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Chris and Emily’s Chicago Saddle & Cycle Club Wedding is another favorite from last summer.  The overall ambience of the Chicago Saddle & Cycle club is just dreamy.  It has the perfect mixture of romance & sophistication in this hidden urban gem.

We began the day off photographing Emily at her grandmother’s historic house in Winnetka.  Emily had grown up visiting her grandmother’s house and had some pretty special memories hanging out on her front porch, so we made sure to get a picture of her and her bridesmaids there.  It was also the perfect getting ready location because it just so happened to be right around the corner from the Winnetka Congregational Church where the ceremony was being held.  This church was also very special to Emily and her family.  We took a few pictures in the church garden where Emily’s grandfather is actually buried.  I loved that the ceremony space was bright, letting in a lot of outdoor light.  It allowed for some beautiful photographs.

This gorgeous Chicago Saddle & Cycle Club wedding continued at the reception.  We lucked out with some perfect end of July weather!  Guests were able to enjoy the outdoor patio and seating as well as some of the grounds.  The night ended with some amazing music and dancing by the Blue Water Kings.

Ceremony | Winnetka Congregational Church

Reception | Chicago Saddle & Cycle Club

Videography | Something New Media

Flowers | Edward’s Florist

Cake | Sweet Mandy B’s

Band | Blue Water Kings

Bridesmaid Dresses | Brideside

Tuxes | Combatant Gentlemen

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Maya and Andrew had the perfect Chicago Marriott Wedding in Burr Ridge!  We started and ended the day at the hotel.  Maya had rented out a beautiful suite with a spacious living room and some beautiful window light which made for some rockin’ getting ready shots!   One of my absolute favorite moments was seeing her mom tear up as she helped Maya into her dress.  It was such a sweet moment to witness and capture.

The ceremony was held at the St. Francis Xavier Parish.  The church was just beautiful!  Maya and Andrew included some South Indian traditions in their ceremony which was also fun to watch.  Afterwards we headed to Cantigny to take some of their bridal party and bride & groom shots.  The lighting and weather were perfect!

This Chicago Marriott wedding continued back at the hotel in one of their ballrooms.  One of Maya’s friends created all of the beautiful decorations for the reception.  I also really loved that they had a whole sausage table which I’m guessing had something to do with Andrew’s Polish background.  There were some real fun moments during this reception including a choreographed first dance as well as some fun spontaneous dancing that happened throughout the night!

Venue| Chicago Marriott Burr Ridge

Ceremony| St. Francis Xavier Parish

Flowers| Old Oak Florist

Cake| Il Giardino Del Dolce

DJ| A Posh Production 

Hair & Make-up| Tamara Makeup + Hair Artistry

Dress: David’s Bridal

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This Aquaviva Winery wedding is long over-due considering it was one my favorite venues of 2016!  There were so many special details and moments throughout the day that I asked Lindsay if she would share some of her thoughts on her day.  I really love what she had to say about how she and Alex picked out their venues.
“Luckily for us, when it came time to pick a venue, we knew exactly what we wanted! We had been frequenting Acquavivia Winery for years celebrating anything from graduations to anniversaries, and even date nights. We had always talked about the future in those moments and said that whenever we decide to get married how amazing it would be to have it there. My love of wine combined with Alex’s Italian ancestry made this an easy decision for us. We also love that it is a restaurant allowing us to easily go back and continue to celebrate many more firsts as husband and wife.

Having both lived in St. Charles for most of our lives, we knew we wanted to get married in a church in our home town and Baker Memorial United Methodist Church was the ideal location for us. The sanctuary is absolutely stunning and we were able to design a ceremony that was reflective of us as a couple as well as our ideals. We both wanted to write our own vows (well me more than Alex, but he was willing to go along with it to make me happy) and now looking back we are both so glad we did! Another moment we loved was when we had all of our guests light a candle to represent the unity of our friends and family joining us on this journey. Looking out at all of our guests in that moment is something we will never forget! It wasn’t the first time that day that I got choked up, but it was such a surreal moment that it truly took my breath away! ”

Every moment of this Aquaviva Winery Wedding was truly spectacular.  It was so easy to see just how loved these two are.  One of my favorite moments of the night was hearing people talk about what an amazing friend Lindsay is to everyone.  Lindsay and Alex, thank you for allowing me to share this special day with you all!

Ceremony Venue: Baker Methodist Church| Reception: Acquaviva Winery| Videography: Imagination Designers| Flowers: Wild Orchid Floral Designs| Cake: Domino’s Bakery |

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I have to say, this Chicago Botanic Gardens engagement session is quite possibly one of my all time favorites.  Not only was the weather just right but the lighting was absolutely beautiful!  Many times couples will request a Chicago Botanic Gardens engagement session but aren’t necessarily aware of the lighting situation there.  Much of the gardens are quite exposed and unless you have your session later in the day, it will be important to find areas of shade.  The other reason, this is one of my favorite sessions is because Jaclyn is the sister of one of my former brides.  Let me tell you, there is nothing more flattering than getting the opportunity to photograph a group of friends.  Jaclyn will be the fourth bride from this circle of friends and I am absolutely thrilled!  Plus, I love catching up with my former brides.

Jaclyn and Tony also happen to be some of the nicest people you’ll meet.  I asked them at their session how they met.  Jaclyn laughed and said they met as a result of her always showing up late to class.  Of course Tony had to notice!   When I asked them why they wanted a Chicago Botanic Gardens engagement session they explained that this was where they had one of their first dates!  We tried to hit up a few of the spots they visited on their date such as the waterfalls.  I couldn’t end the session however, without photographing at the English Walled Garden.  That particular garden is hands-down my favorite of them all!  I hope you enjoyed these pictures and moments from this Chicago Botanic Gardens engagement session as much as I enjoyed taking them!

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Today I am sharing with you The Grove Redfield Estate wedding photos from Shane and Michelle’s wedding.  I first have to mention just how awesome these two are!  I had the pleasure of meeting Michelle at Pure Barre Evanston.  Michelle was one of the “barre-tenders” there and was SO incredibly sweet.  I could write a whole blog post on how amazing the community is at Pure Barre Evanston but I’ll save you the story and encourage you to just go see for yourself!  Anyway, when Michelle got engaged, I was beyond honored that she would ask me to photograph her wedding!

Michelle and Shane chose the GORGEOUS venue at The Grove in Glenview to have their wedding ceremony and reception.  There were so many things about this wedding that I could rave about, beginning with Michelle’s dress!  Michelle is a professional dancer so of course she rocked that killer back on her dress.  Her getting ready photos are some of my favorite of all The Grove Redfield Estate wedding photos.  I love the small bridal room that they have and it made for some amazing pictures.

During this wedding I also had the pleasure of working with Rachael Wilson of Matchmade Event Co. who is an incredible wedding planner and coordinator.  She was there to make sure everything ran smoothly and that every detail was taken care of.  A few other favorite moments that you’ll see in The Grove Redfield Estate wedding photos are Michelle and Shane’s tree planting unity ceremony (a great alternative to the unity candle), and their first dance.  Speaking of their first dance, remember how I said Michelle is a professional dancer?  Well, her and Shane had one of the best first dances I have seen!  Beautifully choreographed and executed.  I hope you got a glance of how fun their wedding day really was.

Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Grove Redfield Estate | Wedding Coordinator: Matchmade Event Co. | Flowers: May Floral | Cake: Oak Mill Bakery | DJ: Mike Staff Productions | Make-up: Carly Pribich | Food: Catered by Design |