Shannon and Rick | Park Ridge Wedding

See a familiar face?? I met up with Shannon and her sister Meg of Whole Food Love last week and over the weekend photographed Shannon's wedding. LOVE! Such a gorgeous day! Perfect weather. Perfect wedding. This is just a small taste.. Stay tuned for more as I edit this whole wedding!

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.

Sara and Chris | Northbrook Wedding

My second to last wedding of 2015 was with Sara and Chris, and what a great day it was! Sara found me through the horse world grapevine so I actually ended up knowing a bunch of people at the wedding. Super fun! The entire event took place at the Hilton in Northbrook - getting ready, ceremony, photos and reception. Sooooo beautiful!! The ceremony setup was gorgeous. I usually dont post much when it comes to the ceremony, but I did for this one. So easy for everyone with the entire event in one location. I believe the look of Sara's wedding was created by Atmosphere Events Group which included the flowers. Enjoy a look into this beautiful day with super fun people!

I look away for one second and this is what goes on... hahaha

I look away for one second and this is what goes on... hahaha

Shana and Jimmy | Green Bay Wedding

Happy New Year friends!! I'm all caught up with edits and am now trying to get caught up on blogging. What better way to start the new year than with the wedding of Shana and Jimmy?! Truly an amazing wedding to attend with so many great people. Shana and I go all the way back to the days of Preble High School playing basketball together. So many familiar faces at this wedding - from previous brides, to family session clients, to former classmates. We started out at Holy Cross Church up on Bay Settlement Road where Shana and her sisters went to school. What a view! After the ceremony, we took photos out in back of the church where we had a view of the bay. Gorgeous lighting for gorgeous people. After that, we headed for a few drinks behind Hagemeister Park on The CityDeck overlooking the Fox River. Downtown Green Bay has really changed! New and remodeled bars and restaurants popping up all over giving it a much more modern look. The reception was at the new event space for Titletown Brewing Co. They have bar with a walkout deck on the top floor for cocktails which was super cool. Down a floor was the reception space. Super warm and pretty with flowers from Divine Nature everywhere. So much fun being a part of this wedding. 

PHS! Class of 1999!

PHS! Class of 1999!

Cupcake Couture | http://thecupcakecouture.com/

Cupcake Couture | http://thecupcakecouture.com/

Amy and JD | Milwaukee Wedding

OMG! It has been far too long since I have blogged. Tis the busy season for sure. Things are winding down and I can start getting caught up online. Remember my teaser photos of Amy and JD on facebook? How can you not?! Amy is the pretty thing ever. Such an amazing smile. A beautiful Milwaukee wedding in September. A little windy being so close to the lake, but you can't tell from these smiles. We started out at the Pfister Hotel. So gorgeous there. Then we went to the art museum and Pier WI to finish up photos. The reception was also at Pier WI. Love that venue. So pretty there, and it has an amazing view of the city at night.

Alexis and Derek | Madison Wedding

Such a fun wedding! I headed up to Madison for the marriage of Alexis and Derek, two UW Madison athletes. Alexis played volleyball and Derek was on the track team. These two are so amazing together with an amazing group of friends to compliment them. Most of them being athletes, they were so tall! I had a kink in my neck by nights end. =) We started our day getting ready at the Hampton Inn, which was UW Madison themed. How appropriate. The ceremony was held outside at Paradise Park. A gorgeous day! From there, we hit up so many spots around campus and the city for photos - Camp Randall Arch, Observatory Hill, Porter Boathouse Dock, Memorial Union Terrace, and the Capitol Building! The reception was at the Overture Center for the Performing Arts. Such a cool venue! Check out this amazing wedding in this amazing city! Flowers by Daffodil Parker

Derek secretly wrote a special note in Alexis's shoe for her to find as she was getting ready. 

Derek secretly wrote a special note in Alexis's shoe for her to find as she was getting ready. 

love.

love.

Derek tried to tackle Alexis... what?!?!

Derek tried to tackle Alexis... what?!?!

Kaylan and Rob | Chicago Wedding

Kaylan and I have been in the equestrian world together for as long as I've been riding, so when she contacted me to photograph her wedding, I was thrilled! We began with getting ready shots at the Palmer House Hotel. They had a large suite that was perfect for the ladies prep. The ceremony was at Assumption Church. Gotta love those old ornate churches downtown. During the ceremony, a nasty storm rolled in. The stained glass windows darken and the lightning began. We were all a little worried for our photos afterwards. But it passed quickly and the sun came out. The storm actually left some really amazing clouds in the sky for our shots at Buckingham Fountain. We made a few stops around the city, and made our way to the Harold Washington Library for the reception. Such a cool venue. It's like being outside... but you're not! Ashley and I had a great time documenting your big day Kaylan and Rob! Thank you for having us! Event Planning by Wrap it Up.

Love this cake topper! Milton is their kitty and you can find him on instagram with #MiltonMonday

Love this cake topper! Milton is their kitty and you can find him on instagram with #MiltonMonday

Love this inscription.

Love this inscription.

Autumn and Steve | Kenosha Wedding

Let me just say I'm obsessed with Autumn. So gorgeous! A vintage look that was absolutly perfect for her. We had a beautiful day in downtown Kenosha where everything was within walking distance. The ladies started off with hair and makeup at Moda Bella Salon. This place was perfect for a wedding. An old house that was decorated to suit the occasion. Autumn's makeup was done by her sister-in-law who is a makeup artist from California. The ceremony was at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church. Following the ceremony, we took some photos out in front of Circa on Seventh, which is where the reception was. We continued on to the lake front where Steve and Autumn's fur baby met up with us for some photos. Love working pets into the photos! At this point, I had to stop with picking photos for this post. There are just too many and I have to stop myself from posting the whole wedding. =) Enjoy!

Kelly + Jay | Kenosha Wedding

June usually proves to be a rainy month, and the day of Kelly and Jay's wedding was no different. However! It held off just long enough for us to finish their outdoor ceremony and all of our outdoor photos. Woo! We started off at the Radisson where both the ladies and gentlemen were getting ready. From there, everything else took place at The Club at Strawberry Creek in Kenosha. A beautiful location for both an outdoor ceremony, wedding party photos and the reception. But can I just say, Kelly was the cherry on top for the day. Such a beautiful girl with an amazing smile. Girl made my job easy! It was a pleasure photographing your wedding Kelly and Jay. I wish you a lifetime of happiness together. xoxo

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...

Stephanie and Jon | Kenosha Wedding

I met Stephanie quite a while ago. She is the one who tattooed my back. When she contacted me about photographing her wedding, I knew it was going to be one-of-a-kind. They chose a 50s rock 'n roll theme. Stephanie's tea-length dress turned out perfect and allowed her blue tulle ruffles to peek out from underneath. Jon found the most perfect blue suit with a black lapel and black and white wingtip shoes. The reception came complete with diner style burgers, fries and root beer floats from Jack's Cozy Cafe. And their invitation?? Coolest invitation I've seen. They took old 45 records and relabeled them. Check out their ring shot with the invite below. So cool! Such a sweet couple. So in love. And I fit right in with my colored hair and tattoos. haha... Thank you both so much for having me. It turned out to be a fantastic celebration. 

Such an animated girl!

Such an animated girl!

Can you believe this is Stephanie's daughter?!?!

Can you believe this is Stephanie's daughter?!?!

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.... 

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. 

Feral Feline Project | Vernon Hills PetSmart

Occasionally I get the opportunity to photograph the kitties up for adoption at the Vernon Hills PetSmart for the Feral Feline Project. I love being able to try and help find homes for these kitties. It's always so sad to see them have to live in a cage. Especially the older cats as they take a while to get adopted. 

This is Millie. She is about 4 years old and her owner gave her up because they had to travel a lot for work. Broke my heart. She loves cat treats, toys, and catnip. Such a sweet girl.

This is Millie. She is about 4 years old and her owner gave her up because they had to travel a lot for work. Broke my heart. She loves cat treats, toys, and catnip. Such a sweet girl.

This is Nadya. This sweet kitty likes to sit on your lap, sleep in bed with you, and will follow you around like a puppy. She also loves playing with toys. She is all black with a few white hairs on her chest. She is 1-2 years old.

This is Nadya. This sweet kitty likes to sit on your lap, sleep in bed with you, and will follow you around like a puppy. She also loves playing with toys. She is all black with a few white hairs on her chest. She is 1-2 years old.

This is Grace. She is only 7 months old and is fun, loving and loves attention. She will sit in your lap and crawl all over  you. 

This is Grace. She is only 7 months old and is fun, loving and loves attention. She will sit in your lap and crawl all over  you. 

Finally, we have Doc. He has quite a story. He was found outside of the Wheeling Police Department as a stray. His collar was imbedded into his neck because he had outgrown it and had been outside for a very long time. he was very sick and scared. He was slowly nursed back to health and has not lost his positive attitude. He loves everybody - cats and kids. Please consider taking him home with you so he can start life over again.

Finally, we have Doc. He has quite a story. He was found outside of the Wheeling Police Department as a stray. His collar was imbedded into his neck because he had outgrown it and had been outside for a very long time. he was very sick and scared. He was slowly nursed back to health and has not lost his positive attitude. He loves everybody - cats and kids. Please consider taking him home with you so he can start life over again.

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.