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Looking back through 2016 – I’m at a loss of words. Like most years, it was a whirlwind. I blinked and it was Christmas. I remember being at the mid-point of the season thinking, ‘okay – I have 10 weddings left.’  Then all of a sudden it was 3, 2, 1… and here we are. From my first wedding of the year with Christina + Jimmy to my last with Dani + Jim… so much has happened. I’ve already started working with my 2017 couples, too. Meeting with the newly engaged, planning for the wedding, shooting their engagement sessions… 2016 is over, and 2017 is officially on its way. But before I close the books, I had to recap some of my favorite moments of this incredible year. Over 100,000 photos have been taken. All of the emotions have been felt. The tears, the laughs, the hugs, the smiles. The horrible dance moves, embarrassingly true speeches, and the wedding day surprises that make the best stories the next morning.

So many great memories have been made, and it amazes me every year that I was chosen, out of hundreds of perfectly capable photographers, to capture it all. It’s a humbling experience to revisit all of this year’s weddings, to think about my awesome couples, and reminisce about the personal moments that I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of. These are some of my favorites – and it was nearly impossible to narrow it down. Each and every one of my couples, both pictured and not pictured here, hold a very special place in my heart and I am so thankful to have been a part of your lives. Have a blessed and safe new year – and here’s to all the good things that 2017 will bring!

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She gave him the wrong number, and now they’re married. Emily and Matt met during college at a friend’s place. After chatting it up the whole night, Emily accidentally gave Matt the wrong number – leading Matt to call a random person! Luckily, fate brought them together again to fix the little misstep, and now they’re married! Matt asked Emily to marry him with the Chicago skyline in the background. He then surprised her with all of her family and closest friends to celebrate!

Emily + Matt, chose to spend their big day where their relationship bloomed. The ceremony took place on the gorgeous Notre Dame campus at the Basillica of the Sacred Heart – where we hopped along a few places on the quad and reminisced about memories from college. The cocktail and reception were at the amazing St. Joseph’s Farm – I could have shot there all day had the sun not been breathing down our backs – but what we got was absolutely beautiful and I couldn’t be happier to share these photos with Emily + Matt. Congrats to the happy newlyweds – enjoy your first holiday together as a married couple!

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VENDOR CREDITS // Wedding Dress Designer: Cosmobella Milano, from Wedding Belles | Bridesmaid Dresses Designer: J.Crew | Tuxedo Designer: Joseph A. Banks | Hair Stylist: Nicholas J. Salon and Spa | Make-up Artist: Nicholas J. Salon and Spa | Wedding Coordinator: Kathleen Buckley, Buckley Events | Florist: Deborah Strand Designs | Cake Artist: Indulgence Pastry Shop | DJ: ProShow Events | Paper Goods: Michaels | Ceremony Venue: Basilica of the Sacred Heart | Reception Venue: St. Joe’s Farm | Caterer: LaSalle Grill

sarah + cory met 7 1/2 years ago at echo global logistics, where they still work on the same team today. it was a classic love story: boy meets girl. boy thinks girl is cute. girl thinks boy has bad jokes. girl ignores boy. girl accepts boy’s bad jokes and they become best friends. boy finally makes a move and asks girl out. girl and boy fall in love. boy asks girl to marry him in saugatuck, mi. boy and girl throw a huge wedding to celebrate love with friends and family. photographer takes pictures. does that pretty much sum it up? sarah + cory, you two (and your army of a wedding party) were a BLAST to work with. my team and i had such a fun time capturing your wedding day – and hope you cherish these photos and relive your wedding day for the rest of your lives. all the best!

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VENDOR CREDITS // Wedding Dress Designer: Alyne by Rita Vinieris – Everly | Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Amsale, Bella Bridesmaid; Jenny Yoo, V2V | Tuxedo Designer: Indochino | Groomsmen Suit Designer: Joseph A. Bank | Hair Stylist: Amanda Diedrich, Biohaute | Make-Up Artist: Shannon O’Brien | Wedding Coordinator: Joan, Five Grain Events | Videographer: Scott Tracy, Reel Motion | Florist: Erin Foster-Olszewski, A Stem Above | Cake Artist: Sweet Mandy B’s | Donuts: Glazed and Infused | DJ: Style Matters | Paper Goods: Minted | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Galleria Marchetti | Caterer:Galleria Marchetti | Drapery: MDM Entertainment

Erin and Corey met in the fall of 2007 at The Summit Bar & Restaurant while attending The University of Iowa. Erin was enjoying herself on the dance floor when an uninvited gentleman tried joining her for a dance. A wave of panic immediately came over Erin as her would-be dance partner came in for the kill. As luck would have it, at that very same moment, Corey was walking across that same dance floor. Erin saw her opportunity for salvation and immediately grabbed Corey’s arm. Corey, taken by surprise, looked down to find a short little freshman attached to his arm. Without even introducing herself, Erin introduced Corey as her boyfriend to escape her impending doom. With Corey’s interest piqued, he decided to play along with the charade just so he could learn more about this intriguing girl. That was the first day of the rest of his life.

A few years later, Corey proposed to Erin on a rainy day at one of their favorite spots in Chicago. The Kinzie Street Bridge was one of the first places they fell in love with when they moved in together – and Corey knew it was the perfect backdrop to start the rest of their lives together. I was lucky enough to see photos from the proposal during a slideshow at the reception — and the looks on their faces showed their excitement to marry each other. Months later during the engagement session, and then even more months later on their wedding day — nothing had changed. The love that Erin + Corey have for each other is obvious – I swear I have 50 pictures of Corey just staring lovingly at Erin… and Erin, right back at Corey. To the new Humphreys, congratulations and thank you for choosing me to document your love story. Yours was one of my favorites to tell, and I swear it wasn’t just because the Cubs clinched to go to the World Series that night 🙂 You are both two of the most genuine people I know, and reminded me exactly why I love what I do.

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VENDOR CREDITS // Wedding Dress Designer: Kelly Faetanini, Jenny Yoo | Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Dessy, Bella Bridesmaids | Tuxedo Designer: Jos A. Bank | Hair Stylist: Lauren Logan | Make-up Artist: Alicia Salemi Brooks | Wedding Coordinator: Lindsay Green Weddings & Events | Videographer: Amor in Motion | Florist: Steve’s Flower Market | Cake Artist: Jewel Events Catering | Pie: Hoosier Mama Pie Company | DJ: Style Matters | Paper Goods: Lindsay Green Designs | Ceremony Venue: Holy Family Church | Reception Venue: Ovation Chicago

To say that this day was full of emotions is an understatement. Just thinking back on the day and looking through the photos – every single photo is jam packed with all the feels. Laughter, tears of happiness, pure joy, appreciation for each other, and nostalgia filled the garden for Suzanne + Mark. Surrounded by their closest family and friends, it was a magical day for the happy couple as they professed their love in the English Walled Garden at the Botanical Garden. A gorgeous ceremony site that rivals the beauty of their surroundings at their home in Boulder, CO – the Chicago Botanic Garden holds a special place in Suzanne + Mark’s hearts, and forever will be the site of their ‘i do’s.’ Suzanne + Mark, thank you for letting me into your life. Although we met for the first time in person on your wedding day, you immediately made my team and me feel comfortable and welcome – not only as vendors for the day – but as artists that you respected and valued as friends. It was truly a pleasure and I wish you all the best that life has to offer.

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VENDOR CREDITS // Wedding Consultant: Jaci Weber/Monika/Melissa, Clementine Custom Events | Ceremony/Reception Venue: The Chicago Botanic Garden | Caterer: Cullinary Landscape | Rentals/Linens: BBJ | Cake: Three Tarts | Floral and Decor: Sarah, Vale of Enna | Cinematography: Tin Nguyen, Old North Film Company | DJ: DJ Matt, Okyne Medialab | Lighting: MDM | Officiant: Rick Kessler | Hair/Make-up Artist: Cynthia, Andreas Hogue Salon

Michelle + Brenton met through a mutual friend, who served as the Maid of Honor on their wedding day. It was a wedding party full of their closest friends and family – Brenton even making his three sisters his ‘groomsmaids’. The morning started at Arch Apothecary in Old Town, where Michelle got prettied up by the talented hair and makeup artists. At the same time, Brenton, his groomsmaids, and groomsmen got ready and their perfectly designed home, filled with little details that speak of the adorable couple. Throughout the day, everything was taken care of by Caitlin Brown of Blush & Luxe, as we went to the Lily Pond, the carousel at the Lincoln Par Zoo, and finally landed at our final destination, Cafe Brauer. The ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception were small and intimate – but the room was overflowing with love and adoration from not only the happy couple, but their family and friends as well. And they were happy guests as Michelle and Brenton chose only the best wedding food – all of their favorite things that represent them as a couple. A Chicago station offered Italian Beef Sandwiches, Chicago Style Hotdogs, and french fries; while the Southern Comfort Food Station featured fried chicken, mac and cheese, and mashed potatoes. There was even a table of assorted sausages, cold cuts, dumplings to represent their family background. And let me tell you, it was ALL delicious. Michelle + Brenton, congrats on a happy life together! I loved seeing you let loose on the dance floor and enjoy your special day. Cheers!

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VENDOR CREDITS // Wedding Dress Designer: Madison James, Wedding 826 | Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Bill Levkoff | Hair Stylists: Joey, Arch Apothecary | Make-up Artist:Arch Apothecary | Wedding Coordinator: Caitlin Brown, Blush & Luxe | Florist: Colette, Flower Firm | Cake Artist: Sweet Mandy B’s | DJ: Toast and Jam | Ceremony/Reception Venue: Cafe Brauer | Caterer: Food Evolution

Alison + Zach have one of those love stories from the movies. Thirteen year old boy meets girl. They date for three weeks, until Zach thinks Alison is dating him to gain popularity. Boy breaks girls heart. Until, the universe brings them together again in high school, only for them to be ripped apart again after a few years. Boy and girl go their separate ways in college, until boy comes to his senses and drives 6 hours to see girl. Girl is already dating someone else, but boy says, “I don’t care who you are with now — as long as you are with me later.” Months go by, and girl can’t stop thinking about boy. And Alison + Zach have been together ever since 🙂

Zach proposed to Alison with a picnic on the lake. He surprised her there, as she was biking by with a friend. Once she realized it was him, she immediately started laughing and crying. It was perfect. Alison + Zach, congratulations on your love story. You guys went through your hard times, but always knew you were meant to be together. Your love is stronger than ever – and it was so obvious on your wedding day. You may have won the award for most excited couple to get married 😉 All the best to you and your families – Mazel Tov!

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VENDOR CREDITS // Wedding Dress Designer: Martina Lina, Mira Couture | Hair Stylist/Make-Up Artist: Lillian Toma, Starlight Makeup | Wedding Coordinator: Kelly Cavanaugh, Clementine Events | Florist: Ramsey Jay Prince, Ashland and Addison | DJ: DJ K Sity, Cage and Aquarium | Ceremony/Reception Venue: Chicago Cultural Center | Caterer: Michaels

Siobhan + Jim might be one of the most in love couples I’ve ever met. And this is coming from not only their photographer, but their friend 🙂 It’s so obvious how much they love each other, and it is a beautiful thing to see. So who better to tell their story than the lovebirds themselves…

“Let’s just start by saying that many years before Jim and Siobhán actually met, Jim thought she was really good looking. He came across a photo of her in her old Washington, D.C. apartment and immediately told her roommate that he needed to meet “the hot blonde girl” in the picture. Some five years and lots of life events later, the universe finally got its way, and Jim and Siobhán met at a rooftop bar in Minneapolis. Sometime later they would go on their first date in Chicago, where Siobhán’s blue eyes and white sun dress would help Jim realize that he didn’t need any more first dates. Although, maybe the lack of food and liter of wine Jim ordered for dinner had something to do with this epiphany too. 

After countless road trips, a few thousand frequent flier miles, one gigantic moving van, and lots of smooches, Jim found himself in the lobby of Apple Valley Diamonds. There he crafted a ring emblematic of the coming together of what had been two separate lives. And in that vein, on August 14, 2015, he made the single smartest decision of his life. On a rural bridge overlooking Yellow River, down the lane from his family cabin in Wisconsin, the rivers of Jim and Siobhán’s pasts reached a confluence. An old man steering a boat, with kids towing behind him, were the only ones to witness this special moment on that summer evening.”

Siobhan + Jim, THANK YOU for letting me be a part of your day and capture these moments for you. It was such a happy day and despite the rain, your love outshined the clouds made everyone feel warm inside. Congrats to the Colvins!

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VENDOR CREDITS // DJ: Midwest Sound | Cake Artist: How Sweet It Is | Florist: Meadowlark Floral | Make-up: WarPaint International | Hair: Simonson’s | Ceremony Site: Forts Folle Avoine | Reception Site: The Lodge at Crooked Lake | Caterer: Tesora | Wedding Planner: Casey, Belle Noelle Events + Design | Videographer: Patrick Conroy, Flight Productions | Light Rentals: ABC 

Angela + Andrew met while travelling in Ecuador. Andrew was planning to just go to the Galapagos Islands and tacked on a last minute week doing an adventure trip in mainland Ecuador, while Angela was looking to have a quick trip out of the country to get away from work. After hitting it off immediately and spending most of their days together on vacation, at the end of the trip Angela went back to Chicago and Andrew back to Dublin. They knew they wanted to see each other again,  so they traveled back and forth between Dublin and Chicago for almost two years before they were able to work out the visa for Andrew to move to Chicago permanently. Once they figured this out, it was a no brainer they were going to spend the rest of their lives together.

We started the day together at the First Look at their wedding venue, A New Leaf. Angela + Andrew again met under the most beautiful conditions – in the courtyard of A New Leaf. They had their special moment together, seeing each other for the first time on their wedding day, before we shot a few different spots in Lincoln Park. It was an intimate day, spent with their closest family and friends – and it was wonderful to see how many people care and love about Angela + Andrew. Congrats to the newlyweds! I’m so happy you found each other 🙂

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VENDOR CREDITS // Wedding Dress Designer: Truvelle, Dame Couture | Tuxedo Designer: Suit Supply | Hair Stylist/Make-Up Artist: Sine Qua Non | Venue/Florist: A New Leaf | Cake Artist: Nancy’s Creations | DJ: Toast & Jam | Caterer: Big Delicious Planet

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!

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Venue: Willow Harbor Vineyards, New Buffalo, Michigan