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Monet & Sarah | Lincoln Park Zoo and Ravenswood Creative Engagement Session

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When Monet first called me about doing a session for she and Sarah, the happiness in her voice was clear. She was planning a day of pampering, all with a surprise engagement shoot at the end. What a lovely way to make a special occasion!

Things got even more exciting when I found out they have a Great Dane, Linus! Anyone who knows me knows that I am a little nuts about big dogs, especially Great Danes, and so this was turning out to be a dream engagement shoot. Everything turned out so wonderfully – I could not have been more thrilled with this sweet couple, the lion at the Lincoln Park Zoo who was totally showing off for us, the gorgeous light around the Ravenswood neighborhood, and of course Linus looking very handsome in every shot! Some shoots I just know I’ll keep looking back on and feeling happy about for a long time, and this is definitely one.

Congratulations on your engagement, Monet and Sarah!

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Kim & Ryan | Beautiful Bollingbrook Golf Club Wedding

What a gorgeous day Kim and Ryan had! Not only did she have one of my favorite dresses and a very fun wedding party, but the day was sweet and emotional right from the beginning when Kim teared up reading Ryan’s letter to her. And the first look, when they both couldn’t hold back happy tears? And that AWESOME, packed dance floor? I love this wedding so much.

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Jessie & Marc | Quad Cities Wedding Photographer

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Jessie and Marc had two days of wedding celebration that were so filled with the buzz of love and laughter. It’s clear that friends and family are the most important thing to them and that they have a wonderful, supportive community. During the first night’s dinner, more people stood up to toast the couple than I’d ever seen before. Many of the toasts were spontaneous, and everyone talked about not just the ways that Jessie and Marc are perfect for each other, but also the different ways that this couple had made a positive impact on their own lives.

I love this gorgeous, simple outdoor ceremony (and can couples┬ástanding next to each other instead of across from one another during the ceremony become a bigger thing? Please? It’s awesome!) and the DIY detail-filled, kid-friendly (check out how much the kids loved the root beer float desserts…) party they through the next day. Everything a wedding weekend should be.:)

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