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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Chicago Wedding - Julie and Seth

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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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Lori and Eric Dominican Wedding

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Lori and Eric Dominican Wedding

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Lori and Eric Dominican Wedding

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Lori and Eric Dominican Wedding

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Lori and Eric Dominican Wedding

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Lori Eric Dominican Wedding

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Lori and Eric Dominican Wedding

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Lori and Eric Dominican Wedding

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Lori and Eric Dominican Wedding

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Lori and Eric Dominican Wedding

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Lori and Eric Dominican Wedding

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Lori and Eric Dominican Wedding

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Lori and Eric Dominican Wedding

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Lori and Eric Dominican Wedding

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Lori and Eric Dominican Wedding

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Lori and Eric Dominican Wedding

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Lori and Eric Dominican Wedding

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Lori and Eric Dominican Wedding


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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Kathy and Lee Wedding Novo Photography

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Kathy and Lee Wedding Novo Photography

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Kathy and Lee Wedding Novo Photography

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Kathy and Lee Wedding Novo Photography

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Kathy and Lee Wedding Novo Photography

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Kathy and Lee Wedding Novo Photography

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Kathy and Lee Wedding Novo Photography

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Kathy and Lee Wedding Novo Photography

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Kathy and Lee Wedding Novo Photography

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Kathy and Lee Wedding Novo Photography

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Kathy and Lee Wedding Novo Photography

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Kathy and Lee Wedding Novo Photography

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Kathy and Lee Wedding Novo Photography

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Kathy and Lee Wedding Novo Photography

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Kathy and Lee Wedding Novo Photography

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Kathy and Lee Wedding Novo Photography

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Kathy and Lee Wedding Novo Photography

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Kathy and Lee Wedding Novo Photography


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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Elina and Mike Wedding

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Elina and Mike Wedding

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Elina and Mike Wedding

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Elina and Mike Wedding

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Elina and Mike Wedding

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Elina and Mike Wedding

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Elina and Mike Wedding

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Elina and Mike Wedding

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Elina and Mike Wedding

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Elina and Mike Wedding

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Elina and Mike Wedding


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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Kim and Kevin Wedding Novo Photography

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Kim and Kevin Wedding Novo Photography

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Kim and Kevin Wedding Novo Photography

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Kim and Kevin Wedding Novo Photography

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Kim and Kevin Wedding Novo Photography

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Kim and Kevin Wedding Novo Photography

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Kim and Kevin Wedding Novo Photography

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Kim and Kevin Wedding Novo Photography

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Kim and Kevin Wedding Novo Photography

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Kim and Kevin Wedding Novo Photography

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Kim and Kevin Wedding Novo Photography


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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Chicago Cotillion Quinceanera

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Chicago Cotillion Quinceanera

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Chicago Cotillion Quinceanera

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Chicago Cotillion Quinceanera

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Chicago Cotillion Quinceanera

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Chicago Cotillion Quinceanera

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Chicago Cotillion Quinceanera

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Chicago Cotillion Quinceanera

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Chicago Cotillion Quinceanera

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Chicago Cotillion Quinceanera

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Chicago Cotillion Quinceanera


Victoria Beau Jolie Wedding

It’s always better to not know that you’re doing photos of a police officer ahead of time. But it’s an inevitable discovery once you a see a number of on duty officers showing up to offer up their “congrats”. For this wedding I was the second shooter which meant that I met up with Brian to get a few portrait shots before the ceremony. While a bit nervous, he made it through all my posing suggestions (and cheesy jokes) with no problems. Once Chrissy arrived, her natural smile made photography almost seem easy! We had a great time and they were a great couple to get the wedding season off to a start with!

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Jenny and Kevin – Where are the horsies?

Been away for a while so you haven’t seen me post in a couple weeks! Apologies to my regular readers and from here on out you should be seeing posts from me on most Mondays. Looking back at last year and capping off this post with a wedding from the very end of the 2010 season…it’s interesting to meet and work with all of the great couples that I met. Jenny and Kevin were a perfect finish to the season. They were both very light hearted and fun to work with. From the joking around, getting chased around by security at Arlington, or catching shots of them doing imaginary jump rope…it was all a blast. There was also a surprise visit from Wayne Messmer who I got a chance to chat with while he waited in a separate room to surprise Kevin by singing the national anthem.

Catch their full gallery **HERE**

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K & S Reception

Back in May I went to their home to capture their engagement ceremony. The wedding ceremony was out in California, however they came back to Chicago for their reception. Quite a bit of travel for a wedding, but makes the experience that much more memorable and exhausting as the couple told me! They were great to work with and willing to strike just about any pose I could toss at them!

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