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Black & White Modern Wedding Day – Nicole & Matt

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If I could start out this blog post with just an audio clip, it would be me squealing like a child with joy. Go freshen your cup of coffee and settle in my friends. It’s a long goooooorgeous blog post, because there were simply too many favorites to make it any shorter. If you are reading wedding blogs, then you probably hear this a lot, but quite literally – Nicole & Matt’s classic yet modern wedding day could not have been more perfect. From the attention in every detail to the full range of every emotion, this was a dreamy sort …

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Artifact Events Wedding – Kate & Matt

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No two wedding days are alike – and that is VERY true. It may be the fab fall colors of the bouquet, the heartfelt speeches, or the dynamite lighting during the first dance. Well, Kate & Matt had ALL of that! But also, they had the luxury of an 80 degree October wedding day. Now, that is something rather unheard of — especially in Chicago. The warmth of the day did not mean there was no sense of autumn — thanks in large part to Fleur, who knocked it out of the park! The boutonnieres & bouquets were perfection, capturing …

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New York City Engagement – Rachel & Matt

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It’s always fun to be able to turn a challenge into an adventure. When a couple mentions distance (“We’re getting married in City A, but we currently live in City B”), I get excited.  For one thing, I LOVE to travel. Planning a destination engagement session gives me an opportunity to get to know couples in the city they call home, which can speak volumes to learning someone’s personality. When Rachel, Matt & I first started talking, I was actually in New York City at the time so it was only natural that despite their Chicago wedding day plans, I …

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Chicago Proposal Photography – Phil Pops the Question on the Riverwalk

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Now that family has been notified and the wedding planning has begun, it’s safe to share these sweet images of Phil’s Chicago proposal to Brittany. Phil did a great job of keeping everything sneaky while making sure both he and Brittany felt camera ready. Disguised as a lovely little stroll down the Riverwalk en route to dinner with family, he was able to completely surprise his new fiancée. Thanks to the popularity of Chicago’s Riverwalk (and casual clothes mixed with a trusty little backpack), I blended right in with the city’s tourists all while being able to capture this once-in-a-lifetime …

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5 Tips on Picking the Best Bridesmaid Dresses for Photos

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Picking the best bridesmaid dress for your favorite ladies can be daunting. You want everyone to feel confident, comfortable and amazing, but you also want them to look the way you’ve been envisioning. Combine that with a variety of heights, body types and skin tones and how in the world is this going to work? You might also want to be sure each person feels like they can express their own personality and style in some way, which really complicates things when you want to be sure there’s a cohesive look. The continued trend of mismatched bridesmaid dresses is helping, …

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What Happens If…

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This could also be titled “Lucie & Sean’s Wedding” but as much as this is a clear example of “Clearly, these two were marrying the right person,” it’s also an even bigger story of the dreaded question every couple preparing for their wedding day thinks in the back of their head. “What happens if…” The popular questions: “What happens if it rains?” “What happens if you get sick?” “What happens if we need to change the date?” The not so popular questions: “What happens if our venue double books?” “What happens if our ceremony site floods?” “What happens if we …

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Heritage Prairie Farm Wedding – Jessie & Travis

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I keep struggling with trying to write this blog post. Not because there isn’t a lot to say (Jessie & Travis’ Heritage Prairie Farm Wedding couldn’t have been a more perfect reflection of the two of them). More so, because there is so much to say. I look at these photos, think about this family and couldn’t not feel a deeper sense of gratitude to have been given the gift (again!) of documenting their stories. Combine that with the visual excitement of 2 people who made outward, detail orientated choices that do nothing but reflect their personalities all that much more, …

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I Believe…

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I mentioned on our Instagram a couple of days ago I was putting the final touches on a post about who Kevin & I have chosen as our wedding photographers. And while that post is coming, in light of the ever escalating current events, and after all that has happened in Charlottesville, I felt the need to pause the wedding talk and address these very real issues. We’ll be back to our “regularly scheduled programming” soon because I do honestly believe that love and happiness are ultimately what will change the world, but first, I need you, my blog friends, …

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Baker Memorial Church & Hotel Baker, St Charles Wedding – Jenna & Matt

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There’s a moment during every wedding where I get choked up. It’s never the same moment every single time and always, even after 7 years, a bit unexpected. But for Jenna and Matt’s wedding day this was the first time ever it was when the two of them saw their reception room at Hotel Baker. Jenna’s overwhelming gratitude and her tear-filled hug to her dad, thanking him for giving them the perfect wedding day was nothing short of special. But before we get to that, there are a million little moments in between. From the absolutely gorgeous color of her …