Amanda and Joe left Illinois for San Francisco when work called. Turns out, they actually met at work, working for corporate Jimmy John's [we also took a quick fun frame at the JJ's Joe opened downtown on Michigan Ave]. For their wedding nuptials, they flew back to their home state for an intimate ceremony and celebration at Pazzo's at 311. Such a grand atrium set the backdrop for the ceremony. Despite this day being borderline freezing, Amanda and Joe were surrounded by close family and friends to make this an epic Chicago 'spring' day. Check out some of the frames from the wedding.
Courtney and Mike met at Winona State freshman year [brrrrr]. They became friends, but didn't start really dating until after college. At that point, Courtney and Mike's relationship took the test of distance from IL to AZ. Seven years later, that is all but a memory. After prep at the Hyatt in Deerfield, we traveled to St Simons Episcopal Church for the ceremony, where amazing stained glass and warm wooden beams create a beautiful backdrop for the ceremony. The church keeps the ceremony of weddings sacred and thus requests no photos during the ceremony. After a few family photos post-ceremony, the wedding party headed to downtown Long Grove for photos.
I met Brittany and Rick last year at Stephanie and Richard's wedding. They are two wonderfully athletic, motivated and overall awesome people. As a past gymnast, Brittany was super detailed oriented. I endearingly call this, the Pinterest wedding. Brittany and her family and friends did SUCH an amazing job prepping her parent's backyard for the wedding.
I met Mindy and Brian through Meghan and Nate Bargar last year. And once we sat together to chat about wedding details, they revealed that the wedding ceremony would be at Midwest Buddhist Temple in Old Town. Having grown up Buddhist myself, I thought what a coincidence to meet Mindy and Brian. Turns out, the coincidence goes even further. Brian's mom went to Senn High School, where my parents also attended. After digging through a ton of 'do you know this persons', we got down to details for the wedding.
Some of my favorite wedding details from flowers to rings to cakes. I love the color choices, the designs, the sentiment. All these little details, all these tiny thoughts, all make for some of my favorite things to photograph.
So this was a fun one and a little reunion of sorts. I know Erin from when we were young (like 8, 9, 10 years old young) and did gymnastics together at the Oak Lawn Park District. We got back in touch via Facebook as adults and she approached me about her recent engagement to John. I met with them up in Lincoln Square back in 2011 and Erin and I chatted and took some time to catch up. It had been YEARS since I've seen her. No, not years. Almost two decades?!! Erin looked EXACTLY the same. Just taller. :)
I met Dayna and Jason several months ago at The Perfect Cup in Lincoln Square. She was referred by Kelly Cline, partner of very awesome Katie Todd. I knew before meeting them I would probably like them, based on this referral alone. We talked about their plans for the wedding day... very non-traditional. Everything to be used was either recyclable or reusable. There was going to a Quaker style ceremony, bluegrass band, amazing food from Irazu Cafe, a bouncy castle, lawn games, candy table, and a rock concert to cap off the night (courtesy of Jason's band).
It rained! It was Friday the 13th! But what a grand day! Torie and Andy prepared for the day at Amalfi Hotel before getting married at Lincoln Park Zoo's Cafe Brauer. Cafe Brauer is such a beautiful space that its architectural detail provides a classic backdrop. I'm so fortunate to have been able to work with these two WONDERFUL people. Best to you both... See you on Twitter! :)
With pretty amazing weather in early May, Nick and Meredith's outdoor ceremony at Oak Brook Bath and Tennis Club was amazing. With beautiful light coming through the windows and awesome vintage styling of the venue, this wedding was a ton of fun. I loved the pops of Tiffany blue and I loved that Nick wore Pumas. :) Looks like the ole Mustang made its way from the engagement pics to the wedding. Congrats Nick and Meredith!