Who doesn’t love to see their work in print, much less read nice comments about the photos you put your heart and soul into? It is such a wonderful feeling, and as I continue to plow through a long list of edits there is not better fuel than a big pat on the back. I have been a part of so many beautiful weddings this year, and I am overjoyed to have had my work recognized by Style Me Pretty, Elizabeth Anne Designs, Landlocked Bride, CS Brides, MyWedding.com, and many others. In case you missed my Facebook posts, here are some of the highlights:
Archives for October 2011
Now for something completely different! When planning an engagement session, I often ask couples what do they like to do? Where do they like to go? It can be as simple as a favorite bar, riding bikes in the park, or the place they met. But what if, like most of us, their favorite pastime consists of watching movies and playing video games? Why not! I was so happy when Victoria and Mike agreed to play up this idea… we posed for a few fun photos in front of the “tv” as the second part of our engagement session, and I can’t help but laugh out loud at the results! (ps- check out the sweet animation added to the last couple of shots)
The old “yawn and stretch”…
Here comes the scary part…
They tried to sneak up on the cats to get them in a photo.
You two crack me up! Thanks again for an awesome engagement session!
I can’t get over these two- they have the best chemistry and they make a stunning pair. Although they proclaimed to be nervous in the front of the camera, it was not apparent to me. In fact, quite the opposite. They laughed, they played, they kissed, and then kissed some more. The weather forecast proved incorrect (yet again) to our advantage, so we headed over to Olive Park (one of my favorites) for some beautiful scenery. Then to spice things up, they changed into some spiffy attire and we moved our session to their friend’s spectacular city rooftop, with a bottle of wine in tow. Life is all about the finer things, but most importantly sharing them with someone you love. Whether that be a glass of wine, a tasty meal, or a perfect evening as the sun sets, having someone to share it with is what makes life beautiful. Kate and Imran have it right, they delight in each other’s company and want to share the best moments together, forever. I can’t wait to be a part of their wedding next year!
Time to kick up the style…
The finer things.
The rooftop at EnV is beautiful.
I am totally in love with these sexy shots!
A gorgeous ending.
What could be better than working with other wedding professionals? Not only are Victoria and Mike both in the wedding industry (check out Victoria Sprung photography), but with her being a former model I knew I was in for a treat. I was so excited for the challenge to do something different, and I will admit I was also a little nervous to impress. It is the ultimate flattery for another professional photographer to hire you to shoot their wedding, I feel so special to work with these two. They met at the very cool Continental bar, they work together and unwind together- just the right way with a good cocktail and perhaps a video game. We had a blast hanging out around Humboldt Park, and then off to Continental (sadly they were still closed). The best part… there is an awesome part two that you would never expect! Just wait until tomorrow…
The very awesome Nika Vaughan was finishing up Victoria’s makeup when I arrived.
We couldn’t resist playing around with some of Victoria’s quirky cat umbrellas.
This might be my new favorite location.
Where they met…
I can’t wait to share part 2 tomorrow. Congrats again to Victoria and Michael- your wedding next year is going to be awesome!
Sometimes introducing yourself to a pretty girl pays off. When Chris spotted Joanna in the orientation line for law school he knew he had to say something, who knew that he was actually about to meet the girl of his dreams?! That was the day their love story began, leading up to their wedding day where they would be married in the courtyard of the very same law school only steps away from their first introduction. Everything played out perfectly, from the weather to the locations around the city, from the bunnies hopping through the grass during the ceremony to the delicious dinner and reception at Spiaggia, all complete with a beautiful couple. It’s easy to see that Joanna and Chris are most at ease when in each other’s presence, they have a genuine affection for each other and their families. Being a part of this wedding was wonderful, and I am thrilled with the photos as well.
Even their fish was excited for the big day.
Joanna had a sixpence for her shoe.
Her mom couldn’t resist doing a little cleaning before we left.
Chris was tying his bow tie…
The guys waited for the girls at the Cancer Survivor’s Garden.
The courtyard of Northwestern Law school was a beautiful location for their ceremony.
We stopped for a couple of photos in the historic lecture hall.
We gathered the entire group on the steps of the MCA for a group photo on our way to Spiaggia, awesome!
Joanna’s mom grabbed a dance with the groom.
They wore themselves out.
Congrats Joanna and Chris!
Hair and makeup: Kerre Berry
Florist: Exquisite Weddings (Alexandra Jusino)
Ceremony location: Courtyard at the Northwestern School of Law
Reception location: The Private Dining Rooms at Spiaggia
Cake: Flour Cake & Pastry
Dress: Jim Hjelm
Accessories: Shoes – J.Crew; Necklace – Borrowed from Mother; Veil – Etsy
DJ/Band: Neil Dixon Smith (Guitarista); Nate Seider (Style Matters)
First Dance: “You Are The Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne
Father/daughter & Mother/son: “Over The Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Q&A with the bride and groom:
What was the most memorable moment of your day?
Chris: When Joanna was walking down the aisle toward me. She was beaming.
Joanna: Chris got a bit emotional when we started saying our vows during the ceremony. It was unexpected and very sweet.
What was your favorite detail?
Chris: Bunnies hopping around behind Joanna during the ceremony.
Joanna: Our mini terracotta pot placecard holders!
Funniest memory from your wedding day?
Chris: The groomsmen banter while waiting for the girls to show up for pictures was consistently hilarious.
Joanna: The random skateboarder teenagers sending us well wishes as we were taking pictures around town.
Any advice for future brides/grooms?
Keep your eye on the prize.
If you could do it all over, would you change anything?
No, everything came together beautifully.
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
We ate our way around Italy and it was delicious!