Karina & Michael: 10 years and counting!

I recently got to photograph this amazing family and couple, in celebration of their 10 year anniversary. You see, they were throwing a party with a few of their closet friends and family, so it truly was such an honor to be part of this intimate day. I loved every second of it. The party was at Antique Taco space was the perfect place to celebrate 10 years!

Before the party, we did a photoshoot at Garfield Park Conservatory.

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After a quick outfit change, we were off to Stop No. 2!

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Next up? A party at Antique Taco!

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Cheers to the next decade, Karina and Michael!

Annie and John are married!

You may remember these two from their snowy engagement session from 2018 with their pup, but it is time to show off their gorgeous wedding now. Last month, Annie and John recently exchanged their vows at The Library at 190, here in Chicago. It was intimate and sweet and I loved every single second of it. This venue is in the heart of downtown, so we got to hit up some of my favorite locations for portraits and their pup was in the wedding.

Plus, can we talk about this venue with venues of all things Chicago? So good! Go ahead, take a look.

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Meanwhile, Annie was getting ready just down the hall.

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That is a wrap! Congratulations, Annie and John!

Allie & Joe are married!

Last month, Allie and Joe exchanged their vows at Prairie Street Brewing in Rockford on a patio, just off of the Rock River. It was beautiful and so much fun to explore the area. As many of you know, I love getting out of Chicago to document a wedding day. This was no different. Allie and Joe were the sweetest couple, plus they were so easy to photograph. I loved every single second of it, seriously.

Without further ado, take a look! I started off with Allie and the girls, while my second shooter, Stephen, started out with Joe and the guys.

Cheers!

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Meanwhile, Stephen was hanging out with the Joe and his friends.

After Allie went inside, I joined up with Joe. You see, they wanted to see each other for the first time at the alter and it was so fun to see that all unfold.

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Congratulations, you two! It was a blast!

Venue: Prairie Street Brewhouse
Second Shooter: Stephen Ramsden
Videography: Robert Banez for Something New Media
DJ: An Enchanted Evening

2018, a round up!

It is finally time for a much delayed 2018 round up. I know I am a bit late in posting this, but I have been resting up after a busy year. You see, it was a big year for me. 2018 was the year that took me to Guatemala for my first international wedding and to Ohio’s Cuyahoga Valley for my first National Park wedding. It was a year that allowed me to experiment a bit more with my photography and take more risks; it was also a year that led me to photographing my first surprise proposals.

It really was such an exciting year that was filled with so much love, trust and fun. As always, it was such an honor to document it all and I am ready to see what 2019 will bring. I have a feeling it is going to be a fun year!

In the meantime, take a look at some of my favorites from 2018.

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Thanks for another year of trusting me to document your biggest days. I am forever grateful.

Cheers!

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!