Jen + Nick met while waiting in line at High Five Ramen in the West Loop. They ended up hitting it off right away and spent the rest of the night hopping down Randolph St. and getting to know each other. They went out on our first date the next weekend. But a few months later, Nick moved near Portland, Oregon for his job and they did long distance for almost 2 years.
Last November, Jen + Nick to a trip to Norway to see the Northern Lights and go dog sledding! Nick meant to propose during one of these times, but it was too darn cold! He proposed on their last night in Norway after dinner in Oslo – it was perfect. And so was their brunch wedding at Cindy’s Rooftop. It was small, intimate, and completely representative of the couple and their love for travel. It was an awesome day and I’m so happy I got to document it for them!
VENDOR CREDITS // Photographer: Jill Tiongco Photography | Dress Designer: Wtoo by Watters | Tuxedo: Jos. A Bank | Hair Stylist: Daniel Seyller | Wedding Coordinator: Ann Lee | Florist: Steve’s Flower Market | Cake Artist: Sweet Mandy B’s | DJ/Band: Matt Stedman Band Ring of Music Orchestra | Paper Goods Designer: Pixie Chicago | Ceremony/Reception Venue: Cindy’s Rooftop | Mugs/Favors: Print & Clay.
Anna and Brad went to college together at Illinois Wesleyan University and were friends while there. They were both Accounting majors and did their internship and started work at KPMG together when they graduated in 2009. They both eventually left KPMG to go to their went separate ways, but 5 years later they ran into each other on the street (randomly after Anna moved back from Ireland) and went on their first date to the Art Institute and The Gage. For the proposal – Brad figured out the perfect way to surprise Anna. He recreated their first date by going to the Art Institute and proposing. Anna was suprised by the proposal, but even more surprised when she arrived at The Gage. Brad had coordinated a surprise engagement party, including both Anna’s and Brad’s families who flew into town that weekend to celebrate! I’m so happy to have been a part of their wedding day – it was so much fun and I’m happy to share some of my favorite moments. Anna + Brand, I wish you all the love and happiness in the world!
VENDOR CREDITS // Wedding Dress Designer: Taylor, Bridal Boutique, Essence of Australia | Tuxedo Designer: Custom made in Vietnam | Hair Stylist: Abby, Bird’s Nest Salon | Make-up Artist: Yolanda, Bird’s Nest Salon | Florist: Anna Canales, Flowers for Dreams | Cake Artist: Bang Bang Pie | DJ: Style Matters | Paper Goods Designer: Lydia Frost Wears | Ceremony/Reception Venue: Ovation Chicago | Caterer: The Smoke Daddy | Wedding Decor: Wood Waves
Kristen + Matt met playing volleyball at Boston College (what up, vball!!). Kristen was a freshman on the women’s volleyball team, and Matt was a Junior on the practice squad. They met on the court, and according to Kristen + Matt, Matt won. A few years later, Matt asked Kristen to marry him in their Chicago home (bringing both sets of parents in from out of town). Which brings us to their wedding day at Salvage One. One thing was clear – they were there to celebrate. With each other, with their families, with their friends – they spent the day having a blast and looking good doing it. We picked a few spots for portraits around the incredible Salvage One (I should shoot there all day, everyday and it would never get old). I had a blast with Kristen + Matt… just another couple that reminds me why I’m so lucky to do what I do! Cheers to you both!
VENDOR CREDITS // Wedding Dress Designer: BHDLN | Bridesmiad Dresses Designer: BHLDN | Tuxedo Designer: BlackTux.com | Hair Stylist: Kim Jurek | Make-up Artist: Brandi Koerten | Wedding Coordinator: Hardey Designs | Florist: Nancy Kierulf, Flowers for Dreams | Cake Artist: Portillos | DJ: Rub Des Jardins, Toast & Jam | Paper Goods Designer: Mint.com | Ceremony/Reception Venue: Salvage One | Caterer: Blue Plate Catering
Elayna + John met at work, and were friends for a long time before becoming a serious couple. Shortly after realizing this was the real thing, Elayna left the company, they moved in together, and got their adorable dog, Wesley, who you made a few appearances during the Engagement Session and even on the Wedding Day (and he even has his own instagram account @wesley_the_westie!
Fast-forward to their engagement, Elayna + John were on a cruise together (cruises have always been a big part of Elayna’s life) – and John spent a good part of the cruise trying to get a hold of Elayna’s Dad to ask for his blessing. And on the last night of the cruise, John proposed to Elayna on her favorite spot on the ship.
Their wedding day was just as magical – as it was early May, and one of the most beautiful days of the year that we’ve had so far. It was the absolute perfect day to get married – and their faces say it all. I loved spending this day outside the Planetarium with you guys – I even have a tanline on my ankles, haha! All my best to you, Elayna + John – cheers!
This is where they met! They worked at RSM in One South Wacker together, so we had to snap a few pics in front of their building!
VENDOR CREDITS // Photography: Jill Tiongco Photography | Wedding Dress Designer: Anne Barge Jubilee Dress (full length, not high/low), Bella Bianca Bridal Couture | Bridesmaid Dresses Designer: Jenny Yoo Chicago | Tuxedo Designer: The Black Tux | Hair Stylist: Sabrina, Tamara Makeup & Hair Artistry | Makeup Artist: Tamara, Tamara Makeup & Hair Artistry | Wedding Coordinator: Nancy Eisenberg, Accessory to the Party | Videographer: Turning Point Productions | Florist: Jason, Flowers for Dreams | Cake Artist: Jo-Anne Buege, Cake Chicago | Band: Greenlight Band, Rendezvous Music | Paper Goods and Taco t-shirts: Sara Zahorak | Invitations: Minted | Ceremony/Reception Venue: Adler Planetarium | Caterer: Food for Thought | Officiant: Rev. Dave
how they met // Meghan + Tim met as Freshmen at Wheaton College during their orientation week in the dorm kitchen. They lived on the same floor and were on brother-sister floors.
the proposal // One night Meghan + Tim were making dinner together. Tim had adapted a recipe that he printed out, so when they were towards the end of preparing the meal, he swapped out the recipe Meghan had been reading with one that had the following inserted right into the recipe:
“FOR THE PROPOSAL: Slice chicken crosswise into 1/4-inch thick strips. Return chicken strips to skillet and toss to coat with pan juices. To serve, spoon few pieces of chicken into center of warmed tortilla and top with spoonful of vegetable mixture, cilantro, and spicy pickled radishes. Ask Tim what he has in his pocket. Say yes. Serve with lime wedges.”
How cute are these two?! Their faces say it all in the pics. Capturing moments like these on their wedding day are my everything. Scroll down to see the story of their day 🙂 Congrats Meghan + Tim!
VENDOR CREDITS // Wedding Photographers: Jill/Lex, Jill Tiongco Photography | Hair/Make-up Artist: Carrie, Appease Inc. | Videographer: FortyOne Films | Florist: Flowers by Steen | Cake Artist: Morton Arboretum | DJ: Tim Stolkey, Mike Staff Productions | Ceremony/Reception Venue: Morton Arboretum
Although Christina + Tom grew up in neighboring suburbs and had several mutual friends, they didn’t meet until four years after college. Good old-fashioned kickball brought them together… and through mutual friends and a couple of seasons of post-game partying, Christina + Tom officially started dating in 2013. As they rang in the new year together last year… everything came together in the first few hours of 2017. Christina + Tom had just returned from dinner with friends, and as Christina did the dishes, she thought she heard Tom say something, so she yelled out, “Was there something you wanted to ask me?” And as she turned around, she found Tom – down on one knee, and he responded, “Actually, there is something I wanted to ask you…”
VENDOR CREDITS // Wedding Dress Designer: Enzoani, Reddington Bridal | Bridesmiad Dresses Designer: Bill Levkoff, Reddington Bridal | Tuxedo Designer: Jos. A. Bank | Hair Stylist: Amanda Diedrich, Blohaute | Make-up Artist: Joanna B. Artistry | Wedding Coordinator: Veasna Kim, Ravenswood Event Center | Florist: Erin McLoraine, Life in Bloom | Cake Artist: Do-Rite Donuts | DJ: Style Matters DJs, Inc. | Paper Goods Designer: Ann Kate Design | Ceremony Venue: Queen of All Sants Basillica | Reception Venue: Ravenswood Event Center | Caterer: Ravenswood Event Center
things got away from me with the holidays at the end of the year, but i can’t talk about 2017 (season wrap up coming next on the blog!) without mentioning jen + tyler’s incredible wedding. as their friend, i had the pleasure to photograph the first part of the day, then hand off the baton to my associates for the second half of the night so i could celebrate with them! it was so special for me to participate in their wedding day this way, and i’m excited to share some of my favorite moments… special thanks to team JTP (allie and nicki) for crushing the reception photos! congrats jen + tyler!!! hope these photos bring you right back to that amazing day!
VENDOR CREDITS // Wedding Gown Designer: Theia (Devon), Lovely Bride | Tuxedo Designer: Black Tie Formalwear | Hair Stylist: Julianne’s Salon & Day Spa | Make-up Artist: Joey Claeyssen | Videographer: Rhys Ladhani Media | Florist: Flower Fantasy | Cake Artist: Urban Icing | DJ: DJ Chicago | Paper Goods: The Wedding Shop by Shutterfly | Ceremony: St. Josaphat | Reception Venue: River Roast
Nikki + Grant. What can I say about these two? Their engagement and wedding day were both SO fun to capture. Couples like these two are the reason I LOVE LOVE LOVE what I do and have an absolute blast doing it. I’ll keep this short because the photos are just stunning. From their smiling faces, to the decor and florals, to that deep red color that I love so much… this one was definitely a favorite of 2017 – and what a great way to bring our wedding season to a close. One of the last of the year, and it was a cooooold one, but everything was totally worth it. Nikki + Grant, I wish you all of the best and I hope to stay in touch in the future!!
This one slipped through the cracks of the busy season and never got blogged – which is silly because it’s one of my favorites – not just of the year, but EVER. It was my first time shooting at the Field Museum and oooooh boy could I shoot there every single day. Ashley + Vince, you know how I feel about you guys – love you both, you’re the sweetest… your day was nothing short of a Party with a capital P. We’ve already talked and I know you love the photos (yayyy!), but I still wanted to share a few of my faves on the blog. All the best to you guys – and I hope this isn’t the last time our paths cross!
Melissa + Jack’s wedding day was one of those rainy Saturdays that you kept hoping the rain was going to let up, but it never did. It stormed all day long – the wind made it feel like it was raining sideways and rain drops just falling heavier and heavier – but Melissa + Jack smiled through it all and with the help of their amazing wedding party (see trolley pictures below) the party never stopped. Our original plan was to shoot at the Lincoln Park South Pond. When the rain made that impossible, our plan B was to go to the Lincoln Park Conservatory, which is a covered greenhouse. Well, the rain still somehow made it’s way inside – forcing us to plan C… staying at the hotel. And this is when the rain became a blessing in disguise. Aside from being ‘good luck’ on your wedding day, this particular day of rain forced us to shoot inside Hotel Lincoln and the J. Parker rooftop. It gave us a chance to get something different and unique (and stay dry!). Melissa + Jack, THANK YOU for keeping such a positive attitude all day and being up for anything. Your wedding day wasn’t about the rain — it was about your love for each other, sharing it with your family and friends, and dancing the night away. Here’s to a happy life together filled with rainy and sunshiny days 🙂
VENDOR CREDITS // Wedding Dress Designer: Morilee | Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Watters | Groom Tuxedo: Tie Bar | Groomsmen Suits: The Black Tux | Hair Stylist: Tina Morales, Three One Two Bridal | Make-up Artist: Casey Dickenson | Videographer: Amor in Motion, Karis Vazquez | DJ: Fig Media | Paper Goods: Christina Sinopoli | Ceremony Venue: St. Alphonsus | Reception Venue: Greenhouse Loft | Caterer: Food for Thought, Lisa Ware