Anna + Quinn || Chicago, IL Engagement Session

 

Anna and Quinn are good friends of mine, and it was such an honor to capture them in their new home city. Throughout their relationship they’ve had many miles between them, but the past few months they both lived in Chicago and it’s been so sweet to see their love for each other grow as they prepare for marriage! Looking forward to capturing their “I do’s” this Fall.


 

Jordan + Joe || Homewood, IL Backyard Wedding

 

Jordan and Joe’s wedding day was truly unforgettable.

I know many people who would claim to be “dog lovers,” but never have I met a couple that actually met at a doggie daycare! How sweet is that?! About a year later, with their shared love of dogs and movies (Eternal Sunshine is their favorite), Jordan and Joe decided to tie the knot.

When it came time to plan their wedding day, Jordan had such a clear vision of how she wanted her wedding day to be:

We wanted a traditional wedding with some nontraditional twists. A little bit vintage, a little bit garden-inspired, and a little bit of whimsy all rolled into one. I watched my grandparent's renew their vows for their 50th wedding anniversary in my aunt's backyard at the age of ten, and I have wanted something like that ever since. 

Jordan and Joe, with the help of their families, put together a gorgeous wedding in Jordan’s childhood home backyard. However, sometimes unpredicted things can happen and your day turns out to be quite different than you envisioned. Unpredicted rain came barring down just a couple hours before their ceremony was to start. While this essentially flooded the backyard, Jordan and Joe were such troopers and they were determined to get married despite some puddles and drizzling rain.

The day turned out much differently than they had planned, BUT they still got married and had a blast every step of the way! I loved how they truly embraced the day and made the most of it. This was such a special day to capture. 


Vendors:

Bridal Gown - Marlene's Alterations

Invitations - Jacob Wagstaff

Florist - Homewood Florist

Caterer - Balagio

Bakery - Iverson's Bakery

 

Claire + Scott || Ravenswood Event Center Chicago, IL Winter Wedding

 

In the midst of our Chicago winter, I had the pleasure of capturing Claire and Scott’s incredible wedding day at Ravenswood Event Center. And, in true Chicago winter fashion, their was practically a full on snow storm on their wedding day! BUT despite all that, there was still so much warmth, love and joy felt throughout their day.

Claire and Scott started the day getting ready at the new Hotel Zachary across the street from Wrigley Field. The hotel’s lobby provided a perfect space for photos. Seriously - the design of this lobby is absolutely gorgeous! 

We then headed to Ravenswood Event Center for their intimate ceremony, followed by their laughter and dance filled reception… Just wait until you see some of these dance photos! I think they will help convey how much of a celebration the union of Claire and Scott was to all. Enjoy!


VENDORS:

Ceremony & Reception Venue - Ravenswood Event Center

Getting Ready & Photo Location - Hotel Zachary

Make-Up - Bomber Betty

Hair - Shear Genius Salon

Bridal Gown - Lovely Bride

Groom’s Attire - Black Tux

Florals - Anna Held Floral Studio

DJ - Toast & Jam

 

Katie + Taha || Deer Path Inn Lake Forest, IL Wedding

 

I have said this before about this wedding but as I have been looking back on this wedding weekend to put this blog together, I’ll say it again - This wedding was truly beautiful. I’m not referring to the details, venue, decor, etc. (even those though were gorgeous too). I’m talking about the beauty within this couple, the blending of their cultures and religious backgrounds, and the friends and family that came around them to support them. Witnessing all this come together moved me in such a way I’ve never felt before. I don’t know how else to simply describe other than to use the word beautiful. Capturing Katie and Taha’s love for each other was truly such a gift.

Also… I had one other specific thing I wanted to call out before you dive into this day. Taha is completely smitten with his bride! I’m sure you’ll be easily be able to tell as you look through these images. Gosh, I just think it is the sweetest thing when a groom can’t help but swoon over his bride. Go on and see for yourself!



Vendors:

Friday Reception Hall - Shalimar Banquets 

Saturday Ceremony Venue - St. Anne Catholic Community

Saturday Reception Venue - Deer Path Inn

Bridal Gown - Michelle’s Bridal & Tuxedo

Bakery - Ambrosia Euro American Pâtisserie

DJ - Toast & Jam

 

Breece + JR || Downtown Chicago, IL Engagement Session

 

 

Erica + Derek || City Winery Chicago, IL Wedding

 

Erica and Derek’s wedding day was put together with the hopes of reflecting their personal style.

“Our wedding is most definitely ROCK & ROLL with a little bit of a bohemian edge.” - Erica 

Their wedding was just that. 

Derek wore a custom made Lanskey Bros jacket that had the same black paisley print jacket that Elvis wore to his wedding, and the inner lining was made up of photographs of Elvis being tailored by Mr. Lansky (who was the clothier to the KING). This detail had great significance to Erica and Derek as they are hugeee Elvis fans. 

Erica’s Moroccan inspired dress was designed by Hayley Paige and it was the perfect mix of boho and Rock & Roll.  

Their ceremony was held in the wine garden of City Winery Chicago. The romantic/bohemian theme was seen throughout the decor. There was tons of greenery, a gorgeous blend of dark-wild burgundy flowers by Flowers by KH, and cafe lights strung overhead. Of course, can’t forget the beautifully made Moroccan rugs down the aisle. 

Lastly, this Rock & Roll wedding wouldn’t have been complete without their incredible band, The Delta Bombers. A few years back Erica and Derek saw them play at City Winery and they loved them! When it came time for their wedding, they couldn’t think of a more perfect fit. So, the Bombers flew out from Las Vegas and made their wedding day that much more meaningful and helped bring their vision for their wedding day to life.


Vendors:

Venue & Caterer - City Winery Chicago

Dress - Hayley Paige

Groom Attire - Lanskey Bros

Hair - Amanda Fowler, MacDaddy Salon

Invites - Minted

Flowers - Flowers by KH

Band - The Delta Bombers

Sweets - Seph's Sweets

 

Jamie + Ryan || Fulton Market Chicago, IL Engagement Session