Chicagoland Wedding // Alex + Gene

For their engagement session, Alex and Gene did their photos in a number of their favorite city locations because we knew that on their wedding day it would not be possible to hit all the spots they wanted to. So on the day of the wedding we did a 180 and sought out the quaint and quiet feel of Long Grove, IL. Read More


Chicago Riverfront Wedding // Czarina + Maksym

Czarina and Maksym are one of those couples that still acts sometimes a bit reserved around one another even though they’ve been together for some time. Maksym will tell you that when he proposed to Czarina (with her family present) that he was mostly cool calm and collected. Czarina in turn will smile when she hears this and have her own point of view on the story.

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Rosemont Wedding // Bari + Scott

There’s nothing like having a wedding during winter break if you’re a teacher which both Bari and Scott are! In fact that’s how they met. Scott told me that he knew from the first moment he saw Bari that she was the one. Bari on the other hand took a bit more time than Scott but ultimately they ended up together!

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Wyndham Grand Chicago Wedding // Sarah + Tanya

Time flies when you’re having fun.  Their engagement session flew by and the same went for the wedding of Sarah and Tanya!  This time we left the drum set at home and instead grabbed our bouquets and hit the streets of Chicago!  Our day began and ended at the Wyndham Grand Chicago.  Normally when I got up to the bridal suite, I get photos of the details.  And one of the first details I noticed was a humorous little set of cards with some sound marital advice.  (See the first image below)

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Victoria In The Park Wedding // Monika and Jakub

This was possibly our most ambitious wedding in terms of travel.  Monika and Jakub were getting married near the loop in Chicago, but wanted to get their portraits done at St. Mary’s of the Lake in Mundelein.  It would have been doable with the amount of time we had allocated and the party trolley was in full swing.  But a massive set of thunderstorms that came through after their ceremony, quite literally rained on our parade.  Having just done a commercial shoot at The Drake Hotel in Chicago, I grabbed the phone and called a few people that I had met during my shoot.  They were kind enough to allow us in for a few portraits out of the rain.  And after a brief shoot indoors, we met back up with the bridal party waiting outside.

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Elgin Wedding at Hickory Stick // Cary + Julio

Hickory Stick is a popular venue in the Elgin area for weddings which is a great spot to consider for your wedding. Before heading to the reception, we had a portrait session at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve that is best described as cozy, quaint and isolated enough that you don’t need to worry about running into too many other people! Since we were at the tail end of spring for their wedding, my only concern was the chance of rain. But as the day got closer, the conditions looked to be perfectly sunny and polar vortex free! Elgin can be an easy area to overlook when it comes to photos. But one point that I would make is that there is a lot of scenic greenery out there. It’s a great location to get country-esque images without having to go hours outside of Chicago.

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Lauren and Ilya – Winter Wonderland

What do you do if you’re planning on having your wedding in the middle of a Chicago winter? You pack it with some fun family and friends and dance the night away! Lauren and Ilya actually don’t currently live in Chicago so their wedding was sort of like a destination for them. From their current home in New York, they decided that Chicago was a great central point for all of their friends and family to come together and celebrate with them.

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Chicago Wedding Photography – Betty + Theo

Last year we had the wedding of Joanne and John.  Shortly after that, John’s sister Betty was engaged and we were planning out her and Theo’s engagement and wedding shoot.  Their engagement session was downtown near Millennium Park.  Both Betty and Theo wanted to feature Chicago in their photographs and since we knew that we wouldn’t make it down to the city on the day of their wedding, we planned out their engagement session there.

On the day of their wedding Betty and Theo got ready in classic family style at home.  From there it was off to the church for their first look as Betty emerged from the doors and down the center aisle.  The first thing you’ll noticed about most Greek churches is how ornately they are decorated and I made sure to incorporate the environment.  Father Dean conducted the wedding and he had also conducted the wedding for John on Joanne so my photographers and I were prepared for his rules on being very out of the way and not chewing gum .

After the ceremony we were off to the reception with a brief stop for some individual portraits in a park nearby.  The location was a wide open area with very little shade.  You may wonder why that would be a factor, but the sun beaming in your eyes and sometimes harsh light can be factors.  In this instance we found some amazing tall grass to photograph in front of.  From there we made our way just a few minutes down the road to the hall itself where the dances began and the dollars flew through the air all night!

Greek Wedding Betty and Theo

Greek Wedding Betty and Theo

Greek Wedding Betty and Theo

Wedding Photography Betty and Theo

Wedding Photography Betty and Theo

Wedding Photography Betty and Theo

Wedding Photography Betty and Theo

Wedding Photography Betty and Theo

Wedding Photography Betty and Theo

Wedding Photography Betty and Theo

Wedding Photography Betty and Theo

Wedding Photography Betty and Theo

Wedding Photography Betty and Theo

Wedding Photography Betty and Theo

Wedding Photography Betty and Theo

Wedding Photography Betty and Theo