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COURTNEY AND ALEX

Posted on January 3, 2014    Tags: ,
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Courtney and Alex met while working at the Shedd Aquarium. That’s also where Alex popped the big question. With that much magic and the Shedd’s dreamy interior, it seemed like an obvious backdrop for Courtney and Alex’s engagement shoot. I’m really looking forward to shooting their wedding later this year!
 

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TYLER AND LINDSAY

Posted on December 12, 2013    
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We started our day at The Blackstone Hotel, where Tyler and Lindsay got all fancied up for the big wedding. Once they were ready, they met up for their first glances of each other and my camera went clicking away.  We grabbed the bridal party, took a walk down Michigan Ave. and took a few pics in the  Art Institute’s Garden.  The ceremony and reception both took place at The Roosevelt University Library in the beautiful and historic Auditorium  Building.  After a lovely  ceremony, the guests grabbed cocktails and did a little mingling.  I really loved all of the book themed decorations….pretty clever, being at a library and all.  Everybody feasted on some of Wishbone’s finest meats and sides and then on came the party!  Cage and Aquarium provided some unruly jams and the guest brought one of the wildest dance floors I’ve seen.  There was a real rowdy Hora that seemed to bring sheer terror to our groom.  Hora-fied!  Things got wilder and wilder as the night went on.  Aint no shushing going on in this library!  Thanks to Tyler, Lindsay and all of their guest for making this bash such a blast to shoot.
 

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KARI AND ANDY

Posted on December 2, 2013    Tags: , , , , ,
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We last saw Kari and Andy at their engagement shoot on a sweltering summer day around the Montrose Bird Sanctuary.  This time, they would be getting married on a crisp autumn day, at The Bottom Lounge.  As the guests arrived and found their seats, Kari waited outside and out of sight. Once everyone was settled, Kari made her way in and found her man. After a sweet little ceremony, we strolled around (and right smack in the middle of) Lake Street and took a few portraits. After dinner a variety of First Slice’s finest pies were served and on came the dancing!  DJ Major Taylor kept the dance floor kickin’ hard for hours.  As the night began to wind down, people danced their last dances, played pinball, had another drink and munched on a late snack of candy apples. Whatta night! Congrats Kari and Andy!

 

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KEVIN AND DEB

Posted on November 15, 2013    
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Kevin and Deb’s Wedding was a two-parter.  On the first day, we hailed a cab to City Hall and got in line with a bunch of other smilin’ couples where we waited for the doors to bust open.  A small group of Kevin and Deb’s immediate family met up with us to witness the magic. The clock struck 9AM and everybody filed into the building and waited for their names to be called.  After a few short minutes, Kevin and Deb were called into the chambers. The judge uttered a few magic words and with a wave of his hand, our lovely couple were married.  After the lightning-quick ceremony, the couple and I took a quick stroll around the loop for some pics and then jumped on the train to head back toward their Lincoln Square Hood.  We stopped at a pretty little community garden for a few more portraits and called it a day.

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KATIE AND MARIO

Posted on September 26, 2013    Tags: ,
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Katie and Mario got hitched at a Hubbard St. design studio that was converted into a spacious party ground for one steamy night in August.  We took a stroll around the hood, snapped some shots and headed back up to the party where a handful of their closest friends were loosening up in preparation for this couples unification.  Katie and Mario pledged their devotion to each other in an ultra-sweet and short ceremony and out came the grub that Get off the Couch Catering deliciously provided (Mario’s grandad also supplied some excellent baklava!).  Right after dinner, a man with an ice cream cart appeared and everybody sugared up for what was to become a hot ‘n sweaty summer rager.   This party was a blast!

 

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KATE AND DAVID’S WEDDING

Posted on September 26, 2013    Tags: , , ,
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Kate and David were married on a warm and sunny Saturday evening in the hidden gardens of Honky Tonk BBQ. The ladies popped some champagne and prettied up while the dudes kozzied some cold beers and suited up. It was now that time! Guests and family mopped up the joyful tears that streamed from their eyes as Kate elegantly walked down the aisle. Vows and looks of love were exchanged under the ceremonial Chuppah and it was time to break the glass. There was no glass within reach so David bolted past the congregation and vanished for a few suspenseful seconds. He quickly emerged with a plastic tumbler and shouted “Plastic’s okay, right?” Nobody seemed to mind so under the foot of David went the plastic cup. Mazel Tov indeed! After the ceremony,  a few signature  cocktails were served and on came  an incredible spread of Honky Tonk’s finest meats and sides.  After dinner the couple was welcomed and toasted into their new marriage.  Then they sauntered and swayed their way around the lawn as they danced for the first time as a married couple.  Rebecca, from Toast and Jam,  laid out the hits and got everyone on the dance floor…I mean lawn.   The drinks flowed and out came the sparklers.  Guests danced, laughed, played with fire and wrestled furniture.  I dragged Kate and David out in front for a few more quick photos before the party ended.  This was such a fun party at a really unique spot with some awesome folks.  Thanks for asking me to shoot!

 

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APRIL AND SELENA

 

April and Selena definitely had their work cut out for them planning a wedding from a distance since their move to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Both are well-versed in the art of wine and food, so all knew they would be in for a treat. I had been eagerly anticipating this amazing display of nuptials all summer long, and finally the day was upon us! April and Selena’s magical day took place on a sprawling and picturesque family farm in Monmouth, IL. The couple tenderly exchanged vows in front of an impressive garden overlooking a pond, where they performed a hand-fasting ritual and jumped over a broom for the ceremony finale.  Each guest had a nice relaxing afternoon of socializing, games in the yard and pleasant breezy strolls along nature walks as we took family pics. As the guests munched on a delicious selection of hors d’oeuvres and sipped on some fully loaded sangria, chef Cecil Rodriguez fired up the grill and prepared a hearty spread of grilled pork, chicken, greens, quinoa and everything in-between.  April and Selena finally caught a glimpse of the fully functioning barn that was lovingly transformed into an intimate lodge-style dining room with pretty succulents and tiny lights that glowed like little stars over the long rectangular tables. Needless to say it was breathtaking and perfect for their small and lively group. Mother nature added a little bit of urgency to go into the barn as the clouds suddenly darkened and brought in a torrential downpour! The excitement was in the air as everyone pulled together to save the buffet and gather the essentials from outside. The storm added a surprising element of comradery and bonded everyone together, not to mention it cooled that barn down by a good 10 degrees – perfect timing for a pleasant meal. Everyone gathered in the barn and took their seats as the newlyweds were toasted with smiles and giggles. The amazing and lovingly prepared meal exploded everyones minds with deliciousness and bellies became happy and full.  Jessica Casteñeda made a decadent cake with rainbow-winged doves for the ladies to cut, and delicious little mason jars of  fruit-filled shortcakes for guests to nibble or take home.  As the storm passed, a faint rainbow glowed in the distance and the sky opened up just enough for all to witness a spectacular sunset – a perfect coda for the day.  Evening fell and Rachel Karlic cranked some booty quaking jams and everybody stomped into the wee hours of the night. The vibe was casual, fun and twinkled with love and friendship.  It was a straight-up barn burner that I was honored to be a part of! Congratulations April and Selena!

 

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NORA AND MIKE

Posted on July 1, 2013    Tags: ,
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Seek shelter!  Everybody ducked and covered as they bolted towards the doors of Mrs. Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro on this stormy evening.  The guests settled into their seats as Nora’s dad led her down the aisle and into the arms of her decorated man, Mike.  A bit of rain began to fall indoors (in the form of joyous tears, that is!) as our beautiful couple giggled and sniffled through their vows.  The lovely little flower girls insisted on playing a bigger role in the ceremony by dancing about, rolling around and singing, causing lots of laughs…until grandad whisked them away….for a few minutes anyway.  Once the nuptials were sealed with a kiss, the flower girls made sure that our newlyweds found their way over to the cocktail area.  After many hugs and well wishes were given and received, all of the guests indulged in an awesome selection of beers and some of Mrs. Murphy’s finest grub. Sweetie Pies supplied a decadent array of miniature cupcakes  that were quickly gobbled up.  Each flavor  was outstanding but the candied bacon cupcakes seemed to be the winner…duh!  It finally stopped raining outside so the couple and I quickly slipped outside for a few pictures and returned for a bit of dancing as the evening came to a close.  Thanks to Nora and Mike for choosing me to document such a delightful, laid back and intimate wedding!

 

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KARA & TRENT

Posted on March 31, 2013    Tags: , , , , , ,
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Kara and Trent were married earlier this month….in Tucson AZ. I could’t wait to bolt outta the cold, gray and snowy trappings of pre-spring Chicago so I could hang with a super fun couple and their buddies in the (usually) sun drenched Southwest Desert. The Wedding took place in the foothills of the Tucson Mountains at an illustrious estate called The 5600.
While family members beautified the back yard with Trent and Kara’s handmade decorations,   heads were spinning inside the house as the bridal party hammed it up in a mirrored hallway. Then,  the young lovebirds and I took a quick stroll among the cacti for a few portraits just before a storm rolled in.

A bit of rain began to fall and we all nervously awaited the outdoor ceremony that was about to take place. The big moment arrived and suddenly the rain stopped and a sliver of sunshine magically beamed above Kara and Trent.  They exchanged vows, smiles and a big smooch and all was good.  Suddenly the rain fell down again.  It was the perfect cue to send the guests toward the bar for a big ol’, tropically decorated beverage.

After some cocktails, everybody feasted on an amazing dinner that Kara’s brother Kevin single-handedly catered.  Cake was cut and an indulgent spread of dessert, including homemade Pop Tarts on a stick,  were gobbled down.

As the mercury fell in the evening air of the dessert, Nobunny took the stage and worked the crowd into a heart warming, booty quaking frenzy of everyones favorite Rock N Roll oldies.

After the dance party, the guests perched and posed  for a photo on the paper moon that Kara and Trent’s friend Joe built .

I was so lucky to get to travel and be a part of Kara and Trent’s incredibly fun and super cool wedding!

 





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KERI AND TED

Posted on December 1, 2012    
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Keri and Ted’s Big Ol’ Day began with some photos at their Oak Park home with their beloved dogs Clare and Felix. After hanging out on the porch and in the yard, we grabbed the dogs and headed to a park near the venue for more pics and then proceeded to The Carleton for a real cool ceremony and some dancing. Such a great bunch to spend the day with!