Fresh & Fun Downtown Oak Park Engagement

It's not hard to see why Frank Lloyd Wright chose Oak Park for his home and studio when the spring weather and blooms are this gorgeous.

When Lauren and Kevin chose to do their spring engagement session at special and sentimental locations in downtown Oak Park, I jumped at the chance. When a couple is planning a destination wedding or even a wedding in another part of the Chicago area, there's no better way to celebrate your hometown or new-hometown than an engagement session highlighting your favorite spots. 

We started at Beer Shop (a new-ish local hangout for craft brew lovers) and wandered around Austin Gardens, the Oak Park Metra station, the Lake Theater enjoying the gorgeous redbuds and bistro lights. Warm wedding weather is here, folks!

This engagement session was shot digitally, but processed to have the natural, soft look of film. I'm excited to see how Lynda at Greenstar Paperie uses these photos for Lauren and Kevin's wedding Save the Dates. Enjoy!


Classic Oak Park Country Club Wedding

Brianna & Jack planned the wedding of every wedding photographer's dreams- even down to choosing the church with the longest center aisle in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Now while this is a true fact, it's not the length of the church aisle that sets the tone for a couple's wedding photography. These two chose to celebrate their wedding mass at St. Giles Catholic Church in Oak Park to honor Brianna's parents who were married there themselves. To follow, the wedding party took a trolley to the Oak Park Country Club for photographs before heading to The Empress in Addison for their reception.

I believe with my whole heart that beautiful photography is meaningful photography- that photographs of venue, decor, jewelry are not valuable unless imbued with memory and emotion. Wedding photographs should tell the greater story of a couple, not only the story of their wedding day. The amount of thought and time Brianna and Jack invested in their wedding vision for their friends and family to celebrate and enjoy one another is an apparent testament to the love in their families. It was a joy and honor to witness their wedding and photograph such a landmark in their lives.

A photographer is only as good as the team that creates the details of a wedding day. I'm grateful to my assistant photographer for the day, Jenna Hazel, the With Love Productions video duo, Deptula Florist, Standing Room Only, Premier Trolley & Limo, and the Suite 115 Salon. It was difficult to keep this wedding preview under fifty photos, but please enjoy these gems from Brianna and Jack's beautiful, balmy wedding day.



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