May 28, 2012   |   wedding

This past weekend, Youngmie and Peter were married at The Rookery in downtown Chicago. I’ve heard how awesome this venue was, and now I understand what all the hype is about. The Rookery is a GORGEOUS historic Chicago landmark. And with the great architectural elements coupled with great light, it’s a photographer’s dream location.

Another wonderful part of this wedding was the team of vendors that I had the pleasure to work with, especially Beth with SQN Events. Working with a good team of vendors can make or break an event with a photographer and, despite there being a couple of hiccups in Youngmie and Peter’s day, things went so smoothly.

Youngmie and Peter were a lovely couple to work with. I hope they loves these sneak peeks!

One of the quietest moments of a wedding day is when I take the bride or groom a card from their soon-to-be-spouse. It’s also one of the most intimate moments.

Youngmie got her girls adorable tote bags filled with goodies. Clearly, they loved them.

I love how many hands there are in this photo. It takes a village, right?

Youngmie and Peter elected to have a first look, and the hallway at the JW Marriott provided so much drama. Loved this space!

Aren’t they gorgeous?

Youngmie was stunning!

The girls wanted to hold Peter (just like the guys held Youngmie). I LOVE this series.

We had to do a photo on the stairs of the Rookery building.

Ceremony time!


Youngmie got very emotional during the father/daughter dance. I think these images are so sweet.

Of course, her dad had a tissue ready.

Things picked up rather quickly when her uncle decided to perform his traditional wedding routine: “Crank That.” As a surprise, the bridal party learned the routine and were his backup dancers!

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May 22, 2012   |   wedding

I always love shooting something (or someone) a little different. I spend a lot of time photographing brides and grooms–something that I still love–but I’m always happy to take on a new challenge. So, when the gals from the Chicago Q Ensemble reached out to me about shooting some new photos for them, I was thrilled!

In their own words: “Chicago Q Ensemble is a string quartet that plays classical and contemporary music. They’re committed to innovative programming and have collaborated with composers, DJs, poets, actors, and puppeteers around the city. They also run a business, Bel Canto Musicians, providing music for weddings and events!”

You can find more information on them at and

In the meantime, take a gander at these sneak peeks. These gals were absolutely wonderful to work with, and I hope to see them at a wedding in the very near future!

We shot in Wicker Park, and they were willing to tough out some more “urban” locations.

Next, we headed over to Big Star.

LOVE these two.

The lovely ladies

And a little mural action.

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May 13, 2012   |   engagement

Youngmie and Peter first booked me in early 2011, and they are getting married at the Rookery in just two weeks. We’ve had to reschedule their engagement session a gazillion times due to uncooperative spring weather and a pre-wedding case of the shingles. But, we were determined to do their shoot this weekend and, thanks to some great weather, we finally did!

I met these two on the University of Chicago campus in Hyde Park. This is one of my favorite spots to shoot in the city. With the great light, the ivy-covered walls, and the gothic nooks and crannies, it makes for the perfect photo location.

These two were so easy to work with, and they were so comfortable in front of the camera. I can’t wait until their wedding later this month! In the meantime, enjoy some of these sneak peeks.

These two really know how to make each other laugh.

I may have found my favorite doorway in all of Chicagoland. (And y’all know I love me some doorways.)

The sun was setting as we were ending our session, and I couldn’t resist shooting in this light.

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