Kelvin spotted Candace while in line for food at a mutual friend’s barbecue a few years ago. And while they thought they were in line for some chicken, they got much more. Years later, Candace relocated to Chicago and moved into Kelvin’s Hyde Park condo where they are now building their home together. I met the two of them at Promontory Point, and as we got to know each other along the shore of Lake Michigan, I photographed them just being themselves. It was such a pleasure getting to know you, Candace + Kelvin, and I wish you the most beautiful wedding in California and happy life together!
It seems as though the universe wanted Erin + Dan to be together. I’ve known Dan since our days back at St. Charles Borromeo when we were just little kids without a care in the world. Fast forward twenty-some years, and I ran into Dan at Lollapalooza right before a big storm was about to hit. I had heard from our friend doing security that they were about to evacuate Grant Park, so I told Dan what was about to happen – so he left and went to his Aunt’s house. Enter fate.
Dan’s Cousin was dating Erin’s Brother, so they were all at the house waiting out the storm when Erin + Dan met for the first time. A month later, he asked her out – and went on a 3-day first date. They went to dinner, talked for hours, shopped at a flea market – and couldn’t stop being near each other. They were hooked. And as Dan’s heartfelt vows stated, just a few weeks later – he knew he was going to marry Erin.
Erin + Dan’s wedding was the perfect representation of themselves. It was laid back, beautiful, fun, and full of love. It was a scorching hot and humid day at Amber Oaks, but everything went along perfectly and it was the perfect day to celebrate and start their lives together. Congratulations to the happy-in-love newlyweds!
Molly and Brian met at a work happy hour in 2009. Brian spent much of the happy hour answering questions about work, but soon found himself chatting with Molly about other things and was fully engaged in their conversation. So much so that he chased her down in the parking lot after she left and asked for her number…. and it only took two years for him to work up the courage to ask her out on a date.
About two months after they started dating, Brian went to Ireland with his family and Molly went on vacation with a girlfriend from college. The trips overlapped and so they didn’t see each other for two weeks – which seemed like an eternity at the time! When Molly got back, Brian picked her up at the airport, got her flowers, wrote her a cute letter and “gave her his heart” (an origami heart – it was fragile and doesn’t easily unfold without ripping it – so she didn’t). Molly, of course, thought it was precious and kept it on the bedside table for years.
Flash forward three years to this summer, they went on vacation and Brian asked Molly if she wanted to go take a walk on the beach. While they were walking, Brian handed Molly a note that read – “It’s Time to Open my Heart.” With that, he pulled the origami heart (the one from three years ago) out of his back pocket and told her to rip it open. Inside was a note he had written in 2011 that said “When you know, you know… will you marry me?!”
Molly + Brian, I love your story. And it was clear on your wedding day how in love you are, how much your family and friends love you, and how much love your life will be filled with. It was wonderful getting to know you and your family, and I wish you all of the best in London, Philadelphia, and hopefully back in Chicago one day!
VENDOR CREDITS // Photography: Jill Tiongco Photography | Wedding Dress Designer: Hayley Paige, Bella Bianca | Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Kristina MOrena, Watters Dresses | Tuxedo Designer: Jos A. Banks | Hair & Makeup Artist: Sonia Rosselli | Videographer: Skeptic Productions | Florist: Blossoms and Branches | Band: Felix and Fingers | Paper Goods Designer: Bonner Design | Ceremony Venue: Assumption Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Salvage One | Caterer: Pure Kitchen | Cake Artist: TaDah!
Jaclyn + James are LA natives that came to Chicago so that James could go to UIC. The two of them live just a few blocks away from me, so naturally we bonded over our love for food in the West Loop as I gushed over how great this city can be – when the weather is nice. Being that they’re from California and this is their first summer in Chicago – they haven’t had the best preview of what Chicago summers can be like, but that hasn’t stopped them from enjoying their time here and living up their Engagement.
James asked Jaclyn to his senior prom, and the two have been dating ever since for the past nine years. They’re set to tie the knot back in their home state of Cali, but wanted to capture their time here in Chicago with a few iconic shots of this beautiful midwestern city. Jaclyn + James, thank you for choosing me to document your Engagement. I wish you nothing but beautiful weather the rest of your time in Chicago and all the love and happiness once you head back west.
I had to share just a few of my favorites from this Lincoln Park Engagement Session… love this Chicago couple and how the photos captured them perfectly 🙂
Michelle + Derk met years ago in college MSU. After graduating, Derek moved to Chicago and Michelle stayed back in Michigan. While doing the long distance thing always takes effort, both of them knew it was worth it and eventually after two years apart, Michelle moved down to Chicago to join Derek in the Windy City to take the next step in their lives together.
Although Michelle had never really been to Chicago Union Station, looking through my photos on Pinterest, she fell in love with the columns and architecture, and knew she wanted their e-session to be there. Michelle + Derek also wanted some skyline photos (who wouldn’t?!), so we ended the session along Lake Michigan near North Avenue Beach. It was a perfect night, and I had such a blast with them. You really can’t beat a gorgeous couple that loves to laugh and have fun together 🙂 Congratulations to Michelle + Derek!
Sydney + Ryan’s Wedding was one of those dream wedding days. After days of rain and clouds, it was easy to assume that the their wedding would follow suit… until it didn’t. Instead, it was nearly perfect. The dream wedding part doesn’t stop there. Knowing that the reception was going to be at the Chicago Cultural Center, I had my hopes up, way up. The CCC is one of those venues that people talk about in Chicago. One of those places that my photographer friends go and photograph just for fun on their days off – because well, it’s that beautiful. I’d photographed a lovely civil ceremony there before, but when I stepped into the ballroom and saw the gorgeous details that Sydney + Ryan had put together… my heart stopped.
Top off all that prettiness with a couple like Syd + Ryan… and you have the perfect day. The Maid of Honor, Best Man, and Father of the Bridge speeches all talked about how wonderful they are separately, and as a couple. And I think Ryan’s brother put it best when he said, “…if you don’t like Sydney, there’s something wrong with you.” Working with Sydney + Ryan was an absolute dream come true and I think the photos speak for themselves. Congratulations to the newlyweds… may you have a life filled with love, adventure, and lots and lots of laughter.
PHOTO CREDIT // Venue: Chicago Cultural Center | Band: The Mix | Caterer: Unforgettable Edibles | Wedding Planner: Wedding Now | Photographer: Jill Tiongco Photography | Church: St. Mary of the Angels | Chair Rental: Prestige Wedding Decorations | Trolley: Coach USA | Videographer: Lexoria | Invitations: Minted.com | Cake: Alliance Bakery | Hair and Make-up: Pin Me Up Chicago | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Flowers: Vale of Enna