August 10, 2017
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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!

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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

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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!

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Ceremony: Holy Family Catholic Church

Reception: Germania Place

Wedding Coordinator: Macrina Oscampo with Germania Place

Florist: Friend of the Groom

Catering: Kenmare Catering

Cake/Sweets: Mariano's

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

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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?!

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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!!

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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
Ally and John are THAT couple... the ones you meet with over beers and comfortably feel like you have just made a great new connection with. Which is no surprise that this laid back couple first met at a summer BBQ thrown by mutual friends. John knew that Ally was the one when they took their first vacation together to see the Cubs spring training in Arizona. After spending 4 straight days together just 3 months into their relationship he just knew that they were headed to forever.

One of their favorite first memories involved a night when John invited Ally and a few friends over to his tiny 1 bedroom apartment for dinner. Since John only owned 2 sets of silverware- his dinner guests had to BYOF (bring their own forks)! Sharing so many interests together like taking road trips, bike rides, and visiting breweries to name a few- Ally and John wanted their wedding to reflect their causal and fun natured spirit.

Which made the Illinois Beach Resort in Zion IL the perfect natural backdrop to exchange their vows to each other in a private ceremony along the shoreline of Lake Michigan surrounded by their closest family and friends. A mutual friend of Ally and John's set the stage for officiating an intimate ceremony followed by a beautiful reception featuring floor to ceiling windows displaying panoramic views of the beach below. Named one of the Top 10 Best Outdoor Wedding Sites by The Knot Chicago Magazine I love photographing at this unique venue located only 40 mins from Chicago because it feels worlds away from all the urban hustle.

Thank you to John and Ally for inviting us to capture their amazing day and for showing us that all you need is a white glove (that lights up) and a champagne bottle to channel Michael Jackson's sweet dance moves all while keeping the dance floor alive- cheers to many more first dances! xo

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Ceremony and Reception Venue: Illinois Beach Resort

Venue Coordinator: Kim Hall

Officiant: Anuja Patel (friend of Bride + Groom)

Florist: Anemone Creative

DJ: Parker Greenlund of The Total PKG

Catering: Illinois Beach Resort

Sweets/Desserts: Sweet Discoveries

Invitations: Groom's Design

Bridal Shop: BHLDN

Hair: Lauren Sweenor

Makeup: Simply Perfect Makeup Artists

 
It's genuine and caring couples like Carissa + Doug that make life as a full time photographer worth all the sweat, hustle and happy tears!  Thank you both so much for inviting us to capture such a beautiful day at the Ivanhoe County Club. We love you guys 🙂 Here is more from the bride Carissa:

"Liz and Joe are excellent photographers! They did a wonderful job throughout the whole process of doing our wedding pictures. They were flexible and worked with our schedule and timeline. The pictures they took of us were very natural and of a high quality. They pay attention to detail too! I love the unique types of pictures they are able to capture. Liz and Joe are both great people to work with; they make you feel comfortable when planning the details and throughout the day of your wedding. If you want your wedding captured to the fullest, hire Coach House Pictures!"

 

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To read more about what our brides are saying and to read more 5 star Wedding Reviews check them out on our Wedding Wire profile page. xo

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Lincoln Park Chicago Family PhotographerI love photographing families for the first time. And the Soracoe family were pros to say the least! Photographing some special memories with their one year old Caroline at the Nature Boardwalk in Lincoln Park was such a blast! The sun was out during our morning photo session as well which just added to the beautifully warm lighting. I can't wait to photograph this family again later this year.

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It's not everyday I get to retrace the steps to where someone proposes to spend forever with their love. That's exactly what I did on Sunday when I met Julia and Mike at the lakefront at Belmont Harbor around sunset. Seeing how they embraced each other almost every change they had the opportunity to was such an endearing experience to be in the presence of. I can't wait to capture and celebrate along with their family and friends at their July wedding at Volo Restaurant.

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