Claire + Scott || Salvage One Chicago, IL Engagement Session


I have been wanting to have a session at Salvage One for what feels like forever! So when Claire and Scott suggested the idea when we were planning for their engagement session, I was so stinkin' excited about it. This place gave us such a unique space to work with and capture their fun, sweet love for one another. Claire and Scott were so easy-going and it was such a joy to work with them. These two will be tieing the knot next winter and you bet your bottom dollar,  I am so stinkin' excited about it. 


Lacey + Tyler || Bemis Woods South Western Springs, IL Winter Engagement Session


After taking about a three month break from photography for maternity leave, I could not think of a better session to come back to. Lacey and Tyler are one of those couples that is absolutely up for anything - even go out in the freezing cold to get some gorgeous winter wonderland-esque engagement photos at Bemis Woods South. These two just so naturally fell into laughter with one another and their love seems so effortless.

Lacey + Tyler - Thank you reminding me so much of why I love what I do. So thankful to have been able to capture a glimpse of this season of life for you, and cannot wait until your wedding day this Fall. 


Gina + Greg || Cafe Brauer Chicago, IL Wedding


Back in December of 2016, I met Gina and Greg for coffee and they shared their story of how they met in undergrad and how Greg proposed at Glacier National Park (how AHH-mazing is that?!). Fast forward 10 months later and I had the honor of capturing their wedding day at Cafe Brauer

Gina and Greg had so many gorgeous elements to their day and I have to give a shoutout to Samantha Helmig of Shannon Gail Weddings and Events for coordinating it all; she did such an incredible job! One of Gina and Greg's loves is all things tiki. So we decided to do photos at the gorgeous Lincoln Park Conservatory and, to tie this look into Cafe Brauer, Kloeckner's Events provided stunning arrangements of banana and palm leaves throughout the venue. 

While all their wedding day details were so beautifully done, Gina and Greg's day was also overflowing with so much love and happiness. Some of my favorites moments included: Gina's dad seeing her for the first time; Gina and Greg's first look on the rooftop of Hotel Lincoln; their bridal party was so hilarious and such a blast to work with; the look from Greg's mom as her son said "I do" to the love of his life; and, the dance party - I'm such a sucker for a good dance party  and there are many photos to prove how good this one was. All these moments and more can be viewed below! Hope you enjoy looking back on this day as I did!!  


Photography - Erika Mattingly Photography 

Venue - Cafe Brauer

Wedding Planner - Shannon Gail Weddings and Events

Florist & Tablescape Rentals - Kloeckner's Events

DJ - Okyne Media Labs

Hair - Jimmy Narducci

Makeup - Deco Adamo

Invitations - Minted

Bridal Dress - Simone Carvalli

Officiant - Jarrod Gaither

Caterer - Tiger Lily

Cake - Chicago Pastry


Kristin + Pavel || Milton Lee Olive Park Chicago, IL Engagement Session

Cantigny Park Family Session || Wheaton, IL Family Session


Gosh, I love the Fall! Not only are the colors of the trees gorgeous, but it also such a great time for family photos! I had such a sweet time with Chris, Ellen and their sweet baby girl, Brooklyn. The morning of the session, Brooklyn starting doing this thing where she'd stick her tongue out. So throughout the session, she stuck her tongue out and it was the cutest thing! 

One thing about family sessions that I've come to learn is that you truly don't know what to expect when children are around. You may have a baby that is happy the whole time, or you may have a baby that isn't really feeling it that day... towards the end of this session Brooklyn really wasn't feeling it. BUT there are some hilariously cute teary photos of her that her parents will equally cherish because sometimes that's real life. Babies aren't going to be smiley all the time and that's okay! My thought is this - Those teary moments are great to capture too because they will certainly be apart of your journey as a parent and having moments like these to look back on when your kids are older will give you all a good laugh or two!


Mary + Sean || Thalia Hall Chicago Wedding


This wedding is definitely one of those days I will never forget. On Mary and Sean's wedding day it rained. Not just a light drizzle; I mean downpour all. day. long. But despite the crazy weather, we were able to find some pockets of natural light inside Thalia Hall Chicago and the results are stunning! They are easily some of my favorite portraits to date. You know that saying that having rain on your wedding day is good luck? I think that saying surely rang true for Mary and Sean's day. This wedding was so unique and so sweet to have been a part of. 

Mary and Sean live in California so I hadn't officially met with them until their wedding day. From the moment I met them, they treated me with such grace and kindness. After seeing them together at their first look, I could so easily see the love they had for one another. It was so sweet to witness. Not only did they so clearly love one another, but their family and friends had such a clear love for them as well. Just so you know what I mean... when Mary and Sean walked on stage for their ceremony they received a standing ovation from all those in the audience! That was a first for me. From there, love and joy were just radiating throughout the whole day. 

This day could not have been complete without the help of an outstanding vendor team. Elizabeth of Anticipation Events did an incredible job organizing this event. Just wait until you see the floral arrangement for the huppah; La Rue Floral work was insanely gorgeous. The Chicago Players seriously know how to put on a show and get people on the dance floor - SO many hilarious dancing moments in this post. Full vendor list below! 



Photography - Erika Mattingly Photography 

Venue - Thalia Hall Chicago

Wedding Planner - Anticipation Events

Florist & Tablescape Rentals - La Rue Floral

Band - The Chicago Players

Hair + Makeup - Charles Ifergan

Photo Booth - Magic Moment Photo Booth

Caterer - Dusek's


Sarah + Mike || Fullerton Beach Chicago, IL Engagement Session


Sarah and Mike’s engagement session was truly so sweet. We went to Fullerton Beach and the sun was setting just perfectly throughout their session, and the Fall colors were popping through the trees. Sarah and Mike made each laugh with such ease, and they were down to try all my weird ideas - so appreciate couples that are willing to just roll with things and see how they turn out! Looking forward to capturing their love and laughter again on their wedding day next year. <3   


Megan + Joe || Glen Flora Country Club Wedding, Waukegan, IL


Megan and Joe tied the knot in late September. Their day was filled with so many sweet and meaningful moments — I had such a hard time narrowing down the photos I would share for this blog post! 

Some of my favorite moments from their wedding day included: their bridal party photo session was hilarious - they seriously have such a fun group of friends; Megan and Joe’s portrait session was gorgeous and sun-filled; the entrances of the bridal party were too funny - they each walked into a unique theme song from a TV show (love this idea!); and, let me tell ya, Megan and Joe’s friends and family sure know how to throw a dance party. See all this and more below! 


Photography - Erika Mattingly Photography 

Reception Venue - Glen Flora Country Club

Coordinator - Charlotte Winters

Officiant - Henry Hurt

Florist - Larsen Florist

Bride's Attire - Mackenzie Michaels

Hair - Dapper Classic Barbershop

Make-Up - Sierra's Makeup Artistry


Robin + Taylor || Lake Ellyn Park Boathouse Wedding || Glen Ellyn, IL


Mid-September Robin and Taylor tied the knot on what turned out to be a beautiful summery day that also had some gorgeous Fall colors - the weather these days has been so unpredictable but I wasn't complaining! Love those Fall colored trees! 

On their wedding day they met each other under a shady tree in Cantigny Park for their first look. Robin and Taylor decided to keep things more intimate and only invited their closest friends and family to their ceremony and reception at the Lake Ellyn Park Boathouse in Glen Ellyn, IL. The details seen throughout the day were simply gorgeous. Fun fact - Robin made ALL the wedding florals and they were stunning! Also, those cupcakes from The Sugar Path were incredible... I definitely went back for a second. 

Now, I'll stop my rambling about this amazing day... See more of their sweet details and watch their wedding day unfold below! 


Photography - Erika Mattingly Photography 

Coordinator - Sofie and Olive Event Planning Services

Officinet - Janet Volk

Invitation Designer - Minted 

Caterer - Chef By Request

Bakery - The Sugar Path

Bridal Attire - BHLDN 

Groom's Attire Designer - JOE Joseph Abboud