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!

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!

Stephanie & Ryan's Chicago engagement session

These two are getting married in Sonoma next year, but live in Chicago and wanted to have some photos taken of them here. We headed to Montrose Harbor, which isn’t too far from where they recently got engaged. It also happens to be one of my favorite locations to photograph in. It was the perfect evening for it with the perfect light. Thanks so much for being adventurers with me, Stephanie and Ryan! 

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Have a blast in Sonoma!

Annika and Scott are married!

Annika and Scott recently exchanged vows in front of their closest family and friends at Friendship Park Conservatory in DesPlaines. It was so much fun documenting their day and following along with them as they took the next step in their relationship. It was a beautiful October day and I don’t think we could have asked for anything more… well, maybe a few additional marks on the thermometer would have been nice, but that is besides the point. 

A million thanks goes out to my super amazing second shooter for the day as well. Angel Espiritu, you were amazing!

Without further ado, take a look at Annika and Scott’s big day!

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And then it was time for the ceremony.

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Congratulations, you two! 

Katie & David are married: Part Two

Here is part two of Katie & David’s wedding at Fitzgerald’s Night Club in Berwyn. We got to the venue and things kicked off right away and it all went off without a hitch. They even had a private show put on by a fantastic local band, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound. I think I must have been grinning all night because I was just so happy to be there documenting it all. What a night.

Take a look!

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Congrats to Katie & David. You threw one heck of a wedding! Thanks for letting me be part of it.