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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The Westin O’Hare Wedding Photography of Kerzie and Steven

Photographed by Jiho

Hotel: The Westin O’Hare

Church: St. John Brebeuf 

Venue: The Westin O’Hare

Video: Orange Wedding

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Kerzie and Steven’s late August wedding was so much fun to shoot. The day started out with us photographing Kerzie and Steven’s preparations at the Westin O’hare. As the guys were putting on their suspenders and drinking some pre-wedding beverages, the girls were helping Kerzie turn into the most beautiful bride. Following the ceremony, there were little bags of rice for guests to throw at the bride and groom as they made their church exit. It was cool to shoot and painful to watch. lol  My favorite highlight of the day was when Kerzie put on a surprise dance routine for her new husband. It was pretty impressive to watch considering she had no professional training. Here are some of the highlights from their special day.

If you enjoy documentary style wedding pictures like this for your wedding, please send us an inquiry.

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Chicago Millennium Park Engagement Photography with Deena and Doug

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Dwight Country Mansion Wedding Photography with Kristin and Chris

Photographed by Jiho

Ceremony & Reception: The Dwight Country Mansion

Hair & Makeup: Bridal Brigade

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It was great to be back at the Dwight Country Mansion for Kristin and Chris’s wedding. Every wedding I have photographed there was laid back and went exceptionally smooth. Kristin and Chris’s was no exception.

Kristin and Chris were both very easy going on their wedding day. We couldn’t tell if they were a bit nervous for the first look or before the ceremony. If they were, they did a great job hiding it. Kristin’s dress was simply stunning! The details on the back of the dress were amazing. Full-length portraits of her back were definitely needed.

We finished the night with a sparkler exit and a couple night portraits to end an incredible day. Here are some of the highlights from their special day.

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Chicago North Ave Beach Engagement Photography with Sara and Matt.

I love the mood that was created with Sara and Matt for their engagement session. The light was perfect for these two. I can’t wait till finally shoot their wedding at the Chicago History Museum.

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