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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

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!

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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

Brittany + Matt met the day before Thanksgiving 2009 at Joe’s on Weed Street. They were both out celebrating the infamous Black Wednesday, probably not where most happily ever afters start. But for them, that was it. A few days later, Matt texted Brittany asking to hangout, and five years later, they got engaged. The road down the aisle started back on October 25th, 2014 at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Brittany + Matt were scoping out photo spots (Matt is a photographer also)… and well, this is what happened: http://www.brittany-matthew.com/the-proposal/.

Brittany + Matt, you guys are amazing. Even though we never got a chance to meet before the wedding day, you had complete trust in me and gave my team and I complete creative freedom. You made everything fun, focused on what’s important, and because of that, it was such a pleasure working with you both. You are both beautiful people inside and out, and I am beyond excited to share these photos with you. May these memories stay with you forever… all the best to a happy life together!

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VENDOR CREDITS // Wedding Dress Designer: Inbal Dror, Dimitra’s Bridal Couture | Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Adrianna Papel | Tuxedo Designer: Ike Behar, Formally Modern Tuxedo | Hair Stylist: Kristen Almerigi | Make-up Artist: Lisa Lahart | Wedding Coordinator: Misha Newgren, Liven It Up Events | Vidoegrapher: Tyler Mose, Indirap Weddings | Florist: Phil Cooper, Kehoe Designs | DJ: Jonathan Cabalfin, Remix Entertainment | Cake Artist: Amy Beck Cake Design | Paper Goods Designer: Amber Crudup, Suite Paper | Ceremony/Reception Venue: Chicago Botanic Garden | Caterer: Culinary Landscape | Ceremony Music: Katie Voss, Dolce Strings

After being acquaintances at the same high school and running into each other all the time on breaks from college, Khrista + Colin reconnected again at Morton Grove pre-fourth of July festival in 2011. They dated for a few years until last St. Patrick’s Day weekend, Colin proposed at the gazebo by the Drake Hotel – disguising it as research for his sister’s boyfriend proposal. The whole time, Khrista, starving and wanting to go to brunch already, complained about how hungry she was until her hunger became an afterthought. Colin got down on one knee, Khrista said yes, and then they went to Brunch at the Hancock where Khrista’s friends were waiting to surprise her.

Khrista + Colin, this past few years have been a blast getting to know you better together. Seeing you at friends’ weddings, chatting about Game of Thrones, and planning for your wedding has been my pleasure. I hope to continue seeing you both at upcoming weddings – until then, here’s a little sneak peek into your gorgeous wedding day! Much love.

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VENDOR CREDITS // Wedding Dress Designer: BHLDN | Tuxedo Designer: Men’s Warehouse | Hair Stylist: Becky Erb | Make-up Artist: Becky Erb | Videographer: Aerodef Productions, Andrew Pelnar | Florist: Paula Kruer, Scarlet Begonia Floral Designs | DJ: Jeff Christensen, Night Society Entertainment | Paper Goods Designer: Wedding Paper Divas | Ceremony/Reception Venue: Marina Grand Resort

Sarah + Joe grew up just 5 minutes from each other in Kenosha, yet it wasn’t until a few years ago that they met in St. Paul, MN. It was a chance meeting, a friend of a friend was visiting a friend who ended up being Joe… you know how random fate usually plays it… but long story short, the night ended with Joe winning Sarah over with a delightful basket of popcorn. When the time came for Joe to propose, it was a cold winter night in December. Sarah had a strange feeling he was going to propose that weekend and felt the need to tell him at dinner – which he quickly shrugged off while, I’m sure, freaking out inside. When they got back to their apartment, Joe took Sarah up to the rooftop and surprised her with candles, wine, and the perfect proposal which was capped off by walking into their apartment to be surprised with all of their family and friends.

Although the proposal was a cold night in December, their wedding day was quite the opposite. We had a hot and humid day up in Milwaukee, but nothing stopped these two from smiling the entire day. Their energy, happiness, and spirit was contagious and my entire team happily sweat it out for them as we ran around downtown Milwaukee snapping away. Sarah + Joe, thank you for being such a delight from our first meeting up until the last photo we shot and our hugs goodbye (which I think some pizza was involved in). I love love love working with people like you two, and I hope to continue seeing you both at weddings in the future! Cheers to a happy life together 🙂

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VENDOR CREDITS // Wedding Dress Designer: Dimitra’s Bridal Couture, Kenneth Pool (Dress Designer) | Bridesmaid Dresses Designer: Jenny Yoo (Style – Annabelle) | Suit Designer: Caravelli Italy | Hair/Make-Up Stylist: WELL Salon + Spa | Videographer: Nick Bodmer Videography | Florist: Impressions by Esther Fleming | Cake Artist: Simma’s Bakery | DJ: Sound by Design | Paper Goods Designer: Jennifer Portilia | Ceremony Venue: Our Lady of Divine Providence – St. Casimir | Reception Venue: Grain Exchange | Caterer: Bartolotta Catering Company and Events

It was written in the cards for Linda and Volen, they just didn’t realize it until college. The two had crossed paths at a high school speech team meet. The judge had been late, so Volen propped his feet up on the desk and started asking everyone Trivial Pursuit questions that he had found in the room. Linda still remembers the question he asked that she answered correctly, even though Volen may or may not have any recollection of it! A few years later when Linda was a Freshman at the University of Illinois, Linda was cast in a show where she was officially introduced to Volen. Still, it took them three years to start dating, but once they did, it was clear where their futures were heading.

Fast-forward to their 5 year anniversary dinner at Boka. Volen contemplated proposing after their incredible meal, but he could tell it wasn’t the right moment. So the next morning as they woke up in the privacy and comfort of their own bed, Volen asked Linda to be his wife. And she joyfully said, yes! Linda + Volen, thank you for choosing me to capture your special day of love and affection towards each other. You are both extremely beautiful, intelligent, and kind people – and I am honored to have worked with such an amazing couple. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors, both together and as the incredible individuals that you are.

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VENDOR CREDITS // Wedding Dress Designer: Lazaro, Bella Bianca Bridal Couture | Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Donna Morgan | Wedding Coordinator: Grace Stramaglia, Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront | Florist: Lee Scott, Scarlet Petal | Cake Artist: Nancy, Bittersweet Bakery | DJ: Okyne Medialab, Inc. | Paper Goods: Minted.com | Ceremony/Reception Venue:Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront | Hair/Make-up Artist: Mindy City Hair

I love telling the story of my couples. However, I usually put them into my own words, through my eyes and through my lens, but the way Melissa talks about the experience is simply unbeatable. I have to give it to you word for word.

“In life there are good days, but September 4th, 2015 was a truly perfect day…. (Her Story) Earlier in the week, Patrick told me he had a work party to attend on Friday at High Line Tavern. He said all of his work colleagues would be there and wanted me to come with him. Well, Friday came, and after work I rushed over to Patrick’s to hurry and get ready for the evening. I wanted to look my best since we were attending his work party! Instead, we got caught up watching “Bachelor in Paradise” on TV and soon realized the time. I was now in a panic trying to hurry and get ready and in my rush, I just throw on some clothes and we headed out the door. In heels and walking fast, we came up to the Kinzie Bridge; it is one of the most beautiful places in Chicago to take in the city skyline. I noticed a couple taking what looked like engagement photos and remember thinking, “How sweet!” As we stood there for a moment taking in the view, and resting my feet from our speed walking, I looked over and Patrick was on one knee! My heart dropped and it was as if time stood still. I couldn’t believe it. This was happening. I’d waited my whole life for this moment. There was no question, no hesitation, of course I said “YES!” My fairytale was now a reality. And he’d even gone as far as arranging a photographer to capture our moment on the bridge! He is so thoughtful. I was beaming in happiness. But it didn’t stop there… Naturally, all I wanted to do was call my family (and every other person I’d ever met for that matter!!) but Patrick asked that we please just go on to High Line Tavern first. He quickly admitted that it wasn’t a work party after all, but rather some of his family was there waiting for us so we could celebrate our engagement! Well, sure enough, we walk in the door, and there in front of me was my family and his family and some of our close friends! I couldn’t believe it. He’d thought of everything. My family!! My family all flew in. It was the greatest night of my life and I was honored to be sharing it with our family, friends and most importantly, the man of my dreams. Even now I pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming! This is real. This is my fairytale! I couldn’t be more honored and blessed to know that I get to spend the rest of my life and grow old with such an amazing man.”

Melissa, from the way Patrick was looking at you all day, I am 100% certain that he feels just as lucky to be spending the rest of his life with you. My warmest congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Larmon!

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VENDOR CREDITS // Wedding Dress Designer:  Lazaro 320 | Bridesmaid Dresses Designer: Jenny Yoo – Aidan, Staci Darby – Wedding Stylist @ Nordstrom Oak Brook Suite: 630-571-2121 | Tuxedo Designer: Michael Kors, Savvi formalwear, contact person Barry: 847-965-5565 | Hair/Make-up Stylist: Francesca Ortale Makeup and Hair Artistry by Francesca, contact@artistrybyfrancesca.com/phone: 630-412-1244 | Videographer: Joe Mastrino, e: joe@ojo-creative.com/630.546.7210 | Florist: Maggie (Fasan) France Fasan Florist, 773-523-8564/www.fasanflorist.com | Band: Wedding Crashers, 801-231-0172 | Paper Goods Designer: Clyde Printing Co., Colleen Woulfe 773-847-5900/clydeprint@sbcglobal.net | Ceremony Venue: Notre Dame Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Butterfield Country Club | Rings: Chicago Diamond Consultants, Peter Miller | Brides Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Event Planner: Alexander Lilly

Erin + Ed actually walked down the aisle together four years ago, but not as a couple. They met through friends – one of Erin’s friends started dating Ed’s fraternity brother – so they were in the same place a few times but it wasn’t until May of 2012 that the universe did a little literary foreshadowing. They immediately hit it off, and by the end of the next month they were officially together. Three years later, Ed took Erin back to their first date spot for their anniversary. After dinner, they went back to their newly-moved-in-together-home, where Ed (oddly – says Erin) made Erin read his anniversary card full of the sweetest things outloud – after which he proposed!

Erin + Ed, I’m thrilled you chose me to document your wedding day (shoutout to Stephanie + Tim Gannon for introducing me to this incredible crew – of which I will have shot four weddings of by the end of the year). From your Engagement Session at Lily Pond, to your perfect wedding day, I’ve had so much fun with you both and I hope to continue seeing your faces at friends’ weddings in the future! All the best!

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VENDOR CREDITS // Wedding Dress Designer: Maggie Sotero, Martellens Boutique | Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Alfred Sung, Nordstrom | Tuxedo Designer: Alfani RED Collection | Hair Stylist: Antonette White | Make-Up Artist: Antonette White | Florist: Philip’s Flowers Westmont | Cake Artist: Baking Institute | DJ: Louis Rarick | Band: Wedding Banned | Paper Goods Designer: Taryn Palumbo, Tok Graphics | Program Designer: Karen Godfrey, Bootsie G Designs | Ceremony Venue: Holy Trinity Church | Reception Venue: Esplanade Lakes

Lauren + Joe met at a bar in Wicker Park, exchanged numbers after chatting for 10 minutes, went on their first date 2 days later, and never looked back (for more on that story, check out their Engagement Session)! Fast forward to March in 2015, and Joe was ready to propose. Here’s the incredible story in their own words: “We had planned a trip to San Francisco with Lauren’s college friends the first weekend of March in 2015. It was technically Lauren’s first time in San Francisco, so we spent the day Friday doing all kinds of touristy things before our plans to meet up with the group for dinner. Joe was insistent on going up to “Twin Peaks” before dinner to “watch the sunset”… but Lauren challenged the logistics of trying to get across town in Friday rush hour. Joe (uncharacteristically) put his foot down & Lauren rushed to get ready… not without a few complaints – one of which was she didn’t have enough time to put on her jewelry… When arriving at Twin Peaks, Joe gave Lauren a scrapbook (that he had cleverly hidden in the camera bag) full of cards they had exchanged over the course of their relationship – complete with explanations of what it meant to him / why he loved it. The last card in the book was new & read “Grow old along with me… the best is yet to be…” & then he got down on one knee & proposed! Lauren (not usually a fan of surprises) was thrilled (& very surprised!) We then spent the rest of the night and weekend celebrating with Lauren’s college friends – making for an incredibly special and memorable weekend!

Lauren + Joe, I am so happy to have been a part of this special time in your lives. From the Engagement to the Wedding Day, I’ve loved seeing how much love you have for each other. Going through the photos, there are SO many moments caught where you two are stealing glances at each other – and you can see it all in the eyes. Although your wedding day was cold, rainy, and windy… everything turned out beautiful and it just means your days together can only go up from here 🙂 Cheers to your next adventure together!

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VENDOR CREDITS // Wedding Dress Designer: WTOO | Bridesmaid Dresses Designer: Jarlo | Tuxedo Designer: Ike Behar | Paper Goods Designer: Minted | Place Cards, Table Numbers: Becky Rosza (Instagram: @BECKYROZSA) | Wedding Coordinator: Leanne Valdes, You Name it Chicago | Venue: Newberry Library | Photographer: Jill Tiongco Photography | Band: Larry King Orchestra | Hair Stylist: Stacie Yarosz | Make-up Artist: Antonette White | Caterer: Gerard MCGuiggan, Occasions Chicago | Florist: Grace Ha-Kim, Vale of Enna | Lighting: Kyle Waarich, Event Brilliance