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Summer Lovin’

I hardly know where to begin with this couple!!!  Cristie and I grew up together so we’ve known each other since we were kids.  Who knew that decades later, I’d have the amazing opportunity to capture such a momentous occasion in her life.  When Cristie and I sat down months ago to talk photos, and she asked me to be the one to capture her and Josh exchanging vows in JAMAICA, my heart was just filled with complete joy and honor.  I’ve had the incredible opportunity to photograph a number of destination weddings now, and they are nothing short of incredibly special.  Since the wedding is going to be somewhere far away and tropical, we decided to go back to our roots for the engagement session.  So, to Barrington, Illinois we went for this incredible shoot!  Josh and Cristie are love personified… the way they look at each other is one that most people dream about.  You can tell that they are best friends and truly love and appreciate each other.  Here are a few of my absolute favorites from our amazing day in Barrington!

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CONGRATULATIONS Josh and Cristie!!!! I couldn’t be more excited for you.  Here’s to decades of love, health and happiness!!! See you in Jamaica!!!!

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Happy Birthday, and Thank You America!

Ok, so I’m still editing this magical wedding, but I had to share some of my favorites on this beautiful 4th of July holiday!  While others are out celebrating our country’s birthday with beer, food and sun it’s true that I am inside editing.  Most people would be like, “Oh bummer! You have to work today?”  The truth is that I don’t HAVE to do anything I don’t want to today.  I CHOOSE to stay in and edit this magical day.  I never see this job as work, you see… This is totally enjoyable for me!  When faced with a choice of drinking and partying, or staying in and editing, I choose to stay in.  Going through these photos brings me absolute joy, and on a day like today, I am so insanely thankful that I live in a country where I can have my own business.  I can make my own hours, bring joy to my clients and make a difference in peoples lives!  So, I celebrate our country’s birthday by doing something that this amazing country has allowed me to do…. be a proud business owner doing something I love!  So, onto my favs!!!!

I’m going to start with all of the pre-wedding fun!!!  Literally this gorgeous woman looks like she just stepped out of Vogue….



And off to the city we go for first look, and more gorgeous moments with the bride and groom!  I love a gorgeous bride walking amongst the crazy city life going on all around her….



And I suppose we should get the groom in some of these shots too, huh?!?



And how about a few more of this stunning bride….



And onto the gorgeous ceremony we go…. I absolutely LOVED the joy and laughter that was not only taking place at the alter, but also amongst the maid of honor, and the guests… Their joy could have lit up the whole world!!!



I had to put this next one in here, because I just love it when my bride and groom are silly, relaxed and having the most fun time.  It’s YOUR day!!!! Why not?!?!



And last, but certainly not least….. I love the first dance because you always get to see the happiness and emotion in the faces of the newlyweds.  It’s this moment where I often take a step back, sigh and am reminded how blessed I am to do something that I love so much!



So, happy birthday America!!!!  Thank you for giving me the ability to capture this amazing day, and these heart felt moments for this bride and groom.  I am so lucky to be able to do something that brings joy to others on a daily basis!  xoxo

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A Seaside Love Story!

Well…. it took dozens of hours in post production work, but I FINALLY finished editing the most gorgeous wedding!  Set in Jamaica, this was by far one of the most stunning weddings I’ve had the pleasure of photographing.  What made this more special was the bride and the groom.  Together this couple has taught me the meaning of friendship, love and loyalty.  I am proud to say that they will forever be my very best friends.  Whether the bride knows it or not, she has touched my life in ways I cannot describe.  She has been there for me in my most difficult moments, and she’s been there to celebrate every success.  Without her love, support, encouragement and friendship I don’t know where I’d be today.  Photographing this wedding was just the beginning of showing my thanks to this couple for being amazing friends to me.  I thank them both from the bottom of my heart for this opportunity to share my gift with them.  This post has a lot more photos than I normally include, but it was just too hard to choose!  There were so many special moments!  I hope you enjoy my favs as much as I enjoyed taking them!  Here we go!!!

Let’s start with some beautiful Jamaican details…..



And next, some of my favorites of my stunning best friend!  One of the most gorgeous brides I’ve seen, she just lit up the entire island!!!

And next…. the gorgeous ceremony, and all of the details!  Filled with nothing but light, love, loyalty and friendship….

Next it’s on to some beautiful details and time with the bride and groom to just capture some moments with each other…..

And before we move onto the reception, and all the fun there was to be had….. How AWESOME are these fun bridesmaids?!?!?!?

And next up? Reception details and FUN!!!!!  This first one, is one of my favorites I’ve EVER taken in my entire photography career…..

And finally….. no wedding is complete without all of the dress details…. Check out this stunning dress the bride said yes to!

I know that I just can’t say it enough….. I’m just so humbled whenever someone puts the way they are going to remember one of the most important days of their lives in my hands.  I am so blessed to be able to share my gift with so many people…. including best friends and the ones I love dearly.  I can’t wait to see what more life has to bring these two!  I can’t wait to be there to capture all the special moments ahead.  THANK YOU and CONGRATULATIONS to Dawn and Matt Kollmorgan.  You both are amazing people, and I am so blessed to call you my friends! Love you always!!! xoxo

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A Windy City Wedding!!!

Ok, so it’s true…. I shot this wedding just yesterday but was so moved, I had to pick a few shots to share with you all before I get down and dirty on editing the entire day.  You may remember this bride and groom from a previous blog post.  Their engagement photo session was also set to beautiful Chicago backdrops.  This family is particularly special to me.  The bride and her sister have been close friends of my sister since we were all kids.  It always amazes me when I photograph people I’ve grown up with.  How fast time flies!!!!  I am always so honored that dear friends entrust me to capture these moments.  Here are a few of my favs below, but stay tuned for more in the coming months as I go through all of the photos!!



I just love these next ones, because it was just too cool having such a stunning bride walking around the hustle and bustle of the city!




And let the beautiful sights of Chicago begin…..


And how cute are these two at the alter…..



And finally…. a few of my favs of this positively stunning bride! Her Vera Wang gown with custom made jewelry was absolutely stunning!  She absolutely took everyones breath away.



AHHHHH!!!!! SO in crazy love with these photos!  What an incredible day!  I am again reminded why I just LOVE photographing weddings.  They just light me up with joy inside.  This special wedding was absolutely no exception.  Stay tuned for more soon!!!!

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Big Love In The Big City!

Have I mentioned how much I totally love the brides and grooms I work with?!?!? I couldn’t help but share a few favs from a recent engagement session!  This beautiful couple will be getting married next year after a long engagement, and I cannot wait to capture the moment!  This beautiful bride is one of the sweetest, most caring and wonderful people I’ve ever met.  They are truly blessed to have each other in their lives.  I hope you enjoy this sneak peek as much as I have enjoyed photographing this wonderful couple!


Until their beautiful wedding day!!!!!! xoxo

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Can’t Get Enough Of New York!!

A final installment of some of my favorite photos from my recent New York trip! LOVED my time in New York and was just as sad to go home as I am that this is the last installment to share with all of you!  There are more fun weddings and experiences that will be making their way to the blog this season, but for now…. here are some of my absolute favorites!


LOVE WEDDING SEASON!!!!! Biggest thank you in the world to Jen Huang for her guidance, expertise, passion, business sense and ability to teach one of the oldest and most beautiful arts in the world.  I am proud to have the ability to invest in the education of my art so that I may produce the most amazing memories for my clients.  LOVE MY JOB!!!! xoxo

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Can’t Get Enough Of New York!

So, I promised there’d be more to come from my recent trip to New York, and here it is!  The second installment of the beautiful wedding shoot is here!  Here is my next set of favs.  There are literally SO MANY!!!!!  There will be future installments, however, I hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed taking these photographs!


Again, I cannot express my happiness and excitement at the opportunity to do this shoot and go through this experience.  Definitely stay tuned for even more amazing photos from the big apple!


Floral & Design: Poppies & Posies
Hair: Styles On B
Makeup: Kerry Crawford | Makeup Artist
Dress: Marchesa via Nearly Newlywed
Workshop: Jen Huang

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Sneak Peek From The Big Apple!

I don’t even know where to begin with this post!  I am BEYOND excited to share a sneak peek from a recent wedding shoot in none other than…NEW YORK CITY!  When I heard about the opportunity to learn from one of the best in the business, I just couldn’t pass it up!  Here are a few of my favorite shots, however there is more to come!  What I wouldn’t give to have Central Park as my backdrop for all of my brides!!!



What a truly AMAZING experience! I cannot wait to share more!!!!!


Florals: Poppies & Posies- www.poppiesandposies.com
Wedding Dress: Marchesa via Nearly Newly Wed- www.nearlynewlywed.com
Shoes: www.chromaticgallery.com
Workshop- Jen Huang Workshops

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Let Wedding Season Begin!

Well…. it’s finally here…. WEDDING SEASON!!!!!! Though I had the honor of being a guest at this wedding, I could not resist getting in a little practice before my first wedding of the season!  What I loved best about this group was their amazing friendship and love for each other.  I was honored to be a guest, and I’m excited to share some of my favorite shots!

And so it begins…..

And how STUNNING is this bride?!?!??!


It just wouldn’t be a midwest wedding without a little Coors….


Honestly…. how cute are these two?!?!?!?


And finally….. onto the celebration!!!


And there it is folks…… another beautiful wedding, and the beautiful beginning of another wedding season!




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Love & The Lake…

I hardly know where to begin with this beautiful couple…. This wedding was one of the most special weddings I’ve ever had the privilege to photograph.  I just so happened to grow up with the groom and the best man.  That’s right… I’ve known both of these guys since we were kids awkwardly walking the halls of middle school trying to find our way in the world, and now here they are engaged and getting married to a couple of amazing women!  It was hard to pick a few favorites, so there may be more than usual, but I just couldn’t help myself.  So, here we go!

Let’s start with my favorite pre-wedding shots!



And one with the ENTIRE family….



And let us not forget the details…. Being that the venue was an old, warehouse type space that had been converted, I really felt compelled to have the photos reflect that same feeling… old, vintage and beautiful…



And finally, onto the celebration!!!! LOVE his face!!!!

Truly, what an amazing evening!  Here’s to decades more of friendship, love and finding new paths in the world together.

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