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Featured Wedding – Be Minked – Chicago, Illinois Wedding Photographer

Be Minked is such an awesome blog, full of luxe wedding ideas and super fun bridal paraphernalia. I was so honored to recently be featured in their Real Weddings category for this Hotel Baker wedding I photographed last Summer. This day was full of beautiful moments, emotion, and a super adorable bride.

Check out my full feature here!

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Rustic St. James Farm Forest Preserve Wedding | Chicago, Illinois Wedding Photography

Amy and Mark really wanted an element of “creating” in their wedding. They desired to incorporate handmade, vintage, and everyday life items with a personal touch. They, along with some of their closest friends, built, designed, and created every item. This wedding had so many awesome handmade little details, due in part to the groom being a graphic designer and amazingly talented artist. He has a contract design business called Eddy Mumbles and specializes in brand development, custom lettering, and illustration. The wood signage and cupcake trays were done freehand with a wood burner, the aisle sign was done freehand on cardstock. The super cute cake topper was made from chopsticks, yute, and brush pen on card-stock. He even made the chalkboard sign freehand in the hour before the ceremony started.

 The flower arrangements were made the morning of from bulk flowers by a friend who started her own floral business called “Dream in Flowers”. The vases for the centerpieces were hand carved/made by their friends. Since the groom doesn’t really like cake, they opted for cupcakes (not much different right??) by a local cupcake business named Molly’s that makes the best cupcake in Chicago.  The arch in the ceremony was made from trees discovered by their friends, they were the “perfect” shape and simply woven together. Dried flowers were thrown for the bride and groom’s escape, these were collected and saved by the bride from flowers the groom had given her during their dating years. The guestbook table was made from a door the couple owned that was a part of a Frank Lloyd Wright house. The bride’s ceremony dress was a vintage dress that still had the tags attached when she discovered it and was the perfect fit! The musicians, also whom were friends of friends, played some of the couples favorite songs. The result was a beautiful celebration with a relaxed, rustic feel.

Wedding day detail by Joanna Smith Photography www.joannasmithphotography.com

Wedding aisle detail photo by Joanna Smith Photography, Chicago wedding photographer

Rustic wedding table centerpieces, photo by Joanna Smith Photography, Chicago wedding photographer www.joannasmithphotography.com

Groom portrait by Joanna Smith Photography www.joannasmithphotography.com

Groom boutenniere detail by Joanna Smith Photography

Ring detail shot by Joanna Smith Photography, hand carved by Eddy Mumbles

Ring bearer by Joanna Smith Photography

Groom's reaction to seeing his bride, Joanna Smith Photography

Wedding ceremony by Joanna Smith PhotographyJoanna Smith Photography

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First Kiss as Husband and Wife, Joanna Smith Photography

Chicago wedding photography by Joanna Smith Photography

Wedding guest book by Joanna Smith Photography

Bride with bridesmaids, Joanna Smith PhotographyGroom with parents, Joanna Smith PhotographyBride admiring new ring by Joanna Smith PhotographyBride with parents by Joanna Smith PhotographyRustic wedding cake by Joanna Smith Photography

Wedding ring detail by Joanna Smith Photography

Bride and Groom portraits by Joanna Smith Photography

Bride and groom portraits by Joanna Smith Photography

Bride and Groom exit by Joanna Smith Photography

Amy and Mark, your wedding was beautiful and so much fun to photograph. I wish you the best as you start your lives together. Thank you for choosing me to photograph such an important day in your lives.

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