University Club Rehearsal Dinner

Lauren and AC’s Wedding at the University Club in Chicago, Illinois. Lauren and A.C. celebrated the day before their wedding with a stroll around Millennium Park for some portraits and a killer party and dinner just around the corner at the University Club. Their wedding was filled with speeches, the Nigerian tradition of breaking of the kola nut, wine carrying ceremony, and TONS of dancing!

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Thank you guys for an awesome evening. It was the perfect precursor to your Palmer House wedding (which we can’t wait to share, so stay tuned tomorrow!).

Rehearsal Wedding Vendors. Rehearsal dinner at University Club. Rehearsal at Palmer House.

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Irish Hollow Galena Engagement

Kristin and Aaron’s Engagement at the Irish Hollow in Galena, Illinois. This engagement session was an adventure! We lost our way in the woods, slipped down an embankment when our trail hit a dead end, came across an abandoned overgrown bridge, and finally, discovered a super creepy tunnel decorated with a gilded mirror, chandelier, artificial flowers, and wicker furniture. Kristin and Aaron were so much fun the entire time and never stopped smiling at each other, laughing and being themselves.

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Thanks again, you two! We can’t wait for your wedding, where I assume there will be no hobo camps or scary tunnels for me to forget my flash in! 😉

Session at The Irish Hollow.

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Westin Chicago Northwest Wedding

Nichole and Scott’s Wedding at Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca, Illinois. Outdoor ceremonies are always risky in the midwest, but the day of Nichole and Scott’s wedding was sunny, warm, and breezy. The sun started to fall behind the buildings, giving us the perfect amount of shade, just as guests were seated (accompanied by music from some of Scott and Nichole’s favorite movies—Indiana Jones! The Princess Bride!). And then they said their vows underneath an amazing wooden arch they made themselves, decorated with late summer flowers and a lacy curtain. It could not have been more perfect. The party was a blast, and we ended the night by photographing a loving cup ceremony, in which all of the girls from Nichole’s sorority joined in a circle with the couple and all drank from an enormous cup. So much fun, and definitely a first for us! 🙂

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Thanks so much guys for an amazing day. We hope to see you both again! 🙂 Special thanks to Wendy City Faces for recommending us (always good to see you).

Itasca Wedding Vendors. Wedding preparation at Westin Chicago Northwest. Ceremony at Westin Chicago Northwest. Reception at Westin Chicago Northwest. Styling by Wendy City Faces. Event design by Westin Chicago Northwest. Music by Enchanted Evening. Catering by Westin Chicago Northwest. Cake by Lovin Oven.

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Chicago Botanic Garden Wedding

Annie and Youssef’s Wedding at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois. Sometimes I think it’s perfect to let our clients speak for themselves, to show the kinds of couples we love working with. This is what Annie wrote on our contact form when she first contacted us:

“Cathy and David, I am part of a large, loud, loving Jewish family that has only grown larger throughout the years! I was lucky to grow up with the majority of my family members living no more than a few minutes away. It took me a while to realize that not everyone had 50 people for Thanksgiving. My parents are an interfaith marriage (my father is Jewish and my mother is Lutheran) and many members of my family ended up marrying outside of Judaism. I am lucky to have grown up in a family that values kindness, honesty, and good character, and embraces interfaith marriage. My fiance, Youssef, immigrated to Chicago from Cairo, Egypt with his family when he was 10 years old. He also comes from a loving family who immediately embraced me as a part of the family. While his family is smaller than my family, they’re just as loud! I felt at home right away. His parents are also an interfaith marriage. His father is Catholic and his mother was Eastern Orthodox. Youssef’s mother was diagnosed with ALS about a year before we began dating. He worked to take care of his father, mother, and younger brother, even pausing college for a little while to work to help out with bills. He is a big old goofball, but I quickly learned, underneath his fun-loving and carefree exterior is a kind, genuine, humble man, who is quite serious about going to any lengths for the people he loves. His mother passed away last year, but I am lucky to have known her before she passed. Youssef and I have been through more than a lot of couples in the 4-1/2 years we’ve been together, but we feel like we know each other inside and out. We find strength, love, and lots of humor in each other and never forget to try and celebrate. We’re not big on sweating the small stuff. Your photographs are stunning. They’e not at all contrived — they’re honest. They capture people in happy, wonderfully-candid moments, and that’s what we want from our ceremony. We hope that you will be a part of our day! Best, Annie.”

And how true everything she said was at their wedding. Their family was loud, fun, exciting and inclusive. They were all about having fun together and to be honest, would have happily skipped the portraits and formals. There was no cake cutting, no introductions, and no bridal party because to them, a wedding isn’t about all that stuff. It’s just time well spent with the ones you love. And we couldn’t agree more.

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The bride and groom got ready together that morning.

Wedding at the Chicago Botanic Gardens

“Shh.. they can’t see me…”

Wedding at the Chicago Botanic Gardens

Wedding at the Chicago Botanic Gardens

The walled garden was absolutely beautiful for a wedding ceremony.

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Wedding at the Chicago Botanic Gardens

Have we mentioned how much we love taking wedding portraits at the Chicago Botanic Gardens?

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Wedding at the Chicago Botanic Gardens

These are the kinds of couples we love working with. If you take your wedding day too seriously, you’ll miss out on having fun.

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Wedding reception at the Chicago Botanic Gardens

Her father saved a “lucky rock” that she’d given him as a little girl. He had it with him at the wedding. 🙂

Wedding reception at the Chicago Botanic Gardens

There wasn’t a dry eye during the wedding toasts.

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Wedding reception at the Chicago Botanic Gardens

Everything came together so perfectly for their reception.

Wedding reception at the Chicago Botanic Gardens

Wedding reception at the Chicago Botanic Gardens

While watching this father and daughter dance, I couldn’t help but think of Cathy and her dad at our wedding.

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Location Wedding Vendors. Wedding preparation at Hotel Orrington. Ceremony at Chicago Botanic Garden. Reception at Chicago Botanic Garden. Styling by Sonia Roselli Makeup Studio. Event design by Revel Design. Music by Toast and Jam. Catering by Chicago Botanic Garden. Cake by Bittersweet Pastry Shop. Gelato by Black Dog.

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