Lauren + Raghav | Malibu Microwedding

It’s no secret, weddings in the era of Covid are shifting and pivoting. With so many unknowns couples are still choosing love and we are blessed to work with several couples who are committed to keeping their original wedding date. So much anticipation is built up during the engagement and planning process and while some couples prefer to reschedule, other couples are re-envisioning their original wedding date. Enter Lauren and Raghav. She’s a nurse, he’s a doctor in the Navy and they met in the ER. We met back in January as they were planning a 350 person destination wedding in Santa Barbara. After many discussions and contingency plans the couple remained committed to keeping their specifically chosen auspicious wedding date. With that being said, EVERYTHING was re-worked. Our day began and the Hindu temple in Calabasas and let me just say I teared up during the ceremony. This was the first wedding here in months and the first gathering like this in months and everyone in the room felt the love and unique significance of the day. Every precaution was taken and followed to a T. Sanitizing stations outside the building, registration for contact tracing, limited guests, masks and chairs placed at least 6 feet apart to maintain social distancing. After the morning ceremony and morning photo session we took a break and got ready for the second part of the day in Malibu.

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Grace + Andy | Chicago Elopement|Sneak Peek

Grace and Andy originally planned a grand party at Oakbrook Bath and Tennis, and well, Covid had other plans. With the couple choosing to move their big celebration to next year, there was no stopping these two from sealing the deal as planned. It ended up being a beautiful turn of events and they made the most of it by having a private ceremony with just the two of them. After the ceremony, we took advantage of the scenic property and took some photos of the newlyweds before they went back to their hotel to celebrate with their family via Zoom. Happy 1 week Anniversary Grace and Andy!

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Kelsey + Brennan |Chicago Microwedding| The Shores of Turtle Creek

Wow, where do I even begin? For starters, when I met Kelsey and Brennan at our outdoor adventure engagement session the world was a whole lot different! Flash forward to current times and well, we are in the midst of a pandemic. In March, it became clear the pandemic was not ending quickly and so all weddings and events had to be postponed. Wanting to still get married, Kelsey and Brennan chose to keep their original wedding date and just shift the vision for the day. This was no easy task as we waited on pins and needles to find out if they could get a marriage license. As courts were closed we really didn’t know what would be possible. While McHenry County was not our original location, Kelsey and Brennan were able to secure a marriage license and even found a venue offering micro wedding services in the midst of the pandemic. The Shores of Turtle Creek was a beautiful background for the couple to exchange vows with their immediate family watching. After they had a first dance we got to spend some time exploring the property and while this wasn’t what any of us had originally imagined it ended up being a perfect day. And just like that, Brennan and Kelsey are now husband and wife! Now we will get to do it all over again in December and have that dance party with everyone soon.

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Natalie + Chris | DANK Haus Chicago Wedding | Sneak Peek

Chris and Natalie have such a fun and unique love story so it was only natural these qualities carried over to their wedding day. I mean, Elvis made an appearance! We knew we were in for a fun ride when, before their engagement session, we found out about how the couple met. Chris was Natalie’s noisy upstairs neighbor. Their first meeting was at 3am on a Sunday morning when Natalie showed up at the front door in her pajamas as Chris and his buddies were drunkenly singing the Star Spangled Banner. Somehow their relationship transformed and here they are walking down the aisle. Their wedding hashtag says it all! #lovethyneighbor

What a fun day for these two! Congratulations Natalie and Chris!

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Madeline + Riley | Architectural Artifacts Wedding | Sneak Peek

What a beautiful wedding weekend for Madeline and Riley! So thrilled to share the images and a special thanks to all of the incredible vendors who helped make this day spectacular. Flowers for Dreams nailed the floral, can we talk about that bouquet with this gorgeous bride? Andrea from Soiree Smith did an incredible job of keeping things running smoothly and David Rothstein kept the dance floor moving. The couple started the day getting ready at The Ambassador Hotel before heading to St. Clement’s for the ceremony. We were able to capture the last of the light in Lincoln Park before making our way to Architectural Artifacts for the party. Congratulations again!

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Elias + Steve | The Lytle House Wedding Celebration

Ooops we did it again….

That’s right! We got to celebrate with these two lovelies as they partied the day away with their friends and family. Back in March we captured Elias and Stephen’s intimate wedding ceremony and brunch. And last week we got to do a lil’ day drinking and empanada eating as the couple gathered even more friends and family at The Lytle House on Chicago’s north side. And we can’t forget June, their adorable and energetic pup! What an amazing and unique venue for this creative and stylish couple. The details were understated perfection and the fall celebration was made even cozier by a s’more’s station and guest favors of pashminas. Mimosas flowing all day kept the dance floor busy and the Empanada truck came to the rescue to wrap the party. What a fabulous celebration and we are grateful to have been a part of the day!

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Hannah + Bhupen |Hindu-Christian Wedding Weekend

I met Hannah and Bhupen about a year a half and ago when I photographed Kayla and Justin’s wedding at the Peggy Notebaert Museum in Lincoln Park. It is clear why these couples are such good friends because they share the same quest for fun and laughter! It was no surprise we had an amazing weekend with Hannah and Bhupen. The weekend festivities began on Friday with a Hindu ceremony at the ISKCON temple on Chicago’s north side. We dined on traditional Indian food after the ceremony and the couple tied the knot again on Saturday with a Christian ceremony and reception showcasing the couple’s different cultures. We were surrounded by love and good times all weekend long and we are so grateful to be a part of the celebration. Congratulations Hannah and Bhupen and may you have a many years of laughter and love ahead of you!

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Enxhi + Sean | Salvatore’s Ristorante Wedding

Wow! What a stunning bride and fun-loving couple! We had a blast with Sean and Enxhi on their wedding day. The bride and her gal pals got ready at the Maid of Honor’s downtown home which was a wonderful backdrop for these beautiful ladies. Meanwhile the men gathered at Salvatore’s over rare beer and Fernet, but don’t worry, their bowties were tied before the celebratory drinks. After a beautiful ceremony on the patio with handwritten vows the couple celebrated and danced the night away with all of their closest friends and family. Soon after the wedding this couple went off to Europe for an epic Honeymoon. Congratulations and we wish you years of happiness Sean and Enxhi!

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Erin + Andrew | Yacht Club Wedding

Ok, so it love it when I get to connect with couples that truly make my heart sing.  And Erin and Andrew happen to be one of those couples:)  Not only did we have an amazing day at the Waukegan Yacht Club, but we also happen to share a love for cast iron cookware.  Ha!  And what a lovely surprise when I was seated with their relatives from St. Louis (my hometown).  The true highlight of the night was their amazing and inspiring first dance.  Hope you enjoy this sneak peek!

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