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month: April 2018

Hubbard Inn Chicago wedding reception | candlelit wedding ceremony | Red wedding dress

I was thrilled to photograph this intimate non-traditional wedding at the Hubbard Inn restaurant in Chicago. The Bride wore a red dress (with pockets), they had a cocktail hour before the ceremony, and my favorite non-traditional, non-religious officiant Anita Vaughan did the fabulous ceremony.

After many years in the wedding industry nothing really surprises me anymore, but when I walked in and saw this incredible ceremony space, my jaw hit the floor…candles filled the entire table, it was just so stunning! I probably took way to many photos, but I was full on obsessed!!

Thank you to Carolyn for second shooting with me.

The bride making sure her phone is off ūüėČ


The Celebration Farm Iowa City, IA wedding | Chicago wedding photographer | Amy & Dan

Honesty time…I’m not a big fan of traveling for weddings…it’s out of my comfort zone, I stress about forgetting stuff at home, I worry about getting lost etc. However when I do travel for a wedding, I do it for a couple who truly is special.¬† This couple took their wedding planning seriously, but made sure they really enjoyed every minute if the actual day. There was plenty of time for fun photos at some of the most scenic locations, I mean WOW! And if that wasn’t enough we snuck in some stunning sunset photos, and even had a few minutes with the full moon. Any and Dan I cannot thank you enough for trusting me with your memories, and allowing me the time to create some of my favorite photos ever!!

Hair and Makeup: Salon Voche

Dress: Hope’s Bridal

First look.

Flowers: Sam’s Club and¬†fiftyflowers.com

Suit: Indochino

How adorable are these kids?? The little boy was the Ring-BEAR-er ūüėÄ

Photo by Carol

Photo by Carol

DJ: Jitterbug Events

DJ: Jitterbug Events

¬†Food: Nelson’s Meat Market¬† ¬† |¬†Cake: That One Cupcake Place
¬†From the couple…
‘Favorite Purchase: Most of decorations we made ourselves, including invitations, center pieces, and flowers. We had a lot of fun together designing¬†the invitations and¬†picking out the picture frames, lanterns, and flowers.
Amy’s Favorite Memories: Sneaking onto the Apple Orchard property and getting hounded by the resident black cat. Also when guests started realizing that our first dance was choreographed.
Dan’s Favorite Memories: The moment the dance floor blew up for the first time and everyone was dancing and singing together. And leaving the busy party behind to take sunset pictures was very deeply satisfying.
Funny Moments: Calling the groomsmen to stop at a liquor store to pick up booze for the bridal party getting ready. The peanut gallery yelling “Yeah! Get it girl!” when the bride ate the first cupcake. And when our officiant called all of our friends hired extras.
Because we didn’t a receiving line, we should have made cocktail hour an extra 20 minutes longer to give us more time to greet everyone before dinner started.
Enjoy the planning process, because it lasts a lot longer than the wedding day. We had so much fun putting our day together that the day seemed like nothing went wrong.
¬†¬†Make sure to do what you want to do on your wedding day. If you want to dance, dance. If you want to leave to take pictures, do it. If you want to eat brisket, eat that. Make the day yours and you can’t go wrong.
Also, don’t skimp on the DJ or the photographer. Having their support through the whole process was invaluable.’

Redfield Estate at the Grove in Glenview | Chicago wedding photographer | Ginger & John

This wonderful couple found me though the Redfield Estate. As my regular blog readers know, it’s one of my most favorite places to photograph weddings. If you’re looking for a unique venue with stunning nature and gorgeous photo ops around every corner, this is it!¬† I had a blast chatting and planning with the Bride’s Mom & the Bride, they chose their vendors carefully, but trusted them to execute their vision. Enjoy the photos!!

Dress РGigi’s Closette

Makeup – Adrianna Ghilarducci

First look.

Venue РThe Grove/Redfield Estate 

When Grandma sees the Bride for the first time…such a special moment.

Flowers and arrangements – Morning Glory Flower Shop

Rings – Sandburg Jewelers

Perfect example of why two photographers are important…when dad is ready to walk in with the Bride I’m already at the ceremony site…by having another photographer, fun moments like these are not missed ūüôā Photo by Eric

Photo by Eric

Flowers and arrangements – Morning Glory Flower Shop

Catering РCatered by Design 

Bacon Bar!!

Hair – Gary Gwin

 Cake РThree Tarts Bakery

Photo by Eric

Photo by Eric

iPod DJ РJust Press Play, Naperville | Photo by Eric

Vintage car Р Classic Wedding Car