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Ovation Chicago Wedding photographer Lauren ashley studios scaled

Kaylee and Ariel invited us to shoot their intimate, and sophisticated Chicago wedding in November 2021. And today, we’re delighted to be sharing their special day with you.  When shooting wedding photography for our Chicago couples, we are constantly looking for those shots that we know will take pride of place in their homes. Those […]

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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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The Riviera Ballroom Chicago Illinois Wedding photographer Lauren ashley studios scaled

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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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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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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Bride and groom helicopter

As you all know, Memorial Day was this past Monday. While Memorial Day is not just a day for cookouts and drinks with friends and family. (Although that is a fun part of the day) The true meaning of the holiday is to remember those who have lost their lives serving this country. Between fielding […]

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Bride getting ready in quad cites

The Thursday morning prior to her wedding, bride-to-be Lindsey, sat in her kitchen sipping coffee and checking the weather. The forecast on her phone showed no rain in the Quad City area. She immediately called me to tell me – not to worry about a backup plan for inclement weather. She wouldn’t be needing it […]