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Megan & Erica had an amazing graffiti filled engagement session in Chicago and I have been excited about shooting and sharing their wedding ever since. I loved planning their photography, hanging out with them and knew it would be a truly special day. The wedding was held at Firehouse Chicago, a great Chicago venue for intimate weddings with beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces. I have been shooting there for years and it’s one of my all time favorite wedding venues in the U.S. If you are interested in the venue for your wedding, I have many weddings posted on my blog that took place at Firehouse.

Firehouse Chicago has a beautiful suite with back porch where Megan & Erica got ready and relaxed before their ceremony and reception. Megan wore a gorgeous long sleeved gown from David’s Bridal and Erica wore a custom made ivory suit with amazing vest and jacket by Cathy Marsom from Richard Bennett Custom Tailors. We went out for portraits around town with their sisters and maids of honor before their outdoor ceremony, cocktail hour and reception.

I loved so many moments from this wedding- their beautiful clothing, listening to Destiny’s Child driving around for lakeside and city portraits, laughter and sweet vows during the ceremony, the “Hate Has No Home Here” signs, ginger beer during cocktail hour, the eucalyptus and deep red floral hues by Pen and Petals, the handmade details, incredible food by Brix Catering, Erica entering the reception to the Ghostbusters theme on the fireman’s pole and Megan making a grand entrance to “Shoop”, DJ Blakbird from Cage + Aquarium playing Britney’s “Work Bitch” and “All Night” by Chance the Rapper, Erica dancing to “The Thong Song” and meeting their very cool friends and family. Thank you Megan & Erica for having me! Enjoy-

With officiant Eva LaRoche, Tricia Davis from Salon Echo and videographer Brittany Alsot.

 

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Vika & Se had a beautiful summer wedding day in Chicago on the Anita Dee yacht. I loved their Ukrainian and Korean wedding and the cultural customs they incorporated into their day. In lieu of a traditional first look Se had to complete a set of tasks before seeing Vika in her beautiful wedding dress from Prague. While getting ready, everyone in the room kissed a piece of paper for Se to guess Vika’s lips. He nailed it with one guess. Vicki’s sister, mom and the rest of the ladies had Se touch everyone’s hands in the room and he also guessed correctly which ones belonged to Vika. He was then surprised with seeing her as a bride for the first time- priceless reaction. Se gave the mother of the bride a set of wooden geese. As geese mate for life, he was promising to care for his partner forever. They stepped on a beautiful rushnyk or embroidered cloth before they said their vows. Their ceremony was full of  joy and afterwards they had a lavender send off which smells amazing and is beautiful- new favorite.

We hopped in my car and headed off to the Lily Pool, Lincoln Park Zoo and Lake Michigan for photos on a gorgeous sunny day and met up with everyone afterwards at the dock where Vika & Se had their first dance and everyone boarded the Anita Dee yacht for the reception. They incorporated a version of the Korean p’ye-baek during the reception where parents throw dates and chestnuts that symbolize children and fertility at the bride and groom. Everyone was loving the views of Chicago from the lake and danced all night on the upper deck. The cake toppers were adorable and in traditional Ukrainian and Korean dress- gorgeous cake by Urban Icing. The night ended with an amazing fireworks display from Navy Pier. Thank you so much Vika & Se for having me as part of your incredible wedding day and congratulations!

With Pin Me Up Chicago, Harry Caray’s catering, Windy City Mix, Flowers for Dreams

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I knew when I talked to Lauren about her and Chris’ wedding plans it would be a special day and I was happy to be working with Custom Love Gifts, Events and Prints again. Lauren and the ladies were getting ready at The Blowout Co. downtown before I met up with Chris and the guys, some rained on drying out their coats while the kids practiced before going down the aisle. Lauren and I stepped out for bridal portraits around the property and later we all got to go to Rock City to wander and take portraits.

They married at Grandview at Lookout Mountain in a beautiful outdoor ceremony. The rain held off and Lauren’s Dad sang “The Book of Love” and Chris’ Dad gave a perfect reading. Lauren cultivated plants all year and planted them in pots she made and displayed at the front of the aisle. They also played one of my favorite songs, “Gooey” before the ceremony.

After photos the reception was held out on the patio, guests received pottery mugs Lauren made, had homemade cake from the Superwoman and super talented bride and everyone danced all night. Lauren’s jump split- one my my favorite moments. I loved this wedding day and am so thankful I got to be there. This couple is absolutely perfect together!

 

 

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