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For their post-pandemic restrictions wedding, (almost) childhood sweethearts Julia & Mike tied the knot in the glorious surroundings of Lake Geneva. Very rarely, as wedding photographers in Chicago, do we hear of childhood sweethearts anymore. So often these days, our couples meet at work, online, or in a bar. That’s why it was so lovely […]

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We’re so excited to share these timeless celebrations at Venuti’s Banquets, plus a few hard-earned tips from the bride on how to pull off a post-Covid wedding! As a wedding photographer in Chicago, I saw first hand how hard couples struggled to get their celebrations across the line during the height of the pandemic. And […]

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Weddings at Bella Terre are truly enchanted events delivering unparalleled experiences in Glenwood, IA . The name Bella Terre, is Italian for “beautiful lands”,  Krista & Andrew had the most elegant weddings at Bella Terra Vineyard and the reception hall. Check out the vendors! Venue – Bella Terre Vineyard & Reception Hall Entertainment for the reception – Travis with DJ and […]

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Today’s couple guides us through their LGBTQ wedding planning process and shares how to guarantee that your big day will be filled with nothing but joy. Be it an LGBTQ wedding or not, planning a big day is stressful, and anxiety inducing. There’s no getting around that. But what Nikki & Crystin learned on their […]

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Read our couples’ love story and how they nearly didn’t have music on their day at Jacob Henry Mansions wedding. One of the best parts about my job is being able to meet couples and hear love stories. However mundane they think their journey is, it’s still a journey. That path to the altar is […]

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Gaelic Park has elegant surroundings for a true Irish experience on your wedding day!

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A serene field location with magnificent views, Cooper’s Cove is a predominant foreground to a picture-perfect wedding. Our lovely bride, Noel, Got ready at Hotel Pattee in Perry Iowa with the help of her loved ones. The bride & maids got ready in the morning in the Louis Armstrong suite. Hair and makeup were done at Powder Studio, Ames Iowa. […]

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The outing club holds a special place in Loras’ heart. Her great grandparents, parents, aunt/uncle all got married here. This timeless and classy venue is perfect for years to come! Congratulations to the newlyweds, Lora and Chris! Venue – The Outing Club Entertainment for reception – Twisted Mic Florist for the event – K’nees Florists Bridal shop/ boutique – Atelier […]

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I love asking about the moment my couples realized they want to spend the rest of their lives together in my wedding questioners and it never ceases to make me emotional! This is what Jasmine had to say about Anees –  “Our first date! It’s pretty cliche, but it’s true- when you know, you know. […]

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These two have known each other since Angela was 14 and rick was 15. Pretty long time! They were best friends! Life comes at you in funny ways but these two have always found their way back to each other arms! “We were just always connected throughout the years and could never not be around […]

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