Katie & Paul are married: Part One

These two were friends with a past bride's brother. It was a huge complement when he passed my name along to Katie and Paul. I loved getting to know these two and photographing their big day. Let's just say they were gorgeous, the wedding was so sweet and so sentimental and they had the most amazing September weather that you could ask for.  

Congratulations to Katie and Paul! Now, take a look at Part One!

I stayed with Katie and the girls while my amazing second, Karina, went and hung out with the guys. 

Before we knew it, it was time for the ceremony at the church they both grew up in! The excitement was definitely building! 

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I loved catching Katie looking at her rings here. 

I loved this wide shot by Karina. 

Then it was time for portraits and then the reception! I can't wait to share Part Two with everyone!


Bea and Bary's Chicago session

Bea and Bary recently got married in their home country of Romania, but they live in Chicago now. So, they wanted some photos here in addition. I first met them at Indie Wed last year and we hit it off. 

We started off by exploring downtown's Millennium Park and Maggie Daley Park before heading north to Lincoln Park. We eventually made our way to the beach for a pretty lovely September sunset. It was an epic shoot and I loved every moment of it.

Take a look!

Congrats, you two! Thanks so much for spending a Sunday afternoon with me!

Baby P is here.

I first met Angela & Chris several years back when my good friend married Angela's brother. Then I got to photograph Angela & Chris' super fun wedding and now they have become a family of three. I have absolutely loved following along with these two as they grow. Getting to document all of their special moments has been a real treat.

Now Baby P is here with a full head of hair and the most alert little gaze. How cute is she??


Baby T!

Baby T was just 20 days young at the time of his first official photo shoot. His mom is a bit of a photographer as well, so I am sure this will be the first of many. I loved meeting this new family of three and photographing their little guy at his home in Chicago. 

Take a look!

Then, Baby T's mom went behind her camera for a few. So fun!

Chrissy and Jason are married!

Chrissy and Jason exchanged vows in the most intimate of ways, surrounded by 20 of their closest people at a pop-up wedding in Humboldt Park. It was my second time documenting such a small affair and I have to say, it was super fun! I loved seeing how it all fell into place... plus, everything was in bloom and they got the most beautiful of days. It was all so incredibly intimate and lovely. 

Chrissy got ready at Spa Soak in Bucktown while Jason got ready at their condo nearby.

Take a look!

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Then they quickly picked a place for the ceremony. They picked a quiet spot in front of the Formal Gardens. In Humboldt Park, you really cannot go wrong though!

Then they were off to celebrate at Antico in Bucktown. 

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Congrats, you two! Have a blast in Hawaii!

Eva & Omar are married: Part 2

Here is the second half of Eva and Omar's post from last week. 

Once we got back to the Sofitel, the wedding ceremony started immediately. Eva and Omar's closest friends and family from all over the world were there to celebrate with them. It was all very intimate. At the end of the night, I said goodbye to them and Omar said, "I am just so happy." That just about sums it up. Congrats, you two!

Take a look!

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Cheers to your next adventure, you two! Congrats!

Gown: Elaya Vaughn by Kate Pankoke
Suit: ESQ
Floral Design: Stems Chicago
Hair & Makeup: Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists

Eva & Omar are married: Part 1

Eva and Omar got married at the end of June in front of their closest friends and family. Guests flew in from all over the world to see these two exchange vows and while I only spent the day with them, I cannot believe how in sync these two are. It was made more apparent as I was going through the photos from my second photographer and I when I saw that while Eva was giving out gifts, Omar was too. While Eva was looking out the window on the third floor, Omar was looking out the window on the second floor. While Eva was twirling in her dress, Omar couldn't take his eyes off of her. And, they both went through the day with the biggest smiles on their faces. I loved it! It was so great to see that and it was such an honor to photograph such an important day for these two adventurers, who are still on an epic honeymoon in South Africa. 

Eva and Omar got ready at the Sofitel and then we headed out to take some photos downtown on a very hot day. They were such troopers though and I am so glad they were because we had a blast!

I started with Eva and the girls. Take a look!

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Meanwhile, Liz was one floor down with the guys while they got ready.  

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Then it was time for their first look, followed by an adventure around Chicago! I loved Liz's shot of Omar waiting for his first glimpse of Eva. 

I loved this shot that Liz captured while I was getting them set up. So sweet!

Then they were off to get married! Part two is coming next week. Stay tuned!

Gown: Elaya Vaughn by Kate Pankoke
Suit: ESQ
Floral Design: Stems Chicago
Hair & Makeup: Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists