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Congratulations Kevin & Renee!

Kevin and Renee’s ceremony was held at St. Walter’s Church in Roselle, followed by a reception at the Medinah Shrine Center.  It just so happens that St. Walter’s is my parish and this was the first time that I photographed a wedding there!  So this was quite the experience for me!  After the ceremony we also made a quick run over to Cantigny for some portraits with the bridal party.  I think that there were definitely some amazing shots that we captured there…

Here are a few words from Renee on how they got engaged!

Flash-forward to December 2016 – Kevin and Renee’s 10 year anniversary had just passed, and Kevin decided that they’d been dating long enough (barely) to pop the question.Kevin had just bought the ring and was desperately trying to keep Renee in the dark about the proposal plans – and we all know how difficult it is to surprise Renee.The cover-up was a swanky dinner with Kevin’s sister and brother-in-law. The plan was to have dinner at the Cherry Circle Room – an old-time prohibition speakeasy on Michigan Avenue.But the real plan was to propose at Cindy’s Rooftop Bar, seven floors above Cherry Circle Room.Before dinner, Kevin’s sister was going to suggest a drink at Cindy’s to “take in the holiday view” from the balcony to set the stage.

As the group made their way up to Cindy’s, Kevin felt the nerves starting to kick in.If you’ll recall, Kevin has quite the romantic side (see “How We Met” for evidence), but if you’re thinking that 10 years of dating would make this moment any easier, even with all that suave charm, you’d be sorely mistaken.Ifyou haven’t been to Cindy’s before taking a picture on the balcony is a no-brainer with the Chicago view in the background.Luckily for Kevin, Renee can’t pass up a good photo op and she immediately suggested a group picture outside.Not so lucky for Kevin, this rushed things a bit and he tends to get flustered when rushed.The group made their way outside, and after a couple group photos, it was time for a picture of just Kevin and Renee.

As they posed for the picture, Kevin went to unbutton his sport coat and pull out the ring.That natural romantic charm came out as he struggled to get the button undone.Since Kevin and Renee had taken about a thousand pictures together, Renee couldn’t understand what he was doing.Confused and slightly annoyed, she asked, “Kevin, what are you doing? Just take the picture…” To which Kevin replied, “Be quiet… just hold on… I’m trying to do something here!” He struggled with the button some more and when he finally got the ring out and got down on one knee, Renee became even more confused and said, “Can you stand up, we’re trying to take a picture!” Which prompted an escalated response as Kevin said, “I’m trying to propose here! Renee, will you marry me?!”Renee capped off the big moment with a “shuuuut up!” which was shortly followed by a firm “yes” and a kiss to seal the deal.

After the moment was over, the group had dinner in the Cherry Circle Room. In the meantime, Kevin and Renee’s family and friends were waiting at a nearby bar to celebrate.After dinner, Renee and Kevin joined the group for a wristband deal and celebrated.

Please check out a few of my favorite photos and a slideshow.

-Andrew

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Congratulations Christopher & Catherine!

Christopher and Catherine were married in August this year.  Their ceremony was held at Olympia Fields United Methodist Church followed by a reception at Olympia Fields Country Club.

Here are a few words from Catherine on how they met!

We met playing trumpet in our company’s music room. Since we are both trumpet players we decided to start playing duets together regularly. Our friendship grew out of that and eventually into something more.
The engagement: Catherine went to Hawaii on a last minute work trip in May of 2016, which left Christopher alone in Madison for two weeks. This gave him the perfect opportunity to buy a ring. He then tricked Catherine into planning her own engagement by having her plan his birthday party. They started the day with a round of golf, then parted ways to get ready for their fancy dinner with friends. Once everyone had arrived at the restaurant, Christopher stood up and gave a speech. At the end of it, he got down on one knee and asked Catherine if she would do him the honor of marrying him. She said she would.

Please check out a few of my favorite photos and a slideshow.

-Andrew

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Bryan & Ashley E-Session

I can’t wait to shoot Bryan and Ashley’s wedding next year in 2018!  I can tell from our Engagement Session a few months back that we’ll have an amazing time at the wedding!

We spent a few hours roaming around Cantigny in Wheaton and here are some of my favorites!

-Andrew

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Custom USB Drives Take 2

A while back I posted about some custom printed USB drives that I was able to have made in order to deliver files to my clients.

Well, I ran out so I needed to get some more!  These are a slight twist on the past ones that I was using (I love the wood).  And the logo printing came out pretty nice as well!

Any photog friends that are in the market for some great drives for their business should definitely check these out from USB Memory Direct!

Customized USB Drives

Kevin & Renee E-Session

 

Kevin and Renee were a fun couple to work with in shooting their Engagement Session.  We met pretty early on a weekend morning down by Lake Michigan.  As you can see, we had quite a bit of fun roaming around the beach and other locations near Lincoln Park!

Please check out a few of my favorite photos and a slideshow.

-Andrew

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