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Jordan and Ethan’s incredible love story at the Klehm Arboretum in Rockford IL

A little over a year ago, Ethan, a friend of mine from high school, had gotten an infection which resulted in him being rushed to the hospital in a comatose state. Ultimately this infection lead to a quadruple amputation. I, and many of my friends and family, followed his story as Ethan and his girlfriend fought towards his recovery every day. Soon we started seeing improvements. Soon he was able to nod his head, then talk, then sit and interact with others.   While still in the hospital working through his recovery, Ethan asked his girlfriend Jordan to marry him. She said yes. After a few more months in the hospital, Ethan was fitted for prosthetic legs and arms, and eventually was released from the hospital. He defied the odds the doctors told him, and wen’t on to be Jordan’s knight in shining armor on their wedding day.   I am overwhelmed that I had the opportunity to capture just a small portion of this love story. A story about how two people defied a nearly life threatening situation, and proved that love is boundless, limitless, and is worth fighting for. I got to share their wedding day and listen […]

Kristi and Tony Wedding Photography at Lincoln Park, Wrigley Building, and Salvatore’s Ristaurante in Chicago IL

Such a fun wedding to photograph for Kristi and Tony! A beautiful mix of downtown locations and intimate settings including Lincoln Park, photos near the Wrigley Building, and a beautiful reception at Salvatore’s Ristaurante – photographing probably the nicest couple you will ever meet. It all came together with a surprise monster mash ending! Congratulations Kristi and Tony!

Sarah and Scott Wedding Photography at the Holy Family Catholic Church, Rock Valley College, and Franchescos Ristorante in Rockford IL

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Shirley and Justin Wedding Photography in Chicago IL Teaser!

What do you get when two engineers fall in love? A perfectly planned wedding! That is how Shirley and Justin’s wedding in downtown Chicago at the Congress Hotel was – perfect! The Congress Hotel was amazing inside, with the views, the ceremony hall, and the reception in the “Gold Room”. It was a bit like stepping back in time to the era of ball gowns and masquerade parties. We made several stops throughout the day. Between Olive Park beach by Navy Pier, Buckingham Fountain, and the Chicago Riverwalk, my favorite was the beach. If not only for the fact that literally thousands of onlookers were cheering and congratulating Shirley and Justin the whole time! The day was so much fun, beautiful, and elegant, I am so pleased to have been a part of this amazing special day. Congratulations Shirley and Justin!   chica

Caitlyn and Ben Engagement Photography in St. Charles IL Teaser!

Caitlyn and Ben were probably the most hilarious couple I have photographed. Is it weird to have an inside joke after only 10 minutes of meeting someone? Sector 1! I had such a blast at this engagement session and cannot wait for the wedding!!!

Avery and Chris Wedding Photography in Lake Geneva, WI Teaser!

How do I describe the GORGEOUS wedding Avery and Chris put on at the beautiful George Williams College in Lake Geneva? The day was perfect, bright, sunny, and with a nice breeze. Being surrounded by professional singers and opera professionals at every turn. Stunning decorations throughout. Did I mention everyone was a professional singer? Sometimes, as a photographer when you walk onto a venue you realize that you hit the lottery. This was one of those times. Thank you Avery and Chris for letting me a part of your amazing day! I think the DJ and I are still a bit teary eyed from the beautiful toasts during the reception!

Melody and Clarence Wedding Photography at Midway Village in Rockford IL

PItstop at Walgreens? Spontaneous photo shoot at a graffiti wall? Fire department crashing the reception?! This is a wedding I will never forget. The gorgeous couple Melody and Clarence threw an amazingly fun a beautiful wedding on Saturday, and I had the privilege to photograph the special day. Midway Village was very cool historic start to the day and the Venetian Club in Rockford threw a killer party. Thanks for the memories Melody and Clarence, here’s to a long marriage!  

Sonya and Andy Wedding Photography in Algonquin IL

Sonya and Andy’s wedding was a blast! From taking pictures at the park behind St. Johns Lutheran Church in Algonquin, to the ceremony, to the reception at the Golf Club of Illinois in ALgonquin. There was NEVER a dull moment! And I have never seen more colors in a wedding before this day, love it!

Kylie and Greg Engagement Photography West Dundee IL – TEASER

Kylie and Greg Engagement Photography West Dundee IL

Audra and Matt Wedding Photography in Galesburg IL

Just got back from an amazing wedding that I was helping Katherine Doty photograph! Matt and Audra got married at Knox college in Galesburg IL and I have to say it was such an awesome time! They were some of the most loving people I have met and are truly meant to be.  Audra’s dad said it best, “Matt passed the eight year test!”

Mary and Alex Engagement Photography at Nicholas Conservatory in Rockford IL

Mary and Alex are two of the most compassionate, kind, and genuine people I have ever met. They chose the BEAUTIFUL Nicholas Conservatory in Rockford IL for their engagement photos and they couldn’t have picked better! Both the inside and outside of the gardens were gorgeous (and it even happened to be during a LEGO exhibition!) and the photoshoot was a ton of fun. Keep an eye out for more photos of Mary and Alex from their wedding!  

Stephanie and Richard Wedding Photography in Glen Ellyn IL

We had the pleasure to photograph Stephanie and Richard’s wedding day in Glen Ellyn. It rained most of the day and turned pretty cold but nothing was bringing them down. These two are so incredibly nice and just gorgeous people inside and out. The entire bridal party and family were so welcoming, we had a blast! Definitely a day and night full of love and laughter.