Category Archives: Wedding
We are excited to blog Jordan and Justin’s Blumen Gardens Wedding next week! I wanted to share a few shots we caught on 120mm BW film at dust, just before the sun fully set and the light was fleeting.
Blumen Gardens is an incredibly amazing and beautiful wedding space, and we were lucky enough to have had the opportunity to capture Jordan and Justin’s big day there.
Here are a quick few snaps from their wedding day in Sycamore, Illinois: (until I post the rest of the amazingness next week!!)
Kelsey and Dave’s wedding is so incredibly refreshing and delightful. I mean, one of their colors are Yellow- which I love! They had a Ravenswood Event Center Wedding in Chicago, with their ceremony at St. Vincent DePaul Parish over on Sheffield. Bear with me you guys, I have to post a gazillion photos from their wedding because it was hard to chose which wedding moments were my favorite.
Kelsey and Dave met while attending DePaul- Dave actually worked at Kelly’s Pub, which is conveniently across the street from their St. Vincent DePaul ceremony. Dave was the bar tender and door guy, and Kelsey was smitten (as Dave would like to put it). Kelsey likes to think of it in the sense that they simply met at DePaul’s School of Education where Kelsey attended classes and Dave was the TA.
Speaking of smitten, Kelsey’s dad was smitten when he saw all of the beautiful cars for Ravenswood Event Center Wedding walk-through. That space was officially meant to be! And how could it not be?! Every floor is beautiful in it’s own right- cars, timber frames, floor to ceiling glass space? Heck yes!
Okay, I’ll stop babbling now so you guys can see their Ravenswood Event Center Wedding. The ladies got ready at the Westin Chicago River North.
Ah! Some of the views of the Chicago river at the Westin are breathtaking. I feel really lucky to be able to experience these places on a weekly basis.
Since we had the time, we had to do a first look with dad- the car guru. He’s a super sweet guy. I was a big fan of his wedding thank you toast.
We snapped a few extra rolls with the Contax645, with this light and her beautiful dress- how can you not.
Kelly’s Pub! The place they met!
Kelsey and Dave’s neighborhood of Roscoe Village. I didn’t know that this wonderful sign on the Metra existed until a month before their wedding when Kelsey asked if we can stop there on the way to their Ravenswood Event Center Wedding reception.
Ahh! Thank you so much you guys for having us apart of your big day.
And thank you to all of the vendors who helped make their Ravenswood Event Center Wedding oh so magical:
Getting Ready Location: Chicago Westin River North
Chicago Ceremony Location: St. Vincent DePaul Parish
Chicago wedding reception Location: Ravenswood Event Center Wedding
Flowers: Life in Bloom
Hair: Pink Beard Salon (Brittney Lingle)
Makeup: Shannon O’Brien
Invitations: designed by Christy Steinbrueck (best friend of maid of honor)
printed by VistaPrint
Wedding Shoes: Nina & Coach
Dress Designer: Allure
Caterer: Ravenswood Event Center
Cake/Baker: Sweet Mandy B’s
Music/DJ: Steve Hardy (Hardy Boii)
Ceremony Music: Robert Beatty (pianist) & Heather Boehm
Coordinator: Aly Szczek of Ravenswood Event Center
Suit Brand: Brooks Brothers
Tie Brand: Tie Bar
One of my favorite parts of meeting Shannon and Alex was Alex’s excitement for having balloons for their NYC Lighthouse Wedding. (Insert delightful squealing here… by myself, not Alex)
Shannon and Alex wanted to have a brunch wedding, and what better than a floor to ceiling window lit space at the NYC Lighthouse Wedding space. The Lighthouse is located at Pier 61, which is a part of Chelsea Piers. Whew- that location was a bit of a mouthful. OH! Speaking of mouthfuls, the catering for the NYC lighthouse wedding was delicious and oh so pretty! They had a hors d’oeuvres station setup of perfect little bites. Not to mention, the were very photogenic, and I dig photogenic food.
Ok, now down to the nitty gritty- my Achilles heel… Which was the detail at their NYC Lighthouse wedding which Shannon was most Excited about- HER SHOES! They have wings! GOLDEN WINGS! Sorry guys, it’s just that I couldn’t get enough of them. Shannon chose to have Sophia Webster shoes for her wedding. Oh, and her dress! Shannon chose a light blue/lavender lining of her Maggie Sottero Londyn dress and Alex hunted down a tie to match the lining. It turned out beautiful! It was a super unique wedding dress idea… and one which I hope will become more popular because it turned out lovely. (Especially with those heels!) Now, onto their NYC Lighthouse wedding ceremony.
Shannon’s Mom and Sister’s pro-tip for getting the dress on: loop the buttons on with knitting needles!
This wonderful man is the bagpiper for Alex and Shannon’s Lighthouse ceremony. Michael Hannigan, bagpiper of New Jersey extraordinaire!
Balloon wedding! 🙂
And bags! Alex and his dad handmade their corntoss boards. 🙂 Gotta love a NYC lighthouse wedding.
After their NYC lighthouse wedding, we went on to their wedding after party! Shannon and Alex maximized the merriment by inviting all of their friends and family to join them at their favorite bar in NYC. Highlands is amazing- they are on point with their cocktail knowledge and make a mean Penicillin Cocktail.
Alex and Shannon, your details were amazing! Thank you for having us a part of your big day.
A big thank you to the vendors involved for their NYC lighthouse wedding at Chelsea Piers:
NYC Lighthouse Wedding Venue: The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, Pier 61
After-partyVenue: Highlands NYC Scotchbar
Florist: Superior Florist Ltd NYC
Shoes: Sophia Webster
Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero
Catering: Abigail Kirsch
Cake: Abigail Kirsch
DJ: Scratch Weddings
Wedding Bagpiper: Michael Hannigan from Middletown, NJ
Hair and Makeup: Riza Salon
Laura and Chris are getting married today!!!! So I thought it would be fun to share their engagement session from the fall. We had the opportunity to photograph part of their session at the CAA. We also got to go all over the west loop as well as catch some dreamy chicago cityscape light. They are getting married at the Chicago Athletic Association today! Here are some snappy snaps.
Now, for their Chicago Athletic Association Engagement Session. <3
The fall colors in chicago were absolutely incredible. The kissy shot was the view from the CAA for their Chicago Athletic Association engagement session. 🙂 And Laura’s dress? GAH! It is amazing! Ok, a skirt/top combo, which she pulled off smashingly. Oh I can’t wait to show you guys her dress! A bit from their Chicago athletic association engagement session wedding over the weekend as well. 🙂 I had to add of of this loveliness in, because it’s still fresh in my mind. The maid of honor was Laura’s sister, Amy, and she had the most wonderful speech! She told the story of how Laura and Chris met, and how their first date in Elmhurst went on and on and on- to the point of where Chris ended up spending the night at Laura’s parents house with the family, on a separate floor of course. Amy thought it was hilarious, and couldn’t wait for the morning to come, but Chris already snuck out of the house and walked over a mile down the road to a laundry mat in order to charge his phone in order to be able to call a cab back to his car. When they saw each other again, they were essentially inseparable.
It was an incredibly sweet story, and I am so thankful to have been able to be present for it! As well as another thank you for having us a part of your Chicago Athletic Association Engagement Session.
Spring is here! And with spring, comes Chicago engagement session time as the city ‘springs’ to life again. We got to meet Carrie and Michael and shoot at their house, as well as around Lincoln Square, and Montrose Harbor for their Chicago engagement session. Woo! Wait for it… there’s a cat too. 🙂
Their Chicago engagement session was filled with jean jackets and wonderful navy combos- which went really well with the red curtains Carrie and Michael have in the apartment, yea it’s a weird thing to note, but I notice those things. Micheal’s been at their place for 5 years and it’s always great to be able to add those types of personal touches into a chicago engagement session.
Once the grass became it’s good old green self again, we set out to photograph Carrie and Michael’s engagement session. They even included their wonderful kitty, Cali, when we got photos of them hanging out in their Lincoln Square apartment. Cali pretty much stole the show- it was hard to not post every photo of her. Ha!
We ended up at Montrose Harbor to catch a little bit of the Chicago cityscape, which is one of my favorite views of the city because you get the Willis Tower, Drumpf Tower and Hancock all in one swoop.
Carrie and Michael are getting married at Ovation Chicago this fall, which is owned by the the cool DJ dudes over at Style Matters. They are some of our favorite wedding DJs in Chicago. Super friendly, and I’m excited about their Chicago wedding space.
We almost got Lincoln Square to ourselves, which is pretty awesome as there’s usually a ton of people hanging out on the benches and having a good time. Can’t wait for you guys’ Chicago wedding this fall! Thank you for the awesome engagement session and I’m so glad we got good weather up in Montrose Harbor. 🙂