Category Archives: Weddings

She Said YES!!!!!!!

I only recently met Ken, but I knew from the day I met him that there was this amazingly special girl in his life. So, when he asked me to capture one of the single most important days in their lives, I was completely honored!!!! Only recently have people started capturing engagements and I’m so glad that this trend is growing. It’s one of the greatest surprises and life changing moments for those who go through it, so why wouldn’t you want to remember exactly how you felt in that moment!!! I have to admit…. being a part of these moments never gets old. I cannot describe the joy, the excitement and the feeling of true love that is experienced. Ken and Sam were no exception. So without stalling any further….. here are some of my favorite moments from Ken’s proposal to Sam….and the beginning of the rest of their lives!!!

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Congratulations Ken & Sam!!!!!! Here’s to a lifetime of love, health and happiness ahead!!!!

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Caitlin + Kevin

Oh hello, wedding season 2016!!!!! I know there’s still much to post from 2015 but I couldn’t help but kick off this year right with this gorgeous wedding! This gorgeous couple are good friends with another beautiful couple you’ve seen on my blog before. Photographing both of their weddings this year was an absolute treat! I absolutely loved the bright fun colors, and Caitlin’s smile was the biggest smile I’ve ever seen on a bride. It was truly amazing!!!! Without getting too wordy, here are my fav photos of the day!!!!

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What an amazing and special day!!!! Here’s to another beautiful season celebrating love!!!! xoxo

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Best Friends Forever!

When I say, “best friends forever,” I don’t just mean the bride and groom. No doubt they will be best friends forever, however what I meant is that they will be my very best friends forever. It’s so crazy to think that I’ve known this beautiful bride since we were practically kids. She’s like my parents fourth daughter, and my third little sister! I affectionatly call her “bananz.” Don’t ask me how or where it comes from…it just is! So, I kind of can’t believe that bananz is gettin’ hitched! It took a really special guy…the MOST special guy to woo this pretty girl. Anna is a smart, hard working, fun loving city girl that doesn’t take $hit from anyone! So, it was seriously fitting that she met and knew she’d marry Ryan…a police officer and fellow non-taker of $hit! Ha! Together they are that perfect combination of love, fun and best friends for life! So, it was with honor that I accepted Anna’s request to capture this magical time in their lives. SO! Let’s get this party started and share some of my ultimate fav pics! And don’t forget to scroll to the end…. the outtakes on these two….priceless!

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AAAAAANNNNNDDDD…… Because it wouldn’t be a day at one of the most divine places in all of Chicago without bananz makin’ it her own with her beautiful, outgoing, crazy, funny personality! Priceless…

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To Anna and Ryan- I love you both SO MUCH! You are family to me in every way. Congratulations to you both! I cannot wait for the big day!!!!

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Summer Lovin’

With all these weddings coming up in the fall, I just had to share with you the engagement photos of all of these sweet couples. This beautiful pair are good friends with another bride and groom whos wedding I’ll be photographing this year as well. I had nothing short of a blast with these two as the groom checked in on how the session went with his good friend and fiance whom I photographed prior. Lucky for me, these two friends were both awesome to photograph! We had such a fun time on a beautiful summer day. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… true love is the easiest thing to photograph in the world. That must be why this session seemed to fly by. Here are a few of my favs of this beautiful pair!

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You’ll have to stay tuned until next year to see more of these two. Spring 2016, here we come!!!

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Sweet Smiles Of Summer…

Ok, so I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted, but so much has been going on!!!! In the weeks ahead I’ll be sharing with you all the awesome moments that I’ve had the honor of capturing throughout this summer, starting with this sweet couple! Their wedding is approaching in a couple of months and I could not be more excited! I was introduced to these two through a mutual friend in the wedding business, and I couldn’t be more lucky! I hit it off with them both immediately… as if we were old friends! Those are truly the best clients…the ones who love and trust you with all of your talents to capture one of the most magical moments of their lives. So, needless to say…when Sam and Grant chose me to do that, I was just beyond excited! They are truly beautiful inside and out. I loved that from the moment I started snapping photos, you could just see their love shine through. No coaching needed at this shoot because true love needs no coaching. I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I did taking them. Here are some of my favs!

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October 10th, here we come!!!! Cannot wait!!!!

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Step Into My Boudoir…

Boudoir shoots have become increasingly popular, so I just wanted to do a little shout out and remind everyone (gentleman too) that boudoir shoots are crazy fun!!!  So many women think it’s not for them or will tell themselves that they just need to lose that last 5lbs before they book anything.  Guess what ladies?! Boudoir is for everyone and that last 5lbs will make zero difference in how amazing your photos are.  Each and every session I do is personal. My process for a boudoir shoot starts from the moment you start to think about it.  I speak with each of my clients extensively and even have a series of questions so that we can start to think about what we can be celebrating about YOU!  Because ultimately that’s what boudoir is… it’s a celebration of you as a fun, playful, beautiful, exciting human being.  So many people are always doing for others and forget to take a moment for themselves to do something fun.  A boudoir shoot is an amazing opportunity to honor all of the beautiful things about yourself that are easy to forget when you’re in the thick of each day.  So, even if you’ve ever thought about boudoir…. let’s have a conversation!  Let’s talk about what it could mean for you and to you.  Let’s celebrate how awesome you truly are!!!!

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Amy + Brian

It’s every photographers dream to not only have amazing clients, but then also to have a stunning venue with all of the most beautiful details. To say my dreams came true with this wedding is a vast understatement! Amy, Brian and I had an instant connection after realizing that I had actually shot the weddings of friends of theirs. Having randomly searched and found me, this was completely exciting and meant to be! These two are so calm, so in love and such genuinely wonderful people that capturing their love story was a breeze! To see their soulful connection was truly something special. To add to the awesomeness of this wedding was the venue. Salvage One is one of those venues that photographers in Chicago pray to have the opportunity to shoot at in their career, so when I learned that this was to be the setting of this incredible day I literally could not have been more excited. There’s something so romantic and special about it’s history in Chicago as well as the vintage furniture that adorns each floor. To know that each piece has a story in history all of it’s own is truly something special. SO! Let’s see some of the fav photos of the day!!!

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Congratulations Amy and Brian!!!! Thank you for allowing me to capture this beautiful moment in your lives! I absolutely just love you both and wish you all the love, health and happiness in the world!!! xoxo

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Cristie + Josh

It’s hard to know where to begin with this one!  I am always so incredibly humbled when a bride and groom choose me to capture their love story, but this couple truly went above and beyond!  You have undoubtedly seen them on the blog before.  This beautiful couple has had me capture every moment from engagement, to the boudoir photos that were Josh’s wedding gift, to their incredible “I do’s” in paradise.  I know that I’m not just that person there with a camera… I’m there to capture the moments that they and their loved ones are going to look back on for decades to come.  The moments that bring them right back to that time, or that amaze their grandchildren, or that move their own children to tears when they think about how that moment is truly how it all began.  I always say it, but truly, I have the best job in the world!  To be asked to get on a plane and bring a passport to document all of this is absolutely the greatest honor and compliment any photographer can have.  Cristie and Josh are two of the most amazing people I know.  Planning the wedding may have been crazy, picking the dress and all the details may have been overwhelming at times, but there was always one thing that was never a second thought…. the reason they were going through all the trouble.  These two truly wanted an experience where the people that love them so incredibly much could come together as one big family and share in the entire ride with them, and share in the ride we all did!!!!  I won’t ruin any surprises, but you will quickly see by the end of the post what a fun, loving and carefree couple Cristie and Josh are.  I love their entire approach to their love story and their lives.  They truly know what it’s all about.  So! Here are some of my absolute favs!!!!

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What an amazing day!!!!  Is this group not the most fun?!?!? It’s so easy to get caught up in details and I love that Cristie and Josh never let anything stop them from being themselves and enjoying every moment of their day…. not even a little salt water or chlorine in the wedding dress!  Congratulations, Cristie and Josh!  Much love, health and happiness to you both!  THANK YOU for allowing me to be by your side through everything! xoxo

 

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An Oldie but a Goodie!!!!

Ok people, all I’m going to say is……. FILM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FILM FILM FILM!!!!!! Ok, so that’s not all I’m going to say, but I just could not hold back my excitement. Film, to many, is almost completely forgotten. Kids today would have no idea what it was if you handed them a roll or a camera without a digital screen in the back. How soon we forget, though, that this is what it was for so very long! While I will always shoot my digital in conjunction with my film cameras, there is just truly no substitute for film. The colors are just unbelievable! The tone, the richness… oh my gosh! Waiting to get film scans back is probably the most painful process ever… maybe only second to the 3 minutes it takes to download them. The pain is well worth it every single time, though!!! Here are some scans I just got back from the GORGEOUS wedding I recently shot in Jamaica. There is a blog post with more to come on that wedding because it was absolutely stunning and incredible, but I just could not wait to show you some of the film. The most amazing thing is that I have not edited ANY of these photos. These are straight out of the camera!!! I hope you love them as much as I do!!!

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More to come soon!!!! xoxo

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Dreaming Of Spring…

Ok, so it’s January and I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s absolutely over this cold weather. Once the holidays are over, I’m ready to jump into spring! Give me flowers, and warm breezes and cities coming alive again! With all of this cold in snow in the windy city, I needed to look back on some springtime inspiration to warm up! These are a few photos I took a few years back during a beautiful styled shoot in New York City. It could not have been a more gorgeous day in April. Central Park was perfect and it felt SO GOOD to feel a city coming alive again. I honestly wish I could relive the entire experience. I was surrounded by other amazingly talented photographers and it was truly the beginning of me starting to live out my dreams. SO! Without further delay… here are some beautiful sprintime colors, blooms and sunshine to warm you up on this super cold day!

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workshop: jen huang photography

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