Lauren + Mike met through friends by attending the same parties. Mike actually asked Lauren out and she turned him the first time 🙂 But after a few more occasions of hanging around at the same events, Lauren realized she had a little thing for Mike. They officially hit it off at a Zac Brown Band Concert and that eventually led them to today.
They had their first date at a Mexican restaurant called Bien Trucha in Geneva, IL. It also happens to be Mike’s favorite restaurant. He mentioned going back there to eat since it had been a while. He made a reservation on 3/31/17 to go to dinner there. The week of the dinner Lauren complained non-stop b/c she did not want to take a train all the way to Geneva just to do dinner! It’s a good thing Mike was able to convince her though, because they still went and had dinner at Bien Trucha, and Mike proposed by the river. Their beautiful wedding day was at the Abbey Resort in Fontana, WI. It was supposed to rain all day – but ended up being the most perfect summer day. Congrats Lauren + Mike!
VENDOR CREDITS // Wedding Photography: Jill Tiongco Photography | Wedding Dress Designer: The Dessy Group from Bella Bridesmaids | Tuxedo Designer: Hugo Boss | Hair/Makeup Stylist: Luxe Traveling Hair and Makeup Team | Florist: Lilypots | Band: Triple D | Paper Goods Designer: RSVP Lake Geneva | Ceremony/Reception Venue: The Abbey Resort
Sam + John met at ISU and started dating immediately. Their anniversary is December 1st, 2013… 12 + 1 = 13 (that’s how John remembers their anniversary date)! He’s gonna need a new way to remember their engagement date though – 12.16.17 (any ideas?? 4 years and 15 days later? I’m not good at this.). Anyway, Sam + John went to zoo lights for their friend’s birthday and as John pretended to take a photo by the light up cinderella ball (if you’ve ever been to zoo lights, you know exactly what I’m talking about) – John asked Sam to marry him! Hanna took them back to where John proposed for their engagement session, and they had the most fun. They’ll be heading out of Chicago up to Milwaukee for the wedding – so we had to make sure and get them some meaningful photos in Chicago. Can’t wait for the wedding!
Meaghan + Chris’s story began in fall 2012 at a northwest side Chicago Public School. It was Chris’s first year teaching at the school Meaghan had already been at for four years, and it was also the year CPS teachers went on a historic strike. Although they teach at the same school, they teach in different buildings and had not met until a mutual coworker introduced them to each other during the strike. Throughout the rest of the school year, they became friends and often met up after school with coworkers at social gatherings and events. Soon enough though, meeting up with friends and coworkers became an excuse to see each other.
The following year, Chris eventually asked Meaghan to go out on a date with him. Their official first date was on VALENTINE’S DAY (!) to dinner at the Fireplace Inn in Old Town, followed by a show at an improv comedy club in Wrigleyville. Meaghan + Chris’s bond grew over the next four years as they shared a love for listening to music at Chicago street fests in the summer, attending Cubs/Bears/Bulls/Hawks games, taking long walks down the aisles at Target, Menards, or Home Goods, and spoiling Gordie with all sorts of goodies. Chris makes Meaghan laugh, and Meaghan makes Chris cookies. The perfect match. Congrats to the new Mr. and Mrs. Zuniga!
VENDOR CREDITS // Wedding Dress Designer: Melissa Sweet | Bridesmiad Dresses Designer: Lulu’s | Tuxedo Designer: Ike Behar Tux | Hair Stylist: Lisa Pietrzak | Make-up Artist: Lisa Pietrzak & Nikki (for bridesmaids) | Videographer: Skyline Multimedia | Florist: Mathew Lahey, Ashland Addison| Cake Artist: Molly’s Cupcakes | DJ: Enchanted Evening,Chip Brewster | Paper Goods Designer: Minted | Ceremony Venue: Queen of All Saints | Reception Venue: Columbia Yacht Club | Caterer: Columbia Yacht Club
Jen + Nick met while waiting in line at High Five Ramen in the West Loop. They ended up hitting it off right away and spent the rest of the night hopping down Randolph St. and getting to know each other. They went out on our first date the next weekend. But a few months later, Nick moved near Portland, Oregon for his job and they did long distance for almost 2 years.
Last November, Jen + Nick to a trip to Norway to see the Northern Lights and go dog sledding! Nick meant to propose during one of these times, but it was too darn cold! He proposed on their last night in Norway after dinner in Oslo – it was perfect. And so was their brunch wedding at Cindy’s Rooftop. It was small, intimate, and completely representative of the couple and their love for travel. It was an awesome day and I’m so happy I got to document it for them!
VENDOR CREDITS // Photographer: Jill Tiongco Photography | Dress Designer: Wtoo by Watters | Tuxedo: Jos. A Bank | Hair Stylist: Daniel Seyller | Wedding Coordinator: Ann Lee | Florist: Steve’s Flower Market | Cake Artist: Sweet Mandy B’s | DJ/Band: Matt Stedman Band Ring of Music Orchestra | Paper Goods Designer: Pixie Chicago | Ceremony/Reception Venue: Cindy’s Rooftop | Mugs/Favors: Print & Clay.