April 29, 2015 § Leave a comment
Ryan and Jeff keep it simple.
Their wedding was all at the lovely Hotel Palomar. Ryan and Jeff dressed in their room, and helped each other quite a bit, then we met on the balcony for some portraits in the warm autumn light. The ceremony was held in the hotel where many laughs and tears were shared. We stepped out during the cockail hour to the river to capture downtown Chicago architecture with this artistic couple. We also found some ivy walls to photograph them in front of as the sun set. Did I mention they had a cake on every table?
Congratulations Ryan and Jeff!
Also: see our post on their wedding featured on 4 Real Equality Blog. Click here!
April 10, 2015 § Leave a comment
Tessa and Derek had the loveliest wedding
Filled with warm early Spring sunsets and candlelight. They are a sophisticated couple who keeps it simple. No flowers, no bridal party, just two people in love who wanted to get married. Tessa arrived in the Ovation automobile just as the sun set. They were so excited to see each other. We made some photos of them in front of and inside the loft space. Simple and lovely. Ovation was filled with candles and the sunset as they said their vows. Cocktail hour led to dinner which led to lots of conversation and fun with family and friends.
Congratulations Tessa and Derek!
March 20, 2015 § Leave a comment
Alexandra and Patrick had many ideas for this photo session.
First, Lizz photographed them at Debi Lilly loft. The couple ate gummy bears, cuddled in corners, and enjoyed this luxury apartment in the city. Then, Nicole & Lizz went out with the couple on a chilly January day to explore the city. We found an enormous pink engagement ring to photograph them in, and braved Lincoln Park for some snowy pictures.
We are so pleased to have spent some fun times and getting to know Alexandra and Patrick before their wedding day.
February 27, 2015 § Leave a comment
Mariah and Chris wanted a winter engagement session.
Their wedding is to be this summer and they wanted pictures for save the date cards and, well, just for fun! We met up at Morton Arboretum, because even though the leaves had fallen off the trees, they have a beautiful collection of conifers to inspire us. The couple wore cute coats and scarves and even cuter winter sweaters for the photo session. We always appreciate when an outfit can be made different so simply for these types of shoots. We are so excited for their wedding day this summer!
February 23, 2015 § Leave a comment
Ariana and Ryan had the most emotive wedding day.
Ariana wore her beautiful hair down and surrounded herself with bridesmaids in blue. Ryan kept it cool wearing a patterned tie and stylish shoes. Our day started at the Hotel Palomar where the ladies all got ready in awesome animal print robes. We met up with the men at the Ravenswood Event Center Industrial Ballroom where the ceremony and reception was to take place. We just can’t get enough of The Ravenswood Event Center!
The couple had their first look right behind the space, in the coolest alley in Chicago. Ariana of course climbed a ladder for a cute photo just before the couple saw each other. Everyone was excited for the ceremony to begin, so off we we went! The intimate ceremony ended with everyone singing the classic Beatles tune Here Comes the Sun. (You know Lizz and I joined in to sing while photographing!)
The tables were decorated with yummy smelling herbs, glasses were filled and raised and then dancing began! The couple and their friends had so much fun together and, well, we have the pictures to prove it.
Congratulations to Ariana and Ryan!
February 5, 2015 § 1 Comment
We are so pleased to have had some editorial features!
The Knot Chicago featured Kyle & Todd’s unique wedding in their Spring/Summer 2015 issue! You can see our blog post here for more images and information about their wedding.
We are also so proud that Ryan & Jeff’s lovely wedding was featured on 4 Real Equality Weddings blog! Please view the post from 4 Real Equality here.
February 4, 2015 § Leave a comment
Beth and Matt’s wedding was gifted with beautiful light.
You may remember Beth and Matt from the engagement session we did with them in the summer. We just couldn’t wait for their wedding day. The couple handmade and personalized many decor items, including a wall of cones made from maps, a wooden display for family photos and a pinning map for guests to encourage the couple to travel. Their day began at the JW Marriott where we had beautiful light while Beth dressed in the luxurious bathroom. The couple had their first look right on LaSalle Street and from there we went to Lincoln Park to make some photos. Beth was unfazed by crickets, even mating ones, jumping on her dress. Then it was off to Ravenswood Event Center for the ceremony and reception. The couple had guests hold candles during the ceremony, a casual dinner and lots and lots of dancing planned for the evening. We just had to spend a little time doing a goodnight photo session with them. We walked to the front entrance to do an artistic photo of Beth descending the staircase to Matt and the couple loved dancing in the empty neon lit hallway.
Congratulations Beth & Matt
Vendors who made this wedding lovely:
Venue: Ravenswood Event Center
Photography: Studio Starling
Event Planning: LOLA Event Productions
Hair & Makeup: Sonia Roselli
Flowers: LOLA Event Productions
Cupcakes: More Cupcakes
Music: Mary Monica Music
Hotel: JW Marriott