Faye’s First Birthday

Faye’s First birthday party was a “smash” hit!  She loved the cake her beautiful mom, Emily Florez made her and was all smiles in her Dad Ray’s arms. They’re the sweetest couple and Faye is such a darling little girl, it was such a hoot taking her first birthday photos.
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Amanda + Eric’s Chicago Engagement Photos

Shooting this engagement session was extra special for me. The beautiful subject of these pictures is one of my oldest and best friends. We first met in middle school back when we spent Friday nights at the skating rink or slumber parties. In high school Amanda made a name for herself because of her enthusiastic school spirit and down-to-earth personality. In college, we roomed together in our first apartment. After graduation, it was Amanda beside me in the Uhaul, driving across the midwest from Nebraska to Chicago, where we shared two apartments, before eventually settling in our current spots, less than 10 minutes from each other.  At this point, I think of Amanda as much as family as a friend.

Like a protective sister, It was hard for me to imagine a guy just right for her. She has the best sense of humor around and she’s one of the most social people I know–the kind of social where everyone wants to be her friend, and she somehow manages to be a devoted friend to them all. When I first hung out with Eric, the new guy she met playing dodgeball, it was at a b.b.q.  He said, “wanna sit at this table with me so we can chat?”  At first I was taken aback, I thought, “Huh, ok…” But he just wanted the chance to get to know the close friend of his new main squeeze and I became an instant fan.

Eric, or E.A. as I like to call him, is her perfect match. A social butterfly who loves to have fun, they’ll never be bored. Of course, the thing that I like about E.A. most is his love for Amanda. One of my favorite lines from him came when he proposed, “Amanda, I love the sh*t out of you and I wanna be with you forever.”  So here’s to forever. Love you guys and can’t wait to celebrate with you at the wedding.

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Jerry + Dan // Married at Art Tango

Gay Wedding Photography Chicago

After over a decade together, Jerry and Dan were married in a touching ceremony at Art Tango in Chicago. The moment was incredibly special for these two, who’d felt like they’d been married for some time, but until recently, could not make it legally official.

The grooms wore navy suits and striped ties with a pop or red. Succulents and hydrangea decorated the table and candlelight cast a warm glow over the room. The evening felt intimate and romantic.

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Kerry and Dan Married // Elawa Farm Wedding Photos

Elawa Farm Wedding Photos

On a perfect day in Lake Forest, at the same church Kerry was baptized, she and Dan said “I do” before their dearest friends and family.

Following the ceremony, the couple celebrated at Elawa Farm, a place chosen because it reminded them of Northern Michigan, where they first fell in love.

Congrats to Kerry and Dan!!  I’m so happy for you two! I can’t wait to see our family again for your sister Megan’s wedding!

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Liz + Sean’s Country Rustic Wedding

What I love most about Liz and Sean is the way they look at each other.  These shared gazes back and forth, full of affection, come easily between the two.

Their relationship started virtually, over messenger at their workplace. It wasn’t long before their friendly chats carried the promise of something more. Soon they were out on dates in New York City, sharing stories of their shared alma mater, Villanova, and drinking margaritas.

When it came time to plan their big day, despite loving where they live, they envisioned a country rustic wedding in Liz’s hometown of Barrington Hills.  Everything came together better than imagined.  It was an absolutely perfect day for pictures and we were given access to the most charming farm, complete with horses and ducks grazing in the background. Could we have been any luckier?

I’ve loved getting to know Liz and Sean over the last year during phone chats and their amazing NYC engagement session last fall. They’re such a great couple, who make you feel like an old friend instantly.  I couldn’t be happier for them!  Congrats Liz and Sean.  I wish you all the best.

Big thanks to Tom Root, my second shooter on this wedding! And thanks to these vendors for their lovely work:

Toast & Jam – http://toastandjamdjs.com/

Lovin Oven Cakery – http://www.lovinovencakery.com/

Shuttle Bus – http://www.elitechicagolimo.com/

Hair and Make up – Amy Goodman & Brandi

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