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Ali is not the best at keeping up with sports. Alex having knowledge of this, took advantage of it. He told Ali that his company was doing a March Madness Bracket Tournament like they did the previous year. One day he calls Ali and says he found out the prizes for winning March Madness. He said 3rd place would receive a $1,000 gift card, 2nd place would receive box tickets at the United Center, and 1st place would be given a helicopter tour of the city. Ali quickly responded with enthusiasm about the helicopter ride because she had always wanted to do it! However, Alex stayed calm and said he wasn’t sure he would win.

Weeks went by and Alex called Ali on his way home from work saying pretty much everyone in his office was out of the tournament because their teams had lost. Ali being gullible and not caught up to date with sports was ecstatic! Alex and Ali went to Chicago Helicopter Tours and everything seemed normal. As the helicopter went up in the air Ali had her face pressed to the window in amazement. However, just as they were overlooking the sun setting behind the Chicago skyline, Alex spoke into his headphone.”Alexandra will you marry me?” Ali said YES and there was a whole lot of crying and kissing! Once they landed Alex had a limo waiting for them to take them “somewhere.” Alex told Ali it was a surprise who at this point was in pure shock and hysterics. The limo pulled up to Bull and Bear (where it all began) and Ali and Alex’s family and friends were there waiting to greet them and celebrate! It was a night that neither of them will ever forget. PS- Alex never even filled out a March Madness bracket! Ha!

Ali + Alex are two of the sweetest, most beautiful souls. From our first meeting, to the engagement session, to the boudoir session, to the wedding day – I loved every minute of working with them. I loved them so much, that I found myself celebrating along with them on their wedding day. Laughing when they laughed, crying when they cried, dancing when they danced – all while snapping photos and capturing these moments for them forever.

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VENDOR CREDITS // Wedding Dress Designer: Alyne by Rivini, Eloise, Bella Bianca Bridal Couture | Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Vera Wang, David’s Bridal | Tuxedo Designer: Jos. A. Bank | Hair and Makeup Stylist: Brittany, BM Hair and Makeup Design | Wedding Coordinator: Jamie Bacon, City View Loft | Videographer: George Street Photo & Video | Florist: May Floral | DJ: DJ Intel, Style Matters | Paper Goods Designer: Paperless Post | Ceremony/Reception Venue: City View Loft

Xin Xin + Ryan met five years ago, and last August they got engaged. Here’s their love story the way Ryan lovingly describes it:

“Mutual friends of ours at DePaul introduced Xin Xin and I in the summer of 2012. The first night we met was at The Original Mother’s, an incredibly sloppy, late-night dive bar. Anyone who knows Xin Xin can tell you she’s anything but a drinker, so this was probably the last place I should’ve suggested meeting. Nevertheless, we talked for hours and had a great conversation…”

They obviously hit it off and things went well, because after a few years of dating, Ryan decided it was time to ask Xin Xin to marry him.

“Last August, Xin Xin and I set off for a 2 week Eurotrip traveling through London, Paris, and Rome. I knew far in advance that I was going to propose while we were in Paris, but I didn’t have specific plans for how or when I was going to do it. I was strongly regretting not having the ring on me one day when we were touring the Palace of Versailles and walking throughout this beautiful garden – so I decided I would make an excuse to go back to the hotel so I could grab the ring and propose that evening. We had a delicious and authentic French meal before walking to the Eiffel Tower to take a boat tour on the Seine River. The tour was really beautiful, although I was completely distracted thinking about what I was about to do. It was a chilly night and, after the tour Xin Xin suggested that we take a cab back to the hotel. I insisted we walk and, thankfully, she didn’t resist. As we were walking back I was scoping out the perfect place to propose. We walked upon the Pont Alexandre III bridge (which I remembered Xin Xin was admiring earlier) and, with the illuminated Eiffel Tower as our backdrop, I got down on one knee and asked her to marry me. I could tell right away how surprised she was. She said yes, and we basked in the moment before walking back to celebrate with some champagne and share the news with our families.”

I love sharing the words directly from my bride and groom. Nothing I could ever write or say about them would better tell their story (that’s why I stick to photos!) Their gorgeous wedding at the Langham Chicago was photographed by JTP Team Member, Nicki – and she did an AMAZING JOB capturing every moment beautifully. See for yourselves… congrats Xin Xin + Ryan!

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It was the two year anniversary of Tori + Ryan’s first date. They had originally planned to go to the same restaurant (Cooper’s Hawk) – but first Ryan took Tori back to her old apartment complex. Sounds random, but it was the first time he saw her. Two years prior, he had gone to pick her up for their date, and when Ryan pulled up, Tori was outside playing with her new puppy. It was in this spot that he met the love of his life, and this very same spot is where Ryan asked Tori to marry him.

Tori + Ryan, I’m so glad I had the opportunity to not only work with you – but get to know you better. From our first meeting, to the Engagement Session, to the wedding – it was all a pleasure. I loved seeing how much you both love each other through it all. The excitement to marry each other was evident in BOTH of your tears throughout the day. Your love for each other even made me tear up a little bit behind the camera ūüôā Thanks for choosing us to capture your wedding day – we love how the photos turned out and hope you do, too!

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VENDOR CREDITS // Wedding Dress Designer: Winnie Couture | Bridesmaid Dresses Designer: Bebe | Tuxedo Designer: Formally Modern Tuxedo | Wedding Coordinator: Kacie Benjamin, The Pavilion at Orchard Ridge Farms | Videographer: ojo Creative | Florsist: Erin Stoffregen, Event Floral | Cake Artist: Terrell Cole, Dark Horse Pastries | DJ: Frankie Novak | Paper Goods: Wedding Paper Divas | Ceremony Venue: Church by the Side of the Road | Reception Venue: The Pavilion at Orchard Ridge Farms | Caterer: Henrici’s Catering | Photo Booth: Luxe Productions

Amanda + Ryan’s story follows an interesting timeline of events. They first met at a “Throw Back to College Years” birthday party about 8 years ago. Even after a couple jello shots – there weren’t any sparks, and it seemed they were going to take the road towards friendship. Fast forward 6 years, and Ryan moved back to Chicago after playing professional baseball in Florida. They both had¬†mutual friends, so their journey started with a solid base of friendship. Then, at 13,000ft in Breckenridge, CO – something clicked, timing was perfect, and everything aligned for them.

The following year, they were in Park City Utah. After scouting the mountain for 2 days and snowboarding with a ring in his pants, Ryan found a scenic woods setting to take¬†their annual handstand picture. After the final picture and wipe out, Amanda stood¬†up while Ryan stayed¬†in the snow …but this time on one knee – asking Amanda to marry him.

Their wedding was the perfect Sunday Funday. Their friends and family gathered for an early afternoon ceremony/cocktail hour/lunch reception at Ovation. A lot of the details were DIY, and I’m talking GOOD DIY. They designed their own logo, created all the signs, made all the centerpieces full of greenery and palms, made the place cards… and they even built the structure at the front of the ceremony. But my favorite detail was that they brought all their plants from home – it was such a personal touch! They had fun, showed their love for each other, drinks were flowing, and the after-party continued at Fifty-50. After spending the day with them – I now LOVE the idea of a Sunday Wedding – it was perfect ūüôā Amanda + Ryan, all the best to you guys – and I hope to continue running into you at the Windy City Smokeout for years to come!

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VENDOR CREDITS // Wedding Dress Designer: Justin Alexander, Weddings 826 | Tuxedo Designer: Adrian Park Custom Suits | Hair Stylist: Amanda, Blohaute | Make-up Artist: Joey Claeyssen | Donuts: Glazed and Infused | Ceremony/Reception Venue: Ovation | Caterer: Catering by Michaels

Alison + Brandon met in college. Alison played basketball, and Brandon was her off-season trainer. I assume there was always a little crush there ūüėČ because Alison says that as soon as Brandon stopped running their workouts, he asked her if she wanted to hangout! Maybe he always knew, maybe he didn’t. But fast-forward to a New York trip and a surprise private garden proposal later – Brandon and Alison started planning¬†the rest of their lives together. Alison + Brandon, you two are one¬†of my favorites. You were both so sweet, caring, and treated us like we were friends or family. That is something that doesn’t go unnoticed and is DEFINITELY appreciated. You are attentive to each other, so much fun to be around, and your friends and family love you both – that is clear. Thank you for hiring us to be there to¬†photograph your wedding day. The memories in these photos are documented forever, and we’re so happy you get to enjoy them for the rest of your lives! All my best to you both ūüôā

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VENDOR CREDITS //¬†Wedding Dress Designer: BHLDN | Bridesmaid Dresses Designer: Iva Crepe by Jill Stuart,¬†BHLDN | Make-up Artist: Lia, Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists | Hair Stylist: Terri | Florist:¬†Revel Decor | Cake Artist: Sweet Mandy B’s | Band: Blue Water Kings | Invitations: Wedding Paper Diva | Venue: Gallery 1028 | Caterer: Calihan Catering

Christine + Tom met at a friend’s surprise party in September of 2012. Their wedding day was a few weeks ago on a perfect Saturday in Chicago. Aside from being excited to marry¬†her love, Christine was super excited about all of her little details. The floral decor at the reception, the cake from Amy Beck, and especially the sparkler send off at the end. And I think it all turned out beautifully. It was a stunning day – exactly what Christine + Tom had envisioned. Liven It Up Events and A Stem Above put it all together and¬†made it work without a glitch. Congratulations to the newlyweds – thank you for being the sweetest to work with – and for envisioning pretty, pretty details that came to life for me to photograph – so much fun!!
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VENDOR CREDITS //¬†Wedding Dress Designer: Carolina Herrera, Nordstrom Wedding Suite | Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Vera Wang White, David’s Bridal | Tuxedo Designer: Formally Modern Tuxedo | Hair Stylist: Kelsey Triebes, George the Salon | Make-up Artist: Brittany Perris | Wedding Coordinator: Anthony Navarro, Liven It Up Events | Videographer: Tin Nguyen, Old North Film Company | Florst: Erin Foster-Olszewski, A Stem Above | Cake Artist: Amy Beck Cake Design | Band: Toni Di Donato, Harleqin Rendezvous Music | Paper Goods Designer: Meredith Tummillo, Studio M Creations | Calligraphy: Mike Rowe, Write by Mike | Ceremony Venue: St. Clement Church | Reception Venue: Galleria Marchetti

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

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

i first met crystal + carlos back in 2015 during their engagement session. we had a fantastic time at the lincoln park south pond, but they ended up hiring a larger photography company to shoot their wedding because it made more sense for them at the time (no hard feelings at all, I promise!). fast forward to after their wedding day – they weren’t happy with the photos. so they reached out to me wondering if I could re-take their wedding portraits, and I happily said OF COURSE! crystal + carlos, I’m so incredibly sorry that you weren’t happy with your wedding photographer, but I hope that my photos captured everything and more of what you envisioned on your big day.

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VENDOR CREDITS //¬†Dress Designer: Maggie Sotero, Eva’s Bridal | Tuxedo Designer: Vera Wang, Men’s Wearhouse |¬†Florist: Eventos Galindo | Hair Stylist: Anjel Ortega at Glam Hair Co. |¬†Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Wedding Programs: Invitations by Daniels