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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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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Vibrant + Charming Oak Park Wedding

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It is my great delight to share a few highlights here from the hundreds of wedding photographs from Lauren and Danny's beautiful day! These gems celebrated their wedding mass at St. Giles Catholic Church in Oak Park keeping with the bride's family tradition, and followed with a full house reception at Venuti's Italian Restaurant in Addison. 

This day was full of bells and whistles, with a Frank Sinatra cover singer, Rosemary Fanti live-painting the colorful reception, not to mention a gorgeous white vintage Rolls Royce ride for Lauren & her parents to the ceremony. If luxury is found in the details, this wedding day has it. 

These wedding photographs celebrate only a small part of a full, incredible day- it's always so difficult to choose only fifty (50!!) photographs to capture a sneak peek. Enjoy! 

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Modern, Romantic Home Engagement

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I'm a big believer in the power of photographs to not only serve as celebration of a time and season- but also a space! When Taylor & Dan requested that part of their engagement session take place in their gorgeous first home with their handsome boxer pup, Roscoe, my answer was YES!! These engagement photographs reflect the blend of cozy, warm atmosphere and clean, modern aesthetic that these two love to cultivate and share with their friends and family. 

Thanks to Bianca Sansosti for blessing our foxy bride with her magical makeup fairy dust. This suite of engagement photos wouldn't be complete without details from The Mrs Box (Porter) and Bellame Ribbon (Porcelain). Styling by Amelia Cole Events!

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Enchanting Heritage Prairie Farm Wedding

“When it's over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms. 

When it is over, I don't want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don't want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument. 

I don't want to end up simply having visited this world.” 
- Mary Oliver

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This year, June 25th at Heritage Prairie Farm was a beautifully breezy Saturday for a wedding. Kelsey and Kris stood together under an old oak, made their vows in the open air and the sunshine and celebrated with their family and friends under a lofty five-peak tent hung with flowers and sparkling with candlelight. It was the kind of wedding day that Marilynne Robinson would write about.

This couple and their wedding day is near and dear to my heart. I met Kelsey last spring at her sister's wedding (April 17), which I was photographing and certain couldn't be equaled in measures of joy, happiness and inspiration. I was thrilled when Kelsey and Kris emailed to ask if I was available for their own landmark day. (!!!) This wedding photo gallery is full of intentional details, thoughtful consideration of family heirlooms, new treasures, a spirited bridal party and a loveliness in every detail, including terrific blooms and floral installations by Eva's Floral Wonders in Geneva.

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Lifestyle Edit: Wheaton, IL

I've known Kara for the past year and a handful of months. She's a graphic designer with a sharp eye for style in any medium, and someone I've come to trust when seeking input about art, design and personal philosophies of visual communication. Whether it's wedding photography or mixed media design, Kara is a spirit level.

Last month I had an engagement session reschedule because of impending rain, but had rolls of Portra from the previous night's session that had to be shipped that afternoon to photovision for processing. This series of events left me with half of roll of Portra 400 unexposed. 18 frames of film is far too valuable to not use. Enter Kara.

Turns out these are some of my personal favorites of the fine art film portraits I've created this summer, even if they were shot within two minutes outside a Starbucks.