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Mil and Kris live in L.A. and made the trip out to Chicago for the very first time this past weekend. They wanted to have professional pictures taken during their vacation so that they could show their future kids these photos one day – and hopefully inspire them to travel as well. Mil said she was inspired by her mom’s photo under the St. Louis Arch – which just shows the value of a photograph only increases over time and the memories are priceless! The idea for us was to make this photo session as “Chicago” as possible… Mil wanted their future kids to be able to look at these photos when there older and know they were definitely in Chicago. So, we hit up all the hot tourist spots… the Chicago River, Millennium Park, and ended just outside the Planetarium for that unbeatable Chicago skyline view.

The whole day was a blast with Mil and Kris. I talked about the different places they could get Chicago pizza, they told me about their meal at Portillo’s, and we even discovered that we just missed each other earlier in the day at the Willis Tower Skydeck (where I was hanging off the side of the skyscraper with my Florida photog in town, Rebecca Read). Mil, Kris, and I even took selfies in the cab after the shoot… we felt like old friends and I’m so glad they found me on Pinterest! Mil + Kris, I hope these photos forever remind you of the wonderful time you had in Chicago. I hope the city treated you well… and that you’ll come back soon!

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When one of my favorite photographers and dear friend, Jordan Quinn, comes to town from Seattle – I jump at the opportunity to work with her. If I’m not already booked with one of my JT Brides… I’m all hers. It’s like combining work with play. We laugh at silly things, pretty much always accidentally wear the same outfit, and of course – take some killer photos.  This wedding in particular? STUNNING. Aly + Dave both work at one of the best event venues in Chicago, Ravenswood Event Center… so Jordan and I knew coming into the wedding day that it was going to be just incredible and filled with the most amazing details from the most talented vendors in Chicago (ahem, Anna Held Florist Studio – holy gorgeous florals!). Aly + Dave are the sweetest couple, too – so Jordan and I worked our butts off to make sure we captured EVERYTHING for them on their special day. Jordan – thanks for bringing me along to shoot such a fantastic wedding… Congrats to Aly + Dave!

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VENDOR CREDIT // Lead Photographer: Jordan Quinn //  Portraits, Ceremony, and Reception Venue: Ravenswood Event Center // Florals: Anna Held Florist Studio // Groom Portrait Location: Revolution Brewery

 

As a wedding and event photographer, I see all different types of themes and decor. Couples have so many different ways they can incorporate their style into the wedding day. Centerpieces, unique guest books, desert bars, special jewelry, hand-written name cards, fun invitations… there are SO many details, the possibilities are endless. And to be honest, I love shooting details. I love seeing the different ideas that brides and grooms have. I love seeing non-traditional ways of doing things. It makes each wedding special and keeps my job always changing – just the way I like it. I hope this installment of the Wedding Inspiration Series helps you get some ideas for your own wedding day. And if you’re already married or not getting married anytime soon – it’s always fun to look at pretty things 🙂 Shoot me an email if you’re interested in any of the vendors that helped put these elaborate details together!

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Tijana reached out to me back in January after finding me on Pinterest. She and Aleks are getting married in Michigan – but they wanted to do some engagement photos in the Windy City, as well. During this gorgeous engagement session, they told me how their love story started a few years ago at a Serbian basketball tournament… and how they’ve been dating ever since. While Tijana lives just outside of Detroit and Aleks in Chicago… they’ve been doing the long distance thing for a few years now. That is, until Aleks proposed on his birthday during dinner at Vivo in the West Loop 🙂

We met on what was probably the most beautiful day of the year so far, just outside the Planetarium to get some iconic Chicago skyline shots before heading to Union Station. Although we had been exchanging emails, texts, and phone calls before the session – this was the first time actually meeting in person. But after just a few minutes – Tijana + Aleks both warmed up to my camera. And let me tell you, I could have shot these two all. fricking. day. Their playful energy, love for each other, trust in what I do, and hello – not to mention they’re both drop dead gorgeous… it was a dream session and the perfect way to spend one of the few spring days we’ve had this year. Tijana + Aleks… I’m beyond thrilled that you were able to find me through the hundreds of other photographers on Pinterest. I had so much fun with you guys and I hope we can work together again soon!

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Tijana, being from Detroit, is a Red Wings fan… and Aleks, being from Chicago, is a Blackhawks fan. SWORN ENEMIES. So we just had to get some playful shots of them goofing around in their favorite team’s jerseys. Super adorbs, you guys. But I’m sorry, Tijana… you know I’m a Chicago girl – GO BLACKHAWKS!

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VENDOR CREDIT: Photographer: Jill Tiongco // Makeup Artist: Shannon O’Brien // Locations: Adler Planetarium & Chicago Union Station // Dress: Neiman Marcus

 

Taylor + Joe started dating in high school, and they’ve never looked back. They beat the long-distance relationship struggles through college and grad school… and they’ve found a way to spend quality time together despite Taylor’s hectic work schedule (Taylor works as an Athletic Trainer at North Central College in Naperville). I’ve known Taylor for over a decade now. We played basketball together in high school, and we still play together in a recreational league on Tuesday nights. Every game day, Taylor tapes up my ankles while we chat about life and I embarrassingly apologize for my occasionally un-pedicured toes. And every game, Joe is there. Sitting in the bleachers, cheering for – not only Taylor – but the entire team… showing his support for his soon-to-be wife and her team. They support each other, have seen their relationship through the difficulties of long distance, and are just so darn cute and happy it makes me smile.

Taylor + Joe, what a BEAUTIFUL day we had for the e-session. It finally felt like spring in Chicago… and I would not have wanted to spend the afternoon anywhere else other than shooting with you. You guys laughed together, made fun of each other, hugged, kissed, and danced your way through the entire engagement session.  It was a pleasure to see two people so genuinely happy together – and I think that shows through the photos. And these photos are real, people – Taylor + Joe really were saying, “I love you so much,” to each other throughout the session. You guys are utterly adorable and I cannot wait to capture your wedding day in December!

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The fourth installment of my Wedding Inspiration Blog Series is all about the ladies. If you’ve missed the first three posts, I talked about Wedding Dresses, Flowers, and Tuxedos – so head over to whatever part of the planning process you’re on and get inspired. Choosing your bridesmaid dresses is all about personal preference. Everyone wants a different color, material, length, and style. It all depends on the look you’re going for, the theme of your wedding, and the especially nice brides even put into consideration what their girls will look best in 🙂 Choosing a dress that looks great on everyone might be tough. I’ve seen a lot of brides let their bridesmaids choose their own dress in the exact color pallet. I’ve even seen brides lets their ladies choose whatever dress they want in a color that is similar… bringing in different patterns and styles. Whatever you choose – it’s all about what you want. And hopefully this blog post helps give you a better idea of what’s out there!

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I have an addiction. A serious obsession.  I just can’t get enough details. Beautiful florals, vintage china, food whose presentation is just as amazing as the taste. I love it all. And Chicago Event Planner Christine Janda at A Perfect Event knows how to pull them all together. I worked with her on a beautiful Asian Inspired Retirement Soiree a few weeks ago, so I just knew this baby shower would be adorable to the max.

She pulled out all the stops for the elephant and parasol themed baby shower at the Creativo Loft in Chicago (River West area). After peeking through her clients’ gift registry, she noticed there were numerous elephant inspired toys, decor, clothing, and games requested… so she decided to pull that theme through to the invitations, cake, decor, and favors. Truffleberry Market added even more yummy details with their delicious food and incredible presentation. And Creativo Loft was the perfect venue to host such a quaint, yet elaborate shower. It was a delightful Sunday afternoon filled with happy families, new friends, teeny baby clothes, and incredibly talented vendors… it was the kind of day that reminded me how much I love my job.

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VENDOR CREDIT // Photographer: Jill Tiongco Photography // Event Planner, Designer, Florist: Christine Janda of  A Perfect Event // Catering: Truffleberry Market // Cake & Diaper Cookies: Toni Patisserie & Cafe // Venue: Creativo Loft // Linens: BBJ Table Fashions // Vintage China: Vintage Plate Rental // Rentals: Tablescapes Event Rentals // Lighting: Precision Sound and Lighting // Invitations: A Perfect Event