Courtney + Joey matched on Coffee Meets Bagel in January of 2016 and exchanged a simple, “hey whats up?” After about a week, Joey asked Courtney if she wanted to meet up with him and some friends downtown. After politely declining ‘a night out with the bros,’ Courtney realized they had a mutual friend and ended up meeting up with them in her pajamas. From the first second they met – it was a match. After almost two years of dating, Joey took Courtney on the best date ever. They went to one of their favorite spots, Enolo Wine Bar, and as he sweat profusely – Joey said he wanted their, “forever to start now,” and it was the easiest YES of Courtney’s life.
Courtney + Joey got married on September 1, 2018 at the beautiful City Winery in the West Loop of Chicago. It was a gorgeous day – despite the slight rain interruption in the middle of the ceremony! After that, everything went off without a hitch and they celebrated with their closest family and friends. Check out some of our favorite moments below! All my love to Courtney + Joey.
VENDOR CREDITS // Wedding Dress Designer: Jenny Yoo Collection | Bridesmiad Dresses Designer: Jenny Yoo Collection | Tuxedo Designer: The Black Tux | Hair Stylist: Fearless and Bella, Nancy Sanchez | Make-up Artist: Fearless and Bella, Nancy Sanchez | Wedding Coordinator: Shannon Gail Events – Breanna Manzie | Videographer: Shutter and Sound Films | Florist: Flowers by Stem – Stephanie Stopka | Cake Artist: City Winery Chicago | Band: Owen Stevenson and Company (Blue Water Kings) | Paper Goods Designer: Minted | Ceremony/Reception Venue/Caterer: City Winery Chicago
Now that it’s the new year, our wedding stuff is over, and I’m tying up allllll the loose ends that went undone last year due to the craziness of planning two weddings in the middle of wedding season – I’m back to the blog. This week – Desi + Justin at Armour House in Lake Forest. This venue was a dream. It was my first time at Armour House – and even looking back at the photos I feel like I’m transported to another world. Check out the gorgeousness that is Desi + Justin:
VENDOR CREDITS // Photographer: Jill Tiongco Photography, Jill and Nicki | Wedding Dress Designer: Alessandra Rinaudo, Bella Bianca | Bridesmiad Dresses Designer: Dessy Collection | Tuxedo Designer: Brooks Brothers | Hair Stylist: Murphy’s Beauty Law | Alex | Make-up Artist: Murphy’s Beauty Law | Lauren | Wedding Coordinator: Simply Elegant Group | Lindsay, Gina | Videographer: Petit Four Films | Florist: Life in Bloom | Cake Artist: Deerfield Bakery | DJ: Stitely Entertainment | Paper Goods Designer: Lydia Evans | Ceremony Venue/Reception Venue/Caterer: Armour House
2018 will definitely be a year I never forget. The JTP team expanded to four, count ’em 1-2-3-4, photographers and we added two video teams and a photo booth. We documented over 30 weddings, I got engaged, and married (twice in five months). I spent time with family and friends, traveled to Canada, Belize, Texas, and Mexico… and did I mention I planned two weddings in less than five months (in the middle of the busiest part of my wedding season)?
It was ALLLL worth it and am so thankful for all of the love and support we received this year. To our friends, family, past and future clients, and anyone else reading – THANK YOU. Thanks for another incredible year. Let’s take a look back through some of my favorite shots, and remember that 2019 is going to be even better.
And last but most definitely not least – one of my favorite shots from OUR wedding 🙂 Have a safe and happy new year everyone! See you next year!
It’s so crazy to be sharing photos from MY wedding on here today! I love sharing all of your wedding stories on the blog, each couple is different and always brings a different spin to the wedding day. Our day was no different – we tried to incorporate little details that were meaningful to US (for example, our cats were carried down the aisle). We kept it simple, focused on the love, and for the most part – if it didn’t feel like us or make sense, we didn’t do it. We got married at Boyd’s Mason Lake Resort – which holds such a special place in our hearts. Dan’s family has been going there for years (Dan’s cabin is across the lake), it’s where we had our unofficial first date, and where he proposed in May.
I can honestly say, this was the best day of our lives. We had the best time, were surrounded by our closest friends and family (minus a few we wish could’ve been there) – and we had the best vendor team making sure everything was perfect. Simply Elegant Group and AEG Production made our vision a reality. Our JTP photographers and videographers captured every moment for us to remember forever. Most of all, our friends and family surrounded us with a bubble of support and all the happy feelings and we couldn’t have asked for a better weekend. Here are my favorite moments from the day!
VENDOR CREDITS // Photographer: Jill Tiongco Photography, Nicki/Mark | Wedding Dress Designer: Brizan Couture | Bridesmiad Dresses Designer: Lulus | Tuxedo Designer: Men’s Warehouse | Hair Stylist: Brooke Klay | Make-up Artist: Bianca Sansosti Artistry | Wedding Coordinator: Simply Elegant Group, Lindsay | Videographer: Jill Tiongco Photography, Tony/Danny/Alex | Guitarist: Alex Hoffer Music | Florist: AEG Production | Cake Artist: Linda Zedrow | DJ: Style Matters, Max | Woodwork/Signs: DMHWoodwork | Ceremony/Reception Venue/Caterer: Boyd’s Mason Lake Resort
Ada + Charlie’s wedding was one of those days you don’t forget. The 90s-2000s throwbacks all day long, the choreographed dance by the whole wedding party, and the moment Charlie saw his wife for the first time and burst into tears. It was a day full of love – and I’m so excited to share it on the blog today. Ada + Charlie, it was such a pleasure witnessing and documenting your love story. Thank you for letting us be a part of it all – and all our love to you in the future!
VENDOR CREDITS // Wedding Dress Designer: Vanessa’s Modern Bride Boutique | Bridesmiad Dresses Designer: David’s Bridal | Tuxedo Designer: The Black Tux | Wedding Coordinator: Sarah Kathleen Events – Luis Manuel Reveles | Videographer: Wells Spun – Abby King| Florist: Little Shop on the Prairie – Natalia Kula | DJ: Music By Design – Jim | Paper Goods Designer: Kelly Fuad | Ceremony Venue: Bridgeport Art Center Sculpture Garden | Reception Venue: Bridgeport Art Center Sculpture Garden | Caterer: Limelight Catering – Bryn Dyar
Caroline + Ricky started dating their junior year of high school at Lake Zurich. Their ELEVEN year anniversary was this past June 27th just about a month before their new anniversary for the rest of their lives. They made it through years of long distance, and finally Ricky’s residency brought them back home to Chicago two years ago. On a trip with their pup, Cooper, at Caroline’s family’s lake house in Michigan – Ricky surprised her by proposing on the beach where the rest of her closest friends and family were waiting to celebrate along with them.
Their wedding was at one of our favorite wedding locations – Chicago Botanic Garden, and planned by one of the best in Chicago, Clementine Custom Events. The JTP Team (Nicki), took lead on this GORGEOUS day, and all of the photos are just stunning. I’m so happy to share some of our favorites from the day. Congrats and all our love to Caroline + Ricky!
VENDOR CREDITS // Wedding Dress Designer: Custom Pronovias Dress, Salon: Jade Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses Designer: BHLDN | Tuxedo Designer: Knot Standard | Hair Stylist: Kaizen Bridal | Make-up Artist: Hannah Elisabeth Beauty, Melissa Ma | Wedding Planner: Clementine Custom Events, Alicia Terran | Videographer: Taylor Kiger, byDesign Films | Florist: Vale of Enna | Cake Artist: ECBG Cake Studio | DJ: Okyne Media, Stacy Okyne| Paper Goods Designer: Minted| Ceremony/Reception Venue/Caterer (Culinary Landscape): Chicago Botanic Garden
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 |
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
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