Glowing Golden Hour Winter Bridal

 
for you to see beauty here
does not mean
there is beauty in me
it means there is beauty rooted
so deep within you
you can’t help but
see it everywhere
— Rupi Kaur

Fresh for 2018, Jordan Vanden Bos of Events by JVB dreamed, designed and coordinated this stellar bridal collaboration with a gathering of the unique talents of wedding vendors in the Chicago area.  It was my privilege to create the portraits of lovely, vivacious Phoenix Harris and photographs from this golden afternoon at the Ravenswood Event Center.

Invitation Suite: Greenstar Paperie

Floral Design & Bouquet: Andrew's Garden

Wedding Dress designed by Truvelle and sourced from Dame Couture 

Bridal Hair: Tamara Holden

Bridal Makeup: J Costa Artistry

Jewelry: Rollands Jewelers

Linens: BBJ Linen Chicago

Ring Box: The Mrs Box


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Lifestyle Edit: Brooklyn, New York

I spent 30 hours in New York City, and the course of an afternoon, evening and morning with Jenny. She's a writer, friend, daughter, photographer, girlfriend and supporter of women everywhere. As a Grand Rapids native living in Brooklyn, she explores identity, culture, fashion, design, art and what it means to be a new woman at liberty in the capital of the world. 

Jenny invited me to visit after we connected on Instagram after brushing social circles while we were both undergrads at Wheaton College. (We were both misfits in a way our senior year.) I had admired the way she presented her life through photographs and captions with unabashed verve and loveliness. From her flawless nails to her self-activating philosophy, Jenny's IG profile (@jenhansma) drew me in- and I knew I wasn't the only one who was attracted to such a modern balance of prolific experience and minimal lifestyle.

A lifestyle photography session contextualizes portraits. In this case, this loft is a carefully considered, curated collection of living areas that idealize natural light, open space and cozy corners. An economy of square footage demands that every thing be an artifact beauty serving either joy or a practical purpose. In this case (as most others), Jenny's home reflects her mind & soul.

* This is an off-season personal photo project, and some images are experimental and therefore different from my usual wedding photography style. These images were shot on 35mm Kodak Portra 400 and Portra 800 film and processed by Indie Film Lab

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.