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January 2015

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ArTango Wedding in Chicago with Voni and Clivens

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Two things we love: vivid colorful street art in Chicago and our lovely couples in front of it

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So, this morning Jason and I were talking about how cold it is and how awesome it was that a year ago, Voni and Clivens braved the very brisk January weather to do a Chicago Engagement session in the winter with us.  Seriously you guys- we talk about you all of the time. So I found it fitting to blog about their ArTango Wedding in Chicago today.

Voni and Clivens met online, but Clivens likes to tell people that they met at a bar. Haha, which is technically true- also, in that case- Jason and I met at a coffee shop diner. 🙂

Voni and Clivens both moved from their home states to Chicago. I’m from Michigan, so I know how that goes. But yes, on to their wedding!

They both got ready at The James Hotel- Clivens actually got ready in the library room, which I didn’t know existed- and that was a pretty awesome spacious location option for the guys to get ready.

Where is this mural? It’s at a fast food parking lot on the way to their ArTango Wedding.  I asked them if we could stop here because I was a bit smitten by it.

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I hope you guys are staying warm on the northside and that the lake is not making any crazy wind or ice this year!  Happy late birthday Voni and I hope your European honeymoon was AMAZING.

Also, a big thank you to all of the vendors- here is the shout out list:

Getting Ready Location- The James Hotel
Ceremony and Reception Location- ArTango Wedding
Florist- Beata from Dahlia Blooms
Hair and Makeup- Rachel and Audrey from Strange Beauty Show
Shoes- Nina
Dress- Casablanca Bridal
Caterer- ArTango Bistro Wedding Events
DJ- Kevynn Global
Suit- Ferrecci
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January 2015

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The Rookery Wedding Chicago- Jane & John

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The Rookery was the perfect location for their around the world bash.

Jane and John planned their wedding all of the way from Australia, across the globe. Jane is originally from Chicagoland, and John is from Ireland. Which, made it pretty perfect to have the most ultimate wedding cake EVER.  Ultimate? Yes.  Just scroll down and you will see the amazingness below. Well, ok- I’ll tell you, Jane’s mom ordered a Globe Shaped wedding cake.  Yes! Imagine a cake shaped like the world.  It had the Bean on top, and fondant designed homes and buildings near and dear to Jane and John’s hearts. Gah, it was amazing!  Along with all of the other details Jane planned for- giant wedding balloons, stopping by an Irish Pub on their wedding day for John, embroidering their wedding date onto her dress, and so much more.

Okay, you can see The Rookery Wedding for yourself. But- to start off, Jane got ready at her parent’s house. They also had their ceremony at Holy Family Chicago – my favorite Cathedral in Chicago, and we happily had the opportunity to photograph many weddings there this year.  Plus, everyone there is super nice, and I’m a fan of super nice. 🙂
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So it was a super hot summer day during their ceremony- for which they had the fans blowing inside the church. I’m a fan of Jane’s veil blowing in the breeze down the aisle. <3The Rookery Chicago Wedding Photographer Editorial Photography Studio Finch Modern_0017 The Rookery Chicago Wedding Photographer Editorial Photography Studio Finch Modern_0018 The Rookery Chicago Wedding Photographer Editorial Photography Studio Finch Modern_0019 The Rookery Chicago Wedding Photographer Editorial Photography Studio Finch Modern_0020 The Rookery Chicago Wedding Photographer Editorial Photography Studio Finch Modern_0021 The Rookery Chicago Wedding Photographer Editorial Photography Studio Finch Modern_0022 The Rookery Chicago Wedding Photographer Editorial Photography Studio Finch Modern_0023 The Rookery Chicago Wedding Photographer Editorial Photography Studio Finch Modern_0024 The Rookery Chicago Wedding Photographer Editorial Photography Studio Finch Modern_0025 The Rookery Chicago Wedding Photographer Editorial Photography Studio Finch Modern_0026 The Rookery Chicago Wedding Photographer Editorial Photography Studio Finch Modern_0027 The Rookery Chicago Wedding Photographer Editorial Photography Studio Finch Modern_0028 The Rookery Chicago Wedding Photographer Editorial Photography Studio Finch Modern_0029 The Rookery Chicago Wedding Photographer Editorial Photography Studio Finch Modern_0030 The Rookery Chicago Wedding Photographer Editorial Photography Studio Finch Modern_0031 The Rookery Chicago Wedding Photographer Editorial Photography Studio Finch Modern_0032 The Rookery Chicago Wedding Photographer Editorial Photography Studio Finch Modern_0033 The Rookery Chicago Wedding Photographer Editorial Photography Studio Finch Modern_0034 The Rookery Chicago Wedding Photographer Editorial Photography Studio Finch Modern_0035
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Jane, your back muscles are AMAZING… it’s like you play tennis or something.The Rookery Chicago Wedding Photographer Editorial Photography Studio Finch Modern_0045b The Rookery Chicago Wedding Photographer Editorial Photography Studio Finch Modern_0046
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The Rookery is such an amazing historical building. It was designed by Burnhan and Root in 1888, and the lobby was remodeled by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1905- which is all of the amazingness you can see in the photo below. In case you want to nerd out a bit more about the Rookery, HERE is the wikipedia page.The Rookery Chicago Wedding Photographer Editorial Photography Studio Finch Modern_0059 The Rookery Chicago Wedding Photographer Editorial Photography Studio Finch Modern_0060 The Rookery Chicago Wedding Photographer Editorial Photography Studio Finch Modern_0061 The Rookery Chicago Wedding Photographer Editorial Photography Studio Finch Modern_0062 The Rookery Chicago Wedding Photographer Editorial Photography Studio Finch Modern_0063 The Rookery Chicago Wedding Photographer Editorial Photography Studio Finch Modern_0064
My favorite shot is the Black and White photo of Jane and John’s first dance at The Rookery Wedding, you can see all of the architecture.The Rookery Chicago Wedding Photographer Editorial Photography Studio Finch Modern_0066 The Rookery Chicago Wedding Photographer Editorial Photography Studio Finch Modern_0067  The Rookery Chicago Wedding Photographer Editorial Photography Studio Finch Modern_0069 The Rookery Chicago Wedding Photographer Editorial Photography Studio Finch Modern_0070 The Rookery Chicago Wedding Photographer Editorial Photography Studio Finch Modern_0071 The Rookery Chicago Wedding Photographer Editorial Photography Studio Finch Modern_0072 The Rookery Chicago Wedding Photographer Editorial Photography Studio Finch Modern_0073 The Rookery Chicago Wedding Photographer Editorial Photography Studio Finch Modern_0074 The Rookery Chicago Wedding Photographer Editorial Photography Studio Finch Modern_0075 The Rookery Chicago Wedding Photographer Editorial Photography Studio Finch Modern_0076 The Rookery Chicago Wedding Photographer Editorial Photography Studio Finch Modern_0077 The Rookery Chicago Wedding Photographer Editorial Photography Studio Finch Modern_0077b The Rookery Chicago Wedding Photographer Editorial Photography Studio Finch Modern_0078 The Rookery Chicago Wedding Photographer Editorial Photography Studio Finch Modern_0079 The Rookery Chicago Wedding Photographer Editorial Photography Studio Finch Modern_0080 The Rookery Chicago Wedding Photographer Editorial Photography Studio Finch Modern_0081
Jason’s favorite shot. <3The Rookery Chicago Wedding Photographer Editorial Photography Studio Finch Modern_0082Jane and John I hope you guys are having a wonderul summer in Australia right now.  I hope your wedding in Ireland was amazing as well! I am so excited to design your wedding albums, since there is so much goodness to choose from.
A huge thank you as well to all of the vendors who made this The Rookery Wedding possible.

Ceremony location- Holy Family Chicago Church.
Reception venue- The Rookery Wedding.
Makeup artist- Rebekah Veen.
Hair Stylist- Nicole Fantauzzo.
Florist- Kate McCollum- KLA Designs.
Shoes- Steve Madden.
Dress- Cosmobella.
Caterer- Jewell Catering.
Cocktail Hour Guitartist- Gregory Hyde.
DJ- Rolling Sounds.

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January 2015

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Lacuna Artist Loft Wedding with Jamila and Andrei in Chicago

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It was such a joy to photograph Jamila and Andrei’s Lacuna Artist Loft wedding

The best room to have your portraits taken ever!

Jamila!!  You might recognize her- she was the awesome makeup artist who did Danley’s makeup when she got married a few years ago. Now it’s Jamila’s turn, and she had to get her own makeup artist. No one actually believed that she was going to hire a makeup artist- but! photos are proof, indeed she did. Andrei and Jamila picked Lacuna Artist Loft Wedding venue because Hebru used to use it as his main artist space.  I’ve known Hebru and his work for years thanks to my old roommate Niki. He does pretty amazing stuff- check out his website!

Anyway, it ended up raining on Jamila and Andrei’s wedding day, like a crazy rain. Thankfully, it only lasted for about 30 minutes, so everyone was still able to enjoy the amazing rooftop wedding celebration at Lacuna Artist Loft’s roof- filled with a view of the Chicago skyline.

 

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The Chicago Library is all fuzzy in the background behind the rain drops.  Okay- so maybe it rained more than 30 minutes… but thankfully it was all gone by the time the cocktail hour was over.

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I’m in love with the ruffles on Jamila’s dress!! Nice touch Veronica Sheaffer, nice touch.

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We all smooshed in a cab together on the way to Jamila’s Lacuna Artist Loft Wedding. I like cab smooshing photos 🙂

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Seriously, coolest room ever.  I normally don’t post family photos- but I had to show this space off.

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The Chicago skyline view was pretty amazing.

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I hope you guys will have an amazing trip to Zimbabwe! Please please post lots of pictures so I can Facebook stalk you. xoxo

A big thank you to all of the vendors for Jamila and Andrei’s Lacuna Artist Loft wedding:
Getting Ready Location- The Blake Hotel
Ceremony and Reception Location- Lacuna Artist Loft Wedding Rooftop
Flowers- Daureen Salvador
Invitaions- Zinga Zow (They were amazing!!! Etched and laser cut wood)
Shoes- Badgley Mischka
Dress- Veronica Sheaffer
Catering- Jas Jerk
DJ- Eddie Mills

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A Chicago Beach Engagement Session with Meghan and Ben

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Chicago Beach Engagement Session

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Meghan and Ben were able to look so graceful on this blustery Chicago day. Seriously, the winds just wouldn’t let up- it was nuts.  But! Thanks to Meghan’s graceful step and vibrant maxi dress, the bustery day managed to look like it was all meant to be for their Chicago beach engagement session. Not to mention, the waves on the lake were huge!
We started off at a park in southern Chicago, and slowly worked our way over to the windy beach.  Naturally the beach was a great choice as Meghan and Ben are getting married in Cancun this fall.  With a plane full of guests headed down to Cancun for the Thanksgiving holiday.  We are so excited! Festivities on day 1 and portraits on day 2. Meghan and Ben have done a bit of traveling together, from the Caribbean to Italy and lovely places in between. Low key, breezy and fun, which is exactly what Meghan and Ben’s day will be.Studio Finch Chicago Cancun Destination Engagement Wedding Photography_0002 Studio Finch Chicago Cancun Destination Engagement Wedding Photography_0003 Studio Finch Chicago Cancun Destination Engagement Wedding Photography_0004 Studio Finch Chicago Cancun Destination Engagement Wedding Photography_0005 Studio Finch Chicago Cancun Destination Engagement Wedding Photography_0006 Studio Finch Chicago Cancun Destination Engagement Wedding Photography_0007 Studio Finch Chicago Cancun Destination Engagement Wedding Photography_0008 Studio Finch Chicago Cancun Destination Engagement Wedding Photography_0009 Studio Finch Chicago Cancun Destination Engagement Wedding Photography_0010 Studio Finch Chicago Cancun Destination Engagement Wedding Photography_0011 Studio Finch Chicago Cancun Destination Engagement Wedding Photography_0012 Studio Finch Chicago Cancun Destination Engagement Wedding Photography_0013 Studio Finch Chicago Cancun Destination Engagement Wedding Photography_0014 Studio Finch Chicago Cancun Destination Engagement Wedding Photography_0015
Last shot = my favorite.  Ahhh, love a Chicago beach engagement session.  Perfect wind for perfect waves.

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August 2014

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A Cantigny Park Engagement Photography Session with Angela and Eric

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Ahh, Cantigny Park- you’re so picturesque I want to paint you! (Or at least have a gazillion more engagement sessions here)
Angela and Eric are getting married tomorrow! So naturally, I have to show these two lovelies off for their Cantigny Park engagement photography session. I am so excited that Angela chose Cantigny Park for the first half of her engagement session.  It’s located in Wheaton, IL which is close to both of their respective hometowns in the Chicago Suburbs. And the pops of florals along with Angela’s dresses are perfect. Angela wanted to have a taste of home along with a nod to Chicago itself for added variety and awesomeness.

Angela and Eric are getting married tomorrow at The Royal Melborne Country Club in Long Grove. Ahh Mature luscious trees are the best! Now, onto their Cantigny Park Engagement session. Can’t wait for tomorrow!
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A nod to Chicago and a Cantigny Park engagement session, it doesn’t get better than that!