A 5 year anniversary session. Also, cats!

I recently met and photographed Donna and Kurt. Holy cats were these two were a blast to photograph! They came to me as a referral from a mutual friend and I am thankful we met. Everything about this session was a blast whether it was snuggling kitties at the amazing Catcade or adventuring at the beach.

You probably know this by now, but one of my favorite things is to capture the essence of a couple and while that is always my goal, I really feel good about this one. Here are Donna and Kurt, celebrating nearly 5 years and very much in love.

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Then we were off to Oak Street Beach for a quick little portrait session by Lake Michigan and a fabulous cake mural. 

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That's a wrap! Congrats on 5 years, Donna and Kurt. 

PS- Just putting this out there, but I would love to document more couples... for no reason at all. Just you and your main squeeze. Ok, that is all. Carry on. 

Casey and Tanveer are married: Part Two

Hopefully everyone saw Part One of Casey & Tanveer's wedding in the beautiful Cuyahoga Valley National Park just outside of Cleveland.

Their ceremony was at Happy Days Lodge, right in the middle of a National Park. They exchanged vows in front of their closest family and friends and there were so many happy tears. Everything about it was incredible and I just kept smiling while photographing all of the love that happened throughout the night. It was wonderful!

Without further ado, take a look at Part Two! 

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That's a wrap! Once again, congratulations to Casey and Tanveer! Cheers to a lifetime of happiness and love. 

Casey and Tanveer are married: Part One

Last month, these two lovely people got married in the incredible Cuyahoga Valley National Park, just outside of Cleveland. They are big hikers and have made it a priority to visit all of the National Parks. Naturally, it only made sense that they would also get married in one. 

It was such a treat to document their day while exploring a new part of this country. I mean, who knew there was a National Park just outside of Cleveland, Ohio? I certainly didn't, but holy cow did it deliver. There were waterfalls, covered bridges, rivers and so much history to explore, so we set out a day early to scout this beautiful place that Casey and Tanveer chose to exchange their vows in. It was supposed to rain that day, but luckily the weather cooperated at just the right times and everything was absolutely perfect. Needless to say, I had a blast photographing it all and getting to know these two!

I started out with Tanveer and his part of the wedding party. 

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After a few portraits of the groom, I was off to see Casey and her bridesmaids. 

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First look time!

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And then we were off to take some portraits in the beautiful Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Luckily the rain held off because this was a dream!

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Then they were off to Happy Days Lodge in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park to get married. Luckily the evening's rain held off enough to take some portraits at sunset as well. We were greeted with the most incredible sunset. 

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The rest of their wedding will be in Part Two. Stay tuned, it is coming soon!

Congrats to Casey and Tanveer!

The Loos Family, 2018 edition!

These three are about to become a family of four and the little guy was about to turn two, so we headed to Adler Planetarium for some family photos. I first met them when this little guy was a couple of weeks old, but this was the third time I had the honor of photographing them. It was a blast seeing them again this summer. So, take a look at some photos of a little guy that is very much on the move! 

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See you three soon!

Emily and Bob are married, Part Two!

If you saw Part One of Emily and Bob's Kuipers Family Farm wedding, you already know that it was filled with some of the biggest smiles I have ever seen on a wedding day. It was lovely and incredibly contagious. 

Now it is time for Part Two. Take a look! 

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Then it was time for the dinner, speeches and dancing!

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Congratulations, Emily and Bob! <3

Emily and Bob are married, Part One!

Emily and Bob recently exchanged their vows in front of their closest family and friends at the beautiful Kuipers Family Farm, which is just a tad over an hour outside of Chicago. I hadn't been to Kuipers before so I got there a bit early to check it all out and take it all in. Let's just say that it was definitely love at first sight and so peaceful. After seeing the rolling hills covered in apple trees and all that the farm had to offer, I immediately got so excited for Emily and Bob's arrival. The wedding day was filled with sunshine for these two and seeing their giant smiles from the very start made it all that much better. 

I mean, does this even look like Illinois? What a beautiful place for a wedding! Take a look.

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That's a wrap for Part One! Stay tuned for Part Two.

Barry & David's Guatemala wedding!

First of all, I want to say that photographing this wedding was a dream. As you probably have figured out by now, I love a good adventure. So, when travel and photography are combined, life is good. Barry and David's wedding in Antigua, Guatemala was no exception. Sixty of their friends and family were around them and under the stars, in 17th century ruins as they exchanged their wedding vows. The colors, the greenery and the history of this place really made this a pretty amazing spot for a wedding that was so many years in the making. There was just so much love.

They kicked off the weekend with a welcome reception on Friday night. Since everyone was traveling in for the wedding, it was a fantastic way to mingle and get a sense of what was to come. Antigua is a town set amongst the volcanos, so a rooftop welcome reception was a great way to take it all in. Here are a few of my favorites from Friday.

Take a look!

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Then it was time for the wedding! They got ready together at the most amazing hotel, El Convento.

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Barry and David put together quite the wedding day and it was an absolute treat to photograph. What an honor! 

Congratulations, you two!

 

Planner: I Do Guatemala, weddings of a Lifetime
Decor: Josean Garcia
Caterer: Camino Real Antigua
Venue: La Ermita Antigua, Guatemala