Marisa and John’s Wedding at the McDonald’s Hyatt Lodge in Oakbrook, Illinois. I stared at the sign. “Kennedy Wedding. Grassy Knoll.” It had to be some kind of joke. I asked John if it was a joke. “No,” he said. “And until I mentioned it, they didn’t even see the irony in it. It’s really called the grassy knoll.” And for the day it became a running gag. “Thankfully nothing bad happened at the Grassy Knoll at the Kennedy wedding,” said John to his laughing guests. We knew this couple was for us after reading their huge list of “nerdy” things to be injected lovingly into their wedding, from the Star Wars music during their ceremony or the Star Wars cake topper. But what really let us know that this couple was right for our photography, was their desire to have every little moment captured at their wedding, that those moments were so much more important than the posed stuff. And that’s what made us so excited to work with them.

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The Hyatt Lodge at Oakbrook is a beautiful setting for weddings.

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There were a lot of happy tears at this wedding.

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Their special Star Wars cake topper was one of my favorites from any wedding.

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Marisa and John. Thanks for loving what we love, for being so easy to work with and for being your wonderful selves all day long. We loved working with the both of you and we hope to see you again! Special thanks to Toast and Jam for being amazing as always. 🙂

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Oakbrook Wedding Vendors. Wedding preparation at Hyatt Lodge. Ceremony at Hyatt Lodge. Reception at Hyatt Lodge. Music by Toast and Jam. Catering by Hyatt Lodge. Cake by Lezza Spumoni. Video by Jonathan Perkins

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Caroline and Dave’s Engagement Session at Lincoln Square in Chicago, Illinois. Strolling through Lincoln Square with Caroline and Dave for their engagement session was an overload of nostalgia for me. David and I used to live nearby and some of our fave spots are right there on Lincoln Ave (Gene’s Sausage Shop! The Book Cellar! The Chopping Block!). So Dave and Caroline took me by some of the new shops and restaurants while we snapped some pics around their neighborhood. We chatted food, Game of Thrones, and Purdue, and the weather was perfection. It could not have been a better evening.

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Thank you, Caroline and Dave! Can’t wait to see you guys get hitched! 🙂

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Christina and Donald’s Wedding at Ovation in Chicago, Illinois. We’ve worked a number of times with the awesome DJ team Style Matters, but have never had the chance of working at their venue, Ovation which is over on Fulton Street. It’s a seriously cool place, and we fell in love with it immediately. We also fell in love with Christina and Donald who were nothing but kind and super patient, even if that meant standing in the blazing sun while we got some cool photos for them. We kept telling them it’d be worth it as they sweat bullets. It was one of those days where the shade was nice but the sun felt like a hot blanket.

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This is one of my favorite moments that Cathy has ever captured.

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We loved taking wedding hair and makeup photos at the Drake Hotel.

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Holy Name Cathedral is an absolutely beautiful church for weddings.

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This little patch of sun was like being an ant under a magnifying glass, but it was so worth it.

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Here is Cathy’s shot of the garter.

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And here is my (David’s) shot of the garter. It’s always fun to see both angles.

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And of course, as always, we took them outside for some night time wedding portraits before our coverage ended.

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Christina and Donald, thanks for such a fun day and for taking us along for the ride (especially the ride in that Rolls Royce :D). Special thanks to Spencer and his team at Ovation. We cannot wait to work with you guys again soon.

Location Wedding Vendors. Wedding preparation at the Drake Hotel. Ceremony at Holy Name Cathedral. Reception at Ovation. Styling by Edit Faces / Style on Site. Music by Style Matters. Catering by Portillos. Cake by Sugar Momma Baked Goods.

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Grace and TJ’s Wedding at the Michigan Shores Club in Wilmette, Illinois. We absolutely love working at the Michigan Shores Club and working with their Director of Catering, Leslie. Like some of the older downtown hotels, the venue itself is a decoration. Grace and TJ made the wedding day complete for us by being completely invested in having fun at their wedding and of course working it on the dance floor (along with the rest of their family).

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If the wedding is in anywhere near Evanston, the prep is likely at Hotel Orrington. We’ve come to know it quite well.

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Hotel Orrington Wedding Photo

The upstairs hallway and balcony of the Hotel Orrington turned out to be the perfect location for a first look.

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Faith Hope and Charity Wedding Photo

The Faith Hope and Charity Church in Winnetka is absolutely beautiful.

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The receptions at the Michigan Shores Club are always stunningly beautiful.

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Everyone wants a taste of wedding cake.

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Somehow the bridesmaid dresses ended up being used for Limbo.

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The Bride was a little nervous about being thrown into the air.

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Wilmette Wedding Vendors. Wedding preparation at Hotel Orrington. Ceremony at Faith Hope and Charity. Reception at Michigan Shores Club. Styling by Art and Science / Anjelica Bannos Artistry. Music by Chris Sarlas Orchestra. Catering by Michigan Shores Club. Cake by Michigan Shores Club.

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