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Sanctuary Events Chicago Wedding photographer Lauren ashley studios scaled

An endlessly beautiful wedding ceremony in the Cantigny Park Rose Garden, followed by a stylish celebration at Sanctuary Events in Plainfields.  We had such a fun time photographing Lauren & Johnny’s Autumnal wedding at Cantigny Park. As you’ll see, they put together a gloriously elegant occasion that felt genuine, and magical, all at the same […]

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Lauren Ashley Studios patrick haley mansion wedding scaled

From a sweaty proposal halfway up a mountain to a super sophisticated wedding surrounded by loved ones, this is the story of Jamie & Matt’s special day. As wedding photographers in Chicago, we’re blessed to be able to go to visit some stunning locations and meet some wonderful people. The wedding of Jamie and Matt […]

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Lauren Ashley Studios Venutis chicago wedding

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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Bella Terre Vineyard Iowa Wedding Chicago Illinois Wedding photographer Lauren ashley studios scaled

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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The Tinley Park Convention Center Wedding Venue Chicago Illinois Wedding photographer Lauren ashley studios scaled

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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Jacob Henry Mansion Estate Wedding Venue Chicago Illinois Wedding photographer Lauren ashley studios scaled

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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wedding photography bloopers bridesmaids Ddrop the groom while the bride storms off

From time to time, I see articles online, or someone shares one on social media, talking about “why is wedding photography so much more expensive.” Or, I’ve heard the infamous statement made by many a groom: “…all you have to do is put “wedding” in front of it and the price triples….”. That might seem […]

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bride groom the well distillery creative wedding photography

So, you have the perfect person, a ring you love, a date picked out and now you’re choosing your wedding vendors. You know you want a photographer whose images move you, and you can’t wait to splash pictures of your big day across your social media pages and hang them on your walls. You have […]

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Palmer house hilton chicago wedding cake lauren ashley studios photographers

Registered on the National Trust for Historic Preservation and originally built as a wedding present from Potter Palmer to his bride Bertha Honore’, The Palmer House Hilton was only initially open for 13 days before it succumbed to the Great Chicago Fire.  However, like any good love story, The Palmer House has endured going through […]

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Hilarious funny bride and groom take wedding photos to next level

Living your best life is about breaking free from the typical screenplay; pursuing your dreams, living in each moment, and being unafraid to be uninhibited and unapologetically, YOU. Weddings can be beautiful for so many reasons; a dashing love story, gorgeous couple, stunning venue, or; every once in a while; a group of people who […]