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Hi! I'm Hilda, the owner, photographer, secretary, book keeper, photo editor and album designer of Angel Eyes Photography. I'm non-stop but I'm doing what I love. I especially enjoy weddings, hanging with cool couples, making women feel empowered and sexy during boudoir photo shoots, and going on photographic adventures. Welcome to my blog. If you would like to get in touch with me, email is preferred, thank you!

Crystal Palace Banquets Mt. Prospect IL | Saint Odisho Church in Chicago wedding photos | Lilian & Steve

I was so incredibly honored to photograph this wedding. Lilian has a twin and an older sister and I’ve photographed their weddings as well. Another cool thing is, that all the bridesmaids for this weddings were the same ladies from Laura’s wedding!! What an amazing day, thank you for allowing me to be part of it.

Flowers: Garvin Gardens

 Badgley Mischka

Dress Purchased From: Chicago Glamour Closet  |  Dress Designer: Blue by Enzoani, Glenwood

 Makeup:Mel Larson   |   Hairstylist: Emily Lauf @HairByEmilyLauf

Photo by Carol

Photo by Carol

Photo by Carol

Photo by Carol

Photos at the gorgeous Loyola Campus

The way they laugh together is the sweetest thing to witness.

FlowersGarvin Gardens

Photo by Derrick

Reception & Caterer:Crystal Palace Banquets | Cake: The Baking Institute

Photo by Derrick

Photo Booth: Laugh Booth

From the Bride..

‘Church: Saint Odisho Church is my family church where I was baptized. I am the only of my siblings to marry at our church which was really exciting for my parents. The ceremony was in English & Assyrian providing our friends and the grooms family with a new cultural experience.

Reception & Caterer: Crystal Palace Banquets My favorite part of what Crystal Palace had to offer was the delicious and generous portions of food! Anita, the event planner and venue manager is very organized and accommodating. She was very knowledgeable and made the process very easy.

FlowersGarvin Gardens Peggy is so personable and accommodating. She came to my parents house (and other locations) to make sure that the bridal party and family members had their flowers. Her big heart and passion for her craft were obvious in her elegant and beautiful creations. My favorite part of my experience with Peggy was that she felt like a family member at the end of the experience!

Emergency AlterationsJulia Needlman, after using a friend of a friend of a friend alteration service, my dress and bustle were ruined, I contacted Julia Needlman and she was able to accommodate me just a few days before my wedding. The train and bustle were fixed and she was reasonable with her prices.

Photo Booth: Laugh Booth, was amazing in their prompt communication. The package included a photo album and a usb drive with all the photos that were taken during the evening.

Favorite Wedding Related Purchase

I surprised my husband with a watch. Minutes before the ceremony was to start, Steve’s niece and nephew presented Steve with the watch by saying, “Lilian will love you until the end of time.” I was really excited to be able to surprise him and was eagerly waiting to hear about his reaction.

Our favorite wedding memory was when we high-fived  at the end of the wedding ceremony because we weren’t allowed to kiss in my church. Seconds later, Steve stole a kiss causing an uproar with my family members as they shouted in Assyrian in a jovial way.

Funny Moments

I created a way to self-regulate and deescalate during stressful situations with the code word, “Bunny!” I picked bunny because of the disaster dress alterations made my dress look like I had a bunny ears as butt when bustled.  I shared the word with my bridal party so that whenever we were feeling stressed we would say Bunny instead of being reactive and would laugh.

When we took pictures at Loyola, there were so many bunnies which made the code word a nice reminder of the important and special moments of the day.

Something I would have done differently

With 300 guests, we should have eaten before reception so that we could have spent time greeting guests during dinner that way we could have had more time to dance and celebrate with guests.

Advice for couples

The day goes by so fast. Manage your time to say hello to guests and to take pictures with them too!’

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The Redfield Estate at the Grove, Glenview IL wedding planning | outdoor unique wedding venue | Maja & Travis

Words cannot express how happy this wedding made me.  The Redfield Estate at the Grove is one of my all time favorite venues…it really is one of a kind. It’s absolutely perfect if you love nature and are planning on having a more intimate wedding…like this gorgeous couple did. Maja & Travis are the kind of couple photographers dream about. Yes, they are model gorgeous, but they are also, so sweet, so kind, so loving…honestly the entire day felt like a beautiful dream.

A special thank you to wedding planner Sonya from Dream Events by Sonya

Dress: Omaima Couture, by Enzoani 

Bridal hair and make up by Sophia Bella BridalNatalie (hairstylist) and Ann (makeup artist)

Floral: Trablume Floral Design Studio

Photo by Carol

Photo by Carol

Venue: Redfield Estate


Floral: Trablume Floral Design Studio

Photo by Carol

Although there’s always a plan B, how amazing is this outdoor reception space?

Floral: Trablume Floral Design Studio

Floral: Trablume Floral Design Studio

Catering: Catered By Design

DJ: Spinnin Discs

When for just a moment, it feels like you’re the only two people ❤❤

..From the couple…

‘Venue: Redfield Estate, this was the first venue we toured and we both instantly fell in love with the beautiful nature that surrounded us. We were initially hesitant in choosing this venue since it’s not the typical wedding venue people think of. We knew we wanted to have an intimate wedding and we both love the outdoors, this one of a kind venue only seemed right for us. It was so convenient to have the ceremony and reception in the same place. We couldn’t picture anything different.
DJ: Spinnin Discs, Clint blew us away. He organized a great timeline and made the whole night run smoothly without any bumps in the road. We had so many guests tell us how great the music was. The bride couldn’t stop dancing 😉
Floral: Trablume Floral Design Studio, Melissa was wonderful to work with. She was quick to pick up on the type of style we were thinking of and had great recommendations on reusing the ceremony arrangements for the reception decor. The floral turned out better than expected.
Videography: Buller Media, Steve made planning very stress free and Francis did a great job on the day of. He captures so many moments we didn’t even remember.
Catering: Catered By Design, Delicious! Bride is a vegetarian and finding a caterer that offered more than one veggie option was a big plus. The staff was very professional and friendly. We received great comments from our guests.
Dress: Omaima Couture, This Enzoani dress was the first dress I tried on! Unbelievably comfortable and just exactly what I pictured with our venue choice.
Favorite wedding related purchase…Honeymoon tickets to Bali! 
Favorite wedding memory….Eccentric dancing by one and all on the dance floor.
Funny moments…Speeches and bride falling off her chair 
I wish we would have worried less! We heard it from many while planning but were just too stubborn to listen, don’t sweat the small stuff!
Additional thoughts… Be present in the moment so you both can take everything in. The entire wedding day flies by so quickly. 
Planning advice….We recommend to plan little by little so as not to overwhelm yourselves. And while planning focus on the bigger picture, it’s easy to get distracted with little details that just aren’t important.

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St. Alphonsus Catholic Church ceremony | Cantigny Park wedding photos | Cantigny Golf Woodside Pavilion reception | Norah and Nguyen

At the end of this wedding Carol (my second shooter, all around amazing person, and assistant) pulled me aside and asked me “Where did you find this couple? Because we need to find more like them.”  This little exchange describes perfectly how much we loved working with Norah and Nguyen. Through humidity and tight time lines, they never stopped being loving towards each other. I could see and feel their love and respect for family and friends, and I wished I was part of their family….and for one beautiful day it felt like I was  😉

Invitations/place settings: Designs by Angelika

Bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages: Flower Moxie

To say that I was OBSESSED with Norah’s dress would be the understatement of the year!

BHLDN pink wedding dress

Church: St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Lemont

Photo by Carol

Cantigny Park

The reception was at the brand new Cantigny Golf Woodside Pavilion 

Photo by Carol

Photo by Carol

Table Flowers:  Town and Country Gardens

Cupcakes: Vanilla Sugar Bakery, Winfield.

Photo by Carol

DJ: Just Press Play Productions

From the couple… 

  • “Church: St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Lemont. Norah has sung with the choir here for several years, and even though we don’t live in the area, it’s a wonderfully kind parish that has a lot of happy memories for Norah in particular, so it was wonderful to get married here.
  • Venue: Cantigny Golf Woodside Pavilion, Wheaton. We were really hoping to find a venue with a lot of green space and we fell in love with the gardens at Cantigy Park. When we booked, the Woodside Pavilion hadn’t been built yet, but we decided to take the chance and could not be happier that we did. Our catering manager Lindsay was so easy to work with, helped us customize a great menu, and the site could not have been any more beautiful.
  • Dress: BHLDN. I can’t say enough about what an easy and positive shopping experience I had at BHLDN. I’m not a big shopper and was not really looking forward to dress shopping, but the whole process was really easy, in part because I could see what they had to offer online ahead of time and make a list of what I wanted to try when I made my appointment. I think I ended up with the most magical and romantic dress in the world and never felt uncomfortable or pressured during my appointment. I also ended up getting two of my bridesmaids their lace tops there!
  • Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Suits: The Groomsman Suit. The guys all liked this because they could just order online or go in for a fitting at the Chicago location and walked away with suits that looked great, fit well, and that they could use again. They also got their ties and shoes here – hard to beat a one-stop shop. They had great customer service and were very helpful throughout the whole process.
  • Bridesmaids Skirts: Theodora James, Etsy.  Great shop to work with – I got skirts in the color I needed for a fraction of the price I would have paid elsewhere.  I got swatches from several Etsy shops, but this shop was the best quality and had the colors I was after. Portia made beautiful skirts for all three of my gals and was so incredibly kind.


  • Bridal alterations: Silver Moon. I had to get my dress hemmed and taken in a little in in a couple spots and was so glad I brought it here – affordable, professional, great quality work, and super easy. Would recommend.
  • Table Flowers:  Town and Country Gardens. Jamie at Town and Country Gardens was great to work with – best prices out of the florists I met with and our table flowers were great. They took care of delivery and set up which gave us one less thing to worry about!
  • Bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages: Flower Moxie!Other than our (obviously) amazing photographer, this was Norah’s favorite. Flower Moxie is sort of DIY/purchase combo – they help you figure out what flowers will work best, how much you will need, and give you all sorts of instructions, timelines, and hilarious advice and boxed wine recommendations, and then you put it together.  All of that help and service takes care of the stuff that I found scary about DIY – I had no idea how many stems of roses or bunches of eucalyptus I’d need, but they do all that work for you! I cut down on spending by about half and it felt really special to have made our own personal flowers. I can not recommend them enough – if you are even thinking you might want to do some part of your florals on your own I would highly recommend checking them out.
  • DJ: Just Press Play Productions. We provided the music, and they provided sound equipment and an awesome MC! Could not have been easier. This was a super cool and cost-effective way to get what we wanted and needed – we loved our MC Nick!
  • Cupcakes: Vanilla Sugar Bakery, Winfield. Their cupcakes were SO GOOD. So good. And their team was super kind and easy to work with on top of it!
  • Invitations/place settings: Designs by Angelika. Angelika made us some beautiful personalized invitations (with our dog on the back!) that we are keeping forever. She is an incredibly talented Chicago-based designer, and she actually also helped us figure out how to do about half of our invitations as e-vites (on Greenvelope). She worked out all of the technical stuff so our guests who got e-vites received the same custom design. She also incorporated elements from the invitations into our place settings, and they were absolutely beautiful.

Favorite wedding related purchase…

Bride: It’s a toss up between the dress (because – so magical) and the Flower Moxie flowers. I had such a great time sorting all of the roses, stock, and other beautiful flowers; there was something sort of relaxing about doing that work leading up to the wedding. It made my room smell like a garden for a good week and gave me somewhere to put my energy!

Groom: The venue. I was blown away the first time I saw it; it really was better than I ever could have imagined.

Favorite wedding memory…

Bride: Signing the registrar at the church. When we did this, my choir was signing an old Irish song that I love, and were were actually in it, getting married up in front of all the people we love most.

Groom: Our first dance. I will remember that forever and recognized that I would as were were dancing.

Funny moments…

Both: We had a Vietnamese Tea Ceremony the evening before our church wedding and the groom’s sisters surprised us both with a hilarious parody of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” about the groom. They had everyone laughing!

Additional thoughts…

We both went into our wedding weekend with that attitude that something will likely not go perfectly, part of the plan will have to be adjusted, and that as long as we end up married at the end of the day, it is a complete success. That probably plays into why we felt like the day was perfect – there were definitely a couple of hiccups, but they all felt very minor in the grand scheme of things. Since we could roll with it and had a great time, everyone around us did too.

  Advice for couples planning their wedding…

Be true to what you want out of your day and try not to get caught up in the expectations of the industry/society/well-meaning people around you. We knew, for example, that we wanted to have an upbeat, happy, fun daytime wedding. We are not late night people, love the outdoors, and wanted to reflect that in our day, but we almost got caught up in feeling like we had to do the whole evening dance reception that most other people do. In the end, we had the happiest, dancing-est daytime wedding either of us has ever been to, and we’re glad we stuck to our guns on that and lots of other little things along the way. Between being yourselves and remembering that it’s not about all the show, but about each other and celebrating the amazing decision to walk through life as partners and a team for the rest of forever, you’ll have a perfect day.”

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Lake Shore Country Club wedding in Glencoe, IL | Lake Michigan wedding ceremony photos | Jessica & Kevin

Planning a wedding can be fun and sometimes stressful…but planning one from out of state is definitely not easy! This happy couple pulled it off beautifully, with the help of their friends and family.  They looked so happy the entire day,  just glowing every time they looked at each other!! Their first dance was just jaw droppingly gorgeous and executed flawlessly!  Below are some highlights from Lake Shore Country Club  in Glencoe, IL 

Dress by Maggie Sottero


Flowers: Flowerlife

Photo by Carol

First look


Ceremony time!

Photo by Eric

Carol’s view…

My view…

Photo by Carol

Photo by Carol

I love how happy they are 🙂

Flowers: Flowerlife

Cocktail hour..

Cake by The Bent Fork Bakery | Photo by Eric

You guys, there was Bread Pudding for desert, at a wedding…freaking heaven!!

From the Bride…

‘Venue: Lake Shore Country Club, Glencoe, IL. Outstanding experience working with them throughout the entire process of wedding planning. 

Dress: I Do Bridal, Seattle, WA. I loved my experience finding a dress at I Do Bridal in Seattle. They had such an amazing, high quality selection for my taste, style, and budget, and always made me feel comfortable without being pushy.

DJ: Style Matters, Chicago, IL

Photographer: Angel Eyes Photography/ Hilda Burke. Outstanding experience working with Hilda, who was responsive, communicative, and supportive throughout the entire process. I knew after our first in-person meeting that she would be perfect for us. Her photos not only capture and document the moment, but are incredibly artistic and unique in their own right. She made us feel comfortable from the start, and we also really valued her experience and ability to advise us on key details in the wedding.

Flowers: Flowerlife, Ananda, Chicago, IL. Loved working with Ananda, who was easygoing and accepting of the fact that I strove from tasteful, simple, and elegant. Her ability to nail exactly what I described was incredible. She was also more than happy to give great advice around other aspects of the wedding, including helping me pick a color for my bridesmaid dresses, tablecloth fabric & color, and giving me the words to the lack of color scheme/theme for my wedding. All while keeping to my desired budget without trying to upsell.

Cake: The Bent Fork Bakery, Highwood, IL. We had a simply adorned three layer cake made, which each layer being a different flavor (Carrot, Pistachio, and Lemon), which was really wonderful.

Bridesmaid dresses – Azazie (online). I specified a length and color and had my bridesmaids find whichever style of dress they liked the most. They had no problems and the dresses looked great!

String Quartet: Midwest Young Artists, Chicago, IL. We used them for the ceremony and cocktail hour. 

Hair: Danny Lovett, stylist at J Terri Ross in Glencoe, IL. 

Videographer: Vanilla Video, Chicago, IL. Quality video that captured all the key moments. Videographer was discrete and didn’t draw any attention to himself, which is what we wanted. Great value for the price; no frills documentation, exactly what we were looking for.

Favorite wedding purchase: the wedding dress. 

Favorite wedding memory: the recessional – walking back down the aisle, hand in hand with my husband, with the lovely string quartet music wafting in the background and thinking, “Did this just happen? Are we already married?” while seeing all of our friends and family gathered together in one place. This was truly the most special moment.

Funny moment: my little brother’s toast at my wedding – who knew he could be such a comedian?


Society has a lot of expectations around what a wedding and a bride should look like and do. Try not to let these expectations get to you too much and stay grounded in what’s most important to you. 

While we did not hire a wedding planner or coordinator, as we were lucky enough to have our families willing and able to help us plan the wedding, it was key to assemble a strong, supportive team – our families, vendors, my partner, and my bridesmaids – who helped turn our vision into reality. It was especially great that our families were supportive of some of our decisions to deviate from certain traditions. I’m especially thankful for my husband for pulling equal weight in planning this wedding, and strongly advise couples to contribute as equally as possible. I’m incredibly thankful that all of my friends and family were easygoing and not so demanding themselves, which helped make the process as smooth as possible.’


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Holy Family Catholic Church ceremony | Dinolfo’s of Homer Glen wedding reception | Yesenia & Roly

Yesenia & Roly are an obviously gorgeous couple, but more importantly they are kind and loving. Surrounded by family and l friends, they got married in Chicago, and partied it up in the suburbs.  I had the pleasure of hanging out with them and the wedding party most of the day, and boy did they give me tons of fun photo ops! Keep scrolling to see some of the most adorable kids, and the model couple 😉

Dress: Eva’s Bridal of Oak Lawn

Makeup: Glam by Stefanie

The Bride’s niece, she was SO well behaved and adorable!!

Hair: Ramsay Marston Hair

Holy Family Catholic Church

Swooning!! The way he looks at her <3 Am I right ladies??

Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens

Groom and groomsmen tux : Black Tie Formalwear

Venue: Dinolfo’s of Homer Glen

Cake: Orland Park Bakery.

Flowers: Eventos Galindo.

Cake: Orland Park Bakery.

The flower girl admiring the reception room.

Flowers: Eventos Galindo

Mariachi at reception: Mariachi Angeles De Puebla  | Band at reception: Banda Enkantadora 

Photo by Eric

Photo by Eric

 From the Bride:  ‘Favorite wedding related purchase was my shoes!

Favorite wedding memory for the both of us was me walking down the aisle and seeing each other for the first time that day. That’s when it all felt real and all the nervousness we felt about the day just went away..

Advice for couples: enjoy every second of your day and let go of anything that “doesn’t go as planned” because at the end of the day none of those plans even matter. It will still feel like the happiest day ever.

Padrinos are important couples in the lives of the bride and groom who actively participate in the wedding ceremony rituals. The padrinos include:

The Lazo, which is placed on the bride and groom after the vows, symbolizes love and unity.

The lazo used at our wedding was even more meaningful because it was the same lazo my parents used at their wedding 27years ago.

The arras are 13 coins that the bride and groom exchange (placing them on each others’ hands). These symbolize prosperity in the marriage.

Other padrinos brought forward bible and rosary, crucifix, unity candle, wedding rings, and flowers for Mary to honor her.


 Flowers: Eventos Galindo. Seriously just amazing work and pricing doesn’t even compare to other florists.

Cake: Orland Park Bakery. Absolutely delicious cakes, it was so hard to pick a flavor:)

Hair: Ramsay Marston Hair. Ramsay is beyond talented and amazing at what she does. She was able to take what I envisioned my wedding hair to look like and make it reality. I loved working with her!

Makeup: Glam by Stefanie. So talented and detailed in her work.. just amazing and such a sweet person. Everyone who got their makeup done by her was so happy by her work!’

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Chicago wedding photography | Boulder Ridge Country Club wedding and reception | Lake in the Hills, IL

At most weddings the happy couple is the center of the attention…at this wedding their sweet little boy stole the show 😉 He sure is a cutie pie with his big smile and adorable dimples!!

All the fun and festivities took place at the picturesque  Boulder Ridge Country Club

When you missed your Momma, and finally see her…

Bride’s make up by Brittany Bottenhagen  Contact: 331-643-9911 microbladingbybritt@gmail.com

Time for a drink!

Bride’s make up by Brittany Bottenhagen  Contact: 331-643-9911 microbladingbybritt@gmail.com

Venue: Boulder Ridge Country Club

Flowers: Artistic Floral Design

When you’re a Mom, you’re always a Mom first, even on your wedding day…great capture by Carol.

Flowers: Artistic Floral Design

Photo by Carol

Flowers: Artistic Floral Design

Cake: The Sugar Circle

DJ/Photo Booth: GN Events


From the Bride…‘Venue: Boulder Ridge Country Club – Janet and Star were very easy to work with and communicate with. They would respond to every email and call in a timely manner. They were accommodating and affordable. The architecture outside was beautiful and the staff as well as the golf club members were friendly.


Cake: The Sugar Circle – The tasting was a great experience. It’s a small shop, but the cake was amazing! They have all different flavors of filling and frosting. It was a nice change from the traditional white, yellow, or chocolate. Each tier of the cake could have different flavors. My favorite was either salted caramel or peanut butter chocolate. I sent them pictures of what I wanted and they did a great job matching it.
Flowers: Artistic Floral Design – A small shop, a little hard to find. They did a great job with matching colors of the flowers, but didn’t quite get the bouquets like I wanted them. I wanted more tight and symmetrical and these had more texture and a little more greens than I would like. It cost a little more for them to deliver and set up themselves but it was definitely worth it. One less thing to worry about and the venue looked amazing.
DJ/Photo Booth: GN Events – Gene worked well with us and was very patient, especially because we kept changing our minds. He has an extensive song list to select from. We chose to pay a little extra for uplighting, which was definitely worth it. It added an extra touch to the venue. The photo booth was fun with plenty of props. And the best part is…the price was unbelievable!

All in all the day went well, but I would just say don’t sweat the small stuff. It’s not worth the time or stress. Also, don’t over pay for ANYTHING. We added things here and there that I thought would be fun and exciting to have, and honestly, you get so caught up in the moment and you’re busy taking pictures and visiting with family and friends you don’t even remember those details.’

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Cantigny Engagement Photos in Wheaton | Cantigny Park Engagement Session |

This happy couple was so fun and easy to photograph…their only request? Flowers and color, I think that’s a check for both!!  Cantigny is one of the prettiest places for photos in the Chicago-land area…they just are going though a little construction and the new additions will be so worth it! The Park includes large formal and informal gardens, two museums, a 27-hole golf course, a picnic grove, a playground, hiking paths, restaurants and a gift shop.

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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 😉 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 😉

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 😉

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 – 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 décor 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’t change a thing. Either would he. 😊’

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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 😀

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!’









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Chicago engagement photos in Lincoln Park/North ave. beach | Save-the-dates with pets/dogs | Colleen & Joe

Had a fun session with Colleen & Joe this spring, looking forward to their Winder Wedding in 2019!! First stop, the picturesque and popular Lincoln Park in Chicago.

Could these geese have better timing? I was so happy I caught it!!

Hair and make up by Melanie Larson.

Halfway though the session, their puppies Lucy & Lola came to join them <3

Second stop, North Ave. beach.

And if you think working with dogs is easy, I give you this perfect outtake 😀

But in the end, it’s all worth it!!

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