Daphne + Chris || Ivy Room Chicago, IL Wedding

Daphne + Chris || Ivy Room Chicago, IL Wedding

Daphne and Chris are high school sweethearts. They met through a mutual friend in home room… who would have thought that years later would wed?! 

For their wedding, Daphne and Chris planned an intimate and laid-back celebration with their closest friends and family. Their ceremony was held at the gorgeous St. Benedict Church. After photos downtown, the celebrations continued at The Ivy Room. The amount of joy and laughter shared throughout this day was contagious. So incredibly thankful to have been apart of Daphne and Chris’s day. These two have such a deep and sweet love for one another, and it was such an honor to capture this highly anticipated day for them.

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Jackelyn + Peter || Chicago, IL Engagement Session

 

Jackelyn and Peter met at work five years ago... and now, they are engaged to wed! For their engagement session, we walked along the city streets that they walk together each day on their way to work. We then hit Fullerton Beach for some gorgeous city views. Throughout the entire session, Jackelyn and Peter were so incredibly comfortable with one another and made each other laugh with ease.

I truly couldn't be more excited for these two as they plan to commit to forever together. <3


 

Bridal Boutique by New Name || Chicago, IL Wedding Photographer

 

One of my favorite parts of a wedding day is seeing a bride's dress for the first time and getting the chance to swoon over it during portraits. So when Jill Fager of J.M. Fager contacted me to help her take bridal portraits for  Bridal Boutique by New Name I was over the moon with excitement! Not only would I get to capture gorgeous gowns, but I'd also get to help support an amazing nonprofit that sells wedding dresses at a discounted rate and then one hundred perfect of its proceeds go towards helping exploited women. How amazing is that?!

Many talented women came together to make this shoot happen (see below!), and I am so honored to have been apart of this incredible team.

Organization - Bridal Boutique by New Name

Makeup Artist -  Ashley LaHood

Hair - Unwana Rose

Studio - Mingo Gallery

Models - Geneva, Dana, Tamara & Jenna

Photographers - J.M. Fager & Erika Mattingly Photography


ALSO - On May 5th there will be a New Name Bridal Boutique Sale and Dress Drive! If you're in need of a dress be sure to stop by, friends!!


 

Maia + Mike || Gilt Bar Chicago, IL Engagement Session

 

When Maia and Mike first started dating, they lived just down the street from each other. Each time they went to see each other they had to walk across Kinzie Street Bridge. And, just down the street from Kinzie Street Bridge is the location of their first date, Gilt Bar Chicago. Flash forward two years later, when it came time to plan for their engagement photos we of course went back to where it all began. 


 

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!!  


Vendors: 

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

 

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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! 

Enjoy!!