Tis wedding season!

Hello everyone! I'm so sorry for not blogging in FOREVER.  Tis the busy season and time escapes me so quickly. I will get caught up at some point with blogging but my brides come first and getting their photos to them is my priority. However! I wanted to check in and also share a few photos from this past weekend. I had 2 weddings and both were so amazing. First up was Ben and Christine. Amazing farm wedding at Oak Hill in Apple Valley complete with baby horses and twinkle lights. I'll share more as I edit them but here are a couple...

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Next we had MJ and Evan. Couldn't have asked for more perfect weather. No rain and not too hot. I photographed this beautiful girl as a high school senior and was so thrilled to be able to capture her wedding. XOXO MJ! 

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Kerry and Mirel in Punta Mita | Part Two

Happy New Year Everyone!! I hope everyone has had an amazing Christmas and New Years, and continues to have the best 2018. I've already got around 17 weddings booked for 2018 and can't wait to hear from those of you who've gotten engaged over the holidays! First post of 2018 is part 2 of Kerry and Mirel's wedding in Punta Mita, Mexico. After the most amazing sunset ceremony, we were able to get a few wedding party photos in before our sunlight was gone. I have to say, the floral arrangements not only for the ceremony, but the reception were just jaw-dropping. The head table was probably 30' long and there were flowers from one end to the other covering all of the food, plates, glasses, etc on the table which is usually unsightly for your speech photos. As a surprise, Kerry's brother flew in Danielle Caesar to preform their first dance live! Whaaaaat?!?! They also had parent dances that were the most fun I've had. Everyone packed the dance floor until last call (including Chance the Rapper!) My description really does no justice to this wedding. Check it out. 
Wedding Venue: Four Seasons, Puta Mita. Rentals: Rocco and Grupo Trendy. Florist: Francisco Salazar from VODAX. Huppa: Mobva. Hair and Makeup: Franc Gole and Jesus Avelar. Video and Second Shooter: Maxiko Media and Eder Acevedo. Wedding Planners: Chic Concepts Wedding Gown: Vera Wang.

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Kerry and Mirel | Punta Mita, Mexico | Part 1

Where do I even begin with this wedding? My final wedding of 2017, and it was more amazing than I can even describe. I've known Kerry's family for quite some time now, but when I got the email to photograph Kerry's wedding in Punta Mita, Mexico, I was floored. To have the opportunity to photograph a wedding in such an amazing location.... pretty sure I did a happy dance. I have so many photos I want to share with you all that I am splitting this into parts. I was there from a Thursday until Sunday, and photographed all of the events that happened over the weekend from the welcome cocktails, to the rehearsal fiesta, to the wedding and finally the farewell brunch. Here are some of my favorites so far for the first half of the wedding day. 
Wedding Venue: Four Seasons, Puta Mita. Rentals: Rocco and Grupo Trendy. Florist: Francisco Salazar from VODAX. Huppa: Mobva. Hair and Makeup: Franc Gole and Jesus Avelar. Video and Second Shooter: Maxiko Media and Eder Acevedo. Wedding Planners: Chic Concepts Wedding Gown: Vera Wang.

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 I think the MOH was more nervous than the bride... Great shot Eder!

I think the MOH was more nervous than the bride... Great shot Eder!

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To be continued...

Autumn and Chris | Wheeling Wedding

My last local wedding of 2017! I've known this girl for years! She is the one responsible for my amazing various hair colors. =) So thankful that for one day, it did not rain. We just had to brave the cold. But we had hand warmers, and make good use of our time to keep everyone from becoming icicles. Autumn's entire wedding took place at the Westin in Wheeling. A mere 5min from my home. They have an amazing little pond for photos that leads into a forest preserve. Perfect! Here is a brief sampling from their gorgeous wedding day. 

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Kelley and Roger | Lake Geneva Wedding

I seriously love this couple. They created the most amazing images... why? Because they weren't even worrying about me. They were completely in the moment, having the best day of their lives. That's the key to amazing photos my friends. Have a couple of drinks if you're tense. Loosen up! Have fun! It's your wedding! =) The rain was set to arrive by 2pm that day and we cranked out those photos just in time. Location: Geneva National Dress: Houghton "Cheyne" Flowers: Gia Bella Flowers

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 When Grandma insists on helping you with your shoes. 

When Grandma insists on helping you with your shoes. 

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 seesters....

seesters....

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 Best. Photo. Ever. hahahahaha

Best. Photo. Ever. hahahahaha

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Rachel and Ryan, pt 1 | Lake Geneva Wedding

So I'm blogging this wedding in parts... because there are so many photo I want to share. Rachel is a good friend and has been through the wringer the past year with the passing of her mother Karen. Rachel did an amazing job of keeping her mother with us throughout the entire day. We laughed. We cried. But mostly we celebrated the way Karen would have. We start with some getting ready shots, the first look and wedding party photos.. 
Location: Horticultural Hall, Lake Geneva WI

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Becca + Andrew | Chicago Engagement

Becca wasn't even sure she wanted engagement photos, but since I offer them as complimentary... why not? I met up with Becca and Andrew the other night at their place. They wanted me to capture them just doing their thing at home and around the neighborhood. It was THE BEST. We went up to their rooftop to find an amazing space to entertain friends with a fabulous view. We took a little spin around the block where we found Becca's favorite trees and some really great building facades. We even stopped for Gelato! Check it out!

Meredith and McCartney | Libertyville Farm

It was a little humid... and there were some mosquitoes... but these two rocked their session last night! Meredith has been leasing this horse for the past 2 years, and sadly, their time to part ways comes in August. Meredith will be headed off to college. What better way to celebrate her graduation and the bond these two have formed than with gorgeous sunset photos. Good luck at Balmoral this week!!

Tara and Luke | Richfield Wedding

Tara and Luke kicked of the month of June wedding with this amazing celebration! Perfect weather, and one of the most beautifully put together weddings I've seen. I have to say, in addition to all of the amazing wedding party shots, I'm posting a bunch of the reception details. Peonies and eucalyptus leaves everywhere! This girl knows the way to my heart. AND!! Tara has spent her engagement collecting second-hand china for every place setting at the wedding. Amazing! Some of the vendors making this gorgeous event possible are Terrace 167 , flowers by Wood Violet, and makeup by Megan Holstine

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Want this bus? Get one through Partridge Family Party Buses

Vaulting | Lancaster KY

I've been spending a bit of time in KY the last couple of months during my off season doing all things equestrian. While I was at Meadow Lake Equestrian Center, I came across their vaulting team during a practice session. So cool!! It's like gymnastics and dance on horseback. They were kind enough to let me take some photos and even participate a little myself at the end. Check it out! 

 They use a barrel to practice before doing on horseback.

They use a barrel to practice before doing on horseback.

Boudoir

I don't post much... or anything really.. about the boudoir sessions I do. I do actually photograph these types of sessions. Most of my clients want to keep the images private for various reasons. I did however get permission to post this one, which I am thrilled about! So beautiful!

Autumn and Chris | Libertyville Engagement

We were dodging rain all through this session but we were able to have a great time and even get access to Tavern when it was closed. Too fun! Meet Autumn and Chris. Autumn has been coloring my hair for probably 10 years now. All those funky colors and designs come from this girl. Def check her out HERE. Can't wait for their wedding this fall!

Free Me workshop | Seattle WA

Last week I traveled to Seattle Washington to participate in the Free Me workshop by Candice Zugich, also known as The Blissful Maven. She's amazing. Her photos make you feel something. They are intimate and the connection between her subjects is intense. I love it. My goal was to see how she worked and was able to pull this emotion and connection out of people for the camera. So in love with these photos... Totally inspiring. Starting to scout locations so that I can take more photos like this. If you are interested in being one of my model couples, shoot me a message. Styling by Candice Zugich.

Laura and Mark | Madison Club Wedding

I love Madison. It has the big city buildings but a small town feel. I've been to the Madison Club a few times now and it's such a wonderful venue for a wedding. It was pretty chilly this fall day, and windy! The ladies were such troopers to go out and get some shots with the capital building in the background. So gorgeous! 

 LOVE this. 

LOVE this.