Kristina and Chris | Chicago Wedding

What an amazing day! It was the weekend of Lollapalooza which you would think… aaahhh!!! Crazy!! But it wasn’t! Kristina planned the day beautifully. The weather was perfect and so was the wedding. Wishing both of you a lifetime of happiness together.

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Leah and Andrew | Green Bay Wedding

What a day!! This was the first wedding ever where I’ve had to go down to the basement as a tornado was passing by. The wind was whipping. The rain was coming down sideways. And the ceremony was scheduled to be outside at Pamprin Park. Sadly Pamprin Park had no indoor backup option. The reception venue however, did come to the rescue. Vandervest Olde 41 quickly accommodated the wedding party by setting up for the ceremony that was to take place in just a couple of hours. They also had an amazing outdoor space for photos(the rain stopped! woo!!). You handled everything like a champ Leah. Hoping you and Drew have a lifetime of happiness together.

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Love this moment when Leah’s dad sees her for the first time as a bride.

Love this moment when Leah’s dad sees her for the first time as a bride.

There’s a theme here…

There’s a theme here…

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Wade and Nicole | Grand Geneva Wedding

Congratulations to Nicole and Wade! This couple put so much heart and soul into every last detail of this wedding. Here are just a few shots from throughout the day. I will most certainly post more once their wedding is fully edited. The details were just amazing. There were many stops on this wedding day, from downtown Elkhorn, to Lake Geneva, to the grounds around the Grand Geneva where the reception was held. Flowers by Treasure Hut Flowers. Video by Hunter Floyd. Hair and makeup by The Well Spa. Cake designed by the bride herself and executed by The Grand Geneva.

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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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Chris and Kayla | Chicago Engagement

Thank god we took these photos before the negative temperatures and snow moved in. Chris and Kayla had some specific spots in the city they wanted photos… Chicago Theater, Kinzie St. bridge, and even the corner pub where they got engaged. I can’t wait for the wedding! They are getting married at Stan Mansion…. one of the first venues I ever shot a wedding in and haven’t been back since.

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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...

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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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!

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.

Chelsea and Tony | Elkhart Lake Wedding

Finally getting caught up on blogging and what better way to kick it off than with Chelsea and Tony. Such a gorgeous wedding in Elkhart Lake, WI. We had their first look on the dock outside Chelsea's parent home and then walked around the downtown area for group shots. The reception was so beautiful! Siebken's Resort was such a great location where cocktails and the dancing portion were held in their tavern and the dinner in their amazing dining area. Check out all of the amazing details! 

Squirrel + Turtle. Emmy and Sean | WI Rapids Wedding

Wow! Such a cool wedding! A wedding celebration that screamed Emmy and Sean. It took place at YMCA Camp Alexander in WI Rapids. A woodland theme... and everything about this wedding had a person touch from a friend or family member or a story behind it. SO many details and such great styling! I had to stop myself from editing anymore or the whole wedding would be done before I know it! Table settings were designed by Sean's mom and sister. Sean's mom spent her time collecting the crystal glasses and growing all of the succulents. The bouquets and boutonnieres came from the local farmers market. Benches for the ceremony were carved by the family. The save the date was even hand drawn by their 91 year old grandmother. So much love and care went into creating this wedding. LOVE it. 

Liz ad Arash | Chicago Wedding

So I contact Liz and Arash a couple weeks before the wedding to go over the timeline and make sure we are on the same page. Liz tells me of a plan she has to set off pink smoke bombs.. in downtown Chicago... ?!?!?! I'm game for anything of course. I just told her to have the least important person there light them in case they get arrested. LOL! Well... our plan went off without a hitch! Check it out!!

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! 

Erin and John | Engaged

Another hot day! I met up with Erin and John yesterday in the Lincoln Park area for their engagement session. They had gotten engaged there so it was only fitting. We battled the remainder of the Pride crowd and found some space of our own. They did amazing. Beautiful colors and a beautiful couple. I can't wait for the wedding!