Category Archives: Vintage

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.

Pinup Maternity Photography | Chicago, IL Maternity and Family Photographer

I absolutely love this session! I love photographing pregnant women to begin with and this was such a fun spin on a maternity session. Maternity photography is so special to me because I have two kids of my own and I remember how amazing it was to be pregnant. Lauren was a great hostess and I was so jealous of her beautiful house. She is one of the most adorable pregnant women I have ever seen, check out her photos and see for yourself!

Lauren’s hair and makeup were styled by Christina Marie, who is amazingly talented and is based out of Woodridge, Illinois.

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I think every woman probably wishes she looked THAT good pregnant! I always love photographing fun and different sessions and this was my favorite maternity session so far 🙂



Winter Courthouse Wedding in Woodstock, Illinois {Romeoville, Illinois Wedding Photographer}

I have been asked many times to photograph weddings but I always referred them out to other photographers in the area because I didn’t feel like they were right for me. I was intimidated by weddings and having never been a second shooter, I didn’t know what to expect. When my friend Alyssa asked me to photograph her small civil ceremony and reception at La Petit Creperie afterwards, I reluctantly agreed. I will be forever indebted to Alyssa and Phillip for trusting me to photograph their beautiful day because I found a love for weddings that I never expected. I didn’t expect to fall in love with the atmosphere, to be touched by all the laughter, smiles, and genuine happiness for the couple. I certainly didn’t expect to get teary-eyed a few times, especially when the groom had to stop and recompose himself a few times during his speech. I am so glad that I agreed to do this because I learned that I want to photograph love at every chance I get.


I just love the looks they are giving each other! He looks happy and proud, she looks shy but excited =)


The Woodstock square was a gorgeous setting for some quick photos before the luncheon.


The luncheon was at La Petite Creperie in Woodstock, Illinois. Everyone there was so friendly and accommodating and the atmosphere was cozy and warm. If you are ever in the area, definitely stop in for some amazing food!




Then it started snowing so we went outside one last time for a few more shots in the snow, despite the fact that it was only about 8 degrees out!



I loved how the bride added so many beautiful vintage elements into her wedding, including this beautiful handmade bouquet.



Are they excited to be married or what? 😉


Alyssa and Phillip, I loved being part of your day. Thank you for choosing me as your photographer.