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Alison & Chris | Orcas Island Wedding Photographer

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By the time I flew out to Washington for Alison and Chris’s wedding in September, I’d been excitedly looking forward to their day for months. Not only did it mean a trip home to Orcas, the island where I grew up, but this was the first time I’ve had the privilege of photographing the wedding of two people who I’ve known since I was a kid. How cool!

Alison and Chris planned such a beautiful day that was very unique to them. Their ceremony was close to an elopement – an intimate gathering of immediate family on West Beach with a gorgeous view. It was especially lovely that they included Chris’s daughter by making the ceremony as much about the three of them being a family as it was about the wedding couple.┬áNext they headed off to a packed, happy, kid-friendly┬áreception – it nearly seemed like the whole island had come out to celebrate with them!

In our conversations leading up to the wedding day it was clear that the people and emotion were the most important thing to Alison, and these were the things that did really shine through. Everyone was so naturally joyful and the day was so golden that my job was really easy. Thank you so much, Chris and Alison, for having me there! I feel very lucky to have been part of it.

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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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