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{Rock ‘n’ Roll Love!}

{Rock ‘n’ Roll Love!}

In case you didn’t get a chance to visit me at the Wed Local Event, let me fill you in… the Bucktown Wicker Park Chamber of Commerce created this awesome wedding event featuring over 40 terrific wedding vendors from the neighborhood (including yours truly!). Wed Local took place at the well-known rock club The Double Door, and in the weeks prior to the event a few photo shoots were put together for press. I had the pleasure of photographing the “rock and roll” themed shoot at the Double Door (we also visited the delicious new The Haute and the Dog on Damen Ave, as well as Steve Quick Jewelers on Division). Not only did Rachael Smith do a fabulous job of recruiting our models, she spent countless hours putting the details together (she even made the dress!). Big thanks to this stellar team, especially for trusting me and my bag of smoke bombs!

Models: Madeline Antic, Tom Schmitt
Photographer: Bethany Fritz
Art Director: Rachael Smith
Hair/Makeup: Leslie Hoffman and Meagan Williams of Robert Jeffrey Salon
Locations: The Double Door, Haute and the Dog, Steve Quick Jewelers
Flowers: Ryan Turner of Stemline Creative
Jewelry: Steve Quick
Assistant: Helen Tyler

Wed Local, WPB Double Door
“Love conquers all…”
Wed Local, WPB Double Door
Wed Local, WPB Double Door
Madelin is so lovely…
Wed Local, WPB Double Door
Wed Local, WPB Double Door
Wed Local, WPB Double Door
The collection of band posters along with my moody red lighting was pretty rad…
Wed Local, WPB Double Door
Wed Local, WPB Double Door
Wed Local, WPB Double Door
Wed Local, WPB Double Door
Wed Local, WPB Double Door
Wed Local, WPB Double Door
Tom putting on the tough guy act…
Wed Local, WPB Double Door
Wed Local, WPB Double Door
And then there was smoke!
Wed Local, WPB Double Door
Love these so much!!
Wed Local, WPB Double Door
Gorgeous.
Wed Local, WPB Double Door
Wed Local, WPB Double Door
Tom looked perfectly punk.
Wed Local, WPB Double Door
We took a stroll down to the very tasty “The Haute and the Dog,” be sure to check it out!
Wed Local, WPB Double Door
Wed Local, WPB Double Door
The Love Bike was the mode of transportation, of course!
Wed Local, WPB Double Door
We wrapped things up with a little jewelry shopping. The black diamonds at Steve Quick were awesome!
Wed Local, WPB Double Door
Thanks again to my wonderful team, what a great photo shoot!

 

Marriage Mondays- You are what you eat

Marriage Mondays- You are what you eat

I still remember the lyrics to a song I was taught back in the 4th grade: “you are what you eat, from your head to your feet, so be sure to eat food that’s good for you…” Of course we all know we should eat our vegetables, try to buy organic and non-GMO, avoid the fast food (we all watched “super size me”, right?), etc. etc. Luckily we have many chefs and restaurants making the extra effort to not only introduce delicious ingredients to the masses, but also use local farms and local produce for their dishes. Even when shopping at Whole Foods you can’t see how the food was handled before you brought it home, how long it sat on a truck and how far it traveled, and much of that beautiful fruit was flown in from other countries (not much of a small carbon footprint when jumbo jets are involved). So why not get on board with the “farm to table” movement? Yes, the selection is smaller and dependent on what’s in season, but if the food gets to you faster because it’s local then it is fresher and better for you. As a wedding industry professional it’s awesome to see my favorite caterers abiding by these “farm to table” principles, working hard to offer creative and delicious menus while using local farmers and producers. One of these is Pure Kitchen Catering, they are amazing. With it being January I figured many of us are making resolutions to eat better and healthier so why not share some photos from a photo shoot I did with Pure Kitchen? I photographed a couple of their dishes, they created a lovely tabletop, and a few models posed for us too, all at Room 1520. (See below for details)
















Fleur donated some flowers for the table…



Behind the scenes…

Desi was teasing some hair.


Micaela (make up) and the other girls gave some input.








And that photo was used for their full page ad in the 5th Anniversary edition of CS Brides- awesome!

Photoshoot for: Pure Kitchen Catering, www.purekitchencatering.com
All food prepared by Pure Kitchen Catering
Location: Room 1520, www.room1520.com

Photography by Bethany Fritz of Maypole Studios Photography
Makeup: Micaela of Belle De Jour Artistry, www.belledejourartistry.com
Hair: Desi Perna of Exquisite Bride, www.onsitebydesi.com
Dresses, accessories, shoes: The Left Bank, www.leftbankjewelry.com
Flowers: Fleur, www.fleurchicago.com

 

Marriage Mondays- Baby It’s Cold Outside

Marriage Mondays- Baby It’s Cold Outside

It is so exciting to watch your friend’s business succeed. As the photographer in the mix, I most often get to be the one to document it all, or even help create the photos for their catalog of products. My friend Laura moved to Beaver Island Michigan to be with her boyfriend Mark, and they have a great little business in furs. I realize many of you may not be prone to wearing a coyote or fox fur hat during the winter, but let me tell you that it is not only the warmest way to brave the cold Chicago winds, but this is also a necessary product of this island. This is an area where you must hunt the local beavers, fox, and coyotes in order to control the animal populations, so why not make every bit of use of the animals? These hats, scarves, gloves, boot warmers, and ear muffs are made with care, all by hand, and all from locally trapped animals that roam Beaver Island in plenty. Mark and Laura work hard to bring their craftsmanship to each piece, resulting in beautiful fur wares. They are selling their products through Etsy, you can visit their website here:

Flat Tail Furs

Congrats Laura and Mark for continuing to create beautiful and natural products! So put on your mittens and your fur hats because “baby it’s cold outside!”

 

 

Michael and Paul are getting married!

Michael and Paul are getting married!

Quite often love can catch us by surprise, you never know when cupid will shoot an arrow straight at you. Mike and Paul both ended up at the Metro one night to meet a mutual group of friends for a show, and it didn’t take long for them to see sparks flying. Everything just fell into place… now they are settling into their new home together, complete with their adorable dog, and the wedding bells are ringing. They are both super charming (and not to mention well dressed!). It’s easy to get all warm and fuzzy when you’re around them, they’re a perfect fit. I am so glad to see another beautiful couple eager and excited to exchange vows and begin a lifetime of love with each other, congrats Mike and Paul!


We started our photo session in their home, relaxing with a glass of wine.

Paul has a wonderful collection of paint-by-number paintings, they had just finished hanging them and they were a great backdrop.

Mike showed me his best “sad clown” impression.


Their dog was ready to steal the show.








Perfect photo for the holiday card!








Love this one!




We headed to the Metro where they first met.





We found this great graffiti heart in their neighborhood.


Home sweet home.


I can’t wait to celebrate your wedding this weekend at Architectural Artifacts!

 

Bridal hair/makeup dream team!

Bridal hair/makeup dream team!

Meet Carley and Teri… two beautiful blondes that are ultra talented at hair and makeup. We got together for a photo trial to help build their portfolios and they really wowed me! We set up our Anthropology-inspired shoot, and they created two looks per model, both Beth and Kelli looked stunning. I have had the pleasure of knowing both Teri and Carley since Teri’s wedding 3 years ago, and she was featured in Bride’s magazine for her awesome look. I am so happy to have them both as friends and am excited to see their careers explode. Give them a call if you need magical hair/makeup for your wedding!

Carley Martin:

Carley Martin

mfcarley@gmail.com

913.980.3021

Teri Furey:

(website coming soon)

fureyteri@gmail.com

773.837.0948

Models:

Beth Kerin

Kelli Manthey

 

Bridal fashion shoot- Love Lulu Mae+Beaver Buttons (part 2)

Bridal fashion shoot- Love Lulu Mae+Beaver Buttons (part 2)

Part two of our fabulous shoot, combining Love Lulu Mae creations with the Chicago-based Busy Beaver Buttons, giving way to brand new accessories perfectly suited for a wedding. Our wonderful models showed off bouquets, veils, belts, and boutonnieres. The results are wonderful! This is part two of a two part shoot (the first is below).  

Team:
Agnes Miles- creater/designer/stylist, Love Lulu Mae
Bethany Fritz- photographer/stylist, Maypole Studios
Agata Grabowska- model (part one)
Elan Edan- model (part two)
Karl Hamilton- model (part two)
Jennifer Brown- makeup/MUA, Jen Brown Makeup
Suzy Zuzia Galazka- hair, Hairspray Revolution
Adele Fabiano- dress designer, Adele Fabiano Bridal Couture