Elegant Nantucket Winter Wedding

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Nantucket Island has been a special place for Brian’s family for many years, so when he and Savannah started dating, he invited her to the Nantucket Christmas Stroll. From then on, Nantucket has been a favorite getaway for Savannah & Brian, so it was only natural for this romantic island to be the location of their dream wedding.

These two planned an incredibly lovely day starting with getting ready at the White Elephant Hotel with a traditional wedding ceremony at the First Congregational Church of Nantucket followed by a charming reception at the Dreamland Theater. Local Nantucket florist Mary Beth Ferro Floral Designs created exquisite fall floral accents (peonies in November!!) and one of the most unique and delightful bridal bouquets I’ve ever photographed.

The inimitable Carolyn Hills of Nantucket Island Weddings provided seamless day of wedding assistance from beginning to sparkler exit, and Films by Andy was on hand to create a stunning wedding video.

This Nantucket wedding had all the details and meaningful moments, from Savannah’s gorgeous Tiffany & Co sparkler to her stunning walk down the aisle of the First Congregational sanctuary built in 1834!

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Chicago Vintage Weddings x Virgin Hotels

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From Elizabeth Anne Designs…

What do you get when you combine two gorgeous brides, an adorable puppy, spectacular flowers, and the styling of Chicago Vintage Weddings? Perfection! This spring wedding inspiration shoot features the most lovely blooms from Thistle + Plume adorning the ballroom in the Virgin Hotel Chicago, accented by decor (how much do you love those disco balls?) from Atmosphere Events Group. Our brides Jackie and Nina donned chic Varca Bridal attire from Honey Bridal and we are pretty much obsessed with their bridal looks by Debra Petrielli. Every detail from the hand-drawn stationery by Emily Rose Ink to the beautiful images by True Grace Photography is complete perfection!

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Wedding Planning & Rentals: Chicago Vintage Weddings

Stationery: Emily Rose Ink

Linens: Windy City Linen

Rentals: Tablescapes

Beauty: Debra Petrielli

Engagement Ring: Clean Origin

Venue: Virgin Hotels Chicago

Floral: Thistle + Plume

Lighting: Atmosphere Events Group

Wedding Dress: Varca Bridal

Bridal Salon: Honey Bridal

Model: Nina Kelly

Model: Jaclyn Stanzcyk

Featured: Elizabeth Anne Designs

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Free Spirited Portland Destination Wedding

 
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This is the story of Lia & Jorge and their fierce, tender love for one another. (Words stolen from their more eloquent friend and officiant, Benjamin.) These two live in Chicago, work in Chicago, love in Chicago- and play in Portland. For their adult years, Portland, Oregon has been a kind of soul country, a spiritual hometown and a genuine place of connection for Lia and Jorge.

When Lia first approached me about creating the photographs for her and "Bear" to celebrate their engagement and then their wedding, I knew without a doubt that this was something I wanted (needed?) to be apart of. From connecting over a love of exquisite florals (HELLO SELVA FLORAL DESIGN) to mutually drooling over Grace Loves Lace and floral groom's ties... Lia's wedding day is packed with aesthetic details that express so well that spirit and lifestyle of the two individuals who officially joined their lives on May 25, 2018. If we're being honest, these two have been sharing the whole of their lives for years. 

There's a lot here, and it's easy to miss some of the more delicate, natural touches... be sure to find the groom's wristwatch, the bridesmaids' living floral jewelry pieces, the bride's flower-bedecked hat, the drop-dead gorgeous floral infinity arch and the huge, bacchanalian charcuterie spread at cocktail hour. Not to mention the array of velvet chairs and chaise and stunning sweeps of cafe lights through the reception...

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Photography: True Grace Photography // Venue: Bridal Veil Lakes // Wedding Planning: J29 Events // Wedding Flowers: Selva Floral Design // Bridal Hair & Makeup: Kirstie Wight // Wedding Dress: Grace Loves Lace // Rentals: Something Borrowed // Food & Drink: White Pepper PDX // Stationery: Rachel Street Press

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Fanciful, Floral Chicago Wedding

 
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If you spend eight years of life attending, celebrating, observing and wholeheartedly participating in weddings, you might come to a fork in the road. On paper, wedding days may first appear to follow the same general structure: dressing of the bride, first kiss, presentation of the newlyweds, first dance... Experientially, of course, each day presents in a wholly unique manner, with personal touches and intimate moments that honor the story of the individual couple. As a photographer, I've found rest in this- documenting the details and moments that are rooted in personal meaning for my clients. I consider it the depth of this work to engage in each couple's perspective and witness the day in their eyes. Now for the fork in the path...

I will remember May & June of 2018 as one of the most transformative seasons of my work and life. Not because we've had a wedding every weekend or because these weddings have been particularly personally meaningful to me. (Oh my heart, and how!) This season has been an opportunity for renewal of the love that I have for this pursuit, and an opportunity to interpret wedding days through a more poetic, emotionally evocative lens rather than strictly documentarian. In the past, I have intentionally created and curated a final collection of images for clients that visually answer the question: "What happened, and who was there?"

However, as a creative, I've followed a journey from identifying as a "craftsman" to now finding integrity as an "artist" in this pursuit. Good art evokes feeling, triggers thought, connects spiritually, illustrates memory. Photography itself has fought a long battle to be considered a "fine art" peer of painting and sculpture. Wedding photography, even more so. After an off-season of contemplating what elevates wedding photography and how to get there, I've pursued wedding days this summer with a radically different question: "How do we love?"

ALL OF THAT TO SAY: I owe everything to the couples who have embraced and encouraged my work as artistry- and none so much as Taylor Dahlstrom & Dan Rehor. I had the privilege to be present for Dan's proposal one wintery day in 2017, walk through the planning and dreaming with Taylor (she's the visionary behind Amelia Cole Events) and ultimately celebrate their first day as a married couple on June 16, 2018. I'm deeply grateful to share this first look into their wedding day at Patrick Haley Mansion. Congratulations, loves!!!

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Wedding Planner: Amelia Cole Events / Venue: Patrick Haley Mansion / Florist: Life in Bloom / Beauty: Bianca Sansosti Artistry / DJ: Charizma Entertainment / Acoustic Singer: Zach Wcislo / Videography: Courtney Cimo / Wedding Cake: Amy Beck Design / Donuts: Do-Rite / Photobooth: TagPrints Digital / Transportation: M&M Limos

 

Adventurous Oregon Wilderness Anniversary

 
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Grant & Alicia married in Oklahoma in 2016. I was there- to celebrate with drinks (not cameras!) in hand, dancing with my cousins... and all the little girls at their wedding. (Do you want to build a snowman?)

Fast forward... these two have moved to Oregon, where their wanderlust and love of the wide wild world thrives and Alicia works for a television station as an anchor and reporter. To celebrate their new adventure, Alicia and Grant joined me in the Columbia River Gorge in their wedding best for a wonderful, waterfall-braving anniversary session at Latourell Falls.

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Vintage Lincoln Park Wedding

 
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When Sarah & Jordan met at a mutual friend's birthday party five years ago this very month, the two shared a memorable evening of conversation that started them on the path to May 12, 2018.  After buying a house together in Chicago and raising their giant fluff ball of a Newfoundland/Poodle, Jordan proposed on a quiet morning on a beach near Charleston, South Carolina.  

I can't begin to describe how much I have enjoyed planning and anticipating the wedding of these two phenomenal people. From our first introduction at one heck of a Notre Dame wedding in July 2016 and our first wedding photography planning meeting in March 2017 to their fall colors Lincoln Park engagement session in October- I've gotten to know these two and their exemplary relationship. Their love for one another is matched only by the shared love they have for their families and friends. 

This is hardly a highlights or "best of" post of this extraordinary wedding day, packed with locations like the Ambassador Hotel, St. Clement Catholic Church, The Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago History Museum. This post really is a "sneak peek" or a snippet of a day full of emotion, loved ones, details and atmosphere. None of this could have been possible without Kate Lerman of Chicago Vintage Weddings, the wedding planning mastermind behind the scenes. (For the full dream team roster of Sarah & Jordan's Chicago wedding, keep scrolling.)

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Wedding Planning: Chicago Vintage Weddings

Catering: Blue Plate

Floral Design: Larkspur Flowers & Design

Makeup: Carly Pribich

Hair: Debra Petrielli

Bride's Veil: made by her grandmother for her mother, reworked with details from her mother's dress by Veiled By ChaCha

Bride's Dress: Ellis Bridals, London

Bride's Shoes: Harriet Wilde

Transportation: Second City Trolley

Cakes: Sweet Mandy B's

DJ: Monestero Entertainment

Photo Booth: The Portraitbooth

 

Sparkling, Chic Gold Coast Wedding

 

For the past couple of years, I've had the honor of photographing several Lurie Children's Hospital Foundation benefits, including the First Look for Charity at the Chicago Auto Show! Through these events, lovely bride-to-be Maeve and I became connected and first met for a memorably wonderful glass of wine at the 3 Arts Club after her engagement. We chatted dreams, ideas, vision and her plans with Erik for a winter wedding day in Chicago's Gold Coast.

(You may remember Maeve & Erik's featured engagement session in Lincoln Park this past summer!)

Their December wedding day was blessed by sunshine and just a touch of snow. The bridal party prepared at ultra-chic (and freshly renovated) Talbott Hotel before the traditional Catholic ceremony at St. James Chapel, two blocks away. Following mass, the bride and groom walked with their bridesmaids (cozy in fur stoles) and groomsmen to The Casino, Chicago's iconic club on Delaware Place for cocktails and reception. 

December 9, 2017 will stand out in my memory for this couple's charm and warmth and the elegant perfection found in the simplicity and quality of each detail of the wedding timeline. It is my hope that these wedding photographs (it was difficult to limit the highlights to only fifty!) capture the magic that was Maeve & Erik's winter wedding day in Chicago.

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Contemporary Vintage Chicago Wedding

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Surrounded by beauty and their families and friends, Kristen and Sean married and celebrated their love for one another. It was a gorgeous day in September, with the sun shining and the weather warm and breezy. Kristen and her bridesmaids got ready in a suite at the Westin in Lombard, with makeup by Carly Pribich, while Sean prepared at his parents' home with family and groomsmen. Both honored family members in different ways, with a father-daughter first look and a toast at home.

The couple's pastor officiated the wedding ceremony at St. John's Lutheran Church of Lombard, followed by a bubble exit and a ride on the Naperville Trolley (Ding! Ding!). The bride and groom rode with the bridal party and family to Cantigny Park in Wheaton for wedding photographs. In time for cocktail hour, the bridal party returned to the Westin in Lombard to celebrate throughout the night with a Double B Entertainment dance floor and a cigar bar on the patio.

None of this would have been possible without stellar wedding planner Loreen Hospodar of Clementine Custom Events working swiftly behind the scenes. Enjoy!

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