Wooo! We have officially started to offer wedding VIDEO!
I have a newfound respect for wedding videographers- it’s a really fun process.
We are excited to begin offering this for our couples- I’m a huge fan of movies and composition, and this is something I always wanted to get into. Figuring it just makes sense to start offering video along side photo, since we both work together so well already and have been photographing weddings together since 2010.
We had the pleasure to capture Sam and Mike’s wedding at The Armour House at Lake Forest Academy. The Armour House is listed on the National Register of Historical Places and is a 29,000 square foot Italian style villa. They accommodate up to 260 guests for events and weddings. Couples can have both their ceremony and reception there. The outdoor space they have to offer it makes for an incredible ceremony and cocktail hour.
What an extraordinary location and couple to start off at for our first film. Sam and Mike actually met while attending Lake Forest Academy as students! So, it just made sense for them to have their wedding there as well.
Below is just a short teaser from our first wedding film.
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We took a day trip over to Nara so that I could experience the ever amazing Mochi man- the fastest Mochi pounder in the world! Aaaand it was an excuse to cheat on my diet and try some of his amazingly warm and gooey green tea/red bean mochi. It was phenomenal.
I can even begin to explain the amount of joy this action shot gives me. And the fact that I was able to capture it on 120mm film… it was… oh what’s the word for it? Ah- yes, a serendipitous moment. 😀
We started off taking the train from Kyoto over to Nara- which is where the famous mochi place is- and AND! There is also a giant park where you can feed the deer cookies. It was the best.
The deer also do tricks- if you bow to them, they bow to you for cookies. Yep- these wild deer know what’s up. That’s Jason in the middle of receiving a bow back… and in the blurry forground you can see a deer butt in the midst of pestering me and trying to get into my pockets for some deer cookies.
So something else I learned is that deer antlers are actually kinda squishy- and super sticky! I had no idea.
Here’s another shot of the mochi guys. The name of the Mochi shop is Nakatanidou and it’s on the Sanjo Dori road.
And here is a link to a video about them in case you guys are a bit curious. 🙂
Aaaand after our afternoon in Nara, we hopped on a train to Osaka to have some sushi and wander around a bit more before hopping on a train back to our Airbnb in Kyoto. (The JR Pass, I’m telling you, is awesome.)
Six months ago today we embarked on our trip to Japan. So it felt fitting to post about the first portion of our trip today. We were there for 8 days (well, Jason was there for 9… lucky duck) and we were able to squeeze a ton of things into the last minute itinerary.
I recommend getting a Japan Rail Pass. They offer it at a discount to tourists, but the catch is, is that you have to purchase it BEFORE you get to Japan. We got ours from a French company- ‘The Japan Experience‘ So with the JR Pass in hand, the main island was our oyster. And a beautiful oyster everything turned out to be.
Once we landed at the airport, we had a little misadventure trying to get money out of an ATM- but! we found out that you can get money out at the 7/11 ATMs and from the Post Office ATMs… buuut that’s about it for people who bank through Chase and Bank of America.
Ok! So after figuring all of that out we departed the next morning for Nagoya and Kyoto. One of my wonderful awesome friends, Sarah, lives and teaches English in Nagoya. It’s pretty awesome to have the chance to see friends from forever ago. And she of course knew all the best spots in town! It was a delicious feast of epic proportions. And I have a newfound love for okonomiyaki. <3 After Nagoya, we caught the last train offered on the JR Pass to Kyoto.
The photos are a bit out of order, so bare with me- it was 6 months ago. Kyoto has so many amazing temples that it’s hard to keep track of.
On the first day, we attempted to make it all of the way up to the top of the Fushimi Inari Shrine- hahaha, that was an epic fail. We got 2/3 of the way up before we saw on the map that there was another hour’s worth of climbing, so we called it, wandered back down and found a bright yellow stand serving okonomiyaki at the entrance gate.
On our 2nd day in Kyoto, we had an early start to the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, I recommend getting here super early, before all the tourists come in on the buses- it’s much more peaceful. After the bamboo grove, we wandered through the Kameyama-kōen Park, over the river, and ended up at Arashiyama Monkey Park- Iwatayama. The monkeys were quite glorious running around everywhere, and you could feed them pieces of banana.
We also ended up at Toji Temple, which probably looks amazing during the cherry blossom bloom. And then we were off! To Nara and Osaka- that’ll be tomorrow’s post. 🙂
And blogpost season begins!!! I’ve been in the midst of working on Megan and Patrick’s album, so I couldn’t help but share some photos online from their awesome sauce wedding. Megan and Patrick had a Hyatt Lodge at Mcdonald’s Campus wedding in Oakbrook. The scenery, guests, weather, details, overall vibe, and everything was picture perfect (zing!) And I was really digging Megan’s florals and bouquet- created by Ipomea Floral Design.
Before Megan and Patrick’s Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus wedding, the guys got ready at the hotel and Megan and her ladies got ready at Megan’s parents’ house, which was also the location of their post Chicago wedding ceremony/pre cocktail hour VIP cocktail hour. 😀
Oh oh! And they also had Irish Dancers from the school Megan and her friends danced at. It was amazing to watch! I included some of those photos after the cocktail hour.
Ok, anyway- enough of my babbles. You can scroll and check out the loveliness that is Megan and Patrick’s Hyatt Lodge at Mcdonald’s Campus Wedding for yourselves.
Here is the lovely backyard VIP wedding party I mentioned earlier. 🙂 Just before we headed off to their Hyatt Lodge at Mcdonald’s Campus Wedding location.
And we are officially onsite for their Hyatt Lodge at Mcdonald’s Campus Wedding. Woo! Check out Megan and those dapper dudes.
A big thank you to all of the vendors who participated:
Ceremony Location: Immaculate Conception Church
Reception Location: Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus Wedding
Florist: Ipomea Floral Design
Invitations: Designed by Pat Dawson (Groom’s uncle)
Bride’s Shoes: Hitherto at BHLDN
Wedding Dress Designer: Watters Too
Bridesmaids Dresses: Monique Lhullier for BHLDN
Trolley: Premier Trolly and Limo
Hair and MUA: Style on Site– Carrie and Jules
Wedding Cake: Lezza Spumoni & Desserts
Music: Matt Stedman Band
Groom’s Suit: Jos A. Bank
Groom’s Tie: The Tie Bar
Wedding Colors: Blush, Peach, Green <3
Happy New Year!!! So this year has already been awesome (and full of surprises) over on this side of the computer screen. We just got back from an epic trip to Cuba with a few photography friends. All I have to say is- GO. GO- experience it, it’s amazing.
Anyway, I digress… So when we got back from out trip, a wonderful magnetic Save-the-Date was sitting in our snailmail box. From! These two lovelies. 🙂 So it felt fitting to share Lexie and Michael’s Chicago engagement session in Wicker Park with you guys.
We started Lexie and Michael’s Chicago engagement session in Wicker Park, the neighborhood they live in. And- And!!! You guys now get to witness the cutest, most photogenic dog ever. Meet Oliver. The most chill, fluffy, and wiggly little pup ever. So, of course, we started their Chicago engagement session in Wicker Park- to be able to snag a few shots of this guy.
Lexie and Michael are getting married at Blackhawk Hotel later this year, in Iowa. I cannot wait to share their photos at that space!! All Blackhawk Hotel weddings look awesome from what I’ve seen online. Cheers and enjoy. 🙂
Gah, Lexie, your hair looks awesome even on a super blustery day. (Yea, I said blustery- everyone in Winnie the Pooh would have been proud)