Michele and Ken’s wedding at Hotel Allegro in Chicago, Illinois. We feel that having your wedding day at one location – everything from prep to reception, as well as portraits — makes a wedding day go smoother and this wedding at the Hotel Allegro was a prime example. Plus, as a bonus, you don’t have any time wasted traveling from location to location, allowing that time to be focused on documenting the day. We had an incredible time working with these two and their wonderful families. Since half the guests at the wedding were Korean, I was able to throw out a word or two that I’ve learned from watching way way way too much K-Drama (which I have a slight addiction too — currently I’m watching “Oh My Venus”).

 

Special thanks to Michele and Ken for trusting me so much with their portraits when I put them in odd locations and promised they’d be cool once I added a flash. You guys rock. And of course, thanks for having us be a part of your day. We loved every minute.

Chicago Wedding Vendors. Ceremony and Reception at Hotel Allegro. Event design by Aberdeens Wedding Florists. Catering by Alliance Bakery. Styling by Joanna Santoro, Wendy City Faces and Bella Bianca.

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Lauren and Chris | Family Home | Chicago, Illinois | Post by Cathy • It is so amazing every time we get to catch up with a past wedding couple and see how their married life is going. With Lauren and Chris (see their Allerton Hotel wedding here), hearing about how things are going for them right now felt a little familiar. Two months ago, they celebrated the birth of their first child, Charles. And seeing them with their tiny kiddo reminded me of things I’d already forgotten about life with a newborn (like those little newborn puppy noises!).

Their son is stinking adorable, and with those full lips, that blonde hair, he is definitely going to be fighting off the ladies some day. It was so fun to spend some time hanging out at the Janner household (including their two pups Betsy and Luke). Can’t wait to see how they grow and change together!

Much Love,
Cathy and David

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Marissa and Phillip | Marriott Lincolnshire Resort | Lincolnshire, Illinois • We knew that this wedding was going to be fun after the amazing time I had shooting their engagement session at Maggie Daley Park. I had no idea to the level of what awesomeness it would be though. Every moment of the day was incredible, but — and I hate to call Phil out here — seeing the groom lose it when his bride came down the aisle had to be the absolute best part. When you see that kind of intense love that a couple has, when it shoves itself out of someone uncontrollably, you have to stop and enjoy it and I think every person at that wedding did. My only hope is that our photos capture the love these two have for one another, or at least comes close. Thanks guys for being real, for being yourselves and we hope you never stop loving with this kind of passion for the rest of your lives. See their engagement session here.

Much Love,
Cathy and David

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gallery | marissa and phillip.
password | groom’s last name.

wedding vendors
locations | St. Paul of the Apostle. Marriott Lincolnshire Resort.
event design | Flowers by KH
catering | Lovin’ Oven. Marriott Lincolnshire Resort.
styling | Octagon Salon. Bomber Betty. Bella Blanca
creatives | Remix Entertainment. Real Star Media

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Hannah and Dathan | La Villa Italian Restaurant | Chicago, Illinois • “We like board games and bourbon and lived in Korea for a couple of years before returning to Chicago.” That’s all someone really has to say for me to want to book them as a client. Honestly. It could just be Korea and I’d be good. It’s probably because I (David) have a love affair with K-Drama (Korean Soap Operas), especially the super romantic ones and all Korean food (which we make at home on a regular basis. There’s always a box of gochujang in our fridge. 🙂 I also have to say apart from having an awesome “here’s us in a nutshell” email, they are also some of the kindest people ever — as are their parents (no surprise there, right?). I cannot believe how much fun we had at this wedding. To be honest, I felt like a guest more than a vendor and it was so hard to pack up and go. I probably would have stayed longer if our baby boy wasn’t waiting at home for us, lol. I can’t thank these two enough for trusting me on their portrait locations, for their constant care and for their phenomenal families. If you ever renew your vows — just call us, cool? See their engagement session here.

Much Love,
Cathy and David

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gallery | hannah and dathan.
password | groom’s last name.

wedding vendors
locations | Alice Millar Chapel. La Villa Italian Restaurant.
event design | An Urban Affair. Flowers Evanston.
catering | La Villa.
styling | Red Salon. BHLDN.
creatives | Dustin Harris. Our Photo Booth.

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