Talk about down to earth and just sweet as can be. These Disney lovers are my people! After getting to know Jessica, Erik and Maddie over the past year I knew their wedding would be awesome. And, it totally was! Of course we were off to a fantastic start when the girls were joking that "it's coronation day!" (a Frozen reference for those that don't know). Jessica has been counting down the days to Frozen 2 along with her wedding countdown. Like I said, my kind of people!
This past Sunday Allison and Adam had the most perfect fall day for their wedding at Emerson Creek Pottery and Tearoom. It is Chicago after all, so you really don't know what the weather will be like ever. The day before it rained from sun up to sun down. Those poor couples! It even rained on the original Sunday Allison and Adam had picked out, so luck was definitely on their side. Not only did it not rain, but the temperature was near perfection in the upper 50's. Can
This has to be one of the happiest groups I've worked with. Everyone in the bridal party was there to celebrate Kasey and Kyle, plus have a good time. Believe me, the boys had jokes LOL It was all in playful fun and much appreciated for keeping the mood lose and light. It's no surprise that these two had such a strong group of friends surrounding them on their wedding day. Kasey and Kyle have known each other since eighth grade! Throughout high school and college the pai
AAAAAHHHHH! These gorgeous humans get married on Friday! I don't know where the summer went, but I'm playing a little catch-up with blogs. Definitely wanted to get Nicolette and Matthew's beautiful blog up before they wedding Friday. We had the best time during their engagement session, even with our unwanted photo bombers. AKA gnats! You know how you meet a person and you just automatically click? This was me with them. These two are the absolute best. Down for anythi
These two...nothing short of adorable!!! Mary Beth and Ryan met in downtown Naperville through two separate groups of friends. Mary Beth first approached Ryan because he was wearing an Augustana sweatshirt. She had applied to there and he had attended there. After enjoying their casual night among friends, Ryan decided to give Mary Beth a call two days later. They went on their first date at Itasca Country Club, where they will be getting married next June. Engagement se
Never have I seen a bride cry so many happy tears than on Kacie and Will's wedding day. So much emotion and anticipation. So much love. When Kacie and her lovely ladies arrived I was greeted with a huge hug. A fabulous way to start off my day!! We got right into things, capturing details, playing with champagne, drinking champagne and making sure everyone was wedding ready. We had three first looks planned for our day beginning with Kacie's dear bridesmaids. Kacie, Shel
The vineyards of Acquaviva Winery are a stunning place to become husband and wife. Under the blue sky among the vines it's easy to forget you did not travel to Europe, but instead just the outer stretches of the Chicago suburbs. Photographing a wedding is always an amazing gift, but when the bride is a dear friend AND an awesome photographer it becomes that much more special. Amy and I first met each other through the Carol Stream Park District gymnastics program when we we
One after another family members and Mandy's close friend stepped up to the microphone to say kind words about each of them individually as well as together as a couple. First Mandy and Steve each took a turn thanking everyone for taking the time to spend the day with them, many traveling from Austin, Texas. One guest even had to take several flights with connections due to bad weather conditions. That was not going to stop them from attending this special day though. Next
For this week's BJP Tuesday Tip let's talk color! Your wedding colors are a statement of your day. They can be bold, soft, timeless or even a little unconventional. Or, if you are wanting to be "on trend" you can follow Pantone's Color of the Year. For 2019 the color is Living Coral. The choice is yours! That's the great thing about choosing your wedding colors. They are an extension of yourselves and your personality. My advice when choosing your wedding colors is to
Wedding days are a marathon. It's usually over a twelve hour day of packed action from start to finish. Now granted, marathon's don't last twelve hours (thank goodness!), but the pace of a wedding day is similar. It's a marathon, not a sprint! You have to pace yourself or you'll tire fast. In order to help ease the exhaustion and stress I like to pad my timeline a little bit. When I sit down with my couples about a month before a wedding and to go over their timeline I'
Late fall last year I met up with Kasey and Kyle for their engagement session. It was a brisk fall day with temperatures in the low 20's, but they did not even flinch. With huge smiles on their faces and love in their eyes we walked around Le Roy Oaks Forest Preserve exploring the nature's beautiful landscape as well as got to know each other a little better. Kyle and Kasey have known each other since 8th grade, and have always hung out in the same group of friends througho
They bonded over a dog named Lucy. Two dogs actually. Christine and Luke met through friends during a going away party for her friend Jenna. David, Jenna's fiance, was from Minneapolis area and had invited Luke to drive down and join the the celebration. At the party, Christine and Luke started talking and found out they both had dogs named Lucy. It was there their romance begin. After months of phone calls, text messages and traveling the six hour drive to see one anoth
Harry took the microphone as he and Nancy stepped onto the dance floor. It was time to give their thank you speech. With all eyes on the couple, Harry glanced down at his sheet of paper and began reading. They began by thanking everyone for coming, including many out of town guests. Peggy, Nancy's sister and Maid of Honor, came in from Houston. Dan, Harry's son and best man, flew in from New York with his wife Sae. They proceeded to recognize birthdays that were in the
The hotel room at Hotel Indigo was filled with laughter as I stepped inside the bride's getting ready room on the morning of their wedding. Susan greeted me with a huge hug, which is always an amazing start to any day. The bridesmaids were spread between the two rooms looking beautiful in their matching floral robes. As she led me further into the space I caught a glimpse of her elegant wedding dress hanging against a soft beige wall in the bathroom. The dress was simple
As they finish lighting the unity candle Haley and Brian walked side by side to return to their spot in front of the alter. Before stopping back at her place Haley quickly does a 360 spin to give a dress a nice fluff and put her cathedral length veil in place before Sabrina, her maid of honor, steps up beside her to lend a hand. Giggles erupt throughout the church as all of this takes place. That is just one of the genuine moments that occurred during Haley and Brian's wed
Susan and Brandon have to be two of the hardest working people I have ever met! They both work well over a 40 hour work week and still manage to keep a huge smile on their faces! I love that they ride the train to work together, so that they make sure they get some quality time as a couple. Their lives are go, go, go, and their engagement session was no exception. Susan and Brandon jumped off the train and met me in downtown Wheaton on a beautiful summer evening to captur
First off, congratulations!!! If you are reading this post then you are probably planning your wedding, will soon be planning your wedding or are helping a special person in your life plan their wedding. I hope you are having as much fun as I did planning my own wedding! Now, I am going to let you in on a little secret. While your wedding day is going to be perfect (because you are marrying the love of your life), it might not run as perfectly as you had hoped. Take a bre
Today was SNOW much fun!!!!! Seriously!!! I wish there were behind the scenes photos so you could have seen how much snow we were hopping through during Kacie and Will's winter wonderland of an engagement session. More than once I always face planted in a snow drift because I didn't realize the ground was hilly. We all agreed though it was totally worth it! I met Kacie this past summer when I photographed her twin sister Kelly's wedding. Both ladies are incredibly beauti
FREEZING!!!!!! That is probably the first word that comes to mind after today's engagement session. Along with dreamy, romantic, stunning and amazing!!!! Yes, it was cold. With the wind whipping at us it brought the temperature down to near zero degrees. However, with the chilling temperatures came a blanket of fresh white snow creating a picturesque backdrop among the trees. As we walked briskly through the fields towards our destination I learned about Nicole and Jeff.
The weekend before Thanksgiving George suggested he and Margo spend the day in the city. Margo, being a planner, asked if they should make plans to eat somewhere. George said, "nah, we can figure it out" and left it at that. Little did Margo know George already had a romantic plan in the works. We all know how crazy the holidays can get, so when Margo's Mom suggested she get her nails done before her date she knew something was up. George had booked a horse drawn carriage