August 14, 2011   |   wedding

This past weekend, one of my favorite couples got married! Ashley and Sunil had a ceremony and reception in Naperville, IL. I’ve formed a bit of a friendship with these two, and I’ve shot with them a couple of times, including this sweethearts shoot that is one of my all-time favorites! So, I was really looking forward to their wedding day. I knew I’d be around really kind people, and that makes a huge difference in the work I’m able to do.

Unfortunately, it rained on Saturday. Like a lot. Like it flooded in some areas. However, it was the 7th anniversary of their first date, and Ashley and Sunil didn’t care about the rain. They only cared about getting married to each other. So, we worked around the weather and ended up having a wonderful day–puddles and all.

Initially, we planned to do outdoor photos at Naperville’s River Walk. When we got to the River Walk, though, it was pouring. I ran to the party bus and said, “What should we do, guys?” Ashley and Sunil told me to just choose a place and–most importantly–they told me that they trusted me. I’m not very familiar with Naperville, but I did know there was an antique store with lots of windows nearby. Also, Ashley had mentioned that she saw my antique store shoot from a few weddings ago and liked it. So, we headed to Affordable Antiques and made the best of a wet situation. I’m really happy with the photos we got, and I’m even happier to have clients that know how to roll with the punches (or the raindrops). Besides, you know what they say about a rainy wedding day…

Ashley had these hangers  made for all of her bridesmaids.

A little love note to her husband-to-be.

Yes–I love a pretty veil shot. So?

I know, I know. Ashley’s eyes were closed. But they are closed in nearly every one of the 10 aisle shots I took. And if you know anything about her, you know this says a lot about Ashley. She’s quite and sweet and held her breath the whole way down.


To the antique store we go.

There were light fixtures hanging everywhere, and it made for a beautiful ambience.


Love this shot of the girls.

When we got to Bobak’s for the reception, the guys begged for a jumping shot. How could I say no?

All in Converse sneakers–my favorite.

A couple of shots from toasts.

And one of my last photos of the night. Total joy.

August 4, 2011   |   personal, wedding

Things have been a little quiet on the blog, and that is mostly because, for a week, I was in P-A-R-A-D-I-S-E (otherwise known as Turks & Caicos). May and June were for me–and for most wedding vendors–absolutely NUTS. I did 80% of my 2011 weddings in these 8 weeks. So, when those weddings were over, I wanted to get some much-needed rest.

However, as with all good things, our vacation ended and we’re back in our usual busy, busy mode. August is one of my busiest months at my other job–teaching at Columbia College Chicago. I came home from vacation and jumped right into coordinating and teaching in a summer program. I’m also editing through all of the weddings I shot before we left.

So, in an attempt to remember the absolute bliss that was our trip to Providenciales, Turks & Caicos, I’m sharing some of our photos. I didn’t take my “good camera” to the island. I’ve been accused of “living through the lens” on vacations, and I wanted to see what it’s like to walk around with a pocket-sized camera like the rest of the tourists. And boy am I glad I did! Provo is an amazing place, and we absolutely loved it. I’d kill to shoot a destination wedding there! (We’re going back in January, anyone getting married?) 😉 For now, I’m happy to just go lay on the beach.

It really was the bluest water I’ve ever seen.

Blue sky, blue water.

We did a lot of snorkeling, and this little guy was one of our favorite fish finds!

Of course, as with any vacation we take, we did a lot of eating. This was one of my favorite meals from Da Conch Shack: cracked conch, conch fritters, peas & rice, plantains. YUM.

And a view of the barrier reef (3rd largest in the world) from the airplane. Goodbye, Provo. Be back soon!

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