November 21, 2014

If Tyler and Lindi’s wedding day were an album it would be a compilation of classic tunes that have been given a funky twist. They planned a gorgeous event that included great pops of their personality. Lindi sported hot pink shoes under her wedding dress and her bridesmaids chose short, sparkly gold dresses. They were the perfect backdrop for bouquets that included some of the most electric blue flowers I’ve ever seen. The weather even played nice and allowed us to shoot outside without anyone getting heat stroke – a rare treat in July. Guests partied away in a gorgeously appointed ballroom at the Westin and were treated to Jilly’s cupcakes and a cigar bar. Oh, and if it really were an album it would be called “Sunflowers in the City.” You’ll see why…


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October 17, 2014

Did you know that the Botanical Garden is open for free on Wednesday evenings in the summer? If not, then Greg and Maude taught us all something. They have their fingers on the pulse of all the happenings at the garden, where they get to get inspiration for their own yard. It seemed like a natural fit for their engagement session and, truth be told, is one of our favorite spots to shoot in the city (oh the possibilities!)


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October 14, 2014

Usually when I look one of our brides in the eyes and say “Don’t worry about (blank)” I mean it – wholeheartedly. On Liz and Matt’s wedding day when a thunderstorm rolled in right when pictures were supposed to start, I totally meant it the first time. But as the time eeked away, even I was starting to get a little worried about the timeline. Thankfully, Liz believed me, the storms passed and we had the perfect amount of time to find a few nooks of Forest Park for their pictures before enjoying their ceremony and reception at the World’s Fair Pavilion.


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August 28, 2014

I don’t cry at most weddings. I’m usually busy thinking about the photos I’m taking rather than living in the moment. Jeremy and Katie got me though. Their vows captured everything we (and everyone else at their wedding) have come to love about them. They were unique (Jeremy even copyrighted them), humorous and tender, and they spoke to the mutual partnership that Jeremy and Katie intend for their marriage. They definitely had me and most of the audience reaching for a tissue.


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August 25, 2014

I’m a firm believer that at least one thing goes wrong at each wedding. Most of our couples can roll with the punches of any wedding day and thankfully Brent and Megan were no exception. When their transportation company left them stranded, stealing nearly half of our shooting time, there were no tears, no rage. We adjusted the plan and grabbed them during their cocktail hour to finish off their portraits. In the end, the gorgeous late afternoon light totally made up for the lost time earlier in the day. So maybe instead of saying “the thing that went wrong” I should really start saying “the thing that didn’t go according to the original plan.”


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August 21, 2014

One of the best things about destination shooting is that we get instant inspiration from the new surroundings. Matt and Tina’s e-session in Chicago was no exception. The huge city offered up a wealth of spots to shoot. I think we covered some of the best: a gorgeous, dark alley; shooting on the street, cuddling on an El platform and quick (and cold) jaunt out to the planetarium for some windy city views.


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