Chicago Congress Hotel Wedding // Nikki + Nick

Congress Hotel Wedding

This winter wonderland wedding at the Congress Hotel in Chicago could not have been any better. December is indeed a pretty cold month to get married, however if you’re planning your wedding at a great venue with lot’s of details and decor then you can stay inside for your portrait session. Read More

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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