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Imagine, you take a year, maybe two years, to plan the perfect day for you and your best friend. The venue’s picked, the dates’ set, and then, a global pandemic comes and crushes your dreams. It happening to countless couples as the COVID-19 crisis caused the entire wedding industry to virtually close, event spaces to […]

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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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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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How I met this couple at first was over the phone, with a single phone call they wanted to work with me and they hadn’t even met me in person yet! I have to giggle because one of the first words Tiffany said to me was: “I stalk you on Instagram, I know who you […]

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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 […]

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