stylized chicago wedding shoot.

Back in May of this year, I had the honor of collaborating with eight other fabulous photographers (which we now call ourselves the “Photography Stylistas”) to work collectively on a Stylized Wedding Shoot. Connected, inspired, and motivated by Miss Jasmine Star herself (see throwback post) nine strangers began a journey of hectic planning, unchartered territories, new friendships, business partnerships, and did I mention hectic planning?

In a matter of weeks after meeting for the first time, the nine of us were able to put together a completely stylized shoot on the GORGEOUS (and I do mean absolutely gorgeous) rooftop of Lightology in Chicago. The tiny details, differing personalities, unpredictable Chicago weather, and quick timing of it all came together like it was simply meant to be. Paper goods designed by fellow Stylista Christine Brizendine of Dabble Me This adorned the table tops to add a classy touch. The invitations, place cards, menus, map, and RSVP cards cohesively reflected our gray and yellow theme for the day.

Wedding Details | Paper Goods


Wedding Place Cards and Dinner Menu

Wedding Invitations and Themed Wedding Invites

Beautiful flowers for the centerpiece and bride/groom, trendy succulents for added charm, personalized “Melissa + Mike” straws for the lemonade, wedding bands and engagement rings lent from Ultra Diamonds…

Chicago Rooftop Wedding Table Setting


Wedding Bands from Ultra Diamonds

Personalized Wedding Details | Lemonade Stand

…homemade lemon bars and other adorable treats for the sweets table…

Wedding Desserts | Sweets Table…not to mention our fierce models/real life couple Melissa and Mike Paddock (who by the way, made it so easy to photograph them because it’s obvious they’re so in love), all came together to help each and every one of us create some eye-catching photographs…

Chicago Wedding Portraits

Chicago Wedding Portraits

Chicago Wedding Portraits

Chicago Wedding Portraits

Chicago Photo-Journalistic Wedding Portraits

Photo-Journalistic Wedding Portraits | Chicago

It’s especially interesting to see the different points of view each photographer had that day. All equally fantastic, I’m literally amazed at some of the work you ladies produced … check it out for yourselves…

–          Robyn Schwab (

–          Nina Harwick (

–          Christine Brizendine (

–          Dominique Strom (

–          Zipporah Kapambwe (

–          Jenny Chavez (

–          Keren Sarai (

–          Nikole Burrell Fasoranti (

I’m also so excited to announce that all of our hard work paid off. Our shoot is being featured in the summer 2012 issue of Inspire Smart Success Magazine! Here’s a little sneak peak of the issue…. (I’m the one NOT holding the camera to my face haha, of course.) But more details on that coming soon 🙂

Inspire Smart Success


The entire process was so much fun, was a great learning experience, and I’m so thankful for the Stylistas—not only other photographers, but women I can call my friends. Can’t wait to do another shoot with you ladies!

Stylized Wedding Photographers | Chicago


A very special thanks to all the vendors that so generously donated their time, creativity, inspiration, and opinions to our Chicago stylized shoot. Each and every one of you brought something different to the table and helped make the shoot as gorgeous as it turned out.


Location | Lightology (Lindsay Wilps, Media Marketing Manager & Gregory Kay, Owner)

Rings | Ultra Diamonds

Paper Goods | Dabble Me This – Photography, Design, Painting

Succulents | Culver’s Garden Center and Greenhouse

Cake | Daisy Cake Boutique

Dessert Minis | Whole Foods Market

Florals | Whole Foods Market

Linens/Napkins | Freehling Pot and Pan Co.

Hair  | JR Style Chicago

Makeup | Jenessa Blaine, Certified Makeup Artist

Dress | Melissa of Watters Bridal