ELENA & ANDREW | CHICAGO WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Meet Elena & Andrew. Elena & Andrew live in Chicago. Andrew found me randomly via the internets, and from our first conversation on the phone, I was beyond excited about their big day. I have to be honest about something. Andrew is a really talented photographer, and although I’ve photographed many photographer’s weddings, it’s always just a smidge more nerve-wracking shooting for someone that also shoots weddings. But our visions aligned. Andrew (and Elena) trusted me implicitly and I have to thank them for that trust. Not to mention, I had the best second shooter a girl could ask for; my dear friend Yazy, of YazyJo Photography. Yazy is so very talented, you must check out her and her husband’s work.

Andrew and Elena are genuine and sweet and they made me feel so welcomed from the first second I met them, which happened to be at their rehearsal dinner! Their friends and family were equally as welcoming. They had huge, infectious smiles on their faces ALL DAY LONG!! You wouldn’t be able to tell from looking at these photos, but it was downpouring the morning of their wedding. As the bride and groom got ready in their separate hotel rooms, I doubted we’d even be able to do outdoor photos, much less have the outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour they had planned. But wouldn’t you know, the clouds parted, literally, right as we were scheduled to begin photos, and Andrew and Elena had the outdoor ceremony and sunshine they had dreamed of.

Andrew and Elena, thank you times one million!! I couldn’t say enough good things about you! How did I get so lucky to have such amazing, caring, fun, sweet clients?! Since you both love traveling so much, I hope to see you in NYC or Minneapolis soon!






























STEPH | BOUDOIR FILM PHOTOGRAPHY

Meet beautiful Steph!!  Steph is strong, confident woman and has such a positive outlook and attitude. I think it comes through in her images. She’s a true survivor!! When I asked her if I could share a few of her images on my blog, this is what she had to say:

“I’m happy to let you share them, and I’m honored to represent and hopefully inspire other “mature” women who may be telling themselves they’re too old to do a fun and sexy boudoir shoot.  It was definitely out of my comfort zone but it was a huge self-esteem booster and the whole experience was a blast. Thanks for making it so much fun and for capturing beautiful, artistic images that my husband and I will cherish for the rest of our lives. I will definitely recommend you and your boudoir shoots to my girlfriends!”

Thank you Steph!! I love that my clients feel empowered by this experience. Thanks for letting us share your images and message! ;) Thank you also, to Emily J. for bringing out the best in Steph with her gorgeous hair and makeup.





STELLA & TIM | MAYOWOOD STONE BARN WEDDING

Stella & Tim hosted such a unique celebration, centered around the ceremony that united them and husband and wife. The beautiful details were lovely (in fact, my assistant and I could not stop gushing about them all day), but the things that resonate most to me, were the moments during the ceremony when Tim wiped the tears from Stella’s face. It was the moments when they couldn’t stop smiling at each other. It was beautiful to witness. The ceremony was made even more personal, due to the fact that it was performed by Tim’s parents, who are pastors.

After the morning ceremony, guests enjoyed a delicious lunch, toasts and dancing to a 17 piece swing band! It was quite fun! I must give a huge, huge resounding ‘THANK YOU’ to Jennifer from Premier Planning Services and her husband for planning and coordinating this event. They couldn’t have possibly done a better job and I am so lucky to get to work with amazing vendors like Jennifer week after week. I also loved the incredible florals by Summer Harsh. So amazing!! Thank you ladies!  And, thank you to Stella & Tim for entrusting me to document your day.


















































Vendors:
Venue: Mayowood Stone Barn
Event Planner: Jennifer Dunwell Orton of Premier Planning Services
Florals: Summer Harsh Botanical Artistry
Caterer: Create Catering
Cake: Cakes by Jan
Rentals: Rentex Rentals
Vintage Rentals: On Solid Ground
Wedding Gown: Bhldn
Groom’s Attire: Ralph Lauren
Bridemaid’s Dresses: French Connection
Groomsmen’s Suits: Macy’s
Sound: Audio Visual Logic
Ceremony & Cocktail Music: Lake String Quartet
Reception & Dance Music: Swing Street
On-site Dance Instruction: Fred Astaire Dance Studio