Jamie and Melissa are getting married this coming month at Gallery 1028. They first bonded over their shared love of punk rock. Not only are they music aficionados, but they both have a unique and hilarious sense of humor. Our evening with them consisted of much laughter, a few good beers at the Map Room, and a nice stroll in Wicker Park.
Here are some of our favorite images from that evening.
Madeline and Audie are getting married in just a few weeks at the Chicago History Museum. When we met up with them for their engagement session, the skies looked like they would grace us with a beautiful evening, which they did eventually, but not until after dumping torrential bouts of rain. Luckily we found cover in lower Wacker Drive, and went on to have a very fun session. Madeline and Audie have great sense of fashion, and it shows not only in their choice of wardrobe but also in how they carry themselves.
Here are a few of our favorite images from the evening.
One of the few things I dislike about being a wedding photographer is I usually don't get to attend my friends' weddings. Not surprisingly, it seems my clients always decide to wed long before my friends do. So I was thrilled when (through a not so minor miracle) I was able to attend one of my closest friend's wedding in Oregon. I went to school with Amey, where we found ourselves in most of the same photography classes, in fact we were the only two students in one of them. She was the better photographer, so I'm fortunate she decided to pursue Law instead. I could write a lot more about how cool Tim and Amey are, and how drinking a bottle of wine or two on their back porch is probably one of the best ways to spend a night, but I think the pictures tell you just about everything else you need to know about them, except that Tim is an artist who's work you should contemplate.
They were married on a warm and sunny afternoon on Cannon Beach. After a short ceremony, we headed back for some hilarious and heartfelt toasts (plus an awesome rap by Amey's brother) followed by some eating, drinking, and pretty great dancing. We ended the night perfectly, drinking by a bonfire on the beach in the company of beautiful people.
I should note that I was there as a friend, and thus technically not working, but I couldn't help shooting a just a little. Here's some of my favorites:
You may recall seeing photos from Sameer's marriage proposal to Madhuri on our blog a few weeks ago. Having pretty great foresight, Sameer knew that Madhuri probably wouldn't want to spend a few hours immediately after their proposal going around New York having their picture taken so he had me stay an additional day and we went out the following evening to do an engagement-session. I loved this solution because it allowed them to enjoy their evening with friends (who are way more fun than I) and yet allowed me to capture some of that fresh excitement from being newly engaged. Here are a few of my favorite shots from the session.
Fajr and Lionel chose the contemporary space at New Leaf to host their intimate wedding. Dave and I have shot many weddings there, however this was our first where the ceremony took place atop the balcony while the guests watched from below. I loved the feel of it. The incorporation of Fajr's two boys who "gave her away" to Lionel was so cute! Afterwards, during the reception, the guests all stood around the couple and passed around the mic toasting them and sharing memories. It was an evening full of family, intimate moments, and some pretty great dancing.
Here are just a few of our favorite images from that evening.
Michelle and David first met in a photography class; they quickly became friends, and discovered they shared a love of art. David is an Art Professor, while Michelle teaches Music and is a professional photographer herself. You can see her photography work here. Michelle is also a wedding blogger at the WeddingBee blog. Photography played an important role at their wedding in Dallas which took place at Tower Club. They had a polaroid camera out so that each guest could get their photo taken and put in their guest book. They had framed photos of their family and closest friends at their weddings scattered throughout the room where cocktails took place. I loved how their wedding was such a reflection of who they were, and that it emphasized the role that their family and closest friends had played in their own lives.
The evening was full of heartfelt toasts and very good food as the guests were surrounded by a breathtaking view of Dallas from atop the Tower Club. As I edited their images, I was struck over and over again by how much joy they expressed. Here are just a few of our favorite images from their wedding.
Kim and Matt saw each other for the first time before their wedding at Lake Forest Academy at the same spot where Matt proposed, on the bluff in Lake Bluff. The rest of the day seemed to be filled with similar meaningful details. There was a strong element of family tradition that flowed throughout the day, and gave their wedding an overall intimate feel.
Here are just a few of our favorites from the day; we'll be posting the full story soon.
Kim got ready with all her bridesmaids (and her very adorable and helpful flower girl) at her parent's beautiful house in Lake Forest.
Here they are at the Bluff, the spot where Matt proposed.
The grounds and architecture at the Lake Forest Academy were so much fun to shoot in!