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Monthly Archives: October 2010

Molly & Marc are engaged!

Molly & Marc are engaged!

These two can’t get enough of each other, and neither can my camera. They are so in love, all I had to do was snap away. We spent a foggy afternoon in Chicago’s gold coast neighborhood, with great photo backdrops like little cafes and brownstone buildings. They were the perfect models, happy to gaze into each other’s eyes and snuggle in the middle of the street, or anywhere for that matter. The two of them were electric, don’t be fooled by the sweetness of their photos because they were definitely sizzling hot. In case you haven’t checked out their awesome engagement story, just scroll down a few entries to read all about it, but be sure to check out these photos first. Pure love captured on camera.

























Molly and Marc, you are adorable and I am so looking forward to your wedding next year!

 

A unique proposal- Molly & Marc

A unique proposal- Molly & Marc

While spending time with Molly and Marc photographing their engagement session, I was able to find out all kinds of great things about them, their history, and their awesome engagement. From time to time couples blow me away with their stories, and this was no exception. I was so in love with their creative proposal that I asked Molly to describe it in her own words so I could share it with all of you. Here are two photos from our session that were inspired by her story.


Molly wrote:
“Marc and I had been together almost 5 years and we had gone ring shopping, so I knew the proposal was right around the corner. My one hope for the proposal was to be completely shocked, which was difficult considering I knew it was coming…

It was a Thursday evening and I had just gotten home from work when I received a surprising phone call. A police Sergeant from the 18th precinct called to inform me Marc had been pulled over for speeding and he didn’t have his drivers license so I needed to head over to the station and pick him up. I was not pleased to hear this considering we had planned on a nice night at the Art Institute followed by dinner, and I knew Marc would be in a bad mood all evening.

I headed over to the police station and upon my arrival, I was taken into a holding cell. Marc was sitting on the bench and he looked miserable. I walked over and put my arms around him and tried my best to make him feel better. He looked up at me, apologized for ruining our date night and started rambling off everything we needed to do to remedy the situation.

“First, you need to fill out a bunch of paperwork. After that, we’re going to have to pay a $300 fine because I didn’t have my license on me when I was speeding. Finally, you need to spend the rest of your life with me.”

As that last sentence came out of his mouth, a huge smile came across his face and I started to realize this had been an elaborate scheme from the start. He got down on one knee, pulled out a black velvet box with a gorgeous diamond ring and asked me to marry him. I didn’t say yes for about 30 seconds because I was too busy hyperventilating, but as soon as I could breathe, I screamed “YES!” and gave him a huge hug and a kiss.

As we were calming down in the holding cell, Marc told me the whole story about how he pulled off the surprise. About 10 minutes after he popped the question we heard a knock on the door and the Sergeant informed us we needed to vacate the cell because the police needed to use it for an actual criminal. Everyone in the station gave us a round of applause as we walked out and I felt like the most special person in the world. I know not every girl would appreciate being proposed to in a holding cell, but I think it’s the most romantic proposal I’ve ever heard.”

Isn’t that the greatest story ever?? All I can say is that I love my job. I get to know the best in people in every day, and see first hand the most wonderful love stories. Molly and Marc, you rock! I can’t wait to share the rest of the photos, stay tuned.

 

Catherine and Jonah’s New Buffalo wedding

Catherine and Jonah’s New Buffalo wedding

Catherine and Jonah had a beautiful backdrop for their wedding, this day had it all! From the gorgeous White Gate Farm where the ceremony took place, to the quaint Lakeside Inn for the reception, it couldn’t have been more adorable. Catherine and Jonah are the perfect blend of grace, intelligence, and whole-hearted love. The readings they chose for the ceremony caused quite a few tears, the reception was filled with well wishes, speeches, delicious pies, and then erupted into a crazy dance party. They truly captured all the elements of a perfect wedding in their own way, filling every moment with love and beauty. This wedding is a treasure, and I can’t get enough of the photos! Here are many of my favorites…

The girls were all about getting Catherine ready.

Her dad played “here comes the bride” on the harmonica while her makeup was done in the next room, how sweet is that?

Event the Obama’s were there to applaud (I couldn’t resist photographing these cardboard cut-outs in her parent’s house).








The groom warmed up for the ceremony with a few games of ping pong.


The siblings were hamming it up for the camera.






The guests helped themselves to some lemonade.




The lace on top of the chuppah was a family heirloom.






The breaking of glass.

And then they kissed…

And kissed some more.






The rolling hills behind the farm and the overcast sky reminded me of an Irish countryside.



School buses were waiting to transport the guests to the reception.

The Lakeside Inn.


Many local vendors were used, like jam for the favors and the desert of delicious pies.



I love the look on Catherine’s face as she hangs on for dear life.

Let the dancing begin.




Congrats you two, thank you for choosing me to be a part of such a wonderful day!

Special thanks to Jolene Sullivan of Delicate Creature event planning for being so wonderful and organizing everything from head to toe, and to Jamie Hartley for being a terrific photo assistant/second shooter.
Want to see more? Check out the photo slideshow: http://vimeo.com/16137835

 

Holly & Mark are married!

Holly & Mark are married!

Holly and Mark have gotten hitched. These two are such a striking pair, their wedding day was full of laughs, great weather, and most importantly… shots! Their friends and family were in celebration mode all day, we partied it up until the last song played. Holly and Mark were both stylish and adorable, exchanging tender glances and kisses, followed by laughter as they entered into the reception to the “Imperial March” and later posed in silly hats and mustaches for the “outta-the-box” photo booth. It was a pleasure to photograph such a great couple and spend time with their families, I love that even Grandma got in on the goofy props! Thanks again for choosing me to a part of your awesome day, congrats to you both! (Video was provided by Ben Mahoney Productions and Jeremy Bircher rocked the camera as my second shooter)

The bridesmaids put the finishing touches on the bride.


Go Cubs!

Her purse was embroidered with her new last name, how sweet!









The girls rocked some serious heels.





The whole bridal party, as well as photographers and videographers, climbed into 10 golf carts and took off for photos on the grounds.



I am so in love with this shot, the shadows were so cool.



A portrait of my shadow.






Total hotness!


Very appropriate bride & groom shot glasses…


Jeremy got some awesome shots out on the dance floor.






Congratulations Holly and Mark!

 

The Napertucky Mustache Smuggler

The Napertucky Mustache Smuggler

As promised, the video version of the kickin’ engagement session with Jason and Carrie. I couldn’t have imagined it any better, my hat goes off to Jeremy of “3 Line 9 Productions” for creating a perfect save-the-date video. (dialogue written by Jason)

 

The Villain and his Damsel

The Villain and his Damsel

Why do the good girls always love the bad boys? Funny enough, when Carrie first met Jason she was not interested. His devilish grin and amazing sense of humor finally won her over, and now they’re getting hitched. They tease and joke, play up the pda and then bust out laughing at their silliness. They are great drinking buddies and terrific company, spending time with them is always a guaranteed barrel of laughs. I was thrilled when they asked me to photograph their wedding, and knew that I would be in for some unique photo opportunities. For their engagement photos we decided to forego the Chicago city skyline and head over to the train tracks behind his parents house, the place where he would sneak out to with friends back in high school. We goofed around, had a couple of beers, and took some silly photos. Although Carrie would most likely beat Jason in a wrestling match, we pretended that he was a villain out of an old silent film and she played the role of the damsel in distress. Stay tuned for the video version (by Jeremy Bircher), it’s going to be a riot! Thanks Carrie and Jason for playing along with a crazy idea and being totally awesome!






Carrie looking hot.


The stare down.


Caught by the villain…