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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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I love the story behind this wedding. In 2010-2012, Tara and I were coworkers. I was juggling wedding photography on the weekends and my last 9-5 job during the week. I was thankfully able to resign and become a full time photographer on June 1, 2012 and Tara, in support, promised she would hire me when she got married. She kept her word and I was able to photograph her and Derek’s wedding on the 4th of July weekend this year in Chicago. Life is amazing! Tara is now an attorney and we are both living out our dreams. I am so happy to know her and Derek and loved photographing their day.

I started with Tara and the ladies at the Public Hotel downtown with Pin Me Up Chicago. Tara and I went out for bridal portraits at the Lily Pool and on Lake Michigan and I spent some time with Derek and his friends and family at their new condo afterwards. The rest of the day was spent at Ravenswood Event Center where their ceremony and reception were held. The details of the day were just perfect- Tara designed everything so beautifully. I loved the color scheme and flowers from eco-friendly florist Fab Flora, the Persian rug they said their vows on, gorgeous bridesmaids in blush, vegetarian menu, Tara’s BHLDN ceremony gown and short playful reception dress, meeting up with their beloved dog for photos, the Stan’s Donut bar and most of all the incredible love they have for each other. Thank you for having me Tara & Derek, it was an honor!

With Essence Wedding Video

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