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Julie + Tim’s Wedding

Julie and Tim's wedding was a beautiful affair from start to finish, beginning at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Lombard where Julie has been a member her whole life, and ending at Seven Bridges Golf Club in Woodridge -- a lush and beautiful venue for a wedding reception. Both of their awesome families were present in full force, clearly very excited to be present for this occasion!

Remarkably, everyone remained positive and upbeat all day despite a heat index of 104°F, letting their excitement for Julie and Tim overcome any personal discomfort they may have been feeling. For afternoon photos we brought a few umbrellas for portable shade, and they just happened to make for great colorful props as well -- what a coincidence! ;] Seriously -- a big thanks to the bridal party for putting up with the weather for our outdoor photos with smiling faces! And as always, special props to my beautiful and talented wife, Alicia, for second shooting with grace and charm. :D

Julie & Tim -- you two were clearly meant for each other. Thank you for letting us be a part of your special day and for being so flexible and fun to work with. And enjoy your images!

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Kaitlyn + Amilcar’s Wedding

Here's a recap in case you missed Kaitlyn and Amilcar's engagement photos... Amilcar is from Peru, and his visa was recently approved to come to the U.S. so he and Kaitlyn could get married.

Unfortunately, I broke my ankle only a month before their wedding, requiring surgery. I thought I would have to find a substitute photographer to take my place, but Kaitlyn was extremely flexible and kind and told me they would do whatever it took to make it work. I was humbled by her confidence in me, so I decided to give it a try! I rented a knee scooter to get around with my cast, and it worked quite well. I'll let you judge the results for yourself. :]

We started the day taking portraits downtown. It was raining that day, but Kaitlyn's maid of honor, Meghan, was able to hook us up with access to a very nice office building where her father works. (Thanks, Meghan!) We also ducked into the Field Museum after dark to stay out of the rain. A lot of other people had the same idea, but we still had a fun time shooting there.

Their wedding ceremony and reception were at Rios D'Sudamerica, a Peruvian restaurant downtown. (If you're ever there, try the Arroz con Mariscos -- delicious!!) Amilcar's family was back home in Peru, but they were able to watch the ceremony via Skype. Meghan gave one of the most touching toasts I have ever heard -- first in Spanish (so Amilcar could understand), then in English. The wedding guests were in high spirits -- it was clear that everyone was happy that this day had finally arrived for Kaitlyn and Amilcar. Many of them were dancing until the last song, and at the very end of the night, I couldn't resist joining in myself on my knee scooter. ;]

Kaitlyn and Amilcar -- felicidades! Congratulations on your marriage, and enjoy your life together! :]

Special thanks to my lovely wife and second photographer, Alicia, who was indispensable in helping me shoot this wedding with a broken leg!

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Kayla + John’s Wedding — Maui, Hawaii

This was our third time photographing Kayla and John, and as before, it was an absolute delight. Over 60 people traveled all the way to Hawaii over Thanksgiving weekend to witness their marriage. Clearly they are very loved by their friends and family!

The ceremony and rehearsal were at the Lahaina Wedding House (a.k.a. the Blue Sky Beach Villa), a large house right down on the beach which was absolutely gorgeous! The coordinators, Gabrielle and Julie, were wonderful and so nice, making sure that everything went smoothly.

The details were perfect -- little welcome packets shaped like plane tickets (handmade by Kayla), ceremony programs that doubled as fans with a crossword puzzle and mad-lib, the groomsmen's Toms shoes, personalized hand-painted cake topper dolls from Etsy, the leis for all the guests at the rehearsal dinner made by Kayla's mom, Kayla's bouquet charm in memory of her sister, and of course, her beautiful wedding dress. Everything tied together into an island wedding that was elegant, charming, and uniquely Kayla and John.

We also witnessed a spirited father-daughter dance that turned into a fully choreographed performance involving several members of the wedding party and many of Kayla's family and friends. That set the tone for a high-energy reception with a hopping dance floor!

Kayla and John -- thank you so much for allowing us to be part of your incredible day! I feel honored that you were willing to fly us to Hawaii to photograph your wedding. You are both such nice people, incredibly easy to work with, and so fun to be around.

Special thanks again to my brother, Lawson, who flies out from Washington D.C. to be my second shooter at destination weddings. (Haven't heard him complain yet.) ;]

And an extra super special thanks to my assistant, "third shooter", muse, wife, and love of my life, Alicia. She was really a trooper this time because she had to leave during the reception to catch a plane home to be back in time for her clinical surgery rotation -- so she was only on the ground for a total of 48 hours and missed out on the fun after the wedding. I'll make it up to you someday! :]

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Liz + Dan’s Wedding

Liz and Dan love the fall, and their wedding reflected that -- from the mini pumpkin place cards to their autumn-themed flowers and practically full on Thanksgiving dinner at their reception. Mmmmmmm... ;]

There were tons of friends and family in attendance and involved in their day! Their ceremony was at St. Scholastica Church in Woodridge. (Sidenote: The priest who married them busted out some crazy moves on the dance floor later that night -- my jaw was on the floor. What a fun guy!) Then we all headed down to DiNolfo's Banquets in Homer Glen to finish off the day with their awesome reception.

Liz and Dan -- thank you so much for letting us be a part of your wedding day. We hope you enjoy your wedding images as much as we enjoyed making them!

And an extra special thanks to my assistant, second shooter, muse, wife, and love of my life, Alicia. As always, I couldn't do it without you! :]

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Simone + Matthias’ Wedding — Solothurn, Switzerland

I knew from Simone and Matthias' airport engagement session a couple days prior that their wedding was going to be a relaxed and fun occasion. To give you one example, they took the nicknames "broccoli" and "aspirin" for their wedding -- Simone works for the Switzerland Vegetable Growers Association, and Matthias is a pharmacist (they love their jobs).

Simone and Matthias's wedding largely followed the same pattern to which I am accustomed, but there were a few differences. Most notably, there was not a large wedding party. Simone and Matthias each had one "witness" -- Simone's sisters Nadine and Daniela. This made the morning getting ready portion a relatively calm and low key affair!

The wedding ceremony took place at a church in the tiny mountain village of Ifenthal, population 310 (yep, you read that right). Of course, being in the Swiss mountains, the scenery was gorgeous! The service was about 90% German -- thankfully it was a standard Catholic Mass so I could follow along pretty easily. During the priest's homily (sermon), I got a bit of a surprise when he busted out a large print of one of the couple's Zürich Airport engagement photos, which I had posted on Facebook only the night before. I felt so honored to have one of my photos be a part of their wedding...even if I couldn't understand what was being said about it. ;]

After the ceremony a large portion of the wedding guests took buses to the train station in Olten, and from there rode the train (in a train car that Simone and Matthias had reserved for this purpose) to the old medieval city of Solothurn, billed as "Switzerland's most beautiful baroque city" (an apt epithet). Matthias works in Solothurn, so we were able to do a really fun mini-session in his pharmacy.

The reception was held in the Landhaus -- a historic building right on the Aare River. In keeping with the bride and groom's fun, sunny personalities, sunflowers were used liberally in the decorations. Simone and Matthias had secretly prepared an awesome first dance, which did not surprise me after seeing them dance at Ioanna and Andrew's wedding last year. ;] Their overwhelming love for one another and obvious happiness together gave their entire wedding a great vibe from start to finish!

Simone and Matthias -- thank you again for giving me the opportunity work with you. I had so much fun at your wedding and feel truly lucky to have met you. I still don't believe I deserved for you to fly me all the way to Switzerland to photograph your wedding, but I am SO glad you did. I hope you are happy with the results! :D

And special thanks again to my brother, Lawson, who was my second shooter, and to my dad for helping carry our gear all day! Also, thanks to Simone's dear friend, Alena, for helping organize the family and get everyone together for group photos. I definitely couldn't have done it on my own!

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