Archive for Photography | Weddings

Erin + Joe are some of the happiest people we’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing. From their engagement session on the 606, to their wedding day this past March, Erin + Joe have always been nothing but smiles and love for each other. Their love is contagious – and it really pops out in the photos. JTP Team Photog, Nicki, took the lead on this one – and even though I’ve never actually met Erin – we still chat all the time (that’s just the kind of awesome person that she is). I love seeing their happy smiles and wish all the best to my Logan Square neighbors, Erin + Joe!

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VENDOR CREDITS // Photography: Jill Tiongco Photography, Nicki/Hanna | Wedding Dress Designer: BHLDN | Bridesmiad Dresses Designer: David’s Bridal | Tuxedo Designer: Men’s Warehouse | Hair Stylist: Katie Meyers | Make-up Artist: Michelle Tomblin | Wedding Coordinator: Plum & Ivy Events | Videography: Fox and Ivory | Florist: Bella Flora | Cake Artist: Orland Park Bakery | DJ: DJUJ | Paper Goods Designer: Minted | Ceremony/Reception Venue/Catering: Ruffled Feathers Golf Club

Jill and Dan flew out to Lake Tahoe for this one! There was a huge snowstorm in Chicago that weekend, but after three cancelled flights, a 360 spin across the highway, and the rental car service being out of the car we ordered… we made it! The weather didn’t end up working out for Jenna + Chris on their actual wedding day (but every other day surrounding the wedding was beautiful so at least they got to enjoy that!) – but they rolled with mother nature’s punches and kept the focus on their love for each other.

We’re so lucky to have had this experience with them – and we’re even more excited to share some of our favorite photos from the day! All our love to Jenna + Chris doing their thing on the west coast!

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VENDOR CREDITS // Photographer: Jill Tiongco Photography, Jill/Dan | Wedding Dress Designer: Michael Medina, Dimitras Bridal | Tuxedo Designer: Men’s Warehouse | Hair Stylist: Salon Bella Vita | Make-up Artist: Salon Bella Vita | Wedding Coordinator: Marcella Camille Events | Florist: Thran’s Flowers | Cake Artist: West Shore Cafe & Inn | DJ: Funtion45 | Paper Goods Designer: Minted | Ceremony/Reception Venue: West Shore Cafe & Inn | Caterers: West Shore Cafe & Inn

Dana + Joe’s wedding was one of the last ones we photographed last year – and we loved it! They are one of those couples that you overhear little conversations between just the two of them throughout the day – and you just smile to yourself because you can tell they are not only so in love – but best friends. Fun fact: Joe forgot his pocket square, so he rocked our timeline (a folded up piece of paper) in his pocket instead 😉

It was a beautiful day with some of my favorite Chicago wedding vendors: my own personal hair/makeup team that I used for MY wedding – Brooke Klay and Joey Claeyssen of Arch Apothecary,  gorgeous florals from Stemline Creative, one of my favorite Chicago wedding venues Artifact Events, and all the yummy food from Food for Thought. Congrats Dana + Joe – I hope married life is treating you the best!

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VENDOR CREDITS // Photographer: Jill Tiongco Photography, Jill/Nicki/Dan | Wedding Dress Designer: Calla Blanche | Bridesmaid Dresses Designer: Dessy | Tuxedo Designer: Black Tux | Hair Stylist: Arch Apothecary, Brooke Klay | Make-up Artist: Arch Apothecary, Joey Claeyssen | Wedding Coordinator: Andrea Secara | Videographer: Robbie and Ryan | Florist: Stemline Creative | Cake Artist: Alliance Bakery | DJ: Elite DJs | Paper Goods Designer: Steracle Press | Ceremony/Reception Venue: Artifact Events | Caterer: Food for Thought | Music: Fretless Music | Transportation: Chicago Trolley

Lauren + Mike met at work. They were friends first, but according to Lauren she, “harassed him until he would go out with me.” Eventually, her persistence paid off and they got together! They got engaged on Lauren’s 30th birthday – they went to lunch and out for drink at the Robey Hotel. And on the rooftop, Mike gave Lauren her birthday gift – a book full of photos and captions – the last one being a photo of his face and the words “do this goof in the picture above a favor and take this ring.”

Their wedding was last November at Lacuna Lofts. With beautiful magnolia filled bouquets by Northern Greenhouses, leather jacket and sunglasses as accessories, and all the love in the world, Lauren + Mike said I do and the rest is history. Here are a few of our favorite moments…

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VENDOR CREDITS // Wedding Dress Designer: Pronovia Atelier, Nordstrom | Bridesmiad Dresses Designer: Katie May, Nordstrom | Wedding Coordinator: Mary Kehoe, Lacuna Events by LM | Florist: Northern Greenhouses | Cake Artist: L & M | DJ: Mike Catania | Paper Goods Designer: Regina Issac | Ceremony Venue: Saint Michael | Reception Venue: Lacuna Lofts | Caterer: Lacuna Events by LM

Katherine + Mike met working their summer jobs at the pool in their home town. Katherine was 15 and Mike was 16. They hit it off right away and dated for a few years during high school and college. They parted ways as they were long distance at different schools, but four years later Katherine sent Mike a happy birthday text (with no other motives) and they’ve been together ever since.

They tied the knot last September at Floating World Gallery while they danced to the tunes of Style Matters, ate ice cream from Bobtail, and the girls rocked it out holding flowers from Flowers for Dreams and wearing the flowiest of gowns by BHLDN and Show Me Your Mumu. Here’s some of our favorite moments from their day!

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VENDOR CREDITS // Wedding Dress Designer: Catherine Deane, BHLDN | Bridesmaid Dresses Designer: Show Me Your Mumu | Tuxedo Designer: Peter Millar | Hair Stylist: Lexi Grivetti, Salon Soca | Make-up Artist: Mandy Farmer | Florist: Flowers for Dreams | Dessert: Ice cream from Bobtail | DJ: Style Matters | Ceremony/Reception Venue: Floating World Gallery | Caterer: Cocina Fusion 

Joanna + Jordan’s wedding at the Geraghty last October. It was a super windy day that kept us inside the Langham, but if you’re stuck in a hotel – the Langham isn’t a bad place to be 🙂 And when you have a bride and groom that look at each other like these two do, you can do no wrong. Loving looking back at this day! Here are some of our favorite moments…

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VENDOR CREDITS // Photographer/Videographer: Jill Tiongco Photography | Wedding Dress Designer: Martina Liana from Mira Couture | Bridesmaid Dresses Designer: Morilee Bridesmaids | Hair Stylist: Krista Marie, KMarie Hair Studio | Make-up Artist: Carly Pribich | Wedding Coordinator: Randy Schuster | Florist: Renee Price | Cake Artist: Stuart Morginstin | Band: TVK Orchestra | Paper Goods Designer: Randy Schuster/Ketjillhoe Designs | Ceremony/Reception Venue: The Geraghty | Caterer: Stuart Morginstin

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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(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: Stemline Creative 

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above: Life in Bloom

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above: Flower Fantasy

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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