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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

 
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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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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Last week's Olive Park/ South Pond Engagement photography session with Ashley and Sean was the sweetest. We had so much fun touring these beautiful landscapes together and getting to know one another against the Fall urban and natural backdrops.

Thats whats so great about photographing in this great city- so many perfect landscapes to compliment any couples style and sense of adventure. We can't wait to see which photos they use for their save the dates and are over the moon excited to capture and celebrate alongside them at their downtown wedding in September 2017!  Congrats and cheers to you both!

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Seth got down on one knee this past weekend during sunset on the lakefront to ask his girlfriend Morgan to be his wife! It was the sweetest most perfect way to pop the question. Their evening started with an hour horse and carriage ride around the city and ended at the lakefront with roses, a ring, and lots of sweet cuddling. Congratulations Seth + Morgan!! All this planned by the awesome duo that is The Heart Bandits.

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Love is all around today- can you feel it?  I like to think that love for each other should be celebrated on a daily basis.  It's the little things that add up like daily hugs and kisses in the morning with your loved one or cooking dinner together while sharing a bottle of wine. Or my favorite when Joe folds my laundry or makes the bed in the morning- haha- these little nuggets of daily love are what keeps love alive and a daily celebration of appreciation! May you celebrate with your love(s) today and for the rest of the year! xox

 

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When Jamie reached out to us after seeing our feature on Wedding Chicks I knew that we had found our ideal client!  When we first met with Jamie to talk over initial wedding day details her energy and passion for her wedding day was what got us excited to work with her and her fiance Chris. That and the fact that they were having a ceremony overlooking Lake Michigan at Illinois State Park Resort was a huge bonus ( psst: we LOVE outdoor ceremonies!) A big part of the start of their relationship revolved around bike riding along the lake front so Jamie made sure that their engagement session AND wedding included her beloved beach cruiser in one way or another! It's always such a great feeling to walk into a venue and just know that all the work the couple has done has really paid off and that it looks like THEIR wedding!

From morning until evening Jamie and Chris' loved ones came together to celebrate the joining of two amazing people. We couldn't have asked for a more fun, creative, and friendlier couple to work with!  Its always a huge honor when a fellow photographer (Jamie is a talented children portrait photographer) invites us to photograph their love story. Here are a few kind words from Jamie:

" I am also a photographer and finding my perfect wedding photographer was tough because of my own artistic visions and high standards, then I found Liz & Joe, the answer to my photography wishes!!!  Liz & Joe were amazing at bringing both my visions and theirs to life in such a gorgeous way...and I am AMAZED at how they brought my fiancé (does not love getting his photo taken) out of his shell! They really loosened both of us up so that we were natural and could have SO MUCH FUN....and we feel so lucky that we can call Liz & Joe new friends, they're that great!! "

Thank you Jamie + Chris for inviting us to photograph such an amazing day!  We wish you a beautiful marriage and many more dirty dancing solos! Love you guys 🙂

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Flowers: Balmes Flowers


Cake: Sweet Discoveries


Catering: Illinois Beach Resort


Hair + Makeup: RC Beauty


Dress: Gigi's Closette

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I can honestly say that we work with THE best couples. Thankful for this great wedding review from one of our amazing 2015 couples Michelin & Will. They were married at beautiful http://www.qasbasilica.org/ where Michelin's mother and father also held their own wedding ceremony at as well. Their elegant reception was held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Chicago. Such a special day for this couple that we were so honored to be a part of. Here is more from the bride:

 "Planning our wedding from a far was a bit of a challenge. We could not have a face to face meeting or see everything in person. Liz & Joe were the absolute best at working through that challenge. When we first decided to consider them as our photographers Liz was great about emailing us materials. When we were pretty sure they were what we wanted they set up a Skype date so we talk through our expectations in detail. A few months before our wedding they set up a meeting with us on a weekend when we were in town to discuss last minute logistics. They also put up with viewing our engagement pictures that we had done in Philadelphia (where we live) so I could show them what I believe are our best angles."

"On our wedding day they were amazing. It was a long, HOT day and their energy kept us going. We were really ready to get into the air conditioning at some points throughout the day but they encouraged us to get a few more photos, which I am VERY grateful for because they turned out amazing. They captured every moment I wanted. Whenever I wanted to snap a photo with a group of friends they were right there. The photos are unbelievably beautiful, my husband and I, as well as our family and friends look like our best selves. Liz & Joe had their work cut out for them capturing difficult subjects: small children, our beloved dog, and our big families, but it all turned out great. We are a relaxed couple - we do not take ourselves seriously and I really think all our wedding photos capture who we are and what the day was to us. I could not be more thrilled. They are the BEST!"

 
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Looking to gift someone special a family or kids photo session this Spring or Summer? Wanna surprise your wife with an Anniversary OR Maternity session? Or traveling to the Midwest and want to capture an afternoon on the lakefront? Personalized gift certificates for any occasion are now available! Message me to start planning your next photo session. Email: info@coachhousepictures.com

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