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Katherine & Mike | Greenhouse Loft Wedding Photography

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Katherine officially wins the Liz Lui DIY Wedding Award. I didn’t even realize that I was holding a contest, but she definitely won. Unique pottery at every table, handmade and glazed by the bride herself? Check. Oh, and she also made awesome flasks for her fiance, Mike, and all his groomsmen? Check. And she made the most beautiful table cards I’ve ever seen? And it matches the delicate, colorful DIY backdrop for their ceremony? And she has the sweetest hand-drawn cake topper of she and Mike climbing a mountain together? No big deal.

Details usually take the back seat to the action and human emotion when I make these blog posts, but in the case of Katherine and Mike’s wedding both elements were so beautiful and flowed so seamlessly together, I couldn’t help but include a lot of everything. Combine all that with the gorgeous flowers from Pollen and the fact that the bride and groom are so obviously crazy about each other, and this wedding could not possibly make me happier.

Enjoy!

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Thank you, thank you Katherine & Mike !

The awesome vendors:

Venue – Greenhouse Loft

Flowers – Pollen

Officiant - Gretchen Steffenson

Catering - Hearty Boys Catering

Pies - First Slice

Cake - Alliance Bakery 

DJ - Toast & Jam

Bride’s Dress - Elizabeth Dye

Second Photographer – Elena Bazini

 

Emily & Chad | Naper Settlement and White Eagle Golf Club Wedding Photographer

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It’s always fun to see the choices that two creative people make when they get married. Emily and Chad are both artists in different ways; Chad is a musician and music teacher, and Emily designs amazing, whimsical toys (check out her website and the fantastic characters she makes!). For their wedding day, these two wanted to fuse a traditional, family-centered celebration with a little of their own flavor. Their ceremony venue, Naper Settlement Museum, embodies the perfect mix of these two things. On the one hand, they were married in a beautiful, traditional old wood and stain glass church, but on the other hand, it’s actually not an active church today but part of the grounds of a very cool outdoor museum space that brings the early days of Naperville’s settlers to life. I absolutely loved shooting in this space, and you can tell from the photos that the ceremony was full of emotion.

The day could not have turned out more beautifully, and I’m grateful to have been a part of it.

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Vendors

Venues: Naper Settlement Museum and White Eagle Golf Club

Videographer: Dan Karlin at Sool Media

Second Photographer: Elena Bazini

Cake: Oak Mill Bakery

Flowers: Grace at Naperville Florist

Laiah & Rob | Zhou B Art Center & Life’s Garden Wedding Photographer

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After Rob and Laiah pretty much made my March with their awesome University of Chicago winter engagement shoot, I’d spent the past few months excited for their wedding day. And the day did not disappoint! Outdoor weddings are rare in our wonderful, unpredictable city, and I felt so lucky to capture this beautiful ceremony in the Zhou B Life’s Garden, followed up by a reception in the very cool, contemporary Zhou B Art Center. With just the right mix of nature, quirkiness, and urban art space, I think Zhou B just made it on to my little mental list of favorite venues in this city. And this was a wedding full of favorite things – including what is now my favorite kiss shot (above)!

At the center of it all was a very happy, down to earth couple who decided to celebrate with their friends and family in a way that was authentic to them. What more could I ask for?

Oh and P.S. if you’re a bride thinking about wearing your glasses on the big day – it’s a wonderful idea.:)

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Flowers: Pollen

Catering: Paramount Catering

Décor: Art of Imagination

Deejay: Cage & Aquarium Productions

Venue: Zhou B Center

Second photographer: Elena Bazini

 

Lizzie & Willie | Lincoln Square, Chicago Engagement Photographer

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Lizzie and Willie picked Lincoln Square, the neighborhood where they first met at the Old Town School of Folk, for their engagement shoot. Lincoln Square is one of my favorite neighborhoods because it’s a little quirky, unpretentious, beautiful, and full of nature – and I think those are all adjectives that could apply to Lizzie & Willie, too. These two love nature and are planning a rare Chicago-area outdoor ceremony coming up in September. They are both musicians and Lizzie is a dancer, so I can’t wait to see the energy that the two of them and all their musician and dancer friends bring to the reception!

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