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month: June 2018

The Grove Redfield Estate Wedding, LGBT-Friendly Wedding Vendors/Same sex weddings, Erik & Frank

Erik & Frank got married on Friday the 13th on the anniversary of their first date. I’m so happy that they chose me to be their photographer.¬† I just loved how they made this wedding totally their own, there are no more rules people!! Just do what makes you happy ūüėČ HUGE kudos to them for planning this wedding in 5 weeks, yes not 5 months…but 5 weeks.

Photos with the fur babies.

They had the most beautiful orchids all over their home.

This cracked me up…wedding day…”Booze diet”

Their sisters were at the house to help them get ready.

The flower girl was the sweetest.

Tuxes: The Men’s Warehouse

Venue: The Redfield Estate

Flowers by AimStudios

How gorgeous do they look? Everyone got to choose their own dresses.

AnitaWeds – Anita Vaughan, Life-Cycle Celebrant

Love working with Anita! She writes the most meaningful and personalized ceremonies.

Orchid potting ceremony.

Succulents as wedding favors!

Too bad Anita never has any fun ūüėČ

Caterer: Refined Dining

Flowers by AimStudios

Caterer: Refined Dining


Pies: Jarosch Bakery in Elk Grove (Chocolate Cream, Dutch Apple, Dutch Cherry)

I asked them if they were to feed each other the pies, to which Frank replied…”No, we’re grown ass men, we know how to feed ourselves”¬†

And then, since it was Friday the 13th, we had a little fun ūüėČ

From the couple…

‘Flowers: Ordered them from work (FTD) and friend/coworker Amy Constanzo arranged them,¬†AimStudios¬†.

Music: We enlisted out friend Timothy Suchomel to help us make a playlist of songs and he was the one in charge of playing the music (He was the one with the pipe and cane that you took a photo of with his girlfriend in the flapper dress)

Our favorite wedding related purchase must be the rings ‚Äď reason being is that the rings were the first items that we bought. We looked at rings and made our decision together! We knew we wanted matching rings, and then Frank surprised me and had the rings engraved.

Favorite wedding memory: Walking down the aisle with our mothers seeing the people who have supported us throughout our relationship.

Anything to have done differently? -Nope. Leave it the way it was!

Advice for couples: DON’T FREAK OUT ABOUT PLANNING A WEDDING. If we can do it in 5 weeks, so can you. Just put your mind to it. Research. Make decisions while keeping it simple. Don’t overthink.

How did we do it? We knew for starters we did not want a religious/church wedding. Frank really wanted something as simple as going to the courthouse, but I did not. So we compromised on a smaller wedding with an intimate group of friends and family. We chose some simple, yet elegant options that showed our personalities. We decided to add more personal touches with the d√©cor of pictures of us and the geeky touches with the figurines. What really helped with some major choices was the open house at the Redfield estate where we got to meet you and Anita! It was a fortuitous meeting of some amazing talented people with amazing personalities. The reason for the date we chose was that it is the anniversary of our first date. 8 years later. Frank really wanted that date, and since I can be indecisive, the short time frame made me make decisions a lot faster and I wouldn‚Äôt change a thing. Either would he. ūüėä’

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Glenview | Michigan Shores Club Christmas wedding | Meaghan & Alan

Meaghan & Alan is the kind of couple I dreamed about when I first started my business. They are just the sweetest, kindest souls, and after meeting their families it’s obvious why. When planning this wedding nothing was left to chance from the photo timeline to the hand crafted centerpieces the couple was hands on. I’m so happy to share their magical December wedding! (Yes, I know I’m a bad photographer, I’m behind on blogging, but the wait it so worth it)

Flowers: Millefiori Florist Ltd  Ceremony: Our Lady of Perpetual Help 

Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Hair & Makeup: Patty McGuire Hair & Makeup Artists

Ceremony: Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Glenview

Couple of quick stops in Glenview, where we caught some amazing light!!

This is how happy they were the entire day! My trusty and faithful assistant Carol making sure the Bride’s dress stays clean.

Since the Groom works there, we had special permission to take photos at Charles Deering Library (on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston) I love it when my couples think outside the box for their wedding photos!

Flowers: Millefiori Florist Ltd

Dress: Fifi’s Bridal Boutique

Flowers: Millefiori Florist Ltd

Yes, we got to shoot inside too!!!

Tux: Calvin Klein

Last stop before the reception, the little cafe where the happy couple had their first date ūüėÄ

Reception: Michigan Shores Club

Lighting & Uplighting by  Robert J. Nicpon Productions

Cake: Michigan Shores Club

Flowers: Millefiori Florist Ltd

DJ: Robert J. Nicpon Productions

Lighting & Uplighting by  Robert J. Nicpon Productions

From the couple…

‘Our phenomenal photographer was our favorite wedding related purchase! Our wedding day absolutely flew by, so to have such incredible photos that capture the whole day and all the small details we may have missed is worth every cent! All these photos captured the love and joy of the day, not just with us and our wedding party and family, but of our guests as well, and we will be able to look back at these photos and be transported back to so many moments on the best day of our lives.

There were so many beautiful memories it is hard to pick just one. Seeing our wedding come to life from the planning stage to seeing our vision finally realized in-person when the doors opened to the reception was breathtaking. It had exceeded our dreams of the day, and we were blown away by stepping into a room so filled with love and sharing the day with our family and friends.

Our priest taking a selfie with us on the altar during the Homily was quite a highlight! Additionally, being able to dance with my Dad and do a mix of songs was so fun (neither of us are dancers, but we both had an absolute blast dancing together!) It was very much us to play around and get a laugh for our dance together.

We were engaged on December 17, 2016 and planned our wedding for December 16, 2017… with a year-long engagement and starting the planning early, we thought that would be plenty of time for lots of do-it-yourself projects. That time flew though, and the projects kept multiplying, from creating the centerpieces to designing and creating our “Akers’ Mark” bottles to all the little things in-between (if anyone needs to know how to dip their own bourbon bottles… give us a shout!) But it brought us even closer together (if possible!) and helped us make sure that our wedding truly was a reflection of us as a couple. At the end of the day, we didn’t get a lot of sleep that year, but it was incredible seeing everything finally come together when the doors at Michigan Shores opened. Every second of that past year was worth it for that magical day!

Enjoy the day and soak as much of it in as you can, because it will fly by!’