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Congratulations Lawton & Breanne!

Lawton & Breanne were married back on July 4th.  Their ceremony was held at St. Mary’s Church in Huntley followed by a reception at Makray Memorial Golf Club in Barrington.  The day was beautiful and I could not have asked for a more fun couple to work with.  Late night Gelato served up via a Gelato D’Oro gelato truck and fireworks in the distance topped off this great event!

Check out a few of my favorite photos!

-Andrew

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Congratulations Thomas & Ashley!

Thomas & Ashley were married back in June of this year (yes I know I’m behind on blog posts!).  Their ceremony was held at St. Vincent DePaul, one of my favorite ceremony venues in Chicago!  Their reception was held at the Allerton Hotel – where we braved hanging out on the fire escape at the top of the building to get some great shots late in the evening!

Take a moment to take a look at some of my favorite photos and slideshow!

-Andrew

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Vendors
Officiant:  Rev. Jeremy Dixon
Wedding Gown:  Allure
Hair and Makeup:  Jeffrey LaMorte Salon
Flowers:  Hearts and Flowers
Music:  A Posh Production
Cake:  Bombon Bakery
Videography:  Wedding Films

Congratulations Brian & Madeline!

Brian & Madeline were married earlier this wedding season.  They had an amazing ceremony and reception at the beautiful Boulder Ridge Country Club in Lake in the Hills, IL.

Here is a little bit on how Brian & Madeline met from the couple…

Saturday, September 5th 2009

Our story all started with a flip of a coin…. It was Labor Day weekend 2009 and Brian had decided to come home on leave to visit his family. He was stationed in Yuma Arizona at the time, and was not a fan of the desert. That Saturday night he decided to go out with his friend Colleen to a birthday party in Wriglyville at Murphy’s Bleachers. I was with my friend Stephanie, and her boyfriend Pete. We also ended up at the same birthday party that night for our High Schools friends’ birthday.

So there we were at the same bar for the same birthday both outside enjoying the beautiful late summer night. It was early in the evening so there were not that many people at the bar. Brian being the friendly talkative person he is decided to talk to the people sitting at a table under a tree, and who does he sit down next to but myself… and what do I do but refer to him by a different name and ask him what happen to the other guy who was sitting in that chair a few minutes ago….

As the night progressed I warmed up to Brian, with the assistance of Pete and Stephanie who were new in their relationship and were desperate to get rid of their third wheel for the night… So Pete suggested that we play bags, ladies vs. gentleman. During this game I realized there is something really special about Brian. You see I’m terrible at bags, I mean really bad. Brian, being the helpful fella that he is, tried to show me the proper form to throw a bag. He ever so gentle stood behind me and gilded my throwing arm in the proper path to toss a bag. At that moment I got goose bumps and I knew I had to pay attention to this goofy talkative guy who would not leave me alone.

The night got darker and the bar started to fill up but Brian and I spent the entire time talking to each other. It was getting late and Stephanie and Pete wanted to leave for the night, but I was not ready to go, but had no other way home. So I did what all girls would do and head to the bathroom to talk to Stephanie to see if she thought it was a good idea to stay. Stephanie gave great advice which went something along the lines of,” stay he is a nice guy, you know other people here, and if you want a leave just take a cab to my place ” I still wasn’t convinced staying would be a good idea, but when I reached into my purse for a lip gloss I touched a quarter and at that moment I realized that I didn’t have to decided I could leave it up to chance. So I flipped a coin heads stay, tails leave….

It was heads….
The Proposal
Wednesday, May 1st 2013

Brian and I were only a few days into our Germany Vacation. We had arrived late the night before at Neschwantein Castle and it was too dark to see the castle. We decided to go to bed early so we can have an early start the next day. When I woke up the next morning the first thing I did was go to the window in the hopes that I could finally see this castle, but I couldn’t it was foggy, really really foggy. I was so disappointed but, Brian insisted that the fog would lift later this morning and that we could tour the other first.

We toured the first castle and sure enough after the tour most of the fog had rolled out and we could finally see Neschwantein, It was beautiful. We walked around the valley floor for a while and then finally took the bus up to Neschwantein. Unfortunately, we misread our tickets and were 30 minutes early. So we waited quietly, it was weird, Brian is never quiet. When I asked him what was wrong he kept saying nothing and then would avoid staying by me. I just figured he was constipating from all the German Food and beer and let it go. We went on the tour and then afterward shared a pretzel in the dining hall while enjoying the view of the Germany countryside.

After the tour the morning fog had entirely dissipated and you could hear the music from the beer tents on the valley floor, but we both wanted to visit Queen Mary Bridge so up we went. Brian suggested that I should take off my jacket since I will warm up from our assent, so off the jacket went. Huffing and puffing we made it to Queen Mary’s Bridge and it was swarming with tourist. As we wiggled our way through the thick crowed on the narrow bridge we finally got to an empty spot in the middle of the bridge, were we could actually enjoy the view. Below us you could hear the waterfall and watch it cascaded down to the valley floor next to Romanesque castle. Brian was snapping a few picture of me when I suggested we should take a selfie. He insisted we should try to have someone take our picture. As he looked around at what only a few minutes ago had been a thick crowd of people was now an empty bridge. He finally settled on a woman who was with her family. He was hoping for an English speaking tourist, but was not that lucking. As he handed her the camera he showed her the engagement ring in the hopes she would understand what was coming next, she did not…

Never the less Brian got down on one knee on in the middle of Queens Mary Bridge, over a waterfall in the shadow of a castle and popped the question. Obviously I said yes! We celebrated on the valley floor with a pint and some schnitzel… A girl could not have asked for anything more!

-Andrew

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Vendors
Officiant:  Colleen Baggett
Gown:  Bhldn
Hair:  Angie’s Hair Studio
Flowers:  Fantasy Flowers
Cake:  Cakes By Dea
Music:  Show on the Road

Congratulations Mark & Aubrey!

Mark & Aubrey were married in October.  Their ceremony was held at St. Francis Xavier in Wilmette followed by a gorgeous reception at The Westin Chicago Northshore.

Here is a little about the couple in their own words.

Aubrey and Mark met in October 2010, in Chicago, Illinois. Aubrey was out watching the Michigan vs. Michigan State football game, when in walked Mark, in a bright red Ohio State shirt! Aubrey and Mark struck up a conversation, and believe it or not, this Wolverine and Buckeye are getting married! Their wedding date of October 11th is actually the anniversary of their first date.

Aubrey and Mark currently reside in Dallas, Texas. Aubrey teaches 2nd grade at Pinnacle Preparatory, while Mark is a surgical sales representative for Aesculap, Inc. Aubrey and Mark still enjoy watching and playing lots of sports, the Texas sunshine, and exploring Dallas together.

How we got engaged:

Mark cooked a beautiful dinner at home and had flowers, chocolate, and candles laid out on the kitchen island. I got home from work on a Monday evening, and Mark was down on one knee before I was all the way in the door. It was very sweet, private, and romantic – all in the comfort of our own home – perfect for me. Mark also proposed on Nov. 18, which is a special day, because it was his Dad’s birthday, who passed away when Mark was 19.

Special touches for our day:
We are really excited about our “wedding guest tree” that each guest will sign, in lieu of a traditional guest book. There is also a surprise on the table for Mark and his family from me, that we have donated to the Cleveland Clinic in honor of Mark’s dad (in lieu of traditional wedding favors).

Please check out some of their amazing wedding photos.

-Andrew

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Vendors
Officiant:  Father William J. Sheridan
Gown:  Lulu’s Bridal Boutique
Videography:  Mike Varel Digital Storytelling
Cake:  Lana’s Dazzling Desserts
Music:  Out of Control Music

Congratulations Hiren & Kanya!

I always love shooting Indian wedding ceremonies because of all of the color and culture…  Hiren & Kanya’s wedding was no exception!  They had a wonderful day long ceremony with a small break to run out and grab some photos at a local forest preserve.  The ceremony and reception was held at Ashton Place in Willowbrook.

I’ll invite you to look at some of my favorite color photos in the slideshow and previews below!

-Andrew

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