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A HOME SESSION WITH THE POWELL’S

Oh my goodness, where to even start with this session?! I had so much fun getting to photograph Mallory and John at their beautiful home in Glenview! Mallory is not only a sweet friend of mine, but also the incredibly talented owner and lead planner at Chi Chic Weddings & Events here in Chicago. 

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A PHILADELPHIA WEDDING AT THE BALLROOM AT THE BEN

Leo and Sarah chose to celebrate their beautiful wedding in downtown Philadelphia at the Ballroom at the Ben. They decided on this location so that friends and family from New Jersey, Miami, Brazil, and everything in between could join them on their special day.

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LEO + SARAH

Oh, where to even start with these two… I just love love love Theresa and Alex. As soon as I entered Theresa’s parents home in Naperville, her family welcomed me in like their one of their own. Her details were absolute perfection (photographer HEAVEN!) and her first look with her dad was something you can’t […]

Aug,1

St Peter and Paul Church + Abbey Farms Wedding | Theresa and Alex

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My newest love has been photographing branding sessions for other business owners! Along with this (especially when you’re not a photographer), you’ll need content to post on social media. That’s where styled stock photography comes into play! When you do a branding session or even just a styled stock photography session with me, you will […]

Jul,28

Styled Stock Photography For Your Business

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I first met Susan and Stephen at their friends wedding (see Christian and Johanna’s blog post here!!) last August where they were attending as guests.  Soon after Christian and Johanna’s wedding, they contacted me to photograph their own wedding day! Their wedding was held at the amazingly gorgeous Holy Hill Basilica that is in Wisconsin. […]

Jul,19

Holy Hill Basilica | Hartland, Wisconsin Wedding | Susan and Stephen

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Yesterday night, 25 entrepreneurs gathered at Lex Nelson‘s home in the spirit of community over competition to celebrate the 1st birthday of The Rising Tide Society and Tuesdays Together! It’s amazing to see what all this group has gone through together over the past year! I love that there are new faces every single meet up and […]

Jul,13

Tuesdays Together, Chicago – July

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This past weekend, my sister and her husband came to visit me in Chicago for the fourth of July.  We had always talked about doing a part 2 to their engagement session (You can see their engagement session from 2014 HERE!), but since my move to Chicago, timing just didn’t work out for a second session.  Now […]

Jul,6

Lauren + Adam | Chicago Board of Trade Building

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Hi friends! I hope you all had an amazing fourth of July weekend with family and friends! My sister and her husband came up from Tennessee to join us for the weekend and we had so much fun! From Saturday to Monday morning, we walked nearly 15 miles exploring Chicago. We started the “tour of […]

Jul,5

4th of July Weekend

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On Monday, I had the privilege of photographing these two newlyweds for a special project of mine. I can’t wait to share what I’ve been working on!! The day started out being 90+ degrees and we were all a little worried we’d be disgusting by the time it was over, but we decided to brave […]

Jun,30

Lex + Rodney | Montrose Harbor Beach

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Hello fellow entrepreneurs! This post is for you! Today, I would love to share with you how I stay organized, run my business, and manage day-to-day activities with 17hats! Did you happen to catch the first blog post I wrote last year giving my thoughts on this amazing program? See it here!  I can’t believe it’s […]

Jun,23

17hats – New Features!

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I am so excited to see this photo from February’s Love In The City Workshop as a part of Chez’s ad in the July 2016 issue of Modern Luxury Brides Magazine here in Chicago! You can see it in person on page 97! Thank you to everyone who made this shoot possible, and for Lauren […]

Jun,22

Modern Luxury Brides Magazine – Chez Event Space Ad

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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing a beautiful Waldorf Astoria wedding as a second for my friend Amanda Miller Photography. We always have so much fun photographing weddings together and this one was no exception! The Waldorf is absolutely stunning and it set the perfect scene for Nick and Anna’s wedding day. […]

Jun,20

A Waldorf Astoria Chicago Wedding

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Guys, you’re just going to fall in love with these two!! Theresa and Alex met me downtown in the River North/West Loop area to begin their engagement session on the Kinzie Street Bridge. This bridge features one of my favorite views of the city, so I was thrilled to begin there! Their love connection was […]

Jun,16

Theresa + Alex | West Loop Engagement Session

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Welcome back for another Newest Obsession blog series post! I’m so happy you’re following along with all things I’m currently obsessed with! This website has me hooked. ThredUP is an amazing resale clothing store online that carries only name brand clothes, shoes, accessories, handbags…and even little kids clothes! I’m still waiting on them to start […]

Jun,9

Newest Obsession- thredUP

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Hi friends! I hope everyone had an amazing weekend! On the blog today are two of the sweetest people EVER: Ali and Troy. They crossed paths after their best friends started dating (and eventually marrying!) one another. Best friends marrying best friends!! How special is that?! Ali and Troy have been together for over 5 […]

Jun,7

Ali + Troy | Cary, IL and Galt Airport Engagement

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Last year I had the privilege of second shooting for Roots of Life Photography for this beautiful, intimate wedding at the Violet Hour.  We took their portraits at the Waldorf Astoria as well as the love sign in Wicker Park!  I really enjoyed witnessing the love between these two on such a beautiful day! Congratulations […]

Jun,3

Intimate Violet Hour Wedding | Sarah and Jay

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It’s hard to figure out exactly where to begin to talk about this amazing wedding day! Everything was absolutely stunning from the floors to the ceiling. Their floral decor on the top of the arbor (and oh my goodness, don’t miss the flower wall at the reception!!) was so gorgeous. From the draping to the […]

Jun,1

Indian Wedding | Stonegate Banquets | Shveta and Gotam

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Hi friends! I can’t wait until you meet my new sister in law, Lauren. It kind of hit me today that she’s the only one I’m ever going to have and I truly could not have picked a better one myself! My little brother, Lance, got married to this beauty this past Saturday on the […]

May,26

Mrs Lauren McGee | A Tennessee Backyard Bridal Session

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I’m so excited to finally share all of my favorites from the Love In The City Workshop styled shoot that was in February!! It was published the other day on Borrowed and Blue – see the feature here! And Monday it was featured on the Elegant Wedding Magazine blog- see the feature here! If you’re interested in […]

May,25

Love In The City Workshop Styled Shoot – February 2016

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To my love, I cannot believe it’s already been 7 years of married life with you and 11 years since the first time I saw you walk across my high school cafeteria. I loved you then and even though I didn’t think it could be possible, I love you even more today. You’ve taught me […]

May,23

Celebrating 7 Years of Marriage

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Marcie and Eugene first crossed paths after their best friends introduced them to one another at a wedding. How cute is that?! Eugene proposed in Chicago 1.5 years later at the Chicago Botanical Gardens and surprised her with dinner reservations at Alinea! Eugene currently lives in New York, so this was the first time I’ve […]

May,19

Downtown Chicago Engagement | Marcie + Eugene

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Emily and Chris were brave enough to agree to a sunrise session with me this past Saturday and it was so much fun! This was actually my first ever sunrise session, mostly because I’m just not a morning person, but I have to say that for these two…I’d wake up early any day! They absolutely […]

May,17

Lincoln Park and Millenium Park | Engagement Session | Emily + Chris

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This past Friday officially kicked off my engagement sessions for the year!  I couldn’t think of a better way than with Lydia and Brent’s engagement session at the gorgeous Northwestern University campus in Evanston! After months of rescheduling due to weather (c’mon Chicago!), we were able to find a beautiful spring day for their e-session […]

May,16

Lydia + Brent | Northwestern University Engagement Photos

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Oh my goodness you guys, I can’t wait till you scroll down to see all the gorgeousness from Michael and Sammy’s Hubbard Inn wedding!! Not only was it absolutely gorgeous (I mean, how could it not with these two cuties), but the ceremony was probably the sweetest I’ve ever seen! So much thought and meaning […]

May,11

Hubbard Inn Wedding | Chicago Wedding | Michael + Sammy

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  See the full post on Borrowed & Blue, here!   To see my favorites from their wedding, see their post on the ENP blog, here! The Dream Team Photography: Elizabeth Nord Photography DJ: AA Musicians Florist: Petal Productions Gown: Alfed Angelo Baker: The Starfish Cottage Hair + Makeup: Avant Garde Salon     

May,2

Leynee + Doug – FEATURED

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Hi friends! There is a new series on the blog and it’s called Newest Obsession! Throughout this blog series, I will share …well, my newest obsessions! I’ll not only be sharing about the things that I’m loving right now, but also the things I’ve found over the years that bring a little happy to my […]

Apr,27

Newest Obsession – Unroll.me

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When my sweet friend and neighbor Katie asked me to do a branding session for her and her company, Katie Lord Inc., I was so excited! Any chance I can get to work with my friends, I am all about it! We had tons of fun going around the city and also taking some photos […]

Apr,22

Katie Lord Inc. – Branding Session

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Hi friends! I’m so excited that it’s Friday! On the weekend, we love hanging out with our friends, going out to eat, and binge watching Netflix shows and we intend to do just that! Today, I want to introduce you to my little cousin, Ali! She is such a smart and beautiful young lady and […]

Apr,22

Ali’s Senior Session

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Earlier this month, 24 entrepreneurs gathered at Kate Johnson‘s incredible home in Ukrainian Village to learn about the monthly topic: collaboration! I absolutely love learning from this amazing group of business owners and getting to hug their necks each month! If you are an entrepreneur and are interested in learning more about this group, what […]

Apr,21

April Tuesday’s Together

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This past weekend I went home to Tennessee to celebrate my brother and soon-to-be sister-in-law’s engagement party! Friday was the main event and we were surrounded by some of my parents most treasured friends and their families.  The next morning, all of the girls on my mom’s side of the family + plus my sweet […]

Apr,20

Jam Canning Party

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Welcome back! This is the last post about our amazing trip to Australia and New Zealand (for now! I can’t wait to share photos from something we did while we were there! Coming in a few weeks!) Did you miss the other posts?? See them below. Sydney, Australia Cairns, Australia Nelson, New Zealand Blenheim, New […]

Apr,6

Milford Sound, New Zealand

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Oh my goodness you guys, if I had to pick one place to just sit and drink wine for the rest of my life it would definitely be in Blenheim, New Zealand. Blenheim is known for its amazingly gorgeous days (it averages the most sunny days out of any New Zealand city! WHAT?!) and the […]

Apr,4

Blenheim, New Zealand

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