Archive for Photography | Weddings

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

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

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

How they met: “We met at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as undergrads. We didn’t know each other well, but ran back into each other several years after graduating in Chicago. Michael had to work pretty hard to get a first date, but once he did the rest was history.”

How he proposed: “Melanie had moved from Chicago to Cleveland for a year to complete her Mohs fellowship. At the end of fellowship, we were in Chicago for a friend’s wedding over Mother’s Day weekend and Melanie was scheduled to fly out on Sunday. Michael told Melanie that they were going for a walk to meet his sister on the lakefront before their Mother’s Day brunch with Melanie’s family. While walking on the lakefront overlooking the city, he got down on one knee and had a photographer there to capture the moment! Michael had already arranged an engagement party with both of their families afterwards and contacted her program director/rescheduled Melanie’s flight for Monday evening so they could spend the time celebrating with each other and their families.”

How we spent the wedding day: Melanie and Michael were surrounded by their friends and family watching their year of planning come into fruition. They danced the night away and topped off the night with tacos from a Chicago (and personal) favorite, Big Star! Take a peek into their amazing wedding day – all the best to Melanie + Michael!

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VENDOR CREDITS // Wedding Dress Designer: Vera Wang Chicago | Bridesmiad Dresses Designer: Jenny Yoo | Tuxedo Designer: Paco’s Custom Clothiers | Hair Stylist: Stacie Yarosz | Make-up Artist: Joanna B. Artistry | Wedding Coordinator: Greatest Expectations, Calli Lucas | Videographer: The Color Flow | Florist: Four Finches | Cake Artist: Sweet Mandy B’s | Band: Stitely Entertainment Chicago Groove Collective | Paper Goods Designer: SHINE Weddings | Ceremony Venue: St. James Chapel | Reception Venue: Chicago Illuminating Company | Caterer: Boka Catering |  Late Night Food: Big Star | Macarons: La Fournette | Lighting: FROST

Summer 2012: After college, Katie’s roommates had a friend from UW Madison come visit. Enter Jake. Shortly after the visit, Katie + Jake started dating.

August 2017: Five years later, in their apartment, Jake asked Katie to marry him. The first gift she gave him was a Harry Potter themed mug. So that morning, he had Katie pour him coffee and the ring was in the mug along with a clue that lead her to a Harry Potter book (marked at her favorite chapter) and a note.

September 2018: A little over a year later – Katie + Jake had the most beautiful wedding at the Pritzlaff in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The mix of pinks and textures against the blue sky and water was incredible. And with the help of their family and friends – they had the best night of their lives. Here are a few of our favorites, taken by JTP Team Photog, Nicki.

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VENDOR CREDITS // Wedding Dress Designer: Weddings 826 | Bridesmiad Dresses Designer: BHLDN | Tuxedo Designer: Macy’s Bar III | Hair/Make-up Stylist: Style by R, Shenna | Videographer: ojo Creative | Florist: Jaimers Floral | Cake Artist: The Cake Lady | DJ: Sound by Design | Ceremony/Reception Venue: Pritzlaff Events | Caterer: Saz’s

When you ask Kevin, he will tell you the proposal planning process started eight years ago when him and Maureen first met after which he admitted to his mom that he could see himself marrying this girl. Fast forward eight amazing years and we arrive at Maureen’s 26th birthday. After a full day out on the town celebrating (and Kevin doing his best at the seemingly impossible task of keeping it cool), they ventured to the last part of the day’s plan, dinner at the London House rooftop. Upon arrival, they were led to the roped off area of the Cupola to “wait for their table.” They headed up the walkway covered with rose petals which lead them to a small table with a bottle of champagne on ice waiting for them to celebrate. At this point, Maureen was thinking “wow, this is a lot for my birthday” until she turned around and saw Kevin’s face as he started to say “I’ve been waiting eight years to ask you this…” Kevin could do nothing to keep from shaking, sweating, smiling, and being filled with the most excitement and nervousness he had ever experienced. While the next 20 seconds he admittedly “blacked out,” he finally asked the question and received the answer he had been dying to hear for so long. Joined by their parents soon after, they celebrated the rest of the evening together taking in the beautiful views of the city with their wonderful company! The next day they left on their first European adventure together and rode the “engagement high” in London, Paris and Barcelona as they started their future of (soon-to-be) Mr. and Mrs. Johnson! – from Maureen + Kevin

I love hearing couples tell their own stories, in their own words. People always ask me if I get bored shooting weddings – and the truth is – every wedding and couple is so different… it’s always new and exciting to me 🙂 So, here’s their wedding day story, told through my camera – enjoy!

 

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VENDOR CREDITS // Photographer: Jill Tiongco Photography, Jill | Planner: Shannon Gail Weddings and Events, Samantha | Venue: City Winery | Florals: Fleur | Music: Innocenti Quartet | Decor: Imagination Designers

Jackie + Colin knew each other in college, but the timing wasn’t right until Tinder intervened. After finally both being single at the same time, they ran into each other on Tinder and exchanged numbers to meet up. They met at a bar called Mcguinans – which is where Colin proposed a few years later. Their wedding had all the glam – set in Chicago’s River Roast – they were surrounded by their friends and family as they partied their way into marriage! Take a look through some of our favorite moments from their September 2019 wedding shot by JTP Team photog, Nicki.

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VENDOR CREDITS // Photographers: Jill Tiongco Photography, Nicki | Wedding Dress Designer: Bella Bianca, Sareh Nouri | Bridesmiad Dresses Designer:  Alfred Sung, Brideside | Tuxedo Designer: The Black Tux | Hair Stylist: Blowout Junkie, Rhona Kane | Make-up Artist: Salon Glow,
Corri Loren | Florist: Dirty Boots Flowers | Cake Artist: Urban Icing | DJ: Stache, Dave Ensslin | Ceremony Venue: Assumption Catholic Church | Reception Venue/Caterer: River Roast

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.

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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:

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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.

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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!

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