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Chayal + Emil — Downtown Chicago Engagement Session

They're back! Do you recognize Chayal and Emil without the Holi powder all over them? ;]

For this more "conventional" second half of their e-session we headed downtown to their favorite spots around the DuSable Bridge on Michigan Ave. It was quite a contrast to running around a park throwing colorful powder, but their fun-loving natures still shone through as they made each other smile and laugh. (We're not sure how Chayal kept smiling while braving the cold Chicago winds and near-freezing temps in a skirt without a jacket!) o_O

Emil & Chayal -- we had a great time working with you again and can't wait to celebrate and photograph your wedding this spring! Enjoy these images in the meanwhile!

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Rachel + Justin — Downtown Chicago Engagement Session

Alicia and I had the pleasure of getting to know Justin and Rachel on a service trip to West Virginia a couple years back. Rachel is a nurse, and Justin is a med school classmate of Alicia's at Stritch -- so I'm sure you can imagine that among the four of us, it was quite a challenge to find a time to do their e-session! Thankfully we were able to find just over an hour to squeeze in some shots around Millennium Park and Michigan Ave.

Having less time than usual was no trouble for these two -- their positive attitudes, laid back natures, and comfort with each other after years of friendship had them looking natural and casual in front of the camera right away. (If you've followed our blog in the past, you can probably see a pattern of these traits that make our clients so fun to work with.)  :]  They know just how to make each other laugh and smile and are obviously excited to get married.

Rachel and Justin -- you make such an awesome couple, and we can't wait for your wedding this spring!

Rachel + Justin’s Wedding | Wotog Blog - September 2, 2013 - 00:31

[...] with him and his lovely bride, Rachel (a nurse) a few years ago, and of course we also did a downtown Chicago e-session with them last [...]

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Allayne + Mike’s Wedding

Allayne and Mike are great -- for proof, just see their awesome Wrigley Field e-session. We were really looking forward to capturing their wedding day at Garfield Park Conservatory, and it didn't disappoint!

After covering Allayne and her bridesmaids getting ready at the Paul Mitchell salon, we met up with Mike and his groomsmen for the couple's "first look" at Pritzker Pavilion before heading to their ceremony and reception at the conservatory. The weather was perfect, and the guests were pumped to see these two to tie the knot. Allayne and Mike couldn't stop smiling from ear to ear all day. Have you ever smiled so much that your cheeks hurt the next day? Well that's the kind of day they were having. ;] Their ceremony was beautiful, the toasts heartwarming, and the dance floor was packed all night.

Allayne and Mike -- thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of your big day. It was truly a joy working with you, and we wish you all the best in your marriage and future! :]

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Chayal + Emil — Holi Powder Engagement Session

Emil is one of Alicia's med school classmates, and he and his fiancée, Chayal, decided they wanted to throw Holi powder for part of their e-session. Colorful, whimsical, and fun -- it fit their personalities perfectly, so we enthusiastically agreed!

Emil & Chayal -- this was an awesome idea for your e-session. Thank you so much for choosing us to shoot it! We had a fantastic time and are looking forward to the more "conventional" second half of your e-session later this fall!

[...] other. When they got engaged, they chose to celebrate with two e-sessions — one showing off their fun side, and the other more [...]

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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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