Archive for March, 2019

I don’t photograph families very often, but when I do – I always make sure it’s an in-home session. I love capturing real moments within families’ homes. Extra bonus points if it’s your first home together. Lots of laughs, lots of candid moments… not a lot of forced, posed photos. If the perfect family photo is what you’re looking for – good for you! There are tons of photographers who specialize in that 🙂 Shoot me a note and I can refer you to some super talented folks. But here’s a look at what we can personally do for you and your family.

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This week on wedding inspirations, we’re talking venues. Over the past nine years, I’ve been lucky enough to shoot at some of Chicago’s best venues. These are just some of my favorites (there are some close seconds that didn’t make the cut – if you’re not seeing a venue you’re thinking about for your wedding, leave a comment below and I’d be happy to share my photos from that space to help you envision your day). All of the spaces are different, and once you look through the photos – you’ll see how choosing the right venue for YOUR wedding can set the vibe for your whole night. Scroll through, check out whatever space you can you see your wedding taking place, and reach out. All of the websites are linked below, but if you have any other questions (florists, planners, venue contact, etc.) – leave a comment and I’ll get back to you!

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(above): Salvage One

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(above): The Geraghty

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lacuna lofts wedding(above): Lacuna Lofts

 

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(above): Adler Planetarium

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(above): Ravenswood Event Center

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(above): Theatre on the Lake

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(above): Cindy’s Rooftop

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(above):  Architectural Artifacts

(above): University Club

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(above): River Roast

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(above): Galleria Marchetti

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(above): Bridgeport Art Center (sculptural garden)

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(above): Armour House

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(above): Harold Washington Library

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(above): City Winery

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(above): Ovation

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(above): Chicago Illuminating Company

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(above): Field Museum

(above): Bridgeport Art Center (skyline loft)

(above): Cafe Brauer

(above): Morton Arboretum

(above): Chicago Botanic Garden

(above): Chicago Cultural Center

I’ve said it a million times and I’ll say it again here. We LOVE when couples pick meaningful spots for their Engagement Session. Whether it’s your neighborhood, favorite bar, favorite restaurant, favorite shoe store – it doesn’t matter. Take us anywhere you frequent as a couple and we’ll tell your story. For this one, Sally + Connor took Nicki around Logan Square to capture some of their favorite hangouts. We love these because they tell the story of your relationship as it is NOW. Your love story might not look the same in 10, 15, 20 years… and that’s why we want to tell this one.

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Round 2 of the wedding inspirations, and we’re talking florals today. Specifically, bridal bouquets. There’s so many different styles these days – structured, loose and flowy, all white, bold color, classic roses, and my personal favorite proteas/sugarbushes. I’m not going to pretend to know anything about flowers, other than I think they’re pretty – and I’m drawn to the more wild, bold color, loose green bouquets. You want to know more – feel free to contact any of the talented florists listed below the photos. So many great options to choose from in Chicago – find the one that’s best for YOU. Anything else you want to see? Leave a comment on the bottom and I’ll pull up a few samples for you to look through.

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above: Atmosphere Events Group

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above: Flowers by Steen

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above: Northern Greenhouses

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above: Little Shop on the Prairie

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above: Flowers for Dreams

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above: Atmosphere Events Group

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above: Stemline Creative 

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above: Life in Bloom

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above: Flower Fantasy

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above: Life in Bloom

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above: Flowers for Dreams

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above: Atmosphere Events Group

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above: Fleur

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above: Life in Bloom

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above: Flowers for Dreams

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above: Flowers for Dreams

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above: Flowers by Stem

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above: Steve’s Flower Market

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above: Jaimers Floral

Last October, Nicki hung out with Alyssa + Tucker in their home and neighborhood (our FAVORITE type of engagement session). She captured them in their element, where they spend their daily lives, just relaxing and having fun with each other. We love capturing these types of engagement sessions, because we like telling this story of your life, today. When you move onto your next home or new city or next stage of life – won’t it be fun to look back on these pictures and remember what your lives were like?!  We think so.

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As I learned last year, when it comes to planning your wedding – there is A LOT to think about. As a wedding photographer – I’ve seen it all. So I’m pulling together some of everything I’ve seen to help YOU plan your wedding, or at least get some inspiration if you’re totally lost 😉 Over the next few weeks, I’m going to be sharing bridesmaid dresses/colors, bouquets, centerpiece/reception decor, reception venues, and groom tuxedos. Anything else you want to see? Leave a comment on the bottom and I’ll pull up a few samples for you to look through.

This week is all about the ladies. Check out the gowns, color palettes, accessories, and hopefully you can get an overall feel of what you want your vibe to be. Yours truly even makes an appearance in the gallery! Good luck and remember to enjoy this time planning your wedding (as stressful as it can be)!

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(above): Dessy

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(above): David’s Bridal

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(above): A mix of Lulus, Show Me Your Mumu, and Nordstrom

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(above): Katie May, Nordstrom Oakbrook 

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(above): Amsale, Bella Bridesmaid; Jenny Yoo (Blake and Jules), V2V

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(above): all bridesmaids chose their own black dress

 

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(above): Bill Levkoff, Brideside Chicago

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(above): David’s Bridal

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(above): Katie May, BHLDN

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(above): Jenny Yoo Collection

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(above): David’s Bridal

 

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(above): Jenny Yoo Chicago – dress styles: Charlie, Mila, Olivia, Cassie, Racquel, Jacqueline & Mira

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(above): BHLDN

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(above): All from Nordstrom (Jenny Yoo, Monique Lhuillier, Adrianna Papell, Aidan Mattox)

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(above): Dessy, Bella Bridesmaids

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(above): Dessy Collection, Brideside

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(above): Revelry

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(above): Jenny Yoo Collection

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(above): Jenny Yoo Collection

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(above): BHLDN

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(above): Alfred Sung, Brideside

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(above): Morilee Bridesmaids

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(above): Show Me Your Mumu