Archive for May, 2017

Alex and Meghan’s love first began over their love for accounting. The two first met as audit interns at Deloitte during the summer of 2009. While each of them thought the other one was cute, it was not until 4 years later would they begin dating. It all began with the help of their friend who asked Meghan to come out with her to meet Alex and his friends. Meghan did not hesitate, recalling Alex as being really smart and handsome. The two met out at El Hefe, a bar they vow never return to, and instantly made a connection, chatting the night away. Since that night, Alex and Meghan have road-tripped across Canada, experienced ramen in Kyoto, Japan, and survived Hilda and Marcos Carbajal’s wedding in Michoacan, Mexico. Alex even incorporated all the selfies they’ve taken on their adventures together during his proposal!

Alex + Meghan’s wedding was definitely one for the books. Everything was just beautiful, with every little detail worked out by Lindsay Mackey of Simply Elegant Group. The Skyline Loft at Bridgeport Art Center looked stunning with personalized flags custom created by Art of Imagination. From the delicate florals to the farmhouse tables, the day was just perfect. Meghan + Alex’s love for each other was so apparent that I couldn’t stop taking pictures. I felt it with them. And the pictures show it. Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Corral –¬†may all your adventures continue into your new life together ūüôā

{check out the vendor credits after the pics to see the wonderful team that helped put this day together!}

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VENDOR CREDITS // Wedding Dress Designer: Ines Di Santo, Nordstrom¬†| Tuxedo Designer: Suit Supply,¬†Nordstrom | Wedding Coordinator: Lindsay Mackey, The Simply Elegant Group | Florist: Steve’s Floral Market | Band: UpBeat Orchestra | Paper Goods Designer: Design that Flies |¬†Reception Venue: Bridgeport Art Center, Skyline Loft | Caterer: Marcela, Cocina Fusion | Rented Tables: Tablescapes | Draping, Lighting, Paper Flags: Art of Imagination¬†| Transportation: The Barrel Run

Melissa + Austin met TEN YEARS ago at Indiana University, so this one has been in the making for quite some time now ūüôā They were most excited to spend the day with their ‘people’ – their closest friends and family all surrounding them while they promised to spend the rest of their lives together. The whole day was spent at¬†The Langham Chicago – perfectly coordinated by Anthony Navarro of¬†Liven it Up Events. Cheers to Melissa + Austin, I hope you’re having the BEST time in Australia/New Zealand right now – I cannot wait to see YOUR pics. Until then, here are some of my favorite pics from your wedding!

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VENDOR CREDITS // Wedding Dress Designer: Ysa Makino, Dimitras Bridal | Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Sorella Vita | Tuxedo Designer: Nordstrom | Make-up Artist: Jessie Nemickas | Hair Stylist: Michelle Forst | Wedding Coordinator: Anthony Navarro, Liven it Up Events | Videographer: Old North Film Company | Band: Chicago Catz | Ceremony/Reception Venue: The Langham Chicago

For the past few years, I admittedly avoided doing “newborn sessions”. I’d done the whole baby in a basket thing, but to be completely honest – I just didn’t like it (kudos¬†to those that do it, though). For me, those photos didn’t really tell the story I wanted to tell – and I thought newborn sessions had to look a certain way and what I wanted to do wasn’t good enough. So I rarely accepted opportunities to photograph newborns.

Then, I photographed the Ilhardts – who just welcomed their new son James into the world only¬†11 days prior. I sent Jesse a sneak peek after the session (the photo below), and she wrote back, “…it’s like my whole heart in a single¬†frame,” ¬†and I just knew. THAT’S what I want my newborn sessions to be like. I want the¬†entire family, together, in their home, and yes – that even means including the dog. I realized I identify with¬†lifestyle¬†family¬†sessions rather than your typical newborn in a basket with styled props and photoshopped babies’ heads because well – you’re more likely to sit on the couch and hang out with the baby than prop him in a basket day in and day out.¬†Now, I’m definitely not knocking other photographers or couples that want styled newborn sessions because, you do you – and I respect that. All I’m saying is that, this is how I want to move forward doing newborn/family/lifestyle sessions. This is what I relate to. This is the story I want to tell. These are the moments I want to document. If you’re not into it, I have some fantastic newborn photographers that will put your baby in a basket and doll them up with the cutest props that I can recommend to you. But,¬†if you’re into it – shoot me a note – and scroll through some photos below to get a sense of what I’m saying.

To Jesse + Ben, thanks for being flat out awesome. Baby James (and Brady) – you stole my heart on this one.

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First they were rivals. Then it was love at first sight. Daniella + Chris worked at opposing¬†businesses in Chicago, but their love unknowingly started there. When Daniella left her company and started a new position, she became a client of Chris’.¬†One day, at a casual meet and greet type meeting, she saw¬†Chris. And that was it. It was love at first sight for her. She even went home and told her mom that she had met the man she was going to marry. A few months later, Daniella and Chris ended up being co-workers and their friendship began – which quickly turned into love.

Fast forward to Daniella’s 30th birthday, and Chris has the perfect idea for her. He planned a surprise getaway to California – where he surprised Daniella with a house to stay at on Billionaire’s Beach, a private tour of the Friends Central Perk set (Daniella is a HUGE Friend’s fan), and just as they were finishing up acting out a scene on the famous Friends couch – he got down on one knee and proposed. Daniella + Chris, I love the story of your proposal – and even how it carried into the wedding day with the Blu-ray set of Friends gift from Chris. You two are so sweet and I’m so happy I got to know you guys on this little journey. Thanks for being so amazing to work with – I hope you have the best life together!

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VENDOR CREDITS //¬†Wedding Dress Designer: Hayley Paige, Bella Bianca | Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Vera Wang for David’s Bridal | Tuxedo Designer: GQ Formal Wear | Hair Stylist: Heather Collins, Lucid Salon | Make-up Artist: Allison, Lucid Salon | Videographer: ojo Creative | Florist: Kehoe Designs | Cake Artist: Amy Beck Cake Designs | DJ: Rachel, Toast & Jam | Paper Goods: Minted.com | Ceremony/Reception Venue: Harold Washington Library | Caterer: Catering by Michaels | Staff: Hospitality One | Equipment: Classic Party Rentals