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Chevy Chase Country Club Wedding | Nora & Nick

Ceremony & Reception: Chevy Chase Country Club, Wheeling IL See Full Gallery

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The Chicago area has been plagued with heavy rain during the entire months of June and July causing widespread flooding. But Nora & Nick was blessed with a perfect summer day. Their wedding took place at Chevy Chase Country Club in Wheeling. Even though the entire golf course was closed due to flooding, their ceremony site was one of the few dry spots on the course. The reception was at Chevy Chase’s new modern Devonshire Room with the best view of the golf course.

Some cool details… Nora’s son joined the first look which made that moment extra special. Her son was also the ring bearer sporting a “Ring Security” lunch box, super cool! A special guest, a bee, got comfortable inside Nora’s veil during the ceremony made for some funny photo moments. Nick had personalized collar stays with an embossed first date and wedding date. They also personalized moscow mule mugs which made for some nice contrast on the table. See more details on our See more highlights on our FB Page!

We were so excited to hear from Nora & Nick, as they are familiar faces. We met Nora 11 years ago at her sister’s wedding Congratulations Nora & Nick! It’s always a treat to see previous couples and families. We’re very honored to be asked to return and be part of something special.

LondonHouse Chicago Wedding | Nicole & Matt

Ceremony: Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago IL Reception: LondonHouse, Chicago IL See Full Gallery

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Nicole & Matt had an early start to their wedding day due to a 1pm ceremony. But that only meant more time for photos! As we certainly needed the time to dodge the indecisive rain throughout the day. Both got ready at the gorgeous LondonHouse right next to the Chicago River in the heart of the Magnificent Mile. This hotel has one of the best views in Chicago, hands down. After some final touches and gift exchanges, we boarded a classic Chicago trolley and headed for the ceremony to Holy Name Cathedral, the seat of the Archdiocese of Chicago and also one of the most breathtaking churches in the country.

The rain kept coming at us for each photo stop but we managed to get a few shots before Nicole’s dress would get drenched. Our photo safari took us to Wrigley Field, Sully’s House, the iconic Chicago Riverwalk, and of course our favorite stop of the day, the rooftop at LondonHouse. This rooftop gives a very different perspective of the Chicago skyline, one you don’t normally see on postcards. So it was certainly a treat to experience. The celebration continued at LondonHouse with the dancefloor in full energy all night! Thanks to our friends at David Rothstein Music. We snuck out for a few minutes to get some night time photos over the Michigan Ave bridge. It was still raining but the photos were certainly worth getting wet.

Some cool & fun details… We had a bit of a rough start. We were on the north side of the river while The Rock was shooting his new movie Rampage with rolling closures on Wacker drive. We couldn’t make it across the river for a while but we still made it on time. The photo stop at Sully’s House was certainly not the average stop but this spot was special to the bride & groom as they knew everyone there by first names with some staff members attending the reception. So it was certainly a fitting place to stop by. David Rothstein Music actually gave the couple a set of Sully’s House branded Bean Bag Toss. Aside from the view of the reception venue, Nicole’s dress is definitely the details highlight of the day. They were made for each other! See more details on our See more highlights on our FB Page!

Congratulations Nicole & Matt! The rain chased us around and out of every location all day but it was still bright with energy and celebration. Thank you for letting us tag along on your super fun downtown wedding day!

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!

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!

Mistwood Golf Club Wedding Photos | Liz & Mark

Ceremony: St Jude Catholic Church, New Lenox IL Reception: Mistwood Golf Club, Romeoville IL See Full Gallery

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While Mark started his day at their new home, Liz got ready at her parents’ home, which has become familiar to us. After 2 weddings, there are now 4 new adorable faces competing for photo attention with the bride-to-be. The ceremony took place at St Jude Catholic Church in New Lenox, one of our favorite churches with lots of space and light to work with. Both wedding party photos and the reception took place at Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville. Liz was very excited to share her venue choice with us, as she knew we would very much appreciate its characteristics. And she was right! This venue was rustic with a touch of urban on the inside and was gorgeously designed on the outside for photos. Liz and Mark also did a great job dressing up the room with just the right amount of decor, letting its natural beauty do most of the work.

It was a VERY windy and cold day which made it a bit of a struggle to get good photos having to fight the wind and trying to catch everyone looking comfortable. But we had a lot of help from the bride & groom. Liz has this bright contagious smile that automatically cheers you up complemented by Mark’s cool and laid back presence. No matter how windy and cold, the entire wedding party were all laughs and very much enjoyed the short photo shoot. Thanks everyone for just enjoying the day regardless of conditions.

Some cool details… The bride and groom opted for the head table to be bare, showing its elegant wood finish to complement the centerpiece; their cake, standing atop a custom wine barrel built by the groom himself. The famous photo frame card box made its round, hopefully not the last time. The groom has something we’ve never seen before, a black rubber wedding ring to fit his work background. Guests were treated to a late night spread of sliders and mini hot dogs (always makes guests happy). So glad to see a guestbook with their engagement photos! If you’ve never seen them, check out their Engagement Photos here, one of our absolute favorites with its unique location.

Bitter sweet… It’s the last wedding for this family and we are so very honored and lucky to be part of every single one of them. You have all been so warm and welcoming and such a joy to photograph. So thank you so very much for letting us be a part of it all from the bottom of our hearts! Congratulations Liz & Mark! – Michelle & Tony

Evanston Ecology Center Wedding | Denise & Jon

Ceremony & Reception: Evanston Ecology Center See Full Gallery

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Weddings come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, that’s why we love every single wedding we shoot. We were lucky enough to be part of Denise & Jon’s intimate ceremony with select close friends and family. And it all took place in a very fitting environment that the couple enjoys very much, Evanston Ecology Center. Surrounded by nature and next to the river, it was the perfect setting for an informal outdoor ceremony and celebration. The guests were treated to a live cello/guitar duo and enjoyed some great food via food truck which was certainly a lot of fun to experience. We managed to sneak out during the reception to take advantage of our surroundings, getting some early fall colors along the river.

Congratulations Denise & Jon! You’re one of the sweetest couples and we’re very privileged to have photographed your special day!

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