Galena Wedding Photography – Danielle and Adam

Galena is not the first place that comes to my mind when it comes to weddings. The reason for this is because if anything, I’m usually heading out there to go skiing, wine tasting or simply seeking it out as a destination for a motorcycle ride. But it’s quite the hidden gem that’s not too far from Chicago. Oak Hill was the venue which Danielle and Adam selected to have their Galena wedding. It offers an on-site chapel, home to get ready, a tented pavilion for the reception and many other little treasures around the property.

The first impression that you get when you arrive is “relaxed country”. When you’re in Chicago, there are very few venues with such a wide open and spacious feel. Heading an hour or two west will solve all of your space needs. With wide open fields, plenty of trails and a massive property that’s reserved for your wedding only, it’s an easy choice of places to host your wedding for those wanting something different. Oak Hill is a great location and offers up a genuine vintage feel, without having to travel too far outside of Chicago. It gets a photographic stamp of approval!

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Venue / Oak Hill Weddings
Wedding Coordinator / You Name It


Chicago Wedding Photography-Katya and Frank

We’ve heard of high school sweethearts, but in this instance our couple falls into the category of ‘college sweethearts’. Previously we featured their engagement session at Northwestern and we moved a bit further south for their wedding images to the downtown Chicago area. Interestingly enough they now both reside in Minnesota, but came back to Chicago for their wedding to change their title to “Chicago Wedding Sweethearts”.

We kicked off at the Hyatt Hotel on Wacker in Chicago where they both got ready and had their first look. The softer side of Frank quickly emerged the moment he saw Katya and it was love at first sight all over again. We were then off for an ambitious 4 location shoot in just 3 hours before the ceremony! First on our list was Michigan Avenue near the Chicago Tribune building. A very popular spot and each time I’m here I try to get some sort of new perspective. Classic shots and compositions are great, but it’s also important to push the boundaries a bit, innovate and stay fresh.

After a lap around the city we made our way back to the Bridgeport Art Center for their ceremony and reception. One note for upcoming brides is that if you’re seeking to make more time for your portrait session on your wedding day, the easiest way to do it is to have your ceremony and reception in the same place. By not having to transfer from one location to another it can easily free up an additional hour or two on the day of your wedding. For those planning a Chicago Wedding, it’s ideal to then stay in the city for your portraits. If your wedding is in the suburbs then ideally your portraits should also be in the suburbs. Use your engagement session to head off to a location that you might not be able to make on the day of your wedding.

As the night got going there were shots, toasts, dancing, more shots, more dancing and most importantly, an ice cream truck. The Bridgeport Art Center has such a large elevator that even a truck can fit inside. This let the truck roll right on into the reception hall and serve guests a fun midnight treat!

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Hotel / Hyatt Regency Hotel
Wedding Planner / You Name It Events
Venue / Bridgeport Art Center
Video / Shadow Vision Films
Rabbi / Rabbi Tillman
Catering / La Mirage
Cake / Oak Mill Bakery
Ice Cream Truck / Sams Ice Cream


Chicago Wedding Photography – The ‘Feel Good’ Moments

When we’re photographing a wedding or engagement in Chicago one of the things that we go over is the theme and feel of the images that each couple is looking for. Sometimes couples who are happy go lucky want to mix it up a bit and go with a bit more style and glamour while other times it’s all about keeping it lighthearted and fun! Either way the choice is yours and one that should require a little bit of thought. These images will be your memories for years and displayed as albums or photo art in your home, so the question boils down to “What would you like to see?” In fact for the engagement session is the perfect time to put a true theme or style together. Since you have more time during the engagement session it’s a great time to think out of the box. If you enjoy bike riding together, let’s grab some bikes and head to the lake front! If bowling is right up your alley then that’s a great place for us to stage a couple shots…with permission of course.

The one thing to keep in mind is that even if you’re doing a more dramatic themed or styled shoot (something our studio specializes in), it’s still important to capture a few happy shots that truly show who you are. Don’t be afraid to crack a smile or have some fun! Drama might make for some artsy images, but smiles are what make the memories of your wedding photography.

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Julie and Seth – Chicago Cultural Center

After a busy busy time of photographing all over Chicago the entire summer being full of weddings and portraits, it’s now time to get back to some blogging! Julie and Seth had their wedding at the Chicago Cultural Center. Being that we’re in Chicago it of course started off as a nice and mild day, then turned into a storm, and not long after that became sunny and humid. We began at the Swissotel in Chicago, migrated our way over to the lake front and then to the Chicago Cultural Center!

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Lori and Eric – Drinky Drinky

Lori and Eric decided to have a nice and private wedding off in the Dominican. When I found out that it would be a nice and warm destination wedding, I began working on convincing Lori to accept the idea of doing some images under water. While Eric was open to just about anything, it did take a minute or so to convince Lori that it’s ok to be in the water with the fishies and seaweed. We had a blast…Lori and Eric were troopers for letting me drag them through the pool, sand, shower, ocean, trees, hotel room floors, and a number of other various locations.

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Kathy and Lee – Happily Before and After

We kicked off several months before Kathy and Lee were married with their engagement session which can be seen here: http://novophotography.com/blog/?p=637
We had a blast then and I knew that doing the photos at their wedding would be a blast again! It started off with me meeting up with Kathy at the hotel she was getting ready at while my other two photographers Kyle and Jenny, met with Lee at the house. The wedding actually took place at the home of Kathy’s parents. The back yard was massive and easily accommodated the several hundred guests they had. It was an amazing day and an amazing wedding!

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Elina and Mike’s Wedding – Beaches and Alleyways

Most brides and portrait clients who have worked with me at least once know that I like to do some things differently in my images. This may include taking that brand new wedding dress out on the sand, out in to traffic, or in the case of Elina…into a nice dirty alley. As we walked around downtown Evanston, I saw a lot of great buildings and locations. But we had plenty of nice and artsy shots from the beach just a few minutes before where Elina and Mike were looking nice and sweet together. So here what I scoped out was one of the dirtiest alleys that I had seen but I thought would make for a killer backdrop. In fact in the images you can’t even tell that a rat just ran by and that there are a few busboys from the restaurant having a smoke just a few feet away

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Kim and Kevin – Good Times

Sometimes you see a couple that’s so comfortable with each other and to interact with that the best way to describe it is “good times”. Independence Grove is where they had their ceremony and reception. Extra bonus for us was that we had a nice big golf cart and driver assigned to us for the portrait session before the ceremony. Considering the large size of Independence Grove, I was very thankful for this as I’m sure were Kim and Kevin. We hopped in the golf cart and took a bit of time to ride around and get some portraits. At the end of the evening I noticed a fireplace off in the corner of their reception hall and I asked the manager if he could turn it on for us…end of June with high temps and I’m asking to heat the place up a bit more! But they were kind enough to do so and we caught a number of fun portraits in front of the fireplace. Kevin truly was a champ for being in his full tux and sitting just a few feet away from the flames in the middle of the summer!

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Lauren’s Cotillion

At first when I was contacted to capture the images for Lauren’s cotillion/quinceanera, I was a bit unsure of how the entire process works. Then after just a bit of reading, it turns out that it’s sort of like a wedding…at least in terms of the flow of the day. The days starts off with hair and makeup, moves on the a ceremony, and ends with a reception. Lauren was a bit quiet and shy at first but was happy to strike a pose. Overall we had a great time and I even got mom to model a bit!

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