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Pheasant Run, St. Charles, IL Wedding Photographer | Joe & Missy

Pheasant Run, St. Charles, IL Wedding Photographer

I maaaaaaaay have gone a bit overboard for this post! It was so hard to narrow down my favorites because Joe and Missy’s wedding day was filled with so much love and emotion! From Missy’s first look with her dad, to the 6 heartfelt and touching speeches, to their rockin’ dance floor; their day was jam-packed with beautiful and fun moments! And I think we need to pause and take a moment to talk about how darn cute Missy is!! She’s the kind of person who can’t stop smiling when she’s happy and who wears all of her emotions right there on her face. It should go without saying that I smiled a lot while editing these images because her joy is so contagious! Like, if I’m having a bad day I’m just gonna come back here and look at this post because I’m sure I’ll cheer up right quick seeing her smile! I know I’m not the only one who feels this way after seeing the way Joe lights up when he looks at her. One of my favorite memories from their day was Joe watching his new bride dance with her dad during the father-daughter dance. He was completely transfixed and it melted my heart.

Here are a bunch of my favorites from their day!

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Check out there engagement session here!

Invitations: Homemade

Florist: Town and Country Gardens

Wedding Dress: La Sposa from Magnolia Bridal St Charles

Bridesmaid's Dresses: David’s Bridal

Tuxes: GQ Formalwear

Getting ready, Ceremony & Reception: Pheasant Run

Cake: Oak Mill Bakery

DJ: An Enchanted Evening

Videographer: Burlap Events

Second Photographer: Gisselle Creech

Favorite wedding day memory:

Our favorite memory is the ceremony.

Joe: My favorite part was watching Missy walk down the aisle with her dad.

Missy: My favorite part was feeling like Joe and I were the only ones in the room during Pastor’s message.

What they would have done differently:

Missy: Known how to bustle my dress! ;) but that was out of our control at the point that we got the dress so no big deal.

Best piece of advice for brides and grooms:

Get things done early and do not procrastinate. We did many things ahead of time and felt comfortable and calm going into our wedding weekend. Also, don’t let the little details cloud the big picture. Little decor items and details do not change the outcome of marrying your best friend. That was the best advice we had been given, and so glad we kept it in the forefront of our preparation!

Honeymoon:

We went to Alaska! Anchorage area, and rented a car to get around. It was not only fun and adventurous, but it was breathtakingly beautiful.

Final Reflections:

Taking a 5 minute break with each other before the cocktail hour was wonderful. Definitely would recommend this to new brides and grooms! We also reminded each other to remember the moment and paused often to reflect and take it all on.

Algonquin, IL Wedding Photographer | Daryn & Lillian

Algonquin, IL Wedding Photographer

Daryn and Lillian’s wedding almost felt like a family reunion for me. In the past year and a half I’ve photographed two of Daryn’s cousin’s weddings (Geoff & Stephanie and Erica & Mike!), and now his and Lillian’s! It’s kind of surreal to show up at a wedding and recognize almost half of the people there without actually being related to them myself. It’s something I could definitely get used to!!

Daryn and Lillian did things a little differently and decided to have their reception in their own backyard, which really added to the intimacy of their day. Obviously weddings are special events no matter what, but the fact that you can walk outside to your backyard and immediately relive your reception every single day is a pretty cool experience to have.

One of my favorite moments was doing their first look right out in their front yard…having Lillian walk out of her own front door to her almost husband. Of course I cried because I almost always cry and you’ll see in a moment how sweet it was, but it just felt a little more personal than normal. I know it ended up being a lot of work for Lillian and Daryn with not only the logistics of having a reception in a place that isn’t set up for one, but with fixing up the outside of their home (which looks AMAZING, btw!!), but I really think the memories made it all worth it.

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Such a good-lookin’ group of Chrissy Deming couples!! ;)

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Click here to see their engagement session

Favorite wedding day memory:

This is very hard, because everything was perfect, but having our friends and family there to help us celebrate made it so very memorable.

What they would have done differently:

I can honestly say that I would not have done anything differently. It was difficult putting it all together, since it was at our home. We had to do a lot of the work ourselves that banquet halls normally take care of, but it was worth it!

Best piece of advice for brides and grooms:

Be patient and take time for yourselves. Planning a wedding is stressful. Do little things to relax (e.g. simple dinners at homes, massages).

Honeymoon:

We will be going to Aruba for an all-inclusive honeymoon where we don't have to worry about anything!

Final Reflections

Our wedding was a day we will never forget.

Loft on Lake, Chicago, IL Wedding Photography | Michael & Caroline

Loft on Lake, Chicago, IL Wedding Photography

If I had to use one word to describe Michael and Caroline’s wedding day, it would be chill. They intentionally padded their day with lots of down time, and you could tell it was the right choice for them by how relaxed they were the entire day! I spent the first part of the day at Caroline’s parent’s home in Chicago (Michael was getting ready at his and Caroline’s apartment), then M&C had their first look at Humboldt Park, then back to Caroline’s parent’s to cool off from the humid 90* weather and do some final touch-ups before it was go time. Our time at Caroline’s parent’s house was some of my favorite time spent at a wedding ever. It was peaceful, with an edge of excited anticipation, but not the crazy fluster and flurry that often happens in the typical bridal suite before the ceremony. While we were there, Caroline’s mom gave Michael and Caroline a Polish blessing, which was such a sweet and emotional moment and I felt so privileged to document it. Their wedding ceremony at the beautiful St Hyacinth Basilica was perfect, and their Loft on Lake reception was out of this world with the 90’s cover band Fool House bringing it on the dance floor. It was such a great day and I’m excited to share these images with you all!

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Congrats again you guys! Blessings!!

Check out their Chicago Engagement shoot!

Ceremony: St. Hyacinth Basilica

Reception: Loft on Lake

Cake: West Town Bakery

Band: Fool House 

Second Photographer: Laetitia Donaghy

Favorite wedding day memory?

First look photos were absolutely amazing and fun, it was nice just having a moment where we could focus on each other for a bit without a ton of people around.

Is there anything you would have done differently?

Been more thorough in our planning earlier in the process. We left a lot of details to figure out late which ended up working out well but added undue stress to us.

Advice for couples planning their wedding?

Take your time and do everything together, make sure you're clear on every detail and everyone is on the same page.

Honeymoon?

We will be doing a trip to the Greek Islands, Croatia and possibly Malta next year.

Naperville, IL Wedding Photographer | Paul & Kristen

Naperville, IL Wedding Photograper

Paul & Kristen may have been married on a dreary day, but their day itself was far from it. Kristen was completely unfazed by the rain, and mercifully the clouds parted at the exact moment we needed them to, allowing us to get out for a few pictures before they closed again and let loose for the rest of the day. Their ceremony was perfect with their sweet personal vows, and their rip-roarin' reception could have won an award for number of guests continually on the dance floor at a wedding! Most of all, I'm so happy for these two because they were finally able to bid adieu to long-distance dating and are now enjoying their relationship in each other's continual presence out in Seattle. <3 

Now on to some of my favorites from their day!

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Hair & Makeup Total Images Bridal

Florist: Eden Floral Design

Wedding Dress: David's Bridal

Bridesmaid's Dresses: David's Bridal

Suits: The Black Tux

Ceremony & Reception: Noah's Event Venue, Naperville, IL

Caterer: Cuisine America

Cake: Sam's Club

DJ: Backthird Entertainment

Second Photographer: Carrie Holbo

Odyssey Country Club, Tinley Park, IL Wedding Photography | Nicholas & Marial

Odyssey Country Club, Tinley Park, IL Wedding Photographer

The first time I photographed Nick & Marial was actually waaaaay back in 2016 when they both stood up in Marial's brother's wedding (Joe & Christine!! Check 'em out!!). I love showing up to a wedding and seeing a bunch of familiar faces, and it was so good to see this family again!! They are such a tight-knit group and do their best to make everyone around them feel welcome and included.

This wedding may have been a record for me with tears shed at a wedding. Basically if anyone cries at a wedding you can pretty much guarantee that I'm going to cry as well. So I cried during Marial's first look with her dad (like, fogged up my glasses, cried). I cried during her dad's speech. I cried during Nick's dance with his mom. And I cried while Marial's grandparents were dancing during the anniversary dance because her grandpa kept kissing her grandma on the forehead and it was quite literally the sweetest thing I've ever witnessed. I'm actually a little teary right now thinking about all of those moments again! I blame my kids. KIDS MAKE YOU SOFT, PEOPLE. It's not a bad thing. ;) 

ANYWAYS, now some of my favorite images from Nick & Marial's perfect day!

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Oh hey there, Joe & Christine!!!

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Hair: Lisa Murphy

Makeup: Stefanie Severino

Invitations: Shutterfly

Florist: Gary Gudino from Randolph Floral Design

Wedding Dress: Allure from Eva's Bridal

Bridesmaid's Dresses: Vera Wang from David's Bridal

Suits: Men's Warehouse

Ceremony: Our Lady of the Woods

Reception: The Odyssey

Cake: Delicious Creations

DJ: Rolling Sounds Entertainment

Videographer: Forty One Films

Second Photographer: Calynn Berry

Favorite wedding day memory:

Marial: My favorite memory is when I was walking down the aisle and saw Nick waiting for me by the altar. I get goosebumps just thinking about this memory!

Nick: My favorite memory is when Marial came down the aisle towards me.

What they would have done differently:

Marial and Nick: If we were to do anything differently, if would be to try and set a few minutes aside for ourselves and close family members. The day FLEW by and we both wish we had more time to take a couple of pictures in the photobooth with one another and celebrate with our close family.

Best piece of advice for brides and grooms:

Marial and Nick: Don't sweat the little stuff, because in the end it will all be worth it! Also, try to plan and prepare for everything far in advance if possible so that you do not have much to do close to the wedding.

Honeymoon:

We went to an all inclusive resort in Riviera Maya, called Valentin Imperial Maya. It was absolutely paradise and we loved every second of it!

Final Reflections:

Marial and Nick: Don't regret a single moment, because the day will be over before you finally know it!

The Hollows, Cary, IL Engagement Photography | Joe & Missy

The Hollows, Cary, IL Engagement Photographer

From my very first communications with Missy, I knew I was going to love spending time with her, and my engagement session with her and Joe further confirmed my initial thoughts! She's bubbly and adorable and I think it may actually be impossible to be around her and not smile. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Missy and Joe wandering around The Hollows and getting to know the two of them more, and I simply cannot wait to photograph their wedding next month!

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Hotel Baker, St. Charles, IL Wedding Photography | Sang & Brenda

Hotel Baker, St. Charles, IL Wedding Photographer

I jumped into my wedding season with Brenda and Sang's wedding at the beginning of June, and it was probably the most refreshing beginning to a season I've ever had. Brenda and Sang are two of the kindest people I've ever worked with. Every interaction I've had with Brenda and Sang, from my initial meeting with them, to their engagement session, then their wedding, and all the communications in between has been a joy. They're the kind of people that make you feel really good about yourself, which in turn makes you want to make others feel good about themselves. They had smaller guest list, about 60 people, and it was about 60 people who are just as kind and caring as Brenda and Sang are, so I left feeling like a million bucks. I never expect to be anything more than a vendor to guests, because that's what I am and it's totally cool (For real! This introvert has no problem with being a fly on the wall!), but some of their guests engaged me in some genuine, interested conversation during the cocktail hour and it really meant a lot to me! So thank you to Brenda and Sang, and their guests for making me feel so cared for!!!

Now on to what you really came here for. ;) 

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Congrats again you two!! Blessings!!! <3