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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Mark and Mila’s Wedding – Motorcycles and Fireworks

Most weddings have your typical introductions with the occasional change up of a couple making their way in with a dance step or piggy back style. Mark and Mila took a slightly more creative approach in their intro in that they rode in on Marks new motorcycle and their first dance had some fireworks going off. And as most Russian or European parties go, the wedding was a blast!

Full gallery **HERE**

Click **HERE** for Slide Show

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Jennifer and Eric – Hoopin’ It Up

I met up with Jennifer at the salon where she and her ladies were getting ready. Since we had a bit of extra time at the salon, we took a couple fun shots there while waiting on one of the bridesmaids to finish with her hair appointment. After that, I went with Jennifer and we got some portrait shots before the ceremony. What was pretty cool about the ceremony is that the guests had to work to get the kiss from the bride and groom by going out on the dance floor and hula hooping…not just clink their glasses. Overall they were great to work with and willing to try out a bunch of different poses including playing bartender!

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Casey and Joe – New Orleans in Chicago

Started off my day by heading out to the Pheasant Run resort and I met with Casey and her bridesmaids in their room as they were getting ready. It was a windy and semi-rainy day with a lot of rain the day before, so the ceremony ended up being moved indoors unfortunately, but everything still went smoothly. Never knew this, but the Pheasant Run has a New Orleans themed area to walk around in and made a great setting for their reception. Getting Casey outside for a few shots was not easy with all the wind, but we worked as fast as possible to get her back in to the reception and she was absolutely fantastic to work with. Her and Joe had a great vibe which made the shoot even more fun!

Casey and Joe’s gallery HERE!

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Kranti & Sunavo Engagement Ceremony!

Since this was my first Indian wedding/engagement I decided to do a bit more research to get a better understanding of the different events to look for throughout the day. It began with my second shooter and I arriving at their home for their engagement ceremony. They are planning on having their ceremony in California and then in October, having their wedding reception again in Chicago. So you could consider this a sort of part 1 of 2…the warmup. At their home I got a chance to first meet Sunavo. He was dressed and ready to go, so we started with a few shots before Kranti arrived.

The ceremony itself lasted for quite a while which gave us plenty of time to make our way around the crowd and capture shots from all different angles. In between the ceremony and the dinner we somehow managed to break away from the friends and family and capture a few images of the two of them alone. Every few minutes or so, someone would make their way outside and try chatting with the happy couple and they understandably did their best to accommodate them and still pose for photos.

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Dlhy/Robinson Wedding…Here’s to you Mrs. Robinson

Now as a second shooter for this wedding, my shooting didn’t start until the ceremony and continued for 6 hours per what the studio contracts me out for. This was my first shoot as a freelance photog for a wedding so I was looking forward to giving it a whirl. I arrived at the church in Clarendon Hills without even another car in the lot. This gave me ample time to snap some shots of the church, setting, background, etc…And shortly after I wrapped up shooting the decor, the limo arrived with all of the groomsmen. Let me just lay out my duties as a second shooter first. I work with the groom’n guys before the ceremony and the first shooter works with the bride and bridesmaids. Then comes the ceremony where we both shoot as many angles as we can. Once the ceremony is complete, I pack up and head to the reception where I take the shots of the table, cake, decor, and then begin setting up my backdrop and lights for the guests to pose for some formal portraits during the cocktail hour. During this time, the first shooter remains with the bridal party for the formals. After dinner the first shooter takes the dance floor and the second shooter gets shots of the tables. That’s the basic layout. So as you go through the photos they may seem to lack certain types of shots since I was not available for them such as the formals and the pre-ceremony bridal shots.

Overall great wedding, the groom, Jim, was great to work with and I tried to make his photo experience as quick and painless as possible before the ceremony since the nerves were there. Once the ceremony was done, the mood seemed to relax a lot and everyone was a lot more relaxed. Great atmosphere and everyone was friendly and happy to pose for photos. Speaking of which…

Click HERE for full gallery!

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Irene and Chaim – Puttin’ on the hitch.

I met Irene years ago when she worked for my dads company and we’ve kept in touch ever since. About two years ago she decided to move to Israel and work/spend some time there. She seemed to enjoy her stay in Israel quite a bit and it came as no big surprise when she told me that she had met Chaim and that they were getting married! The part that was a surprise was that here wedding would be here in Chicago! She asked me to shoot her wedding and we got to planning it right away. The biggest conundrum was to convey the idea to Irene as to just how much time was needed during the day to do the photos. Her idea was “Well, the ceremony is at 2, so if we meet at 1 or 1:30 for photos, that should be plenty of time, right?” No…photos take a much longer time than that. And we began by meeting early in the day at the hair salon and going from there. The flow was actually quite smooth. My assistant Sam and I started at the salon, then got some dress/getting ready shots in Irene and Chaim’s wedding suite, then picked Irene up from her makeup appointment in order to head off to the Adler Planetarium to get some posed shots with the Chicago skyline behind them. Finally the ceremony was right by Millennium Park in the Cancer Survivors Park and the reception at Tizi Melloul. Overall great time…until the police showed up! The rest of their photos HERE!

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