Carly and Jon | Arlington Heights Wedding

Congrats to Carly and Jon! Saturday was picture perfect in every way. A quick teaser for you of this gorgeous wedding... Ceremony, reception and wedding party photos all took place at and around the Metropolis in Arlington Heights. Love this downtown area!

Ashley and Mitch | Joliet Wedding

Ashley and Mitch were married on Saturday over the holiday weekend. There were storms in the forecast, and with the wedding being in Joliet, I thought for sure we'd get hit. Seems like Joliet gets hit pretty hard with storms usually. But we didn't! Not a drop of rain! So thankful because the photos and reception were held at the Patrick C. Haley Mansion. LOVE that place. So beautiful and so perfect for Ashley's wedding. Have a look! 

John + Erin | Independence Grove Wedding

Another beautiful wedding in the books. The forecast called for rain and storms all day. While we were prepared with umbrellas, my little rain dance worked once again. It was gorgeous - no rain and the sun joined us towards the end. Erin and John's entire wedding celebration was held at Independence Grove in Libertyville, IL. Such a great venue for both ceremony and reception. We had all kinds of time built into our timeline for photos which allowed us to go to the other side of the lake. So thrilled to be able to do this and take advantage of the scenery on that side. Later on the wedding party joined us for a few more shots in the garden area. Enjoy this little teaser Erin and John while I get your entire gallery ready! Thank you so much for having me document such a beautiful day in your lives!

Ben + Margaret | Bannockburn Wedding

So hard to even find where to start. This was such an incredible wedding. The setting was Margaret's parent's home. The girls were prepped by the amazing Nika Vaughn Bridal Artists and Xotchilt M. Alcantar for hair. There were gorgeous flowers everywhere by the one of my favorites Fleur, Inc. Once Margaret was dressed and ready to go, we managed to find a private little spot out by the wood shed, away from the hustle and bustle of everyone working so hard to set up. The ceremony was in the back yard, which provided the most beautiful light as the wedding party walked up the aisle. A stone pathway lined with rose petals leading to a water fountain was where they said I Do. Did I mention that Margaret walked down the aisle to the orchestra playing the Darth Vader theme? What?!?! Following hand written caulk signs leading to cocktails on the back patio where they had big wooden barrels serving as high top tables. While everyone was getting a drink, playing lawn games and having a snack, a white horse and carriage was waiting to take Ben and Margaret on a little ride for a moment alone. Dinner and dancing finished up our night inside a beautiful white tent by Sperry Tents. It was like a giant circus tent but all white, with peaks and flags flying. Inside, the tables were not just any tables. Beautiful vintage looking wood tables, with a different piece of china and pastel crystal glasses at every setting. There is so much to describe that I'll stop there and just let you look through the photos. A beautiful wedding. A beautiful family. Thank you so much for having me. It was truly a pleasure. xoxo

A pocket watch and jacket lined with skull and crossbones. Love the personal touches. 

A pocket watch and jacket lined with skull and crossbones. Love the personal touches. 

Work that tulle Margaret!

Work that tulle Margaret!

These girls are so beautiful.

These girls are so beautiful.

Check this out. Ben's ring is wood... and he made it himself!!

Check this out. Ben's ring is wood... and he made it himself!!

Beautiful Husky! One blue eye and one brown!

Beautiful Husky! One blue eye and one brown!

Another one! Gorgeous classy wreaths by Fleur around their necks.

Another one! Gorgeous classy wreaths by Fleur around their necks.

To be continued...

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!!

DIY Wedding Flowers

Such a beautiful day today! It inspired me to share with you how one wedding from last summer took the flowers into their own hands and you would never know because they looked amazing! Have you ever thought to ask your local farmers market florist to supply the flowers for your wedding? That's exactly what this couple did. Once they picked up the flowers, the groom's mother got to work crafting bouquets with a little bit of burlap and lace ribbon. For the ceremony, the aisle was lined with hanging mason jars filled with flowers. So simple and gorgeous! And I have to say, the flowers lasted all day long. Too often I see flowers wilt after just a couple of hours. So enjoy this little DIY wedding day flowers.