I couldn’t think of a better way to jump start this new year with not one but (count’em) TWO Photography awards. Thank you to all my past Wedding and Family Photography clients which without you and your amazing reviews these awards would not be possible. So happy to have been awarded the Wedding Wire Couple’s Choice Award. This award recognizes the top five percent of local wedding professionals on WeddingWire who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness, and professionalism. Winners are determined by reviews left by the best newlyweds that I have had the pleasure to work with.
And for the second year in a row I have been honored as one of Chicago’s best Family Photographers by Expertise. This award is based on credibility, reputation, experience and professionalism. With over 700 local Photographers surveyed only 19 were picked as the top in Chicago. Thank you to all the sweet families who I have had the honor to photograph such amazing memories for.
I met Taylor and Nolan up in downtown Geneva two weeks ago to photograph them in their hometown. The leaves were just starting to turn a golden color and the weather was just perfect to capture these cuties during such a special time for them. I cannot wait to see what they have in store next September for their wedding at Arrowhead Golf Club overlooking the lush green fairways. It’s going to be magical!! xo
When we first sat down to meet with Natalia and Eric at a local Starbucks I could immediately just feel the energy and excitement they had for each other as we listened to their amazing wedding day plans. Natalia and Eric’s wedding was one for the modern day storybooks set along the Romantic and natural backdrop at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago on a perfect sun filled summer day. Voted as one of Chicago’s most breathtaking wedding venues- The Museum’s Reception space is unique and so beautiful with floor-to-ceiling windows indoors as well as a breath taking outdoor private terrace with stunning nature and city skyline views. They started the day with the best first look on the prettiest tree lined street in the Gold Coast right outside The Public Hotel. Followed by the stunning wedding ceremony at the couple’s alma mater campus of Northwestern at The Alice Milar Chapel. The stained glass windows in the chapel surrounded the entire ceremony in a kaleidoscope of warm vivid color.
We had a blast touring the couple and bridal party around to some of the most scenic and beautiful locations around Chicago including some favorites like The Nature Boardwalk in Lincoln Park, Chicago History Museum and along the grounds of their amazing venue. Natalia and Eric enjoy opening up their home for entertaining and love incorporating themed bar menus for their guests to enjoy themselves. Their wedding was equally as welcoming and truly felt like a big, warm, and embracing celebration for all their guests who had traveled near and far to celebrate such a joyous day.
To make the day even more amazing (if that was even possible) we had the honor of working with some of the most talented and creative Chicago wedding vendor (and friends) to help make their Romantic Art-Deco inspired wedding come to life. Eco-Friendly Wedding Planner– Naturally Yours Events brought their vision to life while helping to keep their day sustainably friendly. Fab Flora curated and designed a perfect selection of the most colorful blooms for the day. And our friends from Old North Film Co. created a wedding film for Natalia and Eric to help them relive their wedding day moments all over again.
Thank you both for inviting us to photograph your extraordinary love story and have the best seat on the house the entire day! We wish you much love and exciting travel adventures ahead! xo
Ceremony: Alice Millar Chapel
Reception: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Wedding Planner: Naturally Yours Events
Florist: Fab Flora
Catering: Food for Thought
Bakery: Scafuri Bakery
Videographer: Old North Film Co.
DJ: Cage + Aquarium
Lighting: Atmosphere Events Group
Bridal Dress: BHLDN
Bride’s Accessories: Mignonette Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: Brideside
Bridal Hair + Makeup: Debra Petrielli
Groom’s Suit:Blacktie Formalwear
Jeweler: Stanley Brown Jewelists
Transportation: M&M Limousine
This sweet family of four- The Milnes Family met me at one of my favorite parks in my neighborhood of Logan Square. I love the mix of backdrops that Humbolt Park offers which includes small ponds with lily pads, lush trees lined alongside winding walking paths, and a cute boathouse with great architecture. These cuties just rocked their photography session- I hope to see them again next year!
Living only a few blocks away from this oasis in the city made for the perfect backdrop for Susie + Bill’s sunset Engagement session last week. We pretty much had the run of the place making it feel that much more intimate. I loved incorporating the mix of city landscape with all the lush greenery this scenic Lincoln Park spot provided for our session. These two had nothing but eyes for each other and I can’t wait to celebrate with them next month!
When I started imagining this solopreneur life for myself about 5 years ago never in a millions years would I think that I (me and my little photography business) would be nominated to be on any list in Chicago. A HUGE THANK YOU to Expertise for naming me one of the Top 19 Family Photographers in the city of Chicago. I am so grateful and continue to be humbled everyday to be able to meet new families and couples every month- their stories are the ones I get to tell through photographs and help create lasting memories for them and their families. It really is the best job in the world and I hope to continue documenting stories for many more years to come. xo
Sarah and Greg’s Classic Summer Wedding set in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast at the beautiful historical landmark Germania Place was a wedding unlike any other. So many personal details went into the making of this wedding starting with the sweet gift exchange the couple gave each other before the ceremony at The Renaissance Hotel– followed by the interactive sermon (SO fun!) given by Father Mike Gabriel at the second oldest Roman Catholic Church in Chicago Holy Family Church.You could just feel the love and support from all 200+ guests from the start of the ceremony leading into the reception. It meant the world to Sarah and Greg as they had many guests who traveled near and far to gather together to celebrate with them for their one special day on August 27th.
The weather was perfectly sunny and kept the Bride, Groom and Bridal Party in high spirits as we ventured around the city in a Chicago favorite “Marilyn Jean” Trolley. I love when couples trust me enough to lead them to the best locations that this city has to offer including the uber pretty Cancer Survivors Garden in Maggie Daley Park. Followed by my favorite The South Gardens at the Art Institute. My fav and most fun DJ- Alli Klein from Toast and Jam curated the best playlist for the evening and helped to created some very special moments for Sarah, Greg and their families while keeping the dance floor packed and pumping all night!
Not only was this day filled with heartfelt speeches and toasts from family members and dear friends of the couple but I could feel that Sarah and Greg were as excited to be celebrating and even more excited to begin their lives as a newly married couple. Thank you both for inviting Joe and I to photograph all the sweet details, tears, laughter, and love- we are truly honored! Cheers to you both as you continue to celebrate all the beautiful milestones in your lives together. xo
Head over the Borrowed & Blue blog to see Sarah and Greg’s amazing celebration featured today as well!
Ceremony: Holy Family Catholic Church
Reception: Germania Place
Wedding Coordinator: Macrina Oscampo with Germania Place
Florist: Friend of the Groom
Catering: Kenmare Catering
Videographer: RAC Visual
DJ: Alli Klein from Toast and Jam
Bridal Dress: Alvina Valenta
Bride’s Shoes: Nina New York
Bridal Shop: Dimitra’s Bridal Couture
Bridesmaids Dresses: Adrianna Papell
Bridal Hair: Salon Soca
Bridal Makeup: Deanna Lewis
Transportation: Premier Trolley and Limo
For the LOVE of my great city and all the lovely couples I get to capture under its trees and city sidewalks- I decided to create this mini session location guide of my most favorite places to shoot Engagement Sessions around the Chicago area. This will be a continual project as I always have more awesome locations to add to this guide. But I thought it will serve as a handy little reference to send to my couples looking for Engagement Session location ideas. And no doubt that the hardest part will be choosing which beautiful part of this amazing city to visit! Click here to view more locations-thanks for taking a look 🙂 What are your favorite hidden gems to shoot in or around Chicago?!
So excited to see Elyse + Brian’s Classic Summer Chicago Wedding featured on the Borrowed and Blue blog today! We had the most fun with these two and their families last summer at the beautifully elegant Cafe La Cave. I loved how they incorporated traditions from both their Indian and American cultures- white horse included! Check out the feature to see more from their bright and colorful wedding. xo
Wedding Reception: Cafe La Cave
Videographer: OJO Creative
Band: Upbeat Music Productions
Florist: Design de Flores
Catering: Cafe La Cave
Desserts/Sweets: Oak Mill Bakery
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Bridal Gown: Diana’s Bridal Boutique
Nothing is as good as a lifestyle family photography session at home. So when Sarah reached out and invited me into her home to photograph their first family session I was beyond thrilled. It’s such an honor as a photographer to get to capture these precious first newborn moments because they just grow in the blink of an eye. Mix in the fact that Sarah is a freelance prop stylist (hence her beautifully decorated Bucktown home) paired with the sweetest and smallest baby flower crown created by local florist Pistil and Vine. I had the perfect backdrop for The Freel’s cozy family session. Baby Reese is simply adorable and on her way to becoming as stylish as her mom- Congrats!!
If you would like to schedule a lifestyle family session let’s connect soon as I am only taking a limited amount of family sessions this season. xo
Baby Flower Crown: Pistil & Vine