September 23, 2012   |   wedding

Tracy and Dan were married this past weekend at St. Joseph’s in downtown Chicago. They had their reception at South Branch–a newer restaurant right on the river.

I absolutely love shooting fall weddings in Chicago! I can definitely understand why September is one of the most popular months for weddings in the city; it’s most certainly my favorite time of year. Aside from having cooler temperatures, the fall months boast the most beautiful light of the year. Yes–the sun sets a little earlier. But, if you can shoot right before that happens, you’ll catch some of the softest light you’ve ever seen!

This post is a little portrait-heavy, I admit. Not only were Tracy and Dan (a Chicago police officer!) a great couple to photograph, but they also allowed for 2.5 full hours of photos on their big day. This much time let us hit several spots around the city, and we never felt rushed! That makes such a huge difference in the resulting pictures!

I hope you love these sneak peeks as much as I do, Tracy and Dan! Enjoy your honeymoon in Greece. I’m super jealous, but you know where to find me if you need good restaurant advice. 😉

Everyone was SO excited to see Tracy’s hair!

Tracy warned me that she hates her profile, but I couldn’t resist posting this (and another) profile shot. I mean, who’s she kidding? She’s freaking GORGEOUS!

Tracy was literally GLOWING on the way to the church. She was so excited and nervous.

I love, love, love this shot. The expressions on both Dan’s and Tracy’s father’s face are priceless during this moment.

Exchanging rings.

Married!

The flowers were BEAUTIFUL and were the perfect palette for early fall.

Love this shot of the bridal party at the Lily Pond.

Some of my all-time favorite bridal portraits.

We shot at Olive Park. It was my first time at this much-photographed spot, and now I can see why it’s so popular!

I’m not really the “give her a twirl” kinda photographer, but I just couldn’t resist

The first dance.

And one silly shot from the photobooth to end with!


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September 4, 2012   |   personal

It’s been a little more quiet around here this summer than usual, and that’s because I was busy getting married, going on my honeymoon, and beginning a new teaching position at Oakton Community College. So, I deliberately took on far fewer weddings this year. While it was nice to be able to focus on some big things in my life, I’m happy that booking season is upon us, and I’m already meeting some great 2013 couples!

In July, for our honeymoon, we spent just over a week in Santorini, Greece. Santorini has always been at the top of my “must visit” list. When it came time to pick a quiet and romantic destination to celebrate our marriage, we knew exactly where we’d go.

Needless to say, we made the right decision. Santorini is really a magical place. The island is very small. So, while there is certainly plenty to do and see, we never felt guilty for spending a day by the pool. It proved to be the perfect mix of exploration and relaxation.

Of course, I couldn’t head to one of the most beautiful places in the world without my camera. Our first night on the island, I couldn’t sleep because of jet lag. So, I woke up before sunrise and walked the whole town, camera in hand. Most of these photos come from that hour or two when I had the entire place to myself and watched the town come alive awash in early morning light. It was bliss.

I hope you don’t mind my sharing. I think it’s always good to know that your photographer actually likes taking photographs… even when she’s not getting paid to do it! Here’s hoping that your honeymoons are as peaceful and memorable as ours was!

Many of these images–and images from other travels–are available for purchase in my fine art gallery.

Blue, hot pink, and white: colors you see all over Santorini!

You also see lots of pups roaming the streets. We saw this guy every single day.

Ammoudi Bay–the location many recognize from Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants–was one of our favorite places to eat and people watch.

There are many (many, many) stairs taking you from Oia down to Ammoudi. Some people ride donkeys, but I just felt bad for the poor dears.

The stairs were totally worth it, though.

Kamari beach–our favorite spot outside of Oia.


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