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Melissa + Austin met TEN YEARS ago at Indiana University, so this one has been in the making for quite some time now 🙂 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!
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!
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.
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
A True Tinder love story! Mara + Jason both right swiped, had their very first date, and got married exactly three years later to the day. They still hold the tradition of going back to Bar Louie every year for their anniversary. Another tradition they hold is taking a trip between their birthdays every year. Their first year together they took a trip to Brazil – where they fell in love – and the following year they went to Cuba – where Jason proposed at sunset on the beach in Varadero.
Their wedding was a cold February day, but it was absolutely gorgeous. Bridgeport Art Center set the backdrop, and with the help of Fleur – it was stunning. Mara + Jason were the epitome of a happy couple – eager to do whatever the other wanted, excited to spend time with friends and family, making their way around the dance floor and greeting everyone with a smile, kiss, and a hug. It was such a pleasure to be there with everyone – and we are so happy to have captured these moments for you. Mara + Jason, here’s to a life full of traveling, awesome dance moves, delicious food, and everything else that you’ve ever dreamt of – together. Congrats!
VENDOR CREDITS // Wedding Dress Designer: Paloma Blanca | Tuxedo Designer: Hugo Boss | Hair Stylist: April, Blohaute | Make-up Artist: Stephanie | Florist: Fleur | Quartet: Elaine Dame & Quartet | DJ: Cesar, Champion DJ’s Promotion | Paper Goods: Minted | Ceremony/Reception Venue: Bridgeport Art Center | Caterer: Cocina Fusion | Lighting: Art of Imagination
Even though Kim + Kyle both went to the University of Wisconsin La Crosse for 4 years, it wasn’t until PT school that the universe decided to bring them together. It was then that they discovered their numerous mutual friends – which made conversations feel like they’d known each other for years. After a car ride home following an anatomy lab, Kim + Kyle soon realized just how much they had in common. After two years of classes, countless hours of studying, 32 weeks of internships all over the country, three ski trips, five northwoods vacations, three road trips to Florida and Colorado, four different apartments in Chicago, and one adorable puppy – that friendship turned into great love.
On December 22nd, 2015, Kyle surprised Kim at home after work with an apartment full of rose petals, romantic candles, their favorite song playing, and their puppy Randall dressed in a white bowtie as Kyle got down on one knee and asked Kim to marry him. That incredible moment brought us to these unforgettable moments from the wedding day. Kim + Kyle, the room was filled with love for you from floor to ceiling. It was an honor to see you surrounded by all of your favorite people – and how happy that made you both. Thank you for having us there on your special day – I hope these photos help you remember all the love forever.
VENDOR CREDITS // Wedding Dress Designer: Martina Liana | Tuxedo Designer: Men’s Warehouse | Hair Stylist: Thomas Quant (bride)/Allison (bridesmaids), Alan Koa Salon | Makeup Artist: Emily Stoffels | Wedding Coordinator: Fiorella Niera, Niera Event Group | Florist: Niera Event Group | Cake Artist: Neat -O’s Bake Shoppe | DJ: Celebrations Entertainment, Tristan | Paper Goods Designer: Save the Dates – Minted, Programs/Invites: Etsy | Ceremony/Reception Venue: Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness Resort
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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