Mary and Patrick are the cutest pair! The two were planning their wedding in Michigan when they asked me to photograph their love a year prior to the event. Of course, I was over the moon to meet this giddy, playful pair! Mary came to the session wearing this yellow dress that I may end up stealing from her, and Patrick was dressed to the nines for their rainy day indoor session. Take a look at the photos below to see how we created a sunny environment in the cold and rainy Chicago weather. We were all laughs the entire time 😊
Janet and Trent are the definition of #couplegoals. The two met in College, and stayed together through the years and trials of dating long distance. From Champaign onward, the two dated and eventually moved in together. Trent popped the question while Janet was teaching in Chicago, and the love between these two was cascading into their photos during their Museum Campus engagement session. As we braved the first bitter cold day of the year, along with raging Chicago winds, the pair were cheery and kind every step of the way. Check out their gorgeous engagement photos below!
Stephanie and Jason are the cutest pair! The two met on a blind date 5 years ago and tied the knot on a blustery autumn Saturday in September. Their wedding was the thing of dreams: the sparkly shoes, the Tiffany & Co. rings, the gowns, and the adorable robes that the bride tribe wore. All of these details paired well with the happy gathering of guests at their Korean wedding. See below for images from their big day!
Jamie and Dan have a love story for the ages. The couple met years ago, and their connection has blossomed ever since. I met Jamie during my freshman year of college at the University of Illinois, as we lived in the same dorm, just across the hall from each other! I was thrilled when she asked me to photograph her special day. Jamie has always been a lover. From freshman year, to the moment I showed up at her doorstep during the hair and makeup moments, I was welcomed with open arms. Dan is no exception from this role in their loved ones’ lives. From my initial meeting with Jamie and Dan to the moment I left their reception, I felt at ease and carefree with this genuinely happy pair. Take a look below for the couple’s gorgeous flowers, details to die for, and love filled ceremony/reception!
Flowers: Gratitude Heart Garden
Hair and makeup: Fearless and Bella
Venue: White pines golf club, Bensenville, IL
DJ: Essence Entertainment
Lighting: MDM Entertainment
I was thrilled to be asked to capture a talented cinematographer and photographer's wedding. What an honor! Rohn proposed to Mary atop a glorious mountain in China, and the two are the cutest pair! The love between them radiates through to each person they meet. Their intimate Mad Hatter themed wedding took place in a forest with details curated by Mary Louise herself. I was beside myself with the kind guests, the gorgeous planning, and the sweet and simple mood of the wedding. Nothing was planned, and everything was ideal! Check out their GORGEOUS affair below! (Second shooter: Stephanie Alvarez)
There came a time in my career where I wanted to start booking more weddings with couples like Nicole and Mike. Sweet, kind, and with an excellent eye for details, these two blew everyone away; myself included. Peek below for their GORGEOUS Lake Forest Armour House wedding, with details curated by The Flower Girl Company, and a stunning cake by Deerfield's Bakery. I am just beside myself looking back on this day! When Mike first asked Nicole to be his girlfriend, it was on a card that he left on her doorstep after he ding-dong-ditched her. Years later, they are as happy as can be! The crowd was an amazing group of kindhearted people, and the mood was just glorious. I hope to shoot more weddings at the Armour House in the future! <3
When your parents are married for 25+ years, you start to realize how special each piece of family history is. For my mom's wedding anniversary present, I photographed my family's wedding memorabilia, along with fragments of items collected along the way to the present moments. On their wedding day, my father wore a pink bowtie, which is just now coming into fashion again. He has always been a bit bashful about it. My mother wore a vintage lace dress with a bow in back, found at a local thrift. It's funny how these trends circulate throughout the years like a tornado, just as the one they saw off the balcony view on their August wedding day. Peek their gallery here to see the special moments they have curated throughout the decades of devotion. <3
Brigitte and Scott were some of the nicest people I have ever met, and were an absolute JOY to work with. They met 10 years ago, while in school, and their love has grown and grown since they were "just friends," all that time ago. At their reception, I couldn't wipe the smile from my face! The DJ had me dancing and laughing the whole time. The couple was sweet as pie, as well as their loved ones attending the event. This is why I adore capturing love; because the joy radiates from these amazing individuals, and lights up the whole room. As you will see below and at the end, the sentimental couple recreated the exit shot that their grandparents had taken on their wedding day. The mood of the entire evening couldn't have been more loving, joyful, and bright. I am so grateful to have had the pleasure of meeting this wonderful crowd :)
So you're engaged!!! This is one of the most exciting times to cherish in your life, and you are all set to get started on all of those planning details. I have organized a list of the order in which to book your wedding professionals with some recommendations of my favorite trusted vendors, too!
Book your planner before you book just about anything else. They can give you tips on how to save on a venue, what vendors they have used with success, and what time of day to hold your wedding.
Marquette Avenue Events
Brianne is an expert in luxury weddings. From florists to cake vendors, she has all of the connections!
Kirstyn plans so smoothly and is so sweet. Perfect for intimate weddings and down-home events!
Booking your venue is one of the most important decisions you can make for your wedding day! I have a few recommendations that I have worked with, and you can choose from these based on what you are looking for in terms of price, ambiance, etc.
Intercontinental Hotel Chicago
Tara is a gem, and will go above and beyond to make your wedding day perfect! This venue is a luxurious dream at a premium price point, and is worth every penny! From city views to daring, elegant ballrooms to a gorgeous pool area, this place has it all.
Ace Hotel Chicago
Ginny is sweet as pie, and she will show you the different spaces you can book. This hotel offers special pricing for different seasons, so you can save big while having gorgeous rooftop views and food that is to die for!
W Chicago Lakeshore
Robin is super professional, and easy to speak with. She even invited me in for a drink! This venue has excellent food, cute ballrooms, and an adorable rooftop with gorgeous planters for more intimate ceremonies! I recommend it for a luxury experience that meets price points by guest list size.
Salvage One Chicago
If you're a spunky bride with a passion for antiquities, this venue is for you! (Featured in the picture above). I love shooting here, and you may find it's a good fit for the off-the-beaten-path vibe you seek.
Carriage Greens Country Club
If you're looking for value, to have your wedding look like a million bucks, and perhaps get married outdoors, this venue is for you! Brian is super sweet and always willing to go above and beyond for his clients. He even let me host a styled shoot on his property! To see the styled shoot, contact me :)
Photographers book up fast! (I book up as far as 2 years in advance), so to ensure you are booking with the photo taker of your dreams, contact them as soon as you have secured a wedding date, or even beforehand for engagement photos! If you book in the winter months or slow season, it is possible that I may have your date available, but I generally recommend booking at least a year in advance. I don't require working with a planner, but always recommend it. If you don't have a planner, I have wedding timeline templates and trusted vendor referrals I can send your way. If I am not available on your wedding date, I can help you find a trusted professional who is, or even book one for you!
4. Leave the rest up to your planner! Details, florists, cakes, etc, can all be secured with ease with someone to make sure your special day is stress-free.
Classic Wedding Car Chicago
Sarah (my mom) offers classic wedding transportation from trolleys to buses to limos to Rolls Royces and Bentleys! She has 5 star reviews across the board and never fails to keep her clients happy.
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It's only natural that when your friend takes your photo for promotional photos, you grab a few of her too! See our session below for lots of laughs, model poses, and candid memories! :) Model: Becca Waterloo