Celi + Mark || Chicago, IL Engagement Session

 

This may be one of my favorite engagement sessions to date. What's funny though is that this session didn't really go as planned.

We had planned to shoot photos in this public garden near Millennium Park; however, there was a huge event going on in the park so the owners of said garden decided to close down the gardens for the night for fear of many people running through/ruining the gardens... eek, right?! Not for these two. 

When Celi and Mark showed up I told them the news and we decided to still have the session anyway and just walk around the area. We hit the bridge and gardens by the Art Institute of Chicago. We then walked down Michigan - J walked our way through the streets and had an amazing time. Nothing could have phased them; they were having such an amazing time laughing their way through the session. Our time together seriously included SO much "makes my stomach hurt" laughter and it was the best. 


 

Megan + Joe || Art Institute Chicago, IL - Engagement Session

 

I had such a great time exploring the Art Institute of Chicago with Megan and Joe! Here are a few of my favorites things about their session: the way Joe made Megan laugh at any given moment; their ability to dance freely without a care to who may be watching them; and, those hilarious moments when Megan got lipstick on Joe (he was such a trooper about it all).


 

Maureen + Scott || Chicago, IL Wedding

 

Maureen and Scott's wedding was simple, modern and timeless. Their love of Chicago came through with every detail of their wedding day... I mean they had Lou Malnati's for dinner - doesn't get more Chicago than that! 

One of my favorite aspects of their day is their clear love for not only each other but also all those they've surrounded themselves with. Throughout the day there was so much joy and constant laughter. There were also some pretty epic toasts that had the whole room cracking up. At one point, Maureen's brother was also DJ'ing the wedding! It was quite the show. Much more sweet and memorable moments from their wedding - see for yourself! 


Vendors: 

Photography - Erika Mattingly Photography 

Coordinator - That Special Event

Videographer - With Love Productions 

Invitations - Paper Culture

Florist - Whole Foods

DJ - Style Matters

Caterer - Lou Malnati's

Cookies - Insomnia Cookies

Wedding Dress Designer - White Tree Designs 

Groom's Attire - Men's Warehouse 

Hair/Make-Up - XO Studio

 

Wolken Family Session || Chicago, IL Family Photographer

 

If you've been following my work for a bit you may have noticed that I mostly photograph couples. Recently, I have also grown to love family sessions. There is something so special and sweet about coming into a family's space and capturing their life and love for each other. Capturing a family's unique antics and personalities has been such a joy for me. You never really know what you're walking into with each session. 

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of capturing the Wolken family. About one week earlier they had welcomed their adorable new son into their family, and it was so fun to see the happiness everyone shared for this little ball of joy - especially their older son. His reactions are truly priceless.


 

Laura + Chad || Chicago, IL Wedding at Garfield Park Conservatory & Trigger

 

Laura and Chad grew up in the same neighborhood. When they were 15 years old they met each other in a park... they were interested in each other for many years but waited to start dating until the timing was just right. Fast forward to present day and these two have been married for exactly one month!

From their gorgeous details to their love rainbow ice cream cones, this wedding day was truly unique. Their first look at Garfield Park Conservatory was so sweet to witness. The Big Star taco bar at Trigger Chicago was certainly a hit. And, even though their sweet pup could not come to their actual wedding, they found fun and unique ways to incorporate his presence throughout the reception (you'll see what I mean). 

This intimate affair is one I will surely not forget. 


Vendors: 

 

Wedding Inspiration || Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve - Lemont, IL

 

Each time I do a styled shoot I am always amazed by the beauty that creatives can create. Anna Deblecourt reached out to me a few weeks ago looking to do a styled shoot at Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve in Lemont, IL. With the help of some crazy talented vendors, we were able to create something truly amazing. 

 Sarah Viktoria and Amelia C & Co did Anna's hair and makeup - Anna lip color even matched Gromeza Designs gorgeous florals! Mignonette Bridal contributed a stunning gown that flowed wildly throughout the shoot, and CharmCat  provided an invitation suite that brought the whole shoot together. And then of course, Anna Deblecourt made this rather hot day look like a total breeze - let me tell ya, she makes a stunning bride. Enjoy!

UPDATE: This shoot has been featured on Planning for Paradise


Vendors: 

Photo - Erika Mattingly Photography 

Model - Anna Deblecourt  

Makeup - Amelia C & Co  

Hair - Sarah Viktoria 

Gown - Mignonette Bridal 

Calligraphy - CharmCat

Florist - Gromeza Designs