Lauren + Frank had one of the hottest days of the summer – but went through it all with a smile on their faces! They danced, sang, laughed, and looked at each other with love as we spent the day celebrating their wedding. Their friends and family were all there to join in on the fun and surround them with all the love in the world. Galleria Marchetti, Bliss Weddings, and Life in Bloom did not disappoint and all the pretty just made my photos extra special. Congrats to Lauren + Frank!
VENDOR CREDITS // Wedding Dress Designer: Fabulous Frocks in Kansas City, MO | Bridesmiad Dresses Designer: Jenny Yoo | Hair/Make-up Artist: Belle Row, Elena Denning | Full Service Wedding Planner: Bliss Weddings and Events, Jordyn Vignolo | Florist: Life in Bloom; Rachel Wyffels | Cake Artist: Sweet Mandy B’s | Band: Arlen Music Productions | Paper Goods Designer: Minted | Ceremony Venue: Assumption Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Galleria Marchetti | Transportation: Windy City Limousine |
We always encourage couples to have their engagement session shot at a meaningful spot or in their home. It’s the most real to us – and we love to document this time of their lives by capturing some photos in spaces they actually spend time in together. Joanna + Jordan embraced this idea – and we think it was so much fun to see true happiness on their faces… inspired by Antique Taco and Jeni’s Ice Cream! We started the session walking around Wicker Park (near where they live), stopped at their favorite spots in the neighborhood – Antique Taco and Jeni’s (some of our favorites, too!), and ended the session on their rooftop. Joanna + Jordan – thanks for being your awesome selves… we can’t wait to capture more moments for you on your wedding day in October!
Nicki spent the day with Betsy + JJ at the beautiful University Club. The day was full of the most gorgeous details put together by AEG and Simply Elegant – and Betsy + JJ’s friends and family came to PARTY. We loved photographing their love story – even their little pup joined in on the celebrations! Congrats to the happy couple – we hope you enjoy scrolling through some of our favorite moments!
VENDOR CREDITS // Photographer: Jill Tiongco Photography, Nicki | Wedding Dress Designer: Mira Couture | Bridesmaid Dresses Designer: Alfred Sung, Nordstrom | Tuxedo Designer: The Black Tux | Hair Stylist: Arch Apothecary, Alice Brearly | Make-up Artist: | Wedding Coordinator: Simply Elegant Group | Videographer: Turning Point Productions | Florist: AEG | Cake Artist: University Club | DJ: Bluewater Kings | Paper Goods Designer: Minted | Ceremony Venue: St. Alphonsus Catholic Church | Reception Venue: University Club | Caterer: University Club
Kelly + Austin. What can we say about these two? Their wedding was definitely one of our favorites of the year. As humans, they were so kind and fun to work with. From a vendor point of view – the entire creative team was a DREAM to work with (LOLA Event Productions – you killed it!). And it was our first time shooting at the new venue, Theater on the Lake, too – and it is so incredible. Every part of the day was so special – beginning at their loft in Lincoln Park, dodging the rain all throughout the city, and ending the portraits with p-e-r-f-e-c-t light on the lake before heading into the party. Gold Coast All Stars LIT up the stage and made the rest of the wedding day feel like a huge party/concert. It was such an epic celebration. Seriously, wedding goals y’all.
Sending all our love and happiest congratulations to Kelly + Austin… our time together was so much fun – from the initial meeting, to the engagement, to the wedding… I hope it’s not the last we see of each other!
VENDOR CREDITS // Photographer: Jill Tiongco Photography (Jill, Nicki) | Wedding Dress Designer: Essence of Australia, The Crystal Bride | Bridesmiad Dresses Designer: Bill Levkoff, Brideside Chicago | Tuxedo Designer: Suit Suppy, Custom Made Tux Jacket | Hair/Makeup Stylist: Tamara Hair and Make-up Artistry | Wedding Coordinator: LOLA Event Productions, Kristy Diana | Videographer: Smiling Toad | Florist: Exquisite Designs | Cake Artist: Food for Thought | Band: The Gold Coast All Stars | Paper Goods Designer: Steracle Press | Ceremony Venue: St. Michael’s in Old Town | Reception Venue: Theater on the Lake | Caterer: Food for Thought, Anna | Wedding Favors: Garrett’s Popcorn
Jackie + Mike started off in the friend-zone but eventually went from being just friends to dating to getting engaged in Austin! They’re getting married next July in one of the most beautiful suburban locations – Cantigny Park! So while they’re celebrating and enjoying their engagement this summer – they spent some time with Hanna at Olive Park to capture the unbeatable views. Jackie + Mike, we hope you enjoy this fun time in your lives and we can’t wait for the big day in July!
Liz + David spend a lot of time walking around the Glen Park Center in Glenview. I’d never been there before, but we spent the afternoon exploring some of their favorite spots. Thanks for showing me around your hood, Liz + David! What a gorgeous area! Good luck with the rest of wedding planning and hope to talk to you again soon!
Ashley + Nick. These special souls are two of our closest friends, and it meant everything to be there on their wedding day capturing these moments for them (I pretty much cried the whole day). For those of you reading that don’t know them… their story is definitely one straight out of a movie… high school sweethearts that went their separate ways during/after college, but randomly reconnected nearly 10 years later to find out that they lived within a few blocks of each other. It took one night of drinks catching up to realize everything they had in common in high school was still there, and more (the more being two furry pets that they adored). Ashley + Nick, we love you guys so much and hope that these photos help you look back on this day forever! Thank you for trusting us to document your day… and like Dan mentioned in his best man speech – we can’t wait to spend the rest of our lives with you, haha.
VENDOR CREDITS // Wedding Photographer: Jill Tiongco Photography (Jill, Nicki, Mark) | Wedding Dress Designer: Allure Bridal from Here Comes the Bride | Bridesmiad Dresses Designer: Weddington Way | Tuxedo Designer: Alton Lane | Hair/Make-up Stylist: Tamara Makeup + Hair | Videographer: Robbie + Ryan | Florist: Steve’s Flower Market | Cake Artist: Urban Icing | DJ: TEN TWELVE ENTERTAINMENT | Paper Goods Designer: Minted | Wood Intials for Guestbook: DMH Woodwork | Ceremony/Reception Venue/Caterer: River Roast
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