... don't know what that means? Me neither! But it means something very special to an adorable couple. Jess booked me for her boudoir session a few months back with the intent of us work together to create a one of a kind wedding gift for her future husband -- a book entitled Meep Mop Moop. I was so excited to work with her! Jess is one of my favorite local florists. She has styled me well for several shoots and is extremely sweet and talented. I was more than happy to help
Another fantastic wedding shooting with Rachael Watson Photography! Between the floral design, table details and the lighting set-up, you seems to forget it was a drab winter day outside. So much love in the room, amazing family stories, twins, smoke bombs and dance moves! Rachael and Aleksey, thanks for all the fun! Congratulations on your marriage. #chicagowedding #chicagoengagement #chicagophotographer #winterweddings #bride #groom #happilyeverafter #shesaidyes #weddingw
Christy and Ed's pending nuptials have been a long time coming. These two love-birds met through friends back in HIGH SCHOOL. They continued dating through college, long distances, school transfers, bachelor degrees and masters degrees. After all that schooling in manipulating numbers and understand regulations (tax people), Ed was finally wise enough to propose to Christy HAHA. Just kidding, Ed! We had hoped for a lovely spring afternoon since it was the 3rd week of May....
This past fall I had the pleasure of shooting for Rachael Watson Photography and helping capture Natalie and Toby's special day. We met the bride and her energetic and sweet bridal party at The Haight. After the bride was dressed in her best party attire, we had a series of heart felt and loving first looks. One with the bridemaids, Natalie's father and of course... the Groom! The evening seems to fly by as all their guests were enjoying themselves and I was having a blast
When Lindsey and Tim asked me if it be OK for Tim to bring is guitar to their engagement session, I began to understand the vision for their images. As Tim began to play and sing the original songs he wrote for Lindsey, I completely understood their connection. Everything and everyone around them disappeared while they snuggled on a blanket in the Lincoln Park. I caught myself just listening and adoring them together. After the "concert" ended, we took a stroll down to Nor
Julia and Brian booked their fall 2017 wedding with me earlier this year and were really excited to get their spring engagement session on the books. With March weather being questionable at best, we somehow managed to get a warm, partly sunny, spring day between some heavy rain storms. We met at the entrance to Waterfall Glen in Willowbrook and started on our little journey to get to know each other and capture some fantastic images for them. First off... these two are so
When your bride has a huge smile on her face when you show up at her hotel door.... you know it is going to be a good day. When your bride, maid of honor and close friend of the bride are cracking jokes about "lady parts".... you know it is going to be a good day. When your groom is near tears when he sees his bride for the first time.... you know if is going to be a good day. When your bridal party STILL wants to take shots at Milton Lee Olive Park and around Logan Square ev
Another chilly January day in Chicago-land but the Schram Memorial was warm and cozy inside. Full of smiles, laughs and love from the closets family and friends of Katie and Matt. This sweet couple invited me to capture their ceremony services and create some memorable portraits for them. I was happy to oblige. With the Bride running a little late from hair and make-up, I had a chance to to spend of time with Matt, his bestman/brother and Katie's parents. We decorated the t
Angie and I have been friends since kindergarten... for real! So there was no worry we were going to have a good time during the shoot. I was so excited to do this session for her and Steve because of our friendship and because we would be wandering one of my favorite cities... Pittsburgh!! Steve graciously conceded to "doing whatever you want dear". So Angie and I got to planning. Pinterest board in full swing, mapping out the walk along the river, over bridges, through al
From the beginning of the day, the weather was questionable. On and off rain and the radar wasn’t giving us a lot of hope but everyone stayed positive. Checking the weather report every 20 min and willing the clouds away if only for an hour. I bought some cute umbrellas as a back-up plan... just in case Mother Nature didn't play nice. As Ashley and her Dad approached the crowd, the Imperial March rang out. Lightsabers rose to allow her pass and join her fiancé at the altar.
Lauren has always been one of those people that you know will be in your life forever. Her goofy personality, relentless loyalty and ability to make you feel like you always have 120% of her attention are just a few reasons I love this girl. So when she started dating this Ken guy/future fiancé/future husband, I was very interested in meeting him. Unfortunately, our paths didn’t cross for a few years into their relationship. Fortunately, with Lauren living on the east coast
You always know when you have an instant connection with someone. Chemistry. Sometimes it turns into a fun night out, sometimes it turns into a friendship or sometimes it turns into a 10 year love affair. The latter is true to Ashley and Justin. Ashley and Justin met as youngsters at Florida State University, grew up together through typical college experiences. They spent some time apart while Ashley was in grad school at Indiana State University and Justin was working for
The places we find love... Martina and Patrick grew up about 400 miles apart in Sweden. Martina to the north and Patrick in the south. Both found themselves attending the oldest university in Sweden - Uppsala University to study law within a year of each other. That is where they first met but that isn't where their love story began. It wasn't until they both traveled 4350 miles in 2009 to Illinois for an exchange student program at Illinois State University where somethin