Ali + Alex. They are almost too gorgeous for words. But I will say that their beauty is matched by their inner beauty… I had an absolute blast getting to know them a little better during their Engagement Session at the Adler Planetarium. We dodged some Pokemon Go-ers, played along the lake for some skyline shots, and ended the session popping bottles on the beach. In exactly 365 days from today, Ali + Alex get to start their forever together – let the countdown begin! Can’t wait for the wedding!!
I met Hannah + Sheamus on what started out as a beautiful summer afternoon. We had been watching the radar for days before our session and on the day of, everything looked clear. That was, until about ten minutes prior to shoot time. We decided to move forward to see what we could capture, but as the minutes unfolded, the skies got darker and roars of thunder rolled over the lake. About fifteen minutes in, the rain started. But instead of running inside and being upset that the weather had ruined our plans, Hannah + Sheamus laughed and decided to make the best of it. We kept shooting through the drizzles, until the downpour was so heavy that we had to seek shelter nearby. After a few minutes of hiding in the bathrooms, the skies opened up and a beautiful double rainbow emerged. Although they had felt confident in what we had captured during the first fifteen minutes of the session – we had to shoot a few more photos with the rainbow and now visible skyline (that was clouded and invisible before) since we were given a little gift of perfection. Hannah + Sheamus, thanks for bringing your positive energy and smiling faces to the session. I had so much fun with you both and can’t wait for the wedding next year!
Chelsey + Zac. There isn’t much that I can say about these two that will do them justice, so I’ll keep this short so you can get to all the pretty. Hands down, one of the sweetest couples I’ve ever met. So sweet in fact, that I was caught up all in the moments with them during their wedding day – and I couldn’t stop tearing up. Their love for each other was so pure, so evident, and so genuine. Just being around them made me happy. Not to mention their impeccable taste in venue, aesthetic, food, family, friends – the entire day was a dream job. Amidst a summer of humid, dense days – we somehow were given the perfect 75 degree summer afternoon which set the backdrop for their lovely ceremony and reception.
Chelsey + Zac, it was an absolutely pleasure working with you. From your Engagement Session at Restoration Hardware, to all the emails back and forth, and even the chance run-ins at the gym and around Chicago – I’m so happy to have worked with you. Chicago is going to miss you both, but California is gaining two of my favorites. All the best on the west coast!
Venue: Willow Harbor Vineyards, New Buffalo, Michigan
The night Julie + Russ met was serendipitous. Neither of them were looking to meet anyone special, but their path’s crossed as they shared drinks with their closest friends in Chicago. Julie was immediately attracted to Russ and tried multiple times to strike up a conversation, but Russ was reluctant because he wasn’t interested in starting a long distance relationship as he was living outside Milwaukee and Julie was in Chicago. However, the timing was perfect because once Russ found out that Julie had just interviewed for a job in Milwaukee, he reintroduced himself and they went on their first date a week later.
After four months of Julie working in Kentucky, lots of plane rides and even more FaceTimes… Julie finally landed that job in Milwaukee and 18 months later here we are. Russ brought Julie to the North Point Lighthouse (pictured below) because even though he’s afraid of heights, he wanted Julie to know that “she was the light of his life, and together they can weather any storm together.” Julie + Russ, my warmest congratulations on your new marriage. Spending time with you on your wedding day made it clear that you are the perfect balance to each other and that life has many adventures in store for you together. Cheers to Mr. and Mrs. Embling!
VENDOR CREDITS // Wedding Dress Designer: Terani Couture, Nordstrom | Bride’s Hair: Jillian Mastrino from Jillian’s salon | Hair Stylist: Make-up & Hair Artistry by Francesca, Inc. | Tuxedos: The Black Tux | Videographer:Sounds by Design, Tony | Florist: Erica Blooming Inspirations | DJ: Sounds by Design, Joe | Paper Goods Designer: Megan Nellis | Ceremony Venue: Old St. Mary Church | Reception Venue: The Pfister Hotel | Dessert: Purple Door Ice Cream | Veil: Agnes Hart London | Reception Lighting:Sounds by Design