“M” Family Mini-Session

I am once again months behind on my blogging! I’ve had so many fun shoots this summer/fall that’s it’s high time I start sharing!

Today we’ll start with this wonderful family who are very dear to me. They recently moved out of state and so before they left, we did a mini-shoot over at Montrose Harbor in the Bird Sanctuary. It was early summer/late spring and the pink blooms on the trees were stunning. Gillian and Sergei have a heart for adoption and specials needs support and I love how their family reflects the unconditional, self-giving love of God. Their family is so dear to our family and I was thrilled to provide them with some family photos before they moved.

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I Do ~ Janice & Jason

Despite a bad weather forecast, Janice and Jason said “I Do” last weekend on the perfect Chicago summer day – sunny and breezy and just absolutely flawless. Thank you, Lord for the gorgeous weather! The bride and her crew worked for months on all kinds of special DIY decorations and special touches for the ceremony and reception. Everybody pitched in to make the bride and groom’s vision for their wedding day a reality. A friend and pastor served as both a groomsmen and the wedding officiant. Friend upon friend agreed to help out in any way they could. One of the bridesmaids even *MADE* the bride’s wedding dress!! It was truly beautiful to see so many family and friends come around this couple to pull off this amazing celebration.

And Janice and Jason returned the favor by surprising their guests with all kinds of surprises at the reception including a traditional Lion dance, a square-dancing caller, a sweet serenade from the groom to the bride (that was even a surprise for the bride!), and an array of take-home gifts for their guests to enjoy. Enjoy the images! Congratulations, Janice and Jason!

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I Do ~ Rachel & Jon

Rachel & Jon got married on the Fourth of July in Grand Rapids, MI. “Sparks Fly on the Fourth of July” was their slogan for their big day. How sweet is that?! It really was an epic day! So much beauty and happiness and fun. I hope this post doesn’t crash your computer because it’s so large . . . but you’re definitely going to want to see the moment the Dad saw his daughter for the first time, the First Look for Rachel and Jon, and the most adorable flower girl meltdown of all time! (2 minutes before ceremony start time, mind you!) The ceremony was breath-taking. Rachel was a vision. . . and the way she looked at Jon all day- so adoringly and sweetly. GUSH-CITY! And the party was non-stop dancing and fun, thanks especially to the talented 12 piece Funk/R&B Horn Band, Hip Pocket, who had us all singing along in our best, most soulful voices. I’m still reliving this day in my head – so happy to share the images with you so that you can live it a bit too.

Rachel’s dress gave me the chills . . . wow!!

The moment the bride’s mom turned and saw her husband coming through the door and realized that he was about to see Rachel for the first time . . .

And all of us were in tears . . .

Yes, I’ll wait for you to grab the Kleenex – because I know you need one.:)

One of the bride’s brothers popped in unexpectedly. This sweet exchange is just as special as the last! So. Much. Goodness!!

All this just minutes before Rachel presented herself to her groom at the First Look, which just happens to be one of my favorite First Looks yet! So dramatic and beautiful . . .

It doesn’t get any cuter than this . . .  Sweet lil darlins! It’s a lot of pressure being a flower girl, huh?!

THE coolest 12 piece band I’ve ever seen at a wedding . . . Hip Pocket Wedding Band. They were AMAZING and kept the party going strong all night!

Congratulations, Rachel & Jon! Your wedding was one for the books!

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Janice & Jason, Engaged


Rachel & Jon ~ Engaged

It’s a beautiful time of year for photo sessions downtown . . . so long as you pick the right day! I scouted our locations 3 days prior to our scheduled shoot at it was 39 degrees and super windy. By the end, my fingers were red and frozen. Flash forward to shoot day and let me tell, you couldn’t have wished for a more perfect day! Sunny, clear, high of 70. . . just absolutely gorgeous! I love that Chicago in the Spring can be a bit of both cold and warm weather. . . you never know!

This city is so amazing and I love finding new places to shoot. I was pretty geeked out with the locations I found, all centered around the building where these two go to church. We had a fun afternoon trotting around the city and playing around. I’m so excited to photograph the wedding for these two coming up on July 4th in Grand Rapids. Love these two!