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Say whaaa? You do wedding films now? An Armour House at Lake Forest Academy wedding video teaser

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.

If you’re looking for a photographer or videographer or BOTH, then please contact us.

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A Chicago Ravenswood Event Center Wedding with Kelsey and Dave

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.
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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.
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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.Chicago wedding photo ravenswood event center loft photography vsco contax645 lifestyle photojournalist studio finch_0072 Chicago wedding photo ravenswood event center loft photography vsco contax645 lifestyle photojournalist studio finch_0073 Chicago wedding photo ravenswood event center loft photography vsco contax645 lifestyle photojournalist studio finch_0074 Chicago wedding photo ravenswood event center loft photography vsco contax645 lifestyle photojournalist studio finch_0075 Chicago wedding photo ravenswood event center loft photography vsco contax645 lifestyle photojournalist studio finch_0076 Chicago wedding photo ravenswood event center loft photography vsco contax645 lifestyle photojournalist studio finch_0077 Chicago wedding photo 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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

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Chicago Cafe Brauer Wedding with Erica and John

Eeek! I’m so excited to show you guys Erica and John’s Cafe Brauer wedding!

 

It was our first wedding of the 2016 season. We couldn’t have started our Chicago wedding photography year with a nicer couple for their Cafe Brauer wedding. Erica and John were/are awesome! We ventured were outside in March for their photos and they were such troopers to brave the chilly weather right on Lake Michigan.  I’m glad that the bridesmaids had long dresses on – thanks Jenny Yoo! We were all filled with warm thoughts, good vibes, and love, which helped keep us all warm.

Erica and John had their wedding festivities at the historic Cafe Brauer in Lincoln Park. It is an amazingly beautiful space made by Perkins & Hamilton in a Prairie Style architecture. It is one of our favorite spots in the Chicago to photography.

Erica’s bouquet, the bridesmaid’s dresses, and all of the other details mimicked the lavender and prairie green in Cafe Brauer Wedding’s space. We started the day off at Hotel Lincoln– which is conveniently close, FILLED with Mid Century Modern furniture and amazing antiques, which are all locally sourced.  Anything mid-century modern and vintage warms my heart. We also took a trip to the roof to Hotel Lincoln’s – The J. Parker.

Checkout the photos from their big day below.

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A huge thank you to all of the Vendors who were a part of Erica and John’s Cafe Brauer wedding, we couldn’t do it without you:

Flowers: Collette Clancy Flower Firm
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Dress Designer: Romona Keveza
Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo
Caterer: John Calihan Catering
Cake: Calihan Catering
Music/DJ: Toast and Jam
Groom’s Tux: Men’s Warehouse
Coordinator: Bambi Rogers
Hair/Makeup: Kate Johnson Artistry
Getting Ready Location: Hotel Lincoln
Ceremony and Reception Location: Cafe Brauer

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Announcement 1- A New addition to the Studio Finch Family!

Oh goodness, no. It’s not what you think.

As of late, we have been taking a roll of 35mm film at each of our couple’s weddings. We still shoot about 99% digital, and we love digital because it’s fast- and awesome for reception dance shots. But we also are obsessed with film.  Film is slow. Film has a delayed sense of gratification, and it’s like Christmas morning every time we get our prints back from film.

We have been in love with film since we began photographing, before we even met.  There is something about film that always makes me stare at photos with my mouth open, in awe. Honestly, we kind of forgot about shooting film over the years.

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It wasn’t until we were at WPPI in 2011 and we met Jose Villa. I honestly didn’t know too much about him, instead of the fact that he was an amazing film wedding photographer. I saw his photos everywhere, sometimes not even knowing they were his.  A couple of days after we met him, we ran into him at an expo booth, as he was saying his goodbyes to his film lab, Richard Photo Lab,before he went to the airport. When we exchanged hellos, he asked if we still shoot film. We said “No.” and then he handed us a 35mm Diana Camera with 8 rolls of film and responded- “You Should.”

For the next three years, that moment resonated with us.

We purchased a Canon EOS-1V 35mm film camera in May. Now we have progressed to our newest addition, our new and beloved Contax 645. I am beyond excited to have this little gem. They don’t make these 120mm cameras anymore, and the waist level viewfinder is hard to find.  I cannot wait to show you guys magical colors and milky whites and ACTUAL film grain over the next coming years as we progress into becoming hybrid wedding photographers.  Film & Digital.

Jose Villa, we cannot thank you enough for being so kind and inspiring.

A look through the viewfinder.

A look through the Contax 645 waist level viewfinder.

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Embassy Suites Chicago Wedding – Melanie and Jon

What an amazing day for photos – the Chicago light was just perfect

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Melanie and Jon had their ceremony at the Wicker Park Lutheran Church, which is just a short walk from our house. It rained in the beginning of Melanie and Jon’s wedding day, which actually worked out swimmingly for all of us.  Chicago seemed like it was glowing after their wedding ceremony in Wicker Park. Seriously though, glowing.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen the skyline look like that on a wedding day, it was beautiful.
Melanie got ready at Embassy Suites downtown before their ceremony, which was pretty convenient- as she and her guests staying at the hotel won’t really have much travel after the reception.
So, besides travel logistics, guys.  I have to say… I’m smitten with Melanie’s dress.  It was BEAUTIFUL.  And super well tailored.  The lace detail all over was so crazy gorgeous. And Melanie, of course, was stunning in it.
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And we are off to the ceremony for their Embassy Suites Wedding!

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Congrats again you guys!! Just think of Cabo San Lucas while you’re all cozy this winter. xoxo
And a big Thank you to all of the vendors involved for Jon and Melanie’s Embassy Suites Chicago Wedding.
Getting Ready Location- Embassy Suites Chicago
Ceremony Location- Wicker Park Lutheran
Reception Location- Embassy Suites Chicago Wedding

Florist- Fleur du Jour
Shoes- Angela Nuran
Dress- Enzoani
DJ & Uplighting- Grand DJ Entertainment
Suit- Vera Wang
Hair and Makeup- Kim Piech

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