April 5, 2016   |   Photographers, wedding

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My first wedding of the year is always an exciting one, and Claire and Max were the perfect couple to kick off my 2016 wedding season!

From the second we met, sharing a beer at Hopleaf, one of my favorite neighborhood bars, I knew they’d be great to work with. They kept describing their wedding as a “big party where there happen to be some vows being exchanged.” And that’s exactly what it was!

They got married at the W–Lakeshore this past Saturday. It was one of the wackiest weather days I’ve seen, yet. There was snow. Then rain. Then sunshine. Then snow. Then more rain. Well, you get the idea!

When I arrived, Claire said she didn’t want her day to be “weather dependent.” So, we opted to stay on site for photos, only dashing outside for a quick 10-15 minutes–just the three of us! But those 10-15 minutes were magical! There were snow flurries and near-empty streets. We got a lot of goodness in that short time, and I’m glad they were troopers, willing to take some photos in the freezing cold weather.

Here are some sneak peeks from Claire and Max’s day!

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Oh, look! Sunshine!

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Claire’s girls were so excited for her. They were a small, sweet bunch!

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We managed to score a private suite for a few photos, thanks to Jessie Pare, the W’s wedding coordinator extraordinaire. This suite + Claire’s style = PERFECTION.

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I love how vintage chic she looked!

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I also love the way Max is looking at his wife-to-be, here.

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They wanted to do this silly photo, which they were recreating from a previous moment, and I love that this biker happened by.

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Cute AND sexy!

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Like everything else, Claire and Max wanted a relaxed, casual approach to photos with their friends and family.

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The ceremony, which happened AFTER everyone had enjoyed cocktail hour, was impromptu but intimate.

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…and funny.

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Married!

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I love this sweet moment with the couple and some close friends, one of whom officiated their ceremony.

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The reception was basically one long concert. Max is a musician and had friends do the entertainment. There were TWO bands–and a DJ! Everyone had a blast.

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December 28, 2015   |   baby, engagement, family, wedding

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2015 was a bang-up year, especially personally. We had our son, Finn, in August. Because of his birth, I didn’t take on as many shoots as I typically would, but, even still, I was lucky to photograph some amazing weddings, engagements, and families.

So, here’s my round-up of some of my favorite images from this past year. I am so happy to have been a part of your lives, and I hope that 2016 treats us all well!

Looking forward to what this next year has in store–and what my camera will get to capture. I already have some wonderful couples lined up for this coming year, and I can’t wait to meet some more new faces!

Until then, Happy New Year, everyone!

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October 26, 2015   |   wedding

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Kate and Stephen were married this past weekend at Ignite Glass Studio in downtown Chicago. It was my last wedding of the year, and they were such a great couple to end my season with!

I met them both at the Renaissance Chicago hotel, where I captured a few photos of them getting ready. Then, before getting on a shuttle to travel around the city for photos, they did a first look at down on the river walk.

Though it threatened rain, as it has for most of my wedding’s this year, the weather held out long enough for us to get photos at the Field Museum, something they both wanted.

They leave tonight for Maui, but I hope they catch a glimpse of these sneak peeks before they head out. Enjoy your honeymoon, you two!

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Gotta do a scotch toast.

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The first look was so sweet.

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At their engagement session, Kate and Stephen wowed me with how natural and romantic they were in front of the camera. The wedding day was no different!

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It was a little chilly, but Stephen was kind enough to lend Kate his jacket.

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These two aren’t just adorable–they are also brilliant! They both also have PhDs in chemical engineering from Northwestern. So, their science-themed table decor was perfect for them!

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Ceremony time!

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There ceremony was originally supposed to be outside, but it got a little too windy and cold that evening. Despite having to move it indoors, it was still so intimate and so special.

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Ignite has an amazing rooftop. So, at sunset, we ran upstairs–braving the cold–and took a few quick shots!

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I love this shot of Stephen and his mother. Since having our sweet Finn in August, mother/son dances just get me going!

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