Megan and Joe | The Details | Carnivale

I wanted to share some more from Megan and Joe’s wedding. The details were so much fun!

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Cookie favors that look like the bride and groom!!!

Cookie favors that look like the bride and groom!!!

The rings with the invitation collection designed by the groom himself.

The rings with the invitation collection designed by the groom himself.

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Check out this cake topper! Caught red handed! Apparently the groom couldn’t wait to dig in!

Check out this cake topper! Caught red handed! Apparently the groom couldn’t wait to dig in!

Git it gurl!

Git it gurl!

Cotton candy martini?!?!?!

Cotton candy martini?!?!?!

Cotton candy for all!

Cotton candy for all!

Joe and Megan | Chicago Wedding

What a way to start the 2019 wedding season! Joe and Megan had just the most fantastic wedding. The entire event took place at Carnivale in Chicago and had a vintage circus/carnival theme. This was my first wedding at Carnivale and I really hope to return again. So colorful! And both the inside and outside were amazing for photos. So in the event of rain, no worries. We, however, had an amazing spring day. You have to check it out. Makeup but Chanelle Makeup Artistry. Dress by Lace and Liberty in LA. Flowers by Cattails.

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Who’s the bride? This girl.

Who’s the bride? This girl.

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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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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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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!

Amanda and Andrew | Chicago Wedding

Amanda and Andrew's wedding was like a family wedding for me. I had 3 previous brides in attendance, which was so fun! For wedding party photos, we wondered around the Lincoln Park area. What a busy location for wedding parties! Wowsa! We finished up with some photos outside of the Knickerbocker Hotel where the reception was and I have to tell you, with the light we were getting, it was my favorite spot. The city lights were glowing and the sun was setting. So we stopped traffic and got some great shots. 

Amanda was having all the fun twirling her dress that Andrew wanted to show off his moves as well.

Amanda was having all the fun twirling her dress that Andrew wanted to show off his moves as well.

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!!

Kevin and Maggie | Chicago Wedding

What an amazing way to kick off 2015. This was seriously such a hard wedding to blog because there were so many great moments captured that in order to tell the whole story... well... it was impossible. I would have posted the entire wedding! This post still has a bazillion photos in it. I just couldn't help myself. Rio and I enjoyed working with Maggie and Kevin so much. And it was so great to see the Lenz family once again. We started off getting ready at the Hancock building on the 91st floor. Check out the view out their window! Gorgeous Lake Michigan. We had a quick first look before heading off to the ceremony. After the "I Do's" we had a plan of 4 stops around the city for photos. I thought, no way would we make it to all of them. With city traffic, it would be impossible. But we did it with time to spare!! The cold may have helped us speed things up a little. I'm so happy we got them all in. Every spot was amazing. Our last set of photos took place at the reception site, The Rookery. The most amazing staircase I've ever seen. The most beautiful photos of Maggie and Kevin on those stairs. Thank you so much Maggie and Kevin for sharing your special day with us. Have a great honeymoon!! xoxo!!

Flowers: Aberdeen's Wedding Florists
Cake: Mariano's
Reception: The Rookery Building

Kevin got Maggie a pair of earrings. Not just any earrings. She lost one of her favorite earrings and Kevin found the same ones as a replacement. he also got her another 2 pairs as backups to the backups. LOVE!

Kevin got Maggie a pair of earrings. Not just any earrings. She lost one of her favorite earrings and Kevin found the same ones as a replacement. he also got her another 2 pairs as backups to the backups. LOVE!

It's hared being a flower girl. 

It's hared being a flower girl. 

Moments my friends. It's all about the moments we capture. Makes my heart happy.

Moments my friends. It's all about the moments we capture. Makes my heart happy.

Now THERE is a happy couple!

Now THERE is a happy couple!

Such a great exit shot captured by Rio.

Such a great exit shot captured by Rio.

Work it girl!

Work it girl!

Sisters.

Sisters.

Another great moment captured by Rio.

Another great moment captured by Rio.

We've got a model right here..

We've got a model right here..

Cocktail hour at The Rookery.

Cocktail hour at The Rookery.

O.M.G!! Maggie!! So beautiful.

O.M.G!! Maggie!! So beautiful.

LOVE!

LOVE!

I had to finish(and cut myself off from posting the whole wedding) with the gelato cart. Such a cute photo, and seriously the best gelato I've ever had. 

I had to finish(and cut myself off from posting the whole wedding) with the gelato cart. Such a cute photo, and seriously the best gelato I've ever had. 

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.

Amy and Fritz | Chicago Wedding

Perfect! Everything was just perfect for Amy and Fritz on Saturday. No rain in sight and the temperature was just right. We started with Amy and the ladies getting ready up on the 91st floor of the Hancock building. The view was ah-ma-zing! A couple of blocks away was the church where they had a wonderful ceremony. Love the churches in Chicago. So ornate and beautiful. For photos, we went to Olive Park near Navy Pier. Love this spot, and love the little glimpse of Navy Pier you can get with this location. From there we made a quick stop at the Art Institute before headed in to the reception at the University Club. You looked amazing Amy and Fritz! So happy for you! Congrats and enjoy your quick preview! <3 <3

Exit photos are my fav for the ceremony. Everyone is so happy! And Fritz gave us a fist pump!

Exit photos are my fav for the ceremony. Everyone is so happy! And Fritz gave us a fist pump!

LOVE! One of my favorite spots in Chicago!

LOVE! One of my favorite spots in Chicago!

Love Fritz! His enthusiasm was top notch.&nbsp;

Love Fritz! His enthusiasm was top notch. 

Kate and Aron | Chicago Wedding

Well, I woke up to a downpour Saturday morning. Not what a photographer wants to see on a wedding day. So I did a little rain dance on facebook. Ta-dah!! By the time Rio and I arrived down in Chicago, it had stopped. And didn't rain again until we were all cozy inside at the reception. Kate and Aron had such a beautiful wedding. The ladies had champaign colored dresses with coral flowers and the men wore navy.  They said their I Dos at St. Vincent DePaul and had a gorgeous reception at the Saddle and Cycle Club. Once of my favorite Chicago venues. And never had I seen a crowd rush the dance floor as soon as it opened. Amazing!

The home Kate and the ladies prepped in was amazing and had the most perfect chandelier for hanging Kate's dress.

The home Kate and the ladies prepped in was amazing and had the most perfect chandelier for hanging Kate's dress.

A great shot of Kate walking up the aisle by Rio.

A great shot of Kate walking up the aisle by Rio.

Love this detail shot of Aron's attire.

Love this detail shot of Aron's attire.