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Nicole and Adam are lucky, very “Luckey” indeed. They are a beautiful couple, and it was only natural that their wedding should be equally gorgeous; full of love, excitement, laughter, and lots of dancing! From start to finish this day was awesome, beginning with the girls at Salon Blonde then on to Salvage One for the ceremony and reception. The rainy forecast turned into the perfect evening, and Spencer from Style Matters kept the dance wild and crazy. It was truly a celebration, and I loved every minute of it!

The girls started at Salon Blonde for hair and makeup.

Jamie met up with the guys a few blocks away to see how they were doing.

Then we were off to Salvage One to put on the dress.

Adam waited in the garden to see Nicole for the first time.

We headed back to Wicker Park for some photos.

We grabbed some more photos by Kinzie St Bridge.

We checked out the great view from the rooftop of Salvage One.

Then it was time to get married.

The details.

The desert table was very popular.

It was time for Spencer to kick off the dancing.

Everyone started to get crazy.

Congrats Nicole and Adam!

Hair and makeup: Salon Blonde

Florist: Pollen

Ceremony location: Salvage One

Reception location: Salvage One

Cake: Made by the Groom’s Aunt Diane Lehmann

Caterer: Biagio Events and Catering

Accessories: Weddings 826 and Fini Designs

First Dance: Etta James “Sunday Kind Of Love”

Q&A with the bride and groom: 

What was the most memorable moment of your day?
Nicole: Standing at the altar, saying my vows to Adam (attempting not to cry)
Adam: Vows. One of the only moments that day where I felt like it was just Nicole and I.


What was your favorite detail?
Nicole: I contacted an artist on Etsy to make silhouettes from pictures of Adam and I. I loved the way they looked on the programs, signs and some decorations – they definitely jived with the vintage theme but were still reflective of us as a modern couple (and looked just like us!)
Adam: The music. Both Justin, the musician for the ceremony and Spencer from Style Matters did a great job.

Funniest memory from your wedding day?
Nicole: Watching all of our relatives dance—and the best man’s speech. Priceless.
Adam: There were some pretty enthusiastic dancing going on.

Any advice for future brides/grooms?
Nicole: Make sure that you ENJOY your wedding day and reception, and don’t feel obligated to do ALL the traditions. Yes, we could have taken more posed photos, or done a traditional receiving line, or done a bouquet toss/garter toss, but both Adam and I felt that these traditions were not for us, and that they would simply distract from the wonderful celebration that was going on. We still managed to hug and chat with all our guests and no one missed diving for a bouquet. Plus it left time for more dancing, which is the most important part, of course!
Adam: Agree with Nicole. Do what you feel is appropriate for you. And don’t be shy about delegating.

If you could do it all over, would you change anything?
Nicole: No way. Our day was perfect in my mind. There were surely bumps here or there but what day doesn’t have one or two of those.
Adam: Nope.

Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Nicole: Paris, France; Cinque Terre, Italy; Rome, Italy. To Future Brides/Grooms—Go to Cinque Terre!


Bridal fashion shoot- Love Lulu Mae+Beaver Buttons (part 1)

Bridal fashion shoot- Love Lulu Mae+Beaver Buttons (part 1)

What an amazing team we had last weekend! We braved the cold weather and rain to take some superb photos of Agnes’s creations. She combined her Love Lulu Mae style with the Chicago-based Busy Beaver Buttons, creating brand new accessories perfectly suited for a wedding. Our wonderful models showed off bouquets, veils, belts, and boutonnieres. The results are awesome! This is part one of a two part shoot (the second to follow).
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


Jackson turns 1

Jackson turns 1

One of the best ways to keep in touch with my past brides and grooms is by documenting their new families. I photographed Megan and Kevin’s wedding, and now I have the great joy of taking pictures of the adorable Jackson. I met up with them on his first birthday for a portrait session, what a cutie! He has awesome blue eyes just like his mom and a super smile just like his dad. We followed him around as he crawled rapidly from room to room, played with lots of toys, and managed to get some great giggles out of the little man. Here are some of my favorites:

What’s cuter than mini-denim?

Baby bubbles.

Happy birthday Jackson! See you again soon.


Kaitlyn and Adam are getting married!

Kaitlyn and Adam are getting married!

TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2011

Kaitlyn and Adam met up with me, along with their dog Toby, to walk along Lake Michigan and take some great engagement photos. These two are super cute, from Kaitlyn’s rad pink highlights down to Adam’s comfy Tom’s. They are naturally at ease, barely noticing my camera, they snuggle without coaxing and laugh with sincerity at Toby’s antics. This session was truly as enjoyable and relaxed as an afternoon stroll on a beautiful Spring day. We had a great time hanging out by the Montrose Harbor, then down to Ravenswood, finishing with a beer and some snacks at Bluebird restaurant. Their wedding in October is going to be really special, complete with Toby as the ring bearer!


Toby’s point of view.

Congrats Kaitlyn and Adam!


Marriage Mondays-Love 4 mom

Marriage Mondays-Love 4 mom

 Yesterday was Mother’s day, and although I live more than 600 miles away and won’t be back home until next month, my mom was very much on my mind. It’s obvious that her role in my life is an important one, being my mother, caretaker, nurturer, and friend. She has always been there for me, with an unconditional love that is both fierce and tender. I appreciate my mom in so many ways, from the after school healthy snacks to her standing ovation when I sang in the middle school talent show. She encouraged me to check out more books at the library than my arms could carry, gave me sewing lessons, encouraged my interest in art and painting, rooted for me at Tae Kwon Do tournaments, and sat up late with me giggling about the details of my first kiss. She bandaged my scraped knees on more than one occasion (I have never been graceful), forgave me when I cut my dolls hair and then gave my sister a matching hair cut (involving bangs about 1/8 of an inch long), taught me how to wear makeup… and she even loves thrift store shopping more than I do. There is so much more I could say, but it all comes down to the fact that I am blessed with a wonderful mother. I love you mom, happy mother’s day! (photo of my beautiful mother, 1970’s)


Dressing up with Sarah Church

Dressing up with Sarah Church

 I love vintage clothing, but when I met Sarah I realized her collection far surpasses me and my friends combined! She is also a mega-talented clothing designer, creating edgy pieces perfect for a rocker, or re-vamped vintage (literally ripped apart and sewn back into a brand new design). I love them all! She is preparing to launch her new line of clothes, complete with new website, so we got together with 3 lovely ladies, an amazing hair and makeup team, and took some photos. The results are hot!
Clothing Designer: Sarah Church
Models: Annemarie Sagoi, Crystal Petruk, Elan Eden
Makeup: Claire Latronica
Hair: Suzy Zuzia Galazka
Location: Auxilary Art Center (operated by Jeffrey Walschon)

Sarah and the girls.

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