Katie and Federico | Chicago Wedding

My second wedding of 2015 was part one of Katie and Fede's celebration of marriage. Their wedding took place in Chicago on what was quite a nice day for April. The sun was shining and the temps were tolerable. We started the day off getting ready at Katie's parent's home. We were able to quickly stop at Lincoln Park on the way to the ceremony for a few shots of both the ladies and the men without Katie and Fede seeing each other. From there, we headed to the ceremony at St. Clement Church - a lovely church with beautiful lighting. Our little ring bearer kept us all entertained throughout as he made his way around the pews, took a nap on the steps, and even gave some high-fives during the blessing. He was cracking everyone up!... or at least me. =) The ceremony was an evening affair so we were not able to take photos outside. However we did take advantage of the church interior for a few. The reception was at Sepia Private Dining. The perfect space for Katie's color pallet. We had a lovely dinner for close friends and family and a sweets table to finish. Next month, we head to Laredo, TX for part two of this celebration. Fede's family is from down there and we are going to have another celebration on the family's ranch. I can't wait! Enjoy your preview Katie and Fede. I can't wait for May!
Makeup by Beauty Babe by Sabrina.

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Check out the lining on Fede's suit!!

Check out the lining on Fede's suit!!

Jasmine Star Workshop

I had the most amazing day yesterday. I had the privilege of attending a workshop by Jasmine Star - a photographer from California that I am completely inspired by. It was hosted by Robin Rachel Photography in her amazing studio right across the street from Salvage One. Pretty much after the first 10 minutes, I thought to myself, jasmine is absolutely amazing and if the workshop ended right here, I'd be happy. Why? Because she was an open book. So real. So nice. And she hugged me before I knew what hit me. ha! I've heard about other photographers in the Chicago area that hold workshops and are horrible. They dance around answering specific questions and are just plain rude. Not Jasmine. Any question was answered. While shooting, she would tell her settings no problem. No secrets. I really didn't have anything specific going in to the workshop that I was looking to get. I was open. What ever she had to share about her experience and working with clients, I was a sponge. She confirmed some thoughts I had of my own, which gave me such a great confidence boost as to if I was doing it right. And of course she offered so many more great insights and ideas for being better. I could ramble on and on all day. So happy to be able to attend these workshops to better my business for all of you. Never stop learning! Always strive to do better! <3 you j* 

Jasmine explaining everything she is doing with posing our groom.

Jasmine explaining everything she is doing with posing our groom.

Working with movement. Girl got hair!

Working with movement. Girl got hair!

I didn't take many of the models myself mostly because I wanted to observe Jasmine and learn as much as possible. But the light here was so beautiful and the bokeh effect in the back was too awesome not to shoot this closeup.

I didn't take many of the models myself mostly because I wanted to observe Jasmine and learn as much as possible. But the light here was so beautiful and the bokeh effect in the back was too awesome not to shoot this closeup.

Christie and Jay get married.

So much fun in Chicago! Other than a little wind(to be expected), we had a beautiful day for photos. Christie and Jay had their ceremony in St. Thomas on the beach almost a month ago now. On saturday, they celebrated back home with all of their friends and family. We started at The Drake, visited the Adler Planetarium, ran around Michigan Ave, and finished up at The Back Room - a sweet jazz club on Rush that you should all check out. 

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