I first met Taylor and Andrew after they had already booked me for their wedding. It was at their engagement session that I realized they were going to be such a fun wedding couple to photograph, and they did not disappoint! We started the day at Taylor's parent's home which provided a lovely spot for the girls to get ready as well as do a little bit of partying before the big day started (some footage of that on my Instagram story...@iamluv_ed). When it was time to get Taylor dressed I realized quickly that this was going to be a day with a lot of laughs and a lot of happy tears. It was a calm morning, getting Taylor dressed was filled with laughs, but as soon as her dad saw her for the first time, it turned into tears all around...photog included!
While I was with the girls Brianne, my second shooter was already at the church meeting the guys for some photos as well as preparing for the ceremony. The ceremony followed suite with a lot of laughs as one of the flower girls whipped her flowers down the aisle. There were also happy tears as the bride and groom said their "i do's". Andrew had so many different expressions as Taylor walked down the aisle, and her mom gleamed with happiness as she watched her daughter. (Cue photog crying again....i love a good wedding).
Following the ceremony there was a ribbon send off and then off to take photos. The bridal party all around were great sports about taking photos. We got them done quickly, but everyone seemed to have a lot of fun and continue the party during the photos which is always fun. We did some at BirdHaven Greenhouse's campus, and then went to Pilcher Park to finish them off. The sun was starting to set which made an exquisite, simple background for all the formal photos, and the blues in the girls dresses really popped and made for gorgeous images!
The reception was a fun one to photograph with amazing speeches, a fun welcome speech from the couple (insisting everyone party all night), the sweetest first dances, and a packed party the whole night. We so enjoyed watching the couple amongst those closest to them, all celebrating them and happy for them. We left that night with smiles knowing the images were amazing, and knowing there was no way this couple could have thought their day was anything less than perfect. A huge congratulations to them, and a thank you for trusting us with your memories and making us part of the fun! xoxo
What a STUNNING day for this couple! The day started out with the couple getting ready at their venue. They wanted to keep it calm and easy, and the venue provided a great space for getting ready so we met everyone at the venue and immediately started photographing all the beautiful hair and make up that was happening! Brittany looked so lovely from head to toe, and I couldn't stop snapping photos! I sent Brianne, my assistant to photograph the guys where they had some other ideas in mind...and let's just say suspenders and undies were involved, so I don't dare to post those on here! Sorry Brianne. hehe.
Brittany and Kristopher got married on one of those incredibly hot days we got hit with in Chicago. Given the heat, we were still going to do photos out on the Golf Course at The Grove, their gorgeous choice of wedding venue. We were able to do the first look with dad, with the bride and groom…and then the storm hit. A BIG storm. Despite the pouring rain and occasional thunder and lightening, we pressed on. With the clear umbrellas another bride had so lovingly gifted me, and with the easy going, trusting attitude of the bride, groom and their families we continued to get through all the photos planned and I couldn’t be happier with the result! It just always goes to show that sometimes there is something better out there than our best laid plans!
The wedding ceremony and reception were both held at The Grove, in Long Grove, Illinois. The groom, his family, his friends were all from Canada and it was so fun to work with them - I particularly loved their accents and love for life! The bride and her family were more local, and were some of the kindest and sweetest people I have worked with. Respectful and so trusting of me and my process, it has been a joy to work with them!
The vows were incredibly sweet and hearing the story of how they met and dated long distance - with Brittany eventually choosing to make a move to Canada with the support of her parents was truly touching to me. It was definitely one happily ever after I will never forget. I wish them nothing but the best on their journey, throughout their marriage and wherever life takes them and I am SO looking forward to sharing the rest of their images with them, but for now, here’s a peek! Luv, ed
A couple weeks ago we took a tiny road trip to Indiana where Jessica and Robert got married. So much time and effort went into the planning and execution of this wedding, and it really showed! It was such a lovely event for everyone who was able to attend. We started the day at the brides’ parents house capturing her get ready. All of her girls were so fun to work with and willing to help us and do what we needed to keep the day going and everything on track. Jessica looked absolutely stunning in her gown and her hair and make up looked flawless. She had such a great team to help her get ready!
We then headed over to the venue, where the ceremony site + venue were just a short distance from each other. We got to meet the guys there who were a ton of fun to work with! They all looked so handsome and pulled off those white suits so well! It was a fun change to what we normally see in men’s formal attire!
The ceremony was performed by Jessica’s mom’s long time friend. She did an incredible job of keeping things so meaningful and on task. Their ceremony was gorgeous - my favorite part of course was watching Robert absolutely tear up as Jessica walked down the aisle. She looked amazing and it was such an amazing moment watching him watch her - always my favorite of the day, and I selfishly always make my self the photographer on the guy for that moment :)
After the ceremony we did some very quick but awesome formal shots! The stretch hummer drove us around the area and we hopped in and out to photograph at all the places Jessica had planned on. The colors really popped and looked so so pretty against the water and all the areas we stopped. We decided to not go on the beach, but I was so happy that we were still able to get a beach feel!
The reception was absolutely beautiful. The scenery outside was a stunning background for photos, and cocktail hour. When it was time to walk into the reception site - wow! They did an incredible job decorating the space. They completely transformed it for their evening, and they did an amazing job. The night continued with the most energetic entrances I’ve ever seen, some heartwarming speeches and a gorgeous first dance to a song that definitely made me tear up!
I’m so so happy for these two and for the life they have built together. They for sure are surrounded by great friends and family and I wish them lots and lots of well wishes for their new life together! Congratulations!
When Grace and Brian first came to meet with me and told me they were getting married at Carnivale in Chicago, I immediately was secretly thinking “pick me! pick me!” I have always wanted to photograph a wedding there. And pick me they did! Needless to say I was sooo incredibly excited for work that day!
Grace got ready in the most adorable AirBnb that morning with her bridesmaids and mom and mother in law by her side - it was literally the most calm and put together morning of a wedding I have ever seen! Once her veil was in, it was so long it had to be carried around by hanger so it wouldn’t get dirty or tangled, so she literally had a friend by her side the entire morning! Eventually, Grace hid in a side room of the AirBnb, while Brian also got ready until we took them outside for their first look.
What I absolutely adored about these two was their trust in me. I found a random red door across the street and thought it would perfectly mimic the vibe of the bright colors of Carnivale so why not use that as their first look spot? They took my advice and I absolutely love how their first look photos came out, along with their first family portrait - the bride, the groom and their two pooches! I really appreciated them allowing me to just take control of the photos and do what I do best.
From there we went to Carnivale and did their formal photos. I had planned on doing them all inside because of the rainy day forecast but the day stayed rain free for their photos, and I was in photographer heaven using the fun murals and decor of Carnivale. It was such a fun change of scenery! There were so many different sayings and colors it was hard to choose which to use on a time crunch, but we got it done and I love the results.
The ceremony was in the dining room, which is just amazing in terms of decor. Grace came down from the large staircase and guests sat in these colorful, quirky chairs as they wed in front of this huge art piece that worked as the coolest back drop. They were finally married and the party could start!
There wasn’t a dry eye in the room during the speeches, as they were all incredibly thoughtful and well spoken. The evening ended with dancing and lots of pink cotton candy - one of Carnivale’s signatures…. (and the reason I usually go there!)
Grace and Brian walked into my studio as new clients and I felt like I left their wedding as a friend. They were so gracious to both me and my assistant Brianne and at one point Brian said “we just want everyone to have a good time, you guys included” and that for certain is what we and everyone did. Congratulations Grace and Brian!
May 4th was another gorgeous day for a wedding, and I was SO honored to be a part of it! Both the bride and groom got ready in their childhood homes, which I loved, considering they are high school sweethearts. It seemed so fitting to keep everything local, it was nostalgic, in the perfect way. Both sets of parents welcomed us into their homes, and both sides of the bridal party were a blast to photograph!
Rachael and Nick chose to do a first look and get the photos out of the way prior to their ceremony. We chose to go to a park in Oak Lawn that provided enough space for their wedding party and somewhere we could enjoy the outdoors - given that it was FINALLY a beautiful day outside!
I think, needless to say, Nick was blown away by Rachael's bridal look. She looked absolutely stunning from head to toe! Her shimmery Kate Spade Keds, her gorgeous gown and her impeccable hair and make up from Goddess Effect Artistry looked stunning!
What made the day SO effortless for us, was the close bond the bridal party had. Everyone was so willing to work with us, follow directions and were having so much fun. It was an absolute blast to work with all of them - although it made me feel a bit aged as many of them are close friends to my brother and I remember taking photos of them before prom - literally 10 years ago- with the first camera I ever had (eeek!)
Following their formal photos, we headed over to Beth Eden Baptist church where a lovely ceremony was held. Despite having done the first look, when Nick first saw Rachael, I of course started crying - he looked so incredibly happy to finally be at that moment with all his friends standing by - as well as their dog - who was the ring bearer!
....And may I add... Rachael wore the most beautiful blusher which you don't see very often anymore. I was in love!
It was onto the reception after that which was held at Chateau Del Mar in Hickory Hills. The decor was by Bling in the Barn, and everything looked so beautiful. From the unique seating chart, to the gorgeous flower wall that stood behind the head table, everything was impeccably set up for what was about to be an incredibly fun evening!
Before all the dancing and the end of the evening began, I HAD to get these two outside for golden hour - and I'm so happy I did. We went out on the golf course and finished the night with a few more photos before I sent them in to party with a TON of their closest family and friends. One thing is for sure, these two are loved!!
For this couple we stayed until the very end of the night and watched them dance, throw the bouquet, party with glow sticks - they even had McDonald's delivered.... which was a hit! The entire night was planned perfectly and everyone had a blast. To finish it off, they did a sparkler exit and then hopped on a bus to head to the city to continue the night - again with their family and friends!
It has been so much fun working with Rachael and Nick, especially seeing how far they've come and seeing them now all grown up. I am so proud of them, as they have grown into two incredible people, who prove that true love can withstand anything - time, distance - none of that really matters when you have the right person. Congratulations !!!