It's hard to put into words, but there was a truly palpable joy throughout Sandra and Avram's wedding - truly a celebration. The happiness was so evident throughout their traditional Jewish ceremony and it was a privilege to be able to document it.
The wedding was held at The Ivy Room at Tree Studios here in Chicago. Its one of the newest (and coolest) wedding venues and is a remarkable space with a rich history. Though unconventional, the ivy-covered courtyard is one of my favorite locations for a wedding ceremony in Chicago.
There are certain things that all ways stand out to me at each wedding. Andy and Brendan's wedding at the Sofitel in Chicago was exceptional in many ways, but I think I will always remember their authenticity and total lack of pretension in everything they did. Their wedding was just "SO them" - a wonderful reflection of the kind of people they are: sincere, generous, and, of course, with impeccable taste. No posed pictures, no cake cutting - nothing that wasn't them. These are some of our favorite photographs from their wedding:
I think its pictures like this that remind me that you really don't need posed family pictures at a wedding. I guarantee that the best wedding photographers in the world can't elicit the same smile that Andy had as she saw Brendan at the end of the aisle.
During our e-session Brendan warned me he would be wearing some of the coolest shoes I'd be likely to ever see on a groom. I have to agree, but he didn't tell me he would also have some of the coolest socks!
Yes, they actually were as good as they looked!
Now the mother/son dance was original for several reasons. Not the least of which was choosing Nazareth's song "Hair of the Dog," nor their awesome air guitar choreography. It was AWESOME! I later learned that when Brendan was a kid, every day when his Mom came home she would turn up the music and play air guitar with her kids. This may also explain why Brendan has mastered Guitar Hero (see their e-session for more on this).
Thansk for having Nancy and I document your wedding!
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of standing up in my dear friend Brooke's wedding. It was so FUN being on the other side of things!! I really had a blast, and it was very special to be a part of one of the most important days in Brooke and Jared's life.
Jeremy Lawson was their photographer; he is also a good friend of mine, and it was a blast having him there. He has a great sense of humor, and it really comes out in his work. He sent me a few pictures, and I thought I would share. Check out the rest of Brooke and Jared's wedding on his blog.
I actually got Dave out on the dance floor :)
Thanks for sending me those photos Jeremy, and Congratulations Brooke and Jared!!
Ben and Nikki were actually married 2 years ago, but they never had a chance to get casual portraits of themselves. They asked me to shoot portraits of them, and despite a terrible rainstorm and lots of wind, we were able to get some really fun shots.
Here are a few of my favorites:
This is Ben on his Iphone . . . I think any spouse of an Iphone user can relate . . .
Prairie Production is a really cool venue space that is used as a commercial photo studio during the week; shooting there was so fun, because the light was always perfect! It was wonderful to be a part of this day and watch the emotion of it unfold.
Stefanie and Sam are getting married at A New Leaf (one of our favorite venues) at the end of August. They are both photographers (which is simultaneously an honor and a lot of pressure). We shot at a number of fun locations, including out of a moving car as they rode through the Fulton Market Area, fun graffiti in Wicker Park, and coffee shops in Ukrainian Village, but a favorite was Meble, an incredibly unique furniture store in Wicker Park located on Milwaukee avenue. Unfortunately, they don’t have a website, but the next time you are in that area, be sure to check it out for some very original furniture.
We also had Mili and Sid, two incredibly talented cinematographers from Memories in Motion join us as they shot a “behind the scenes” documentary of us as we worked with Stef and Sam (watch for it on this blog in the coming weeks.
Here are a few of our favorites from the session. We can't wait to photograph their wedding at A New Leaf in a few weeks!