Amanda + Eric’s Chicago Engagement Photos

August 9, 2015 Engagement 0 Comments

Shooting this engagement session was extra special for me. The beautiful subject of these pictures is one of my oldest and best friends. We first met in middle school back when we spent Friday nights at the skating rink or slumber parties. In high school Amanda made a name for herself because of her enthusiastic school spirit and down-to-earth personality. In college, we roomed together in our first apartment. After graduation, it was Amanda beside me in the Uhaul, driving across the midwest from Nebraska to Chicago, where we shared two apartments, before eventually settling in our current spots, less than 10 minutes from each other.  At this point, I think of Amanda as much as family as a friend.

Like a protective sister, It was hard for me to imagine a guy just right for her. She has the best sense of humor around and she’s one of the most social people I know–the kind of social where everyone wants to be her friend, and she somehow manages to be a devoted friend to them all. When I first hung out with Eric, the new guy she met playing dodgeball, it was at a b.b.q.  He said, “wanna sit at this table with me so we can chat?”  At first I was taken aback, I thought, “Huh, ok…” But he just wanted the chance to get to know the close friend of his new main squeeze and I became an instant fan.

Eric, or E.A. as I like to call him, is her perfect match. A social butterfly who loves to have fun, they’ll never be bored. Of course, the thing that I like about E.A. most is his love for Amanda. One of my favorite lines from him came when he proposed, “Amanda, I love the sh*t out of you and I wanna be with you forever.”  So here’s to forever. Love you guys and can’t wait to celebrate with you at the wedding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Jerry + Dan // Married at Art Tango

July 8, 2015 Gay Wedding 0 Comments

Gay Wedding Photography Chicago

After over a decade together, Jerry and Dan were married in a touching ceremony at Art Tango in Chicago. The moment was incredibly special for these two, who’d felt like they’d been married for some time, but until recently, could not make it legally official.

The grooms wore navy suits and striped ties with a pop or red. Succulents and hydrangea decorated the table and candlelight cast a warm glow over the room. The evening felt intimate and romantic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Kerry and Dan Married // Elawa Farm Wedding Photos

Elawa Farm Wedding Photos

On a perfect day in Lake Forest, at the same church Kerry was baptized, she and Dan said “I do” before their dearest friends and family.

Following the ceremony, the couple celebrated at Elawa Farm, a place chosen because it reminded them of Northern Michigan, where they first fell in love.

Congrats to Kerry and Dan!!  I’m so happy for you two! I can’t wait to see our family again for your sister Megan’s wedding!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Liz + Sean’s Country Rustic Wedding

June 5, 2015 Wedding 0 Comments

What I love most about Liz and Sean is the way they look at each other.  These shared gazes back and forth, full of affection, come easily between the two.

Their relationship started virtually, over messenger at their workplace. It wasn’t long before their friendly chats carried the promise of something more. Soon they were out on dates in New York City, sharing stories of their shared alma mater, Villanova, and drinking margaritas.

When it came time to plan their big day, despite loving where they live, they envisioned a country rustic wedding in Liz’s hometown of Barrington Hills.  Everything came together better than imagined.  It was an absolutely perfect day for pictures and we were given access to the most charming farm, complete with horses and ducks grazing in the background. Could we have been any luckier?

I’ve loved getting to know Liz and Sean over the last year during phone chats and their amazing NYC engagement session last fall. They’re such a great couple, who make you feel like an old friend instantly.  I couldn’t be happier for them!  Congrats Liz and Sean.  I wish you all the best.

Big thanks to Tom Root, my second shooter on this wedding! And thanks to these vendors for their lovely work:

Toast & Jam – http://toastandjamdjs.com/

Lovin Oven Cakery – http://www.lovinovencakery.com/

Shuttle Bus – http://www.elitechicagolimo.com/

Hair and Make up – Amy Goodman & Brandi

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Gentle Newborn Photography Session // Sweet Madison

June 3, 2015 Babies, Family, newborn 0 Comments

When Andreea was still pregnant, I had the chance to take some pictures of her adorable bump and can’t-stop-smiling face.  It was a joy to capture this experience for Drea. I hope she’ll be able to look back at the pictures in 10, 20, and 30 years at what was to come.

Less than a month ago, Madison was born. A perfect little girl with a rosy mouth and her mother’s delicate features. Andreea and her darling husband Joe came by the studio for her newborn photo session. She was a delight to meet and I couldn’t get enough of her cuteness!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Alicia + Nick’s Save the Date Photos

June 1, 2015 Engagement 0 Comments

Despite a chilly day, we had so much fun doing Nick Scaffiezzo and Alicia Roman’s save the date photos in downtown Chicago. These two are so much fun, I can’t wait to celebrate with them this fall.

 

 

 


Ashley and Dan // Married

May 10, 2015 Wedding 0 Comments

It’s been so nice getting to know Ashley and Dan.  Ashley is this spunky, super smart, and completely warm person who feels like your longtime friend after only five minutes with her. Dan reminds me a little of a gentle giant, easy going, kind, and I gather from all the speeches, super loyal. They first met in high school through their sisters, who are close friends. Over the years two found themselves drawn back together.  I love the way they look at each other.  There’s such deep love between them. Photojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoChicago-wedding-photographer_0123Photojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicagoPhotojournalistic wedding photography chicago


Max + Lia // St. Louis Wedding at Union Station

April 27, 2015 Wedding 2 Comments

Union Station St. Louis Wedding Photos

This wedding was a particular joy to photograph because the groom, Max, is my bff’s little brother. It was so special to see him marry the beautiful, talented, kind, and spunky Lia before their friends and family. Having known Max for nearly a decade, I couldn’t help choking up many times throughout the day–when he and Lia were both overcome as she walked down the aisle or when Max danced with his mom and stepmom in turn, a touching moment for their family.

The day wasn’t all happy tears, it was also filled with big time laughs and fun moments.  Like when the groomsmen sent Max sky-high during pictures, or a quick pit stop to toast over tequila shots that first brought the couple together.

It was inspiring  to shoot in a new city, criss-crossing St. Louis to various spots before arriving at the stunning Union Station. The gorgeous venue, once a working train station, now serves as a hotel and event center. It felt like I’d traveled back to the 1920’s as I took in the intricate art deco details, rich colors, and sprawling midway.

Lia, an incredible baker, embraced the romantic feel and created hundreds of desserts inspired by the space–from lemon wedges dusted with powdered sugar to blush colored macaroons, mini-chocolate and vanilla cupcakes and mouth-watering cookies, tiered on gold and crystal serving stands or arranged on vintage platters. I’ve never seen such a beautiful spread of desserts. The true piece-de-triumph though was the floating cake, designed and assembled by Lia. It was almost as breathtaking as the bride.

The day was just perfect. I’m so happy for Max and Lia, as well as both their families. Wishing you two many, many, many years of happiness.

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A snowy proposal at Millennium Park

February 22, 2015 Proposal, Uncategorized 0 Comments

Captured: Chicago proposal photography at Millennium Park by Rife Ponce Photography.

On a beautiful, snowy Sunday in downtown Chicago Mauricio knelt down on one knee to propose to his sweet girlfriend Katie. With a smile as wide as the sky overhead, Katie said yes! I felt so lucky to share in this moment, so beautiful and love filled. Chicago proposal photographyChicago proposal photographyChicago proposal photographyChicago proposal photographyChicago proposal photography
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Tova and Jason’s New Year’s Eve Wedding

January 16, 2015 Wedding 1 Comment

Weddings are the beginning of a new life together.  For Tova and Jason, there was no better day to start then the cusps of a new year. On December 31, 2014, the two signed their ketubah, said their vows, and of course kissed at midnight as newlyweds.

Tova was absolutely stunning in her rosé champagne colored dress and sweet curls. The men were sharp in black tuxedos and bowties that no one could keep straight. A close family, both sides shared words of gratitude for the union during speeches. Jason’s sister couldn’t hold back tears when Tova turned for the first time in her dress, then after the ketubah was signed, and certainly during the ceremony.  At one point she said to me, “I’m going to be like this all day.”  But when it came time for her to join the band on stage for a draw dropping rendition of Etta James’s At Last, she kept the tears at bay as Jason and Tova danced to the very special serenade.

As the clock struck twelve, hugs and kisses were made all around, and the newlyweds began 2015 with hearts of love.

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