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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!

South Branch Chicago River Wedding | Jennifer & Robert

Ceremony & Reception: South Branch, Chicago IL See Full Gallery

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You see that old bench? That’s no ordinary bench. That’s the bench Jennifer & Robert first laid eyes on each other many years ago back when she was a freshman and he was a senior at Lane Tech High School. And on the morning of their wedding day, they decided to meet at the exact spot where it all began. And we can’t really write anything further to top that!

After a few photos around Lane Tech campus, which is very photogenic by the way, we headed out to Nicholas J. Melas Centennial Fountain in downtown Chicago’s Riverwalk where Robert proposed to Jennifer. Not only are their photo location choices unique, but they truly have meaning behind their story. The ceremony and reception took place at South Branch which flanks the Chicago River in the loop area and set the stage for spectacular skyline views both during the outdoor ceremony and reception.

Some fun details…Jennifer & Robert displayed their prom photo next to a current photo, so much fun for the guests to see. They also included other prom accessories with the display. This was important as Robert recreated prom night for Jennifer. While we took photos on Monroe bridge, Jennifer unexpectedly threw her bouquet over the river to boaters cheering them on. Thankfully, we got a shot as she threw. The sad news is no one caught it. Still, great unscripted memories to look back to. You can see more of their highlights & details on our Facebook Page.

Congratulations Jennifer & Robert! We’re thankful you chose us to document such a special day and witnessing your wonderful story. Thank you for having LOP!

Chicago L Train Engagement Photos | Jessica & Joel

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Jessica & Joel live in the city so it was important to take some photos at their favorite spots. LaSalle St bridge was an important landmark as it reminds them of home. We also took some time to get some fun shots under the L to get a little more of that “local” backdrop. We also spent time along the Chicago Riverwalk, another one of their daily paths around the city. Congratulations on your engagement, we’re looking forward to the big day next year!!!

Adler Planetarium Wedding | Meghan & Joe

Ceremony: St Martha Catholic Church, Morton Grove IL Reception: Adler Planetarium, Chicago IL See Full Gallery

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A big part of Meghan and Joe’s wedding day was travel time but well worth it as they both had the opportunity to incorporate all of their special places. Not to mention more time on a party bus is always welcomed by any wedding party! Meghan started her day at their new place while Joe started his day at his parents’ home in Morton grove, a short walk to their church, St Martha Catholic Church. After the ceremony (and an important stop at CVS), we headed to some photo spots along the Chicago river and a must have picture at the Board of Trade for Joe. The rest of the photos and reception took place at the best view of the Chicago skyline, the Adler Planetarium. This is truly a dream wedding venue for most. We took advantage of some sunset moments and finished it off with some night skyline pictures.

Some cool details… Meghan and Joe’s wedding were full of east coast guests so you can imagine the plentiful sports talk/tensions. But they did cater to a NY style reception timeline of which every important portion is broken up by dancing to make them feel at home. A collection of rocks were used for guests’ well wishes, always a cool alternative to the guest book. They displayed photo frames of entire wedding party highlighting each member. Their first dance was perfectly timed with the sunset. Very fitting for the venue!

Congratulations to Meghan and Joe! The two of you are so much fun to be around which shows throughout the photos. Thank you for having LOP!!!

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Holiday Inn Mart Plaza Wedding | Kelly & Josh

Ceremony: Assumption Catholic Church, Chicago IL Reception: Holiday Inn Mart Plaza River North, Chicago IL See Full Gallery

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Kelly & Josh had a logistical compact wedding which worked out great. The day started and ended at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza with the ceremony taking place at Assumption Catholic Church both in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. The guys had a short brisk walk to church while the ladies called for a couple of Uber cars (starting to be a wedding trend). We had a few stops around the river (one of our favorite photo areas) and the Board of Trade. The photos show a deceivingly bright and sunny day but it certainly felt like a Chicago winter. Thank you ladies for toughing it out! More importantly, all the parents were full of emotions all day without holding back while the bride & groom were all smiles. Perfect recipe for great photo memories!

Some cool details…Kelly found and pulled off her perfect dress. They had a mini cake with a simple letter topper but even with its mini size, it managed to be the centerpiece of the reception. They had shakes in martini glasses and a fun variety of cupcakes. To top off the evening, they treated their guests to Italian beef and sliders. They sure know how to please their guests! And Josh is a very lucky husband because he’s required to taste test all of Kelly’s deserts for the rest of their lives! (oh and because he managed to find his soul mate).

Congratulations Kelly & Josh! Working with such a fun and laid back couple makes for great honest photos. Thanks for having us for your wedding!

Architectural Artifacts Wedding Photos | Erin & Joel

Ceremony: St Clement, Chicago IL Reception: Architectural Artifacts Atrium Events, Chicago IL See Full Gallery

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January weddings in Chicago is a dice roll. It’s likely going to be frigid cold with a chance of a blizzard or polar vortex. But not this day. The sun came out and provided above freezing temps and which made for a delightful wedding day for Erin and Joel.

The day started with lots of laughs and tears at the Westin Michigan Ave. After a gift exchange, we headed off to the ceremony at St Clement in Lincoln Park, one of the most beautiful churches in Chicago. We managed to catch a little bit of natural light in Lincoln Park afterwards but being that it’s winter, the rest of the photos had to be shot in the dark. We did manage to get a few romantic images by the Chicago River. Being surrounded by skyline lighting really helps and makes for some dramatic images. The party finished up at Architectural Artifacts in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. It’s our first time in this venue and it was certainly a treat! The entire place is filled with interesting artifacts which you could browse for hours as a guest.

Some cool details… Erin wore red shoes to match with Joel’s red socks. Joel gave Erin a Minion, the best gifts are the ones with meaning behind them. The girls had matching Uggs to battle the weather. They had an eclectic centerpiece theme, each table representing a location with unique displays. They incorporated the traditional Polish apron dance. They opted for a fun cupcake table instead of a traditional cake. Erin had a special handkerchief made for her mom and custom cuff links for her dad. But the biggest blend of details would be their the elements in their venue, Atrium Events. The guests enjoyed all the eye candy!

Congratulations to Erin & Joel, as always, we are thankful to be there to record all the fun moments of your day!

Chicago River Engagement Photos | Ashley & Eric

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It was certainly a very cold and windy day in downtown Chicago but that shouldn’t really be a surprise. Chicago’s known for bitter weather after all. But Ashley & Eric still managed to pull off some warm and cozy photos at one of our favorite spots, the Chicago River. As we always tell our clients not to worry because no matter the weather, it’s all about the chemistry between the bride and groom.

Thanks for toughing it out Ashley & Eric! Looking forward to your fall wedding!!!

Ceremony: Assumption Catholic Church, Chicago IL Reception: Holiday Inn Mart Plaza, Chicago IL See Full Gallery

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Ceremony: St James Chapel Archbishop Quigley Center Reception: Trump Hotel Chicago See Full Gallery

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Event Design: Kehoe Deigns Event Coordinator: Five Grain Events Cinematographer: Delack Media Group

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