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

2017 in review

2017 was a different year for me. I photographed a few less weddings this past year, but I photographed more couples, people, events and things near and dear to me. It all balanced out and I absolutely love that about this business of mine. It is so much fun to see what comes in the year and what amazing moments I will get to photograph. That is truly what it is all about.

It was a year of slowing down and being intentional while also pushing myself to be more creative. I tried being open to new things and took on a project with The Mom in the Yellow house to document her journey to health. After each session, she left me inspired to do more projects like hers. It didn’t end the way we were hoping and it left a hole that I wasn’t expecting, but I am grateful for her openness and strength all the way to the end. I photographed new families. Some that I’ve watched grow and some that were brand new to this world. We traveled to lands both near and far and spent as much time outside as I could.

It’s been wonderful, you guys! I’m so grateful for your trust to document these important moments. I’m honored. Now, buckle up... this is a long post.

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Vanessa & Wioleta are engaged!

These two are getting married next year in a sunny location, south of the border, but they live here in Chicago. Turns out, Vanessa seems to love winter just as much as I do and Wioleta was a great sport, so we took advantage of the snow here in Chicago for an engagement session a couple weeks ago. I met them on a perfect snowy afternoon in Millennium Park that ended in the most incredible sunset.

Take a look.

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Congratulations, you two! I hope you two have the most amazing wedding! 

Melissa and Ed are expecting!

A couple of weeks ago, I got to photograph another dear friend of mine who is due in March. It was such a treat to photograph Melissa and Ed who are about to become parents for the first time. I absolutely loved documenting this time for the two of them.

We started out at North Avenue beach and let's just say, they were troopers. It was a chilly January day in Chicago and they were freezing, but I am so glad we did it anyway. 

Take a look!

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After a quick little session by Lake Michigan, we headed back to their place for a different view of the city and also heat.

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And... it is a girl!

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Congratulations, you guys!

Rhian & Ian are expecting!

These two are dear friends. We have traveled together, visited each other's homes many of times despite living in different states, put intense puzzles together, laughed so many times and have continued to get closer as the years go by. That is no easy feat.

We knew it was a dream of theirs to become parents, so when we heard the news that they were expecting and due in March, we were absolutely ecstatic for them. I cannot wait to see them as parents and it was an absolute treat to document this happy time for these two parents-to-be.

Take a look!

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