Halie and David | Naperville Wedding

Happy Wedding Wednesday! Today is a beautiful spring day to share Halie and David’s gorgeous Naperville wedding. It may look all warm and sunny, but this bride was the real MVP. Pretty sure it was somewhere around 30 degrees for this October wedding. We managed to crank out these photos in record time even though you’d never know it. The light was amazing, and the bride was not going to let the chill keep her from getting these amazing photos.

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Lexi and Tyler | Chicago Wedding

Ok… hands down the best first look I’ve seen. That’s all I managed to get through with this post only because the getting ready shots up through the first look were so amazing… If I kept going, I’d be posting over 100 photos. So perhaps another day I will share more from this wedding. Until then, just try not to get teary seeing this first look.

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Roberto and Serena | Chicago Wedding

Trying to get caught up on blogging last years weddings and I of course had to get this one out there. Serena and Roberto had a small intimate wedding at The Dawson in Chicago. Everything was so beautiful. Serena looked amazing in her BHLDN gown as we took photos around The Rookery, the Board of Trade building, and just outside The Dawson. Take a look!

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Can’t resist a moment to embarrass the teenager.

Can’t resist a moment to embarrass the teenager.

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Jen and Cole | Libertyville Wedding

Brrrr….. It’s a winter wonderland outside… well, maybe a little cold for the “wonderland” part. Jen and Cole were hoping for a winter wonderland with their wedding last month. They got a light dusting of snow the night before and temperatures that were quite comfortable compared to what we have right now. I think we got pretty lucky. This was my first time at Adler Cultural Center in Libertyville and it was amazing! Especially if there is bad weather. The sunroom is so pretty for photos.

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The maid of honor

The maid of honor

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Becca and Andrew | Chicago Wedding

Such an amazing wedding on Saturday! As I go through the photos, no joke, Becca and Andrew are laughing together in 99% of them. The love and happiness between them is so amazing to witness. As if that wasn't enough, their wedding was so gorgeous! From the suite at the Conrad Hotel to the roof top ceremony on the yacht at Navy Pier with the sun setting behind the skyline. 😍😍😍 Couldn't have been any more perfect. Congratulations!!!

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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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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

Want this bus? Get one through  Partridge Family Party Buses

Want this bus? Get one through Partridge Family Party Buses

Bridgette and Robby | Galena Wedding

Such a fun day! The storms were approaching, giving us cloudy skies, but held off until we were safely inside the reception. Bridgette and Robby's entire wedding took place at Eagle Ridge Resort in Galena. It was my first time there and I LOVE it. I got there about an hour and a half early, as I am a freak about not being late. I walked around a bit to scout photo locations and then sat on a swing overlooking the water. So peaceful! Highly recommended to anyone for their wedding or just to escape daily life. I also got to work with my favorite videographer, Jon Romashko of Plan A Productions. He has a drone!! Can't wait to see his video of the wedding party at the top of the golf course valley and the fly-over the drone did. Wonder if it caught any lightening that was on the way... Anyway! Enjoy some sneak peaks from this amazing wedding!!

Jon and his drone! So fun!!

Jon and his drone! So fun!!

Jamie and Zack | Libertyville Wedding

Another amazing day! Jamie and Zack planned their whole wedding to take place at Independence Grove - ceremony, photos, and reception. Always a risky choice with weather being a factor. But there was no rain in site!

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! 

Caitlin and Patrick | Milwaukee Engagement

Such a cool session!! I first met Caitlin and Patrick a couple of years ago at Patrick's sister's wedding. So fun to work with this family again! Patrick is a pilot so where else would you take engagement photos than at the airport with his plane?!? So fun!

Their dog's name is Rudder! LOVE.

Their dog's name is Rudder! LOVE.

A Texas Celebration | Laredo TX Wedding

Last month, we took a peek at Katie and Fede's Chicago wedding. It was smaller, intimate and classy. This month, they continue their celebration in Texas where Fede's family lives. It was a bit larger of a party but still very intimate and so beautiful! The party took place at the Cavasos' Ranch... and don't let the word ranch fool you. This is a family full of architects, and the home that Mr. Cavasos built on their 1100 acres was amazing. The perfect venue for the party. They worked so hard to have everything ready and perfect for the big day - even with the buckets of rain they were getting. I believe I heard Katie say she felt like she was in a movie as she greeted her friends. We were able to sneak off for some photos of the two just before guests arrived at sunset. It was so perfect. 

Ha! Katie and I thought it would be safer.. for us all... if we let Fede turn the ATV around by himself. hahaha

Ha! Katie and I thought it would be safer.. for us all... if we let Fede turn the ATV around by himself. hahaha

bugs!!

bugs!!

Vegetable Payaya... mmm.... 

Vegetable Payaya... mmm....