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Untitled Supper Club Wedding | Ashley & Jimmy

Ceremony & Reception: Untitled Supper Club, Chicago IL See Full Gallery

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We’ve been with Ashley & Jimmy from the very beginning when Jimmy proposed to Ashley. So this wedding was especially fun for us to experience. Their day began at aLoft in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. The day didn’t start off too promising as a thunderstorm darkened downtown as we arrived at the hotel. But in an instant as Ashley got her dress on, the sun started to shine! After a quick first look with the father of the bride, Ashley & Jimmy met at LaSalle bridge for their first look.

Ashley & Jimmy wanted something low key and truly unique. Both boxes checked by having the ceremony and reception at the Untitled Supper Club also in River North. This venue gives you an old Chicago feel with a secret entrance, library, velvet booths, and a wall with over 500 whiskey collection.

Congratulations Ashley & Jimmy! It’s been a privilege to capture your story from the beginning, thank you for having us!

Charles Gates Dawes House Wedding | Jessica & Andrej

Ceremony: Charles Gates Dawes House, Evanston IL Reception: Biagio Banquets, Chicago IL See Full Gallery

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Jessica & Andrej wanted something unique on their special day. Having a Charles Gates Dawes House wedding ceremony certainly made that dream come true. Just a few steps into this Evanston property and you’re magically taken away from the inner city atmosphere and taken somewhat back in time. This was all complemented with a classic car ride to the reception at Biagio Events in Chicago. But first, we took a quick photo stop at one of the North Shore’s hidden gems, Shakespeare Garden inside Northwestern University campus. This Evanston garden was also a perfect fit for their wedding theme. While it’s a small area for photographs, it still provides for some magical images.

Congratulations Jessica & Anrej! Thank you for allowing LOP to capture this unique wedding experience!

Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool Engagement | Kate & Robert

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Kate & Robert decided to do both nature and city backdrops. We started at theAlfred Caldwell Lily Pool just next to Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo and finished up in downtown by the Chicago River at one of our favorite bridges. These are both great location choices you can’t go wrong with.

While we do establish a connection with every couple we work with, Kate and Robert are truly special to us. They may represent the last chapter of weddings with a family we fell in love with more than a decade ago. They would be the 6th wedding for us with this lovely family. We can’t lie, we’ve been waiting to do this shoot for some time now. =)

Congrats guys! Cleveland rocks! See you soon!

Adler Planetarium Grainger Sky Theater Proposal | Katie & Daniel

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She said yes! Under the moon and the stars!

A surprise proposal this amazing needed tons of planning. After weeks of constant communication with Daniel and the helpful staff at Adler allowing us to scout and rehearse the moment, everything went as planned with only minor hiccups.

Daniel got Katie into wearing a gorgeous dress by tricking her into thinking they were invited to a restaurant opening night. This was all solidified through fake text conversations with the “restaurant owner”. But first, a stop at the Adler to kill some time. While inside the Adler, they were to “sneak” into the Grainger Sky Theater just to check it out. Once there, they were greeted by annoyed photographers and videographers (us) who tried to kick them out because we were setting up for an “event”. As Daniel convinced us to let them in just for a peek, he leads Katie towards a cocktail table where chocolate treats and champagne awaits right under the enormous moon and galaxy. That’s when Katie’s reaction lit the theater as Daniel went on one knee. After she said yes, a collection of their unforgettable moments together lit the galaxy along with some of their favorite tunes.

After a few photos inside the theater, we headed outside to beat the storm for a signature Chicago skyline photo. Congratulations Katie & Daniel! You two laugh well together and the way you smile at each other proves you’re made for each other. Thanks for letting us capture this very special and amazing event!

Long Grove Wedding | Stephanie & Robert

Ceremony: Long Grove Community Church, Long Grove IL Reception: Concorde Banquets, Kildeer IL See Full Gallery

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While Robert and his groomsmen started the day at the Courtyard Marriott in Arlington Heights, Stephanie and her bridesmaid got ready at home with plenty of smiles and energy to go around. Stephanie has long admired the old charm of downtown Long Grove so it was only fitting to have their ceremony at the Long Grove Community Church. The reception wasn’t too far way, taking place at Concorde Banquets in Kildeer.

But before all of that, the bride & groom had their first look in downtown Long Grove as well, just outside The Chatter Box where the boys enjoyed some drinks and games just before the first look. We continued to take some classic photos on the historic 111-year old downtown Long Grove Bridge. Being that it’s January in Chicago, the temperature was a torturing single digit with winds below zero! So we took refuge in a nearby antique shop Scout and Forge. Thank you so much Matt & Meg for opening up your doors and letting us use your shop for some cool rustic photos.

Some cool & fun details… Robert and his groomsmen started the day with a beer pong table which somehow ended up at the cocktail hour at Concorde. Since 2016 was finally the Cubs’ year, it was only fitting for the bride to fly the W flag during the introductions while the groom wore the championship hat. The “ring security” team used mini treasure boxes instead of the traditional pillow. Stephanie & Robert had a mini sparkler send off at the end of the nigh with their wedding party. See more details on our FB Page!

Congratulations Stephanie & Robert! Thank you for trusting us with your most important day!

Drury Lane Theatre Wedding Photos | Maria & Jonathan

Ceremony: St Charles Borromeo, Bensenville IL Reception: Drury Lane Theatre, Oakbrook Terrace IL See Full Gallery

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Jonathan’s “preparation” turned into more of a celebration with close family and friends at his Father’s place. Maria began the day at her place also with close family, just a short ride to the ceremony at St Charles Borromeo in Bensenville. It didn’t take long for it to become an emotional ceremony as tears began pouring as soon as the bride walks down the isle.

Being that it’s Chicago and it’s December, it was certainly a challenge to find good photo spots. But Maria came up with an excellent plan of securing an hour at the Mayslake Peabody Estate which was also conveniently in Oak Brook, just a short drive to the reception venue at Drury Lane Theatre in Oak Brook Terrace. Chicago weather delivered and it was icy and painfully cold outside. So we ended up indoors but had a ton of fun exploring and taking photos inside Mayslake Peabody Estate. It forced us to be creative and also made for some dramatic backdrops. We have to give all the credit to Maria for coming up with this idea!

Some cool & fun details… The kids out-muscled the adults during the garter toss, there’s a few must-see photos. The guys wore Mickey cuff links. The guests were treated to a something different on the dancefloor, a piano duel Felix And Fingers, not your typical band or DJ! See more details on our FB Page!

Congratulations Maria & Jonathan! We know the experience in finding the right photographer was hard so we appreciate you taking a chance in LOP!

The Dawson Chicago Wedding | Erin & Ryan

Reception: The Dawson Chicago See Full Gallery

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Erin & Ryan opted for a short and sweet ceremony at the Marriage and Civil Union Court in downtown Chicago. A few steps outside the courthouse provides for some fabulous city backdrops which we certainly took advantage of. The following day, close friends and family gathered at The Dawson Chicago to celebrate with the newlyweds. This venue provides for an excellent urban atmosphere and very close to downtown Chicago.

Erin & Ryan are both huge Cubs fans. So not only do they get to celebrate their marriage but there’s also icing on the cake as the Chicago Cubs try to win a world series at the same time. As you can see, there were plenty of Chicago Cubs blue colors for photos. And we’re pretty sure Erin & Ryan will be their good luck charms.

Congratulations Erin & Ryan! Thank you for having LOP at your spacial day!

The Glen Club Wedding Photos | Shauna & Anthony

Ceremony: St. Raymond de Penafort Parish, Mount Prospect IL Reception: The Glen Club, Glenview IL See Full Gallery

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Shauna began her day at her sister’s home not to far from where the ceremony took place at St. Raymond de Penafort Parish in Mount Prospect. There were many little bride-to-be’s watching Shauna prepare for her big day which made for some cute photos. Anthony started his day at the reception venue, The Glen Club in Glenview.

There were many tiny intimate moments between Shauna & Anthony especially during the ceremony which a few we captured. You can tell that these two are truly made for each other. We were running a bit short on time between the ceremony and reception but we were able to sneak in some fun photos at a nearby Glenview Park and topped it off with some breathtaking sunset photos at The Glen.

Some cool details… While The Glen Club doesn’t need much dressing up, Yanni Design Studio did an amazing job with decor. It was a nature theme with lots of greens and wood accents which worked well together along with the menu, escort cards, and table signs all blending with the theme. Guests enjoyed late night sliders and pretzel treats along with an ice cream sundae bar. Shauna & Anthony also showed off their engagement photos with a nice guestbook. You can check out their Engagement Photos here. See more of the amazing details on our FB Page!

Congratulations Shauna & Anthony! We know how important photography is to you so we thank you for trusting us with your most important day!

Lincoln Park Engagement Photos | Ashley & Jimmy

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Not too long ago, Jimmy proposed to Ashley and we took photos “undercover” as a surprise for Ashley. This time I got to reveal myself for their official engagement photos. It was a bit of a rainy day as we started along North Ave Beach, creating somewhat of a challenge. After an outfit change, the rain stopped and gave us enough time to get a few photos around the Nature Boardwalk in Chicago’s Lincoln Park.

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Congratulations Ashley & Jimmy! See you on the big day!

New Buffalo Michigan Wedding | Julie & Kevin

Ceremony & Reception: New Buffalo MI See Full Gallery

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Once in a while we get extra lucky and take part in something that breaks the mold. You meet a couple that wants to get away from the expectations of a big city wedding and just wants to be surrounded by close family to share and celebrate what truly matters. When we read about what Julie & Kevin were planning, we hoped and crossed our fingers that we would be included in their plans and so we were.

Julie & Kevin planned for a sunset beach wedding on a private property in New Buffalo Michigan. The day stated off with strong storms off an on throughout the day. With the weather uncertainty, they began setting up for an indoor ceremony in the dining room. When I arrived, I gave a little nudge to wait just a few minutes, as the storm had a slight chance to pass and it would be a shame to not have what they had dreamed for (plus I drove 2 hours through the storms and refuse to come home empty handed). Sure enough, the sun started shining and gave us a beautiful sunset along with rainbows for about an hour, just enough to have a short ceremony and beach photos. How magical is that!

Not having enough time to move the ceremony to the beach, the chairs were quickly set up on the deck overlooking Lake Michigan. After a beautiful sunset ceremony, we headed to the beach for some photos with the bride and groom and their daughters. And we have to say, this time frame and conditions is what most photographers wish for. As you can see, all their photos are simply amazing. Right after the rainbow shot, we had to sprint back through the sands as the storms came right back. Thank you weather gods for allowing us an hour of pure magic to realize Julie & Kevin’s dream wedding.

Congratulations Julie & Kevin! And thank you for choosing Life On Prints to capture your very special day!

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