Baderbrau Documentary Wedding Photography with Krystin and TJ.

Photographed by Jiho

Hotel: Hyatt Regency McCormick Place 

Venue: Baderbrau

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It is truly an honor when I get asked to photograph a sibling’s wedding of a past bride. It is so much fun and relaxing for me because there are many familiar faces and everyone is that much easier to work with. Last year I traveled to Nashville to photograph Krystin’s older sister Nikki’s wedding. It was an amazing day and I had a total blast with everyone from the wedding. Krystin and TJ’s wedding was no exception. Krystin and TJ ceremony and reception were held at the Baderdrau brewery in Chicago. I loved the urban feel with alleyways and many graffiti art that surrounded the building. It was a total fit for them and the wedding party. The whole day was just filled with fun and I sincerely enjoyed seeing her family again. They’re pretty hilarious and we will get to do it all over again in February as I get to photograph their brother’s wedding. Here are some of the highlights of their day.

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Chicago’s West Loop Engagement Photography with Melissa and Ben.

I will be celebrating New Year’s Eve with Melissa and Ben next year when they tie the knot! Here are some highlights from their engagement session I shot in their west loop neighborhood.

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Fullerton Beach Engagement Photography with Kristen and Jordan.

Kristen was a bridesmaid in a wedding I had photographed a few years back. She is now one of my 2018 brides to be. I also found out Jordan and I attended the same high school and grew up in the same town. Many connections here and I’m very excited to be documenting their wedding next summer. Here are a few highlights from two big Blackhawks fans.

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Cafe Brauer Documentary Wedding Photography in Lincoln Park of Meghan and Jeff.

Photographed by Jiho

Floral Design: Vale of Enna

Music: Tost and Jam

Day od Planning: Rachael Steacy Events

Accommodations: Hotel Lincoln

Catering: Tiger Lily Events
Cake: Sugar Fixe
Gown:  Lazaro from Bella Bianca Salon
Bridesmaids:  Social Bridesmaids
Hair: Linzi, CoCo Beauty Lounge
Makeup: Rachel Jordan
Stationary: Minted

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I finally had the opportunity to photograph a wedding at the Cafe Brauer in Chicago. In all my years in business, I’ve had a few inquiries for Cafe Brauer, but it just never ended up happening. Either due to budget reasons or my availability. I even had one booked a few years ago but unfortunately, it was called off the week of the wedding. I was extremely excited that Meghan reached out to me for her wedding. Her sister stood up in a wedding I photographed many years ago. So there was a little connection and familiarity.  The day was perfect with great weather, amazing venue, awesome team of vendors, and a lively wedding party. It was really fun for me to observe and stalk for a moment here and there. For me to capture great candids is to ignore everyone and not draw any attention to myself. I want to capture everything organically and not have any influence on the outcome. It is almost like photographing wild animals in the jungle.  lol  If you like my style and approach to wedding photography, please inquire for availability, I would love to hear from you. Till then, please enjoy the timeless highlights from Meghan and Jeff’s wedding.

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Fishermen’s Inn Elburn Illinois Wedding Photography of Jocelyn’ and Bryant.

Photographed by Jiho

Ceremony & Reception: Fishermen’s Inn Elburn

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It was great to be back at the Fishermen’s Inn in Elburn to photograph Jocelyn and Bryant’s wedding. It always feels like a little getaway when I come out here. We had the perfect overcast lighting all day. There was a threat of rain, but it never came. Instead, we occasionally had the sun peek out. The wedding day was very relaxed and there was great vibe all day. Jocelyn and Bryant had been together for many years. They have a history dating all the way back to high school. Their marriage was something everyone saw happening many years ago. It was a great emotional celebration for everyone. Here are some of the moments form their wedding day.

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Chicago Adler Planetarium Documentary Wedding Photography with Katy and Joe.

Photographed by Jiho

Wedding Coordinator: Weddings by Karolina

Floral Design: Kio Kreations

Church: St Alphonsus Catholic Church

Venue: Adler Planetarium

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I can’t tell you how much we enjoyed spending the whole day with Katy and Joe. They are the sweetest humans I’ve ever met. The wedding party was an entourage of siblings and their longtime closest friends. They were full of character so I knew capturing little moment will come easy. Their marriage was held at the beautiful St Alphonsus church in Chicago. This is one of my favorite churches with all the incredible arches. Katy and Joe did not trust the bubble blowing techniques from their guest, so they replaced little bottles of bubbles with industrial bubble machines for their grand exit. lol It did the job.

I love shooting at the planetarium because I always come up with some unique pictures. There is no pretty nature scenery to work with. Instead, you have the whole museum to incorporate. It gets the brain working. Here are some of the highlights from Katy and Joe’s amazing wedding day.

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Chicago North Ave Beach Engagement Photography with Therese and John.

The first week of fall felt like summer, so we went with the beach idea for Therese and Jon’s engagement session. They are scheduled to tie the knot in 2019. Check out some of their pics from their session below.

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Sunset Engagement Photography in Chicago with Alysha and Tommy.

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