Carrie and Dan eloped: Day Two

Day two started much like Day one — very relaxed with a certain sense of excitement in the air. Boutonneires were made. vows were finalized and fancy beers were had. I can't think of a better end to my 2016 wedding photography season than being at Bond Ranch Retreat in Sequim, WA with Carrie, Dan and their chosen few. Thank you for letting me document your day, Carrie and Dan! 

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Just as they got ready for their ceremony and a few photos around Bond Ranch, a full rainbow came out. It was magical!

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Once everyone was back in their comfy clothes, we all returned to the fire and enjoyed beer paired with their favorite local oysters and cheese. 

Congratulations, you two! Cheers!

Carrie and Dan eloped: Day One

Within one month, Carrie and Dan planned their epic elopement to one of their favorite places that they had visited—the Olympic Peninsula just outside of Seattle. The best part? I got to join them to document it all. It just happens to also be one of my favorite places, so you can just imagine how excited I was when I heard about their plans.

We started with a photoshoot at the beautiful Lake Crescent after a 'First Look' at Bond Ranch Retreat where we all stayed. I have to admit, I was fighting back tears and excitement jitters all day. But holy WOW was it great. 

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Here is Dan with their little guy just after breakfast. I think he was excited.

My amazing husband and helper was there to help capture this moment... just before their 'First Look'. I loved it.

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Now that the little guy was dressed and ready, it was time for the big adventure. We headed to beautiful Lake Crescent for some photos. It was misting off and on, but that didn't stop us. 

We finished up Day One with a delicious dinner in town and then drank rare beers from their collection around the fire. I can't imagine a better way to end Day One.

Cheers! Stay tuned for Day 2!

Brian and Maggie are married! Part two.

Here is Part two of Maggie and Brian's beautiful Chicago loft wedding in the West Loop. After we took portraits around the neighborhood near City View Loft, their closest family and friends joined them for an intimate ceremony that was officiated by the bride's brother. The cocktail hour and reception were immediately following and everyone had a blast. They even hired one of their favorite bands, Skeriks Bandelabra, to play during the reception.

Take a look!

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After the ceremony, we snuck out to capture some sunset shots. Man was I glad we did!

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Congrats, you two!!

Baby Z!

I don't know about you, but my friends have been having the cutest babies. Baby Z is one of them and I was so excited to photograph this special time in their lives. Seeing these two become a family of three has been really great and I am excited to watch them grow into their own.

Take a look! 

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Brian and Maggie are married! Part one.

Maggie and Brian got married in October on the perfect autumn day at City View Lofts, exactly one month ago from today. I absolutely loved documenting these two and their love for each other on one of their most exciting days. All of the smiles that came along with it, too. Cheers! 

Brian got ready at the Virgin Hotel downtown while Maggie got ready at her friend's place in Ukrainian Village. 

Then Brian and the guys were off to City View and I met up with Maggie over in Ukrainian Village at her friend's place.

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Maggie and her crew were ready, which meant it was time for their First Look! 

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Part two is coming. Stay tuned!

The Safarik Family

This is my third time photographing this family and I have to say, love it. It has been so fun watching the littles grow up over the years as well. This year we went back to the place where it all started for the parents. We returned to their wedding venue and did family photos there. They got married in one of my favorite hotels, so when they brought the idea up, I was excited. We had fun!

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This was a recreation of one of their wedding photos. Fun!

See you guys next year!

The Cheesmans

I recently headed out to Berwyn's Proksa park to take some photos of this adorable family of four. I loved photographing them and getting to know them a bit more. One thing is for sure, these kids are hilarious and I loved it all! 

Take a look!

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