Archive for August, 2014

She didn’t make it easy, but this little peanut came into the world on July 30th, 2014… 8 lbs 4 oz., 20.5 in. She is just the CUTEST little thing. She is one sleepy little girl with a full head of hair. I don’t normally do newborn photos, as you can probably tell, but I had to try to shoot a few of this little princess while she’s still tiny and precious. Love her and had to share ūüôā Congratulations to Jake + Toni, you’ve got a future heartbreaker on your hands!

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Julien and Sophie went to high school together in Quebec. They were friends, but like most people after high school, they simply lost touch. It wasn’t until a few years ago when fate brought them back¬†together and turned their high school friendship into something more. Julien contacted me a few months ago to let me know about his and Sophie’s trip to Chicago from Quebec. Chicago was always a place they wanted to visit, and since Sophie had been in Africa for the past 2 months… Julien thought what better way to welcome her home that by asking her to be his wife…

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Completely surprised, Sophie¬†said yes, shed a few tears, and embraced Julien before realizing I was there snapping photos of them. After a quick moment to realize what was happening, introduce myself, and get to know a each other a bit… we shot engagement photos along the beautiful Olive Park skyline views and tree lined pathways. I love how you can see how truly happy and excited they are about the engagement. Their faces say it all…
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Being from Quebec and Montreal, Julien said he also wanted a few shots in the downtown Chicago area since it was similar to that of Montreal’s….
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Congratulations to Sophie + Julien!!! Being able to witness and capture such an incredible moment in your lives is an honor, and I’m so glad you came to Chicago to make it happen!¬†

Last ¬†year, when Stephanie was searching for a wedding photographer on Style Me Pretty, she came across¬†one of my¬†couples, Jackie + Mark. After doing a little social media research, Steph realized we had a few friends in common from a few different groups of people and knew we had to meet. After meeting with Steph and Tim, I knew I wanted to shoot their wedding. The consult felt like more of a gathering between friends than vendor/clients, and it has remained that way ever since. From shooting their engagement session during the cold winter along Lake Michigan at Olive Park, to all the emails back and forth prior to the wedding day,¬†¬†to the actual wedding day where they begged me to put my camera away and party with them (I’m still so sad I couldn’t stay and hang out!), Steph and Tim were incredible to work with. I had so much fun throughout the entire wedding, jamming to country music and watching them laugh and dance together.¬†Going through the photos during post-processing even made me smile, and reminded me how much fun this couple and their wedding day truly was. Congratulations to Steph + Tim!

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It hit me the other day when I had to physically write the date on a check (who writes checks anymore, right?).¬†8…. 8, really? It’s already August. People are talking about how the days are shorter. There’s chatter about fantasy football drafts. I’m working on timelines for my September, October, and November weddings. Let’s face it… I blinked and I feel like this year is already more than halfway over. But I’m not¬†complaining. I’m thankful. Because well, this year has been nothing short of perfect. And since I document so many of your lives, here’s a quick peek into what mine has looked like this year…

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Jess and Frank said¬†their wedding vows to each other at the amazing loft space of Prairie Production on July 19th, and everything in the universe came together to give them the most perfect day. Their family and friends were¬†there to witness the magic, and I’m so happy that they chose me to capture¬†this special time in their lives… not only on their wedding day, but also their¬†engagement. During their COLD engagement session, which Frank so lovingly reminded me of on their wedding day, we talked about their planning process, what they wanted to happen on their wedding, and everything they were doing to make it happen. It was so wonderful to see their dream day come into fruition. All the details were perfect, everyone looked stunning, but most importantly… Jess + Frank said their handwritten vows to each other and became husband and wife. Congratulations to the newlyweds!!

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VENDOR CREDITS //¬†Venue: Prairie Production //¬†Wedding Dress¬†and Tuxedo: David’s Bridal Collection // Hair Stylist: Tamara Makeup and Hair Artistry // Makeup Artist:¬†Tamara Makeup and Hair Artistry¬†// Wedding Coordinator: Matthew Morgan // Videographer: Frank R., Vanilla Video // Florist: The Wishing Well Florist // Cake Artist: Flirty Cupcakes // DJ: Diamond Event Group // Caterer: Nikee Fellows, Catered by Design // Officiant: Reverend Barry, Chicago Weddings