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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Epic Greek Orthodox Chicago Wedding

May 27, 2017 has been marked with a big red heart on my calendar for over a year. Carly and Chris planned a wedding day packed full of celebratory details, surprises and special moments. Kicking off the day with a wedding gift of Christian Louboutin pumps and a mother-daughter whiskey toast, this couple honored family tradition and faith with a Greek Orthodox ceremony at St. John the Baptist in Des Plaines. Following a rose petal-showered church exit, the party bus stopped by Catherine Chevalier Woods for photos of the wedding party and Chris and Carly. Wedding guests enjoyed cocktail hour at The Empress in Addison until the bridal party welcomed the bride and groom with a stunning sparkler entrance to the ballroom. 

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A terrific team of vendors included Gaby Raguso of GLAMD, Flowers for Dreams, I Do Video by Leo, Mario Tricoci: Oak Brook all coordinated by Ashley Nicole Events.

Boho Chic Chicago Beach Engagement

These sweethearts wanted something off the beaten path for their engagement session here in Chicago. When Lauren and Danny and I began to plan their dream fine art engagement session, we wanted to find a blend of natural, beach, summer skyline and open water. We met at Montrose Beach & Harbor an hour before sunset one Sunday evening in September and were rewarded with the prettiest light off filtering through the city to Lake Michigan. These two have a close friendship and obviously adore one another, making these photographs truly glow. Golden hour has never looked so good! I'm already looking forward to photographing their Oak Park wedding in November next year! 

I was thrilled to be able to incorporate movement and different types of light in this session, playing with the concept of exposing for the shadow and hovering around f/2 and 100 film speed to to capture the emotion and atmosphere of this beautiful evening. I used three dreamboat lenses from my kit: 35mm, 50mm and 85mm. All Canon, of course. (Wink)

As always, I hope you enjoy these photographs as much as I enjoyed creating them! Happy wedding Wednesday!

Luminous University of Notre Dame Wedding

On June 24, 2013, the Blackhawks scored twice in 17 seconds to win the Stanley Cup and Chicago went hockey wild. On the very same memorable night, Beth and Mike met while out watching the game with friends and celebrated the big win together with drinks at The Beer Bistro in the West Loop.

When I met these two after their engagement in Maui, they already had the details of much of their big day sketched out. Beth and Mike know what they love and how to celebrate that love. Their wedding day on July 30, 2016, was a whirlwind of amazing moments at The Basilica of the Sacred Heart at University of Notre Dame and the Morris Performing Arts Center. 

Mike and Beth selected a delightful (and talented!) group of vendors who put together a flawless day. Beth found her wedding dress with Antonietta at Veiled by ChaCha of Glen Ellyn. Mike was careful to reserve the rarely available Basilica of the Sacred Heart for their wedding ceremony. The bride and her bridesmaids prepared for the day at the South Bend Doubletree Hotel. Leap Weddings of Chicago were present to create the videography. Cyndi Basker of Celebrated Events coordinated the entire day so that it flowed without a hitch. Special thanks to my assistant photographer for the day, Carla Stehman of Forever Incredible Photography.

This was a photographer's dream day. A happy, handsome couple and a number of bucket list incredible venues became a catalyst for thousands of snaps. Here are just a few of the highlights! 

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English Gothic Univ. of Chicago Wedding

The 2016 wedding season is officially off with a champagne pop! This weekend we celebrated Victoria and Michael's wedding, with a ceremony in Bond Chapel on the stately grounds of University of Chicago and reception following at the Thompson Hotel Chicago.  

This is a preview of the day... a sneak peek of wedding highlights that you won't want to miss! Bouquets & centerpieces were created by Exquisite Designs.

The bride, known for her affinity for fancy footwear, wore a custom Oscar de la Renta gown with strappy Jimmy Choo sandals. The groom and his men made a dapper appearance in spring bowties.  

A real show-stealer, Hercules, the couples' much-loved rescue pup was present for their balcony first look.

Toast & Jam DJ Leslie impressed at the reception with a blend of spice and jazz featuring Bebel Gilberto to Etta James and Nina Simone.