I have been wanting to post these pictures for a long time now, but there were so many images that I loved that it was hard to find the time to narrow them down. I have known the groom from this wedding for 12 years now (from the time he was a grade schooler!) and it was such a treat to photograph him with his bride-to-be, two days before the official wedding. I was going out of town that weekend, so they had a relative take pictures at the actual wedding and I got to do the pre-wedding shoot in downtown Chicago.
There were a lot of crazy moments, but so many exciting and wonderful times too. I loved watching the people around these two – there were lots of smiles, some people taking pictures with their phones, lots of well wishes, etc. Chicagoans are extra happy when they see a beautiful bride and groom walking around downtown! It’s hard not to be happy when you see Will and Heidy together! Congrats on your marriage you lovebirds! I’m thrilled for you and hope you continue to cherish and love each other forever.
Note – these are a little out of order – we started at the Historic Water Tower on Michigan Avenue, then headed down closer to the middle of the shopping area, then headed over to Millenium Park for the grand finals. Enjoy this collection of images of this gorgeous bride and groom! You’ll have to watch for a few behind the scenes pictures taken by my lovely assistant, Liz. 🙂
Each month, I will join a group of incredibly talented women in a blog circle as share what we see through our lenses. Click the link to continue around our circle – next up is the fantastic Becky of Becky Batchelor Photography. The pictures of her daughter are gorgeous!!
Conor and Marlee were sealed in the LDS Chicago Temple a few weeks ago, and I had the privilege of capturing them together and with their families and friends who came to Chicago for the happy occasion. Conor and Marlee are currently engineering students at Brigham Young University, but were married in the Chicago Temple because it wasn’t too far from Marlee’s family in Wisconsin where she grew up. I love that Conor and Marlee are both engineers and that they already have so much in common.
There was a decent amount of rain on the morning they were married, but you would never guess it by looking at their happy faces! Thankfully the rain eased up after we took the group photos and it was time to just focus on Conor and Marlee for their pictures together. They were so easygoing, sweet, and crazy in love. Conor and Marlee, I wish you lots of love and happiness as you begin this adventure!
I have loved getting to know Katherine and Tim in the last year or so as they planned their wedding. They shared a modern love story of meeting through an online dating site and realizing they had a lot in common (recent statistics show that one third of couples first met online!). Here are some fun facts about these two:
They are extremely logical, smart, and organized.
They can make a spreadsheet for all sorts of purposes.
They both drive Prius hybrids.
They enjoy travel and took some great trips together while they were dating and engaged. (And went to Iceland for their honeymoon!)
And what I saw over and over again on their wedding day was this quiet, comfortable, sincere love.
It was shared numerous times during the reception later that evening by family members that Katherine and Tim made each other so incredibly happy, settled, and centered.
We took lots of pictures at the Baha’i House of Worship in Wilmette and then headed over to the Women’s Club of Wilmette for the wedding and reception. Katherine is a high school math teacher, so they included some fun personal touches, like Table Pi. 🙂 The flowers were from Millefiori in Evanston and the dinner was catered by The Noodle in Wilmette. It was all lovely and well done.
Katherine and Tim, congratulations on your wedding! You are a wonderful couple and have been a pleasure to work with. Your families were so fun to get to know as well!
Andrew’s a smart Idaho boy who currently lives in Chicago, finishing up medical school with plans to be a pediatrician in the Air Force. Ashley is an East Coaster and works for a private tutoring firm in Washington D.C., helping kids with executive functioning disorders and also pursuing a master’s degree in education. Andrew is an amazing singer and piano player and is a big fan of fresh baked bread. Ashley likes to be serenaded, loves key lime pie, and has an impressive shoe collection.
Ashley and Andrew met while Andrew was in D.C. for one month on a medical rotation at a hospital near Ashley. Andrew heard Ashley speaking Chinese while at church and they found that they had both served missions (at different times) in Taiwan. They haven’t gone a day without speaking since their first date, and while their courtship has been swift, they seemed madly and happily in love. They will be married on April 27th in Idaho, so just two months from today! After Andrew graduates, they will move to San Antonio, TX for his residency through the military.
Last weekend, I met with newly engaged Ashley and Andrew for their engagement session. Keep in mind that this was February in Chicago, and more specifically Evanston in February! It was freezing and the wind was blowing, but that didn’t keep these two from smiling and having fun. We took the first half of the pictures at First Congregational Church and then headed over to Lighthouse Beach. I think we were all numb by the end (it even lightly snowed on us at one point), but it was such a blast spending time with these guys!
Ashley and Andrew, good luck with the final weeks before your wedding and thank you for a fabulous session! You are a gorgeous couple and exude so much joy – I was smiling while working on your images because you were so happy in them. I know you are in for some great adventures together!
My long-time friend, Chrissy, married her sweetheart, Brian, in December just before Christmas. I have known Chrissy since we were in the fifth grade, when my family moved into her neighborhood. Chrissy lived up the hill on Crest Ct., around the corner from my house – I have many happy memories riding bikes with Chrissy up that huge hill.
We reconnected a few years ago on Facebook and I was honored when Chrissy asked me to capture their special day!I had a blast photographing her wedding (with the help of my assistant, Liz Hansen), and am excited to share these images from their wedding at Salvage One in Chicago, which is a pretty amazing salvage shop that hosts events as well.
Brian and Chrissy wanted to do a “first look,” where we photographed them seeing each other all decked out in an intimate setting before the ceremony – just the two of them (with the two photographers).
These two images below are some of my favorite of Brian and Chrissy, who looked beautiful in this neat setting. It was raining and freezing cold that day, so we opted to do all pictures inside until the very end of the night. Hooray for rain on the wedding day – it’s totally good luck, right? 🙂
I’ve attended quite a few weddings, and this was one of the most memorably touching and heartfelt ceremonies. I loved hearing Brian and Chrissy’s happy laughter and sweet vows to each other.
On the day Matt and Kaitlin were married, the sky was a bright, beautiful blue. The temperature was perfect – not too hot, not cold at all, and the air felt very calm. Kaitlin is from Green Bay, WI and Matt is from Michigan, so they chose to get married at the Chicago LDS Temple located in Glenview, IL. Matt and Kaitlin both attend Brigham Young University – Matt is an exercise science major and Kaitlin is a Linguistics major and have a few years left before both will be done, so they were married before the current fall semester began.
I spent a few hours capturing them with their families and then just the two of them outside the temple after the wedding (no cameras allowed inside). They have an endearing sense of humor that is lighthearted, fun, and easygoing, and they are very sweet with each other. It’s obvious that Matt makes Kaitlin laugh. A lot. And I’m pretty sure she does the same for him!
Matt and Kaitlin, I wish you the best of luck as you spend the next few years finishing school and make plans for your future together. Enjoy this sweet time and I know you’ll be a terrific pair, a force to be reckoned with in this world. Thanks for sharing your big day with me!
I had so much fun capturing these two on their wedding day. Here are some of the highlights, from their first look and family pictures before the wedding, to the ceremony inside the church. I first met this family when I photographed them at Evanston’s Lighthouse Beach and we realized that we were neighbors! Bonnie and Reid’s wedding was classy, intimate, gorgeous, and sweet, and I was really struck by the amount of love and support shared by their adult children.
Bonnie and Reid, congratulations! Thanks for allowing me to capture your special day.
Will and Rebecca were married in the LDS Chicago Temple last week. Here they are, newly married with sweet, happy smiles!
It had rained a little before they came out of the temple, but stopped for a bit… but the sky was starting to get dark again.
We raced out to the front to take the group picture of everyone who came for the big day – notice the sky getting darker and darker…
And then the torrential rain came. With huge claps of thunder and lightning! We then did smaller group shots underneath the covered walkway. Despite all of this, Rebecca and Will had the biggest smiles on their faces. This was an adventure! For pictures of just the two of them, I had a big black umbrella for them to stand under, and then Rebecca’s dad was great and held an umbrella over me and the camera so we could still take pictures.
Isn’t it neat with all of the rain falling around them? They are such a beautiful couple.
They were so great to do this shot while holding up a heavy umbrella : )
Congratulations Will and Rebecca! You were amazing and had such positive attitudes even with some rain on your wedding day. I’m glad it cleared up a few hours later and you had some sunshine too. You were so sweet with each other and radiated such happiness! I hope you continue to have lots of great adventures together.
I recently had the pleasure of photographing bride and groom, Heather and Patrick, around downtown Evanston on their wedding day. They were SO much fun and it was obvious that they are totally smitten with each other.
We started up on the Metra train platform. Isn’t Heather’s dress gorgeous???
It was windy and freezing that day, so we got a few shots with Heather’s beautiful matching coat too.
After some time outside, we ducked into the Evanston Library to warm up a little.
We headed back outside to the library steps for some more shots before heading over to a church nearby with a beautiful blue door.
Patrick and Heather’s parents met up with us at The Homestead, a darling inn a few blocks east of downtown Evanston where their wedding ceremony was held in a private room in its restaurant, Quince.
Heather and Patrick, thank you for sharing your special day with me! You are such a lovely couple and I wish you lots of happiness in your life together!