Jess first reached out to me about being her wedding photographer in April of 2014. Over the past year and a half, we’ve exchanged many emails, shot their Engagement Session, and put together the plan to make sure her and Joe’s day went along smoothly. It was a beautiful October day, and I loved seeing the genuine emotion pour out of Jessica all day long. Jess + Joe had been friends for a long time before they started dating, so seeing their relationship come to this point was truly an honor.
Jess and Joe, you deserve each other. You are both incredibly sweet, beautiful people. The note you sent me after your honeymoon was so kind, and it is because of couples like you that I LOVE what I do. I hope these photos make you smile as much as your note made me 🙂 Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Gruben!
VENDOR CREDITS // Wedding Dress Designer: Hayley Paige | Bridesmaid Dress Designer: White Satin Bridal | Junior Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Watters, Seahorse Girls | Tuxedo Designer: Michael Kors, Black Tie Formalwear | Hair Stylists: Bliss Hair Studio | Make-Up Artist: Bianca Sansosti Makeup | Videographer: ojo Creative | Florist: Flowers by Steen | Cake Artist: Milano Bakery | DJ: Tone Productions | Invitations, Place Cards, Table Numbers: DBY Events & Invitations | Ceremony Venue: St. Paul the Apostle | Reception: Patrick Haley Mansion
Cathy + Tom were meant to meet. They went to high school together for a brief moment, were at a few of the same parties in college, and even after college their paths crossed in their groups of mutual friends. But it wasn’t until late 2013 that Cathy + Tom actually got the chance to talk to each other and realize how perfect they were for each other. A meeting at Jewel, a boat ride, and a little over a year later, Tom asked Cathy to be his wife.
An who better to tell the proposal story than Cathy herself, “The date was 12/13/14- he planned this date because I am a ‘numbers’ person. So as a normal Saturday, I went to my mom’s to hang out with her. Tom is on the board for the Young Irish Fellowship and they were having a pub crawl that night. Tom told me the pub crawl was only for board members and that the President was organizing it and all the stops were a surprise until we got there. When I got home from my mom’s, Tom was dressed and ready to go… I still needed to shower!! So eventually we leave to head to Howells and Hood, the first stop on the ‘pub crawl’. It’s also ironically the place we had lunch at on Sunday after going on the boat the day after meeting. We get dropped off in front of U of C and he looks around and says ‘why don’t we go down these stairs, I think they have an entrance to the party room that we have reserved off the river walk.’ I think to myself, ‘umm I don’t think so but I’ve never been down there’ so I say okay and we head down. I get down the stairs and ask Tom to hold my purse while I put on my coat (I was so hot from rushing to get ready that I just then needed a coat in the middle of December). When I turn around with my coat on, Tom is down on one knee. He started with, “Do you know what today is?” and I answered “Saturday??” He said, “12/13/14” and from there I honestly have no idea what he said. I obviously said Yes, but if you ask Tom it took me forever and a second ask before I said it. Up until this point, I did not cry. We started walking down the river walk and Tom told me the story of getting the ring and that he took it to each of our parent’s gravesites as a symbol of getting their blessing before asking me. That is when the tears started rolling. After composing myself, we continued to walk. We come to Sweet Water Tap and he asks if I want to stop for a drink. We walk in, and in front of me was an entire room of all of our family and close friends. Of course I cried again and then laughed and cried again. We spent the rest of the night celebrating with everyone we love!”
Cathy + Tom, thank you for sharing your story with me, and letting me tell your wedding day story through my camera lens. I hope you enjoy these memories and relive your favorite moments through all of the photos for the rest of your lives!
VENDOR CREDITS // Wedding Dress Designer: Mikaella, Crystal Bride | Bridesmaid Dress Designers: Bill Levkoff, Crystal Bride | Tuxedo Designers: Manteno Suits, Black Tie Formalwear | Hair Stylist: One Salon & Spa | Make-Up Artist: One Salon & Spa | Videographer: ojo Creative | Florist: Pamela Moore, Phillip’s Florist | Cake Artist: The Baking Institute | Band: Final Say | Paper Goods Designers: Birchcraft, Black Tie Formalwear | Ceremony Venue: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel | Officiant: Monsignor Ken Velo | Reception Venue: Esplanade Lakes by the Doubletree | Trolley Company: Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Company
Kelly + Chris’ wedding day was full of vintage glamour, over-the-top love, and emotional highs. It was a gorgeous day at St. Clement – where Kelly + Chris both coach together – followed by a beautiful reception at the historic Blackstone Hotel. I won’t say much more because this set of photos – well they’re just SO FULL of emotion that they speak for themselves. Kelly + Chris, thank you from the bottom of my heart for letting me be there on your wedding day. It was a pleasure working with you both from the Engagement up to the very last minute of the reception, and I’m so excited to help you relive this day forever!
VENDOR CREDITS // Wedding Consultant: Jaci Weber & Melissa Brownell, Clementine Custom Events | Church: St. Clement | Reception Venue: The Blackstone Hotel | Cake Artist: Cake Chicago | Floral and Decor: Karen Daudelin, KD Custom Floral | Band: Alan Gresik Band | Hair: ReDux Salon Studio | Make-up: Kelly Haley, Sephora
I met Sarah + Joe at Lincoln Park’s Lily Pond on a perfect summer-fall day. None of us had ever been there before, but they trusted me to adapt and make their session as beautiful as any other location I’d shot a million times. We found gorgeous spots, pops of light, and scenic greenery to set the backdrop for their love. We laughed the entire time, made references to Twilight (well, Sarah and I did. Joe claimed he had no idea what we were talking about), and even made our way to the Nature Boardwalk for some skyline views. All in all, it was a lovely engagement session for a lovely couple. So great working with you guys, loved running into you at Cathy + Tom’s Wedding, and I can’t wait for your big day next year! Happy Wedding Planning 🙂