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Monthly Archives: July 2011

Chelsey and Travis are getting married!

Chelsey and Travis are getting married!

This photo session was love captured through a camera lens. Chelsey and Travis are making the leap and getting married next month. On day with thunderstorm warnings, we met at the Lily pond and the rain never came. We had a perfect early evening in the Lincoln park area, and they even climbed a tree! I love their sense of adventure, their comfortable connection, and overall happiness. They are truly an excellent match, I can’t wait for their wedding at the Glessner house!

Total love!

My favorite.

Chelsey showed off how comfortable she was in this uncomfortable structure.

Congrats Chelsey and Travis!


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



Teri Furey:

(website coming soon)




Beth Kerin

Kelli Manthey


Cynthia and Nick are engaged!

Cynthia and Nick are engaged!


These two are 100% awesome! Cute as buttons, wonderful to be around, and Cynthia even sent me a pdf file with photos and descriptions of her favorite places in preparation for our session. I love when couples are really excited for their engagement photos, and I especially love it when they incorporate fun and unique places. We spent some time in Logan Square and Humbolt park (they even dipped their feet in the not-so-pretty water for the sake of a good photo), and then headed downtown as the sun was setting. Thanks again Cynthia and Nick for a perfect evening, I so excited for your upcoming wedding! 

So in love with sun flare.


Congrats Cynthia and Nick!


Marriage Monday’s Getting Creative

Marriage Monday’s Getting Creative

Being in the wedding business and photographing weddings almost every weekend, you can imagine that I see some similarities, but the real beauty is in what makes each couple unique. Those special personal details are what make my job so very enjoyable, especially when the bride or groom decides to steer away from tradition and do something all their own. I am continually surprised by the wonderful people I work with, they realize that a wedding is all about the fun. After all, you are surrounded by the people you love the most, how awesome is that? I thought I would share two great moments from recent weddings that gave me quite a kick. First, Allie and Pedro rode the love bike into their reception as they were announced. Fabulous!

Second, Hope wanted a full length wedding dress for her ceremony but knew that later in the evening she would want to dance with her friends without restriction. So she found a convertible dress! Around 10:30pm her bridesmaids pulled off the bottom of her dress, creating the ultimate wedding mini-dress. Love it!

Big thanks to all the wonderful couples that make my job the coolest ever!


Rachel and Jeremy are married!

Rachel and Jeremy are married!

Rachel and Jeremy are love on it’s best day- warm and unassuming, beautiful and sweet. There aren’t enough adjectives to describe this wedding, it was perfect from start to finish. With the marriage of two artists, the details were truly wonderful and every moment was heartfelt. From the bowling alley with the groomsmen, to a tearful room during speeches, and then a silly dance party and crazy photobooth, this day was picture perfect. Their ceremony and reception was at the awesome Salvage One, complete with beautiful flowers by Fleur and Hoosier Mama Pies (and I can’t forget hair and makeup by my favorite girls Carley Martin and Teri Furey!). Although we may not have reason to spend another 10 hours together, a friendship with these two is highly desirable. Congrats Rachel and Jeremy!


Jamie met with the guys for some pre-wedding bowling.

Jeremy was bowling an excellent game.

Teri finished up Rachel’s hair.

Carley put the final touches on her makeup.

Hair and makeup dream team!

A fun polaroid from the night before.

The dress!

Most romantic bouquet ever, thanks to Fleur.

It was time for their first look.

Jeremy might have been a little nervous.

I think the groomsmen were trying to hide.


Then it was time for the ceremony.

The flower girl wanted a last minute hug.

They’re married!

Beautiful details.

There were some speeches.

And then some tears.

And more tears.

The best man got everyone laughing again.

Hoosier Your Mama pies, yum!

Bust a move!

Final image: we visited several sofas around the venue to create one composite image of all of them- love this!

Hair and makeup: Carley Martin and Teri Furey (773.837.0948) see more of their work here
Florist: Fleur
Ceremony location: Salvage One
Reception location: Salvage One
Event Planner: Day of, Amy Stockbridge
Cake: Hoosier Mama Pie Company
Caterer: J&L Catering
Dress: Pronovias purchased from Wedding Belles
Accessories: Earrings borrowed from mother of the bride, Veil and headpiece designed my Malis-Henderson, purchased from Wedding Belles 
First Dance: “All I have is yours,” Billie Holiday

Q&A with the bride and groom:

What was the most memorable moment of your day? RachelThe first look in the garden at Salvage One followed by the amazing toasts after dinner. It was so nice to see each other before the ceremony and spend some time with our close family and friends. Rachel’s stepfather and her sister, the maid of honor and Jeremy’s best man gave the most thoughtful and memorable toasts. We felt immensely loved by them and the whole room. Our marriage felt real and blessed in and after that moment.  

What was your favorite detail? Rachel: Its so hard to pick just one! It was amazing seeing all of the DIY projects we made along with family and friends come together in the venue. The screen-printed place-mats and cake topper two of our friends designed were our favorite details. We also loved the photo booth Bethany put together. It was crazy popular the whole evening! We had everyone leave a copy of their photo in a guest book with photo corner and write a message as our guest book. We loved looking at it the next morning, it is the best keepsake. 

Funniest memory from your wedding day? Rachel: Parts of the ceremony preformed by Jeremy’s great uncle, Jerry were the funniest. It was personal and fitting that it was funny because we love to make each other laugh. We went through such a range of emotions up there, it was joyful and emotional. There were also some dance offs and inappropriate polaroid taking that was pretty hilarious. Our friends know how to have fun!

Any advice for future brides/grooms? Rachel: We are so happy we did a receiving line right after the ceremony before the cocktail hour followed by some moments alone. We were able to hug and thank everyone who came which relieved the anxiety of making sure we talked to everyone. We highly recommend having your caterer bring the hors d’oeuvres and some champagne to a quiet space after the ceremony. It was so nice to talk and celebrate alone before rejoining the party.

If you could do it all over, would you change anything? Rachel: Nope!

Where did you go on your honeymoon? Rachel: Glacier National Park in Montana and Banff and Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada. It was an amazing rustic and romantic adventure!


Nicole and Dyer are getting hitched!

Nicole and Dyer are getting hitched!

Nicole and Dyer are both incredibly charming, she with her beautiful curls and sparkling blue eyes, and him with his strong arms and gentle nature. I was really excited to meet with them last month, we lucked out with great weather as we started our photo session in Lincoln Park. The smiles and laughs came easy, they were great company, full of great conversation, and any nervousness of being captured on film dissipated within the first 10 minutes. I already knew they were a wonderful pair, but I think the results of our photo shoot re-iterate how good they look together. Thank you both for a fabulous engagement session, I am so excited for your upcoming wedding at Kitchen Chicago!

I can’t get enough of this spot in Lincoln Park.

Love this!

The titanic shot.

Dyer showed off his dipping skills.

I’m in love with Nicole’s engagement ring.

Congrats Nicole and Dyer!