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Category Archives: First Look

Cari and John | Cooper’s Hawk Wedding | Chicago Wedding Photographer

Cooper’s Hawk Wedding

This was my first Cooper’s Hawk wedding, and as a wine lover, I totally loved it there! So much so that I signed up for their Wine Club.

There are so many special things about Cari and John’s wedding day that made it unique to me. They decided to have a First Look, which is something I always love photographing. First Looks are sometimes emotional and I love the privacy in seeing each other before the ceremony.

Cari kept a wedding journal and presented it to John after their First Look which was very sweet and sentimental. They were married in a winery and toasted with wine glasses during their ceremony. Her bouquet was wrapped with lace from her mother’s wedding gown. The ring box was made in the town they were engaged in.

The list goes on and on but topping the list was the fact that Cari and John are both super sweet people and so much fun to be around. They were also married on an absolutely beautiful October day full of Fall colors.

Cake // Jarosch Bakery

Florist // The Flower Studio

Venue // Busse Woods & Cooper’s Hawk Winery

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Amy & Jacob | Grace Lutheran Church Wedding | Fitzgerald’s Nightclub Wedding Photography

I instantly knew I would love Amy and Jacob when they suggested we meet at Chinatown for a wedding consultation. I absolutely love Chinese food and knew immediately that these two people would be amazing. My instincts proved true, as Amy and Jacob are two of the kindest people I have ever met. I was incredibly honored to photograph their wedding last October.

I loved the vibrant colors of the bouquets which complemented the beautiful blue bridesmaid dresses. The bridal party was a lot of fun, up for a bunch of silly poses, which always makes for some great candid photos afterwards.

Amy and Jacob opted for a First Look before the ceremony, which was done right outside their venue, Grace Lutheran Church in River Forest, Illinois. The church was a beautiful backdrop for photos, inside and out, and we lucked out with some amazing Fall colors and weather. The famous venue Fitzgerald’s Nightclub was their reception choice – a Bon Jovi music video was filmed there as well as a scene from A League of Their Own. Here are a few of my favorites from Amy and Jacob’s wedding!

Venue // Grace Lutheran Church

Reception // Fitzgerald’s

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