such a funny moment…came across these boys playing in the woods and they started yelling “ewww love” 😉

North Suburban Flower Company

Manna Music 

From the couple…

They were in charge of our catering and also providing all the eating utensils including forks, plates, coffee cups etc. Refined Dinning also provided our cake and our sweet table with wonderful desserts.
Provided all of our alcoholic drinks and they also provided the champagne glasses, wine, and the cups for the mixing drinks. Of course we had to rent the cups from them.
She made our beautiful centerpieces, bouquets and boutonnieres. Pamela is very sweet and able to capture our ideas and made everything  look beautiful 

For the groom and groomsmen tux. 
I was lucky to have found  the perfect purple shoes to match my bridesmaids dresses. 
Where I purchased  my wedding gown. The manager helped me the first  time i went looking for a gown she was sweet and really worked with me I was able to make payments on my dress
Dj  he was great! 

-Our favorite wedding purchase would have to be searching for wedding favor to give out. Carlos and I did not want to give something that people would throw away right away so we decided to give succulents. It makes us  so happy when we  visit  family and friends and they still have our wedding favors and the succulent are still alive 🙂 
One of our favorite wedding memories was after we exit the house we saw our beautiful reception the purple lights, and the lights on the trees in the lawn and see all of our guest and just admiring at how blessed we were that we had the perfect weather for a fall day. 

If we could do anything differently it would be our planning Carlos and I had been  engaged for two years and were planning for about a year although everything came out better than we expected we left a lot of things for the last minute and we were so close to the deadlines with our payments which made us very stressed out. So definitely wished we had a better system to planning and managing. 
Our funny moment was when we were at the gazebo and the pastor is talking about how we are soon to be husband and wife and I jump and kiss Carlos before the pastor actually pronounces  us husband and wife all of our guest laughed which made it very funny. ‘