A New Leaf Winter Wedding | Francesca & Martin

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Francesca was such a dream client. A friend of another of my clients, Mandy, she was such a joy to work with from day one, with impeccable style, a focus on the right things, total trust in the photography process, and so much kindness. She and Martin planned a beautiful, wintery celebration the weekend before Thanksgiving at a church close to their home, St. Michael’s of Old Town, and a reception at A New Leaf. I have shot at A New Leaf many times, and I must say Francesca and Martin totally transformed the space, creating a stunning, intimate dinner party feel with food from one of my favorite spots in Lincoln Park, BOKA. With just 65 guests all in black tie, the day felt special and elegant but still personal and thoughtful, and working with their lovely families on such a special day was the perfect start to the holiday season.

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Getting Dressed for Wedding at The Public Hotel, Chicago

Getting Ready for Wedding at The Public Hotel, Chicago

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Getting Ready for Wedding at The Public Hotel, Chicago

Getting Ready for Wedding at The Public Hotel, Chicago

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Groomsmen outside St. Michaels

Wedding Ceremony Program and Bridal Florals

Winter Wedding at St. Michel's in Chicago.

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Winter Wedding at St. Michel's in Chicago.

Winter Wedding at St. Michel's in Chicago.

Winter Wedding at St. Michel's in Chicago.

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St. Michael's Winter Wedding

St. Michael's Winter Wedding

Bridal Party Portraits Outside St. Michaels

Classic Chicago Wedding Photography in Old Town

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Wedding Portraits in front of Chicago Skyline

Wedding Portraits in front of Chicago Skyline

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Wedding Speeches at A New Leaf

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Wedding Reception at A New Leaf

Wedding Reception at A New Leaf

Wedding Reception at A New Leaf

Wedding Reception at A New Leaf

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Dancing at A New Leaf Wedding Reception

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Ceremony: St. Michael’s of Old Town | Reception Venue:  A New Leaf |Florist: A New Leaf | Dress: Rubin Singer | Groom’s Attire: Calvin Klein | Caterer: Boka Catering Group | Coordination: Midwestern Bride | Decor & Rentals: Art of Imagination | Cake: Sweet Mandy Bs | DJ: Fig | Invitations: Cheree Berry Paper | Makeup & Hair: Aga Kraminski | Photography: Olivia & Jacqueline for Olivia Leigh Photographie 

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2014 Engagements

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Following up on last week’s post, I wanted to share some of my favorite session photos from the last year, with so many beautiful couples and locations. I’m so looking forward to shooting a wedding this weekend to kick off the 2015 season and sharing dozens of these couples’ weddings over the coming year!

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2014 In Review

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2014 was a wonderful year. I had the surprise of my career when I was named one of Martha Stewart Weddings’ top wedding photographers in the country; I was able to travel a ton; one of my amazing second photographers, Jacqueline, began offering her services to clients as an associate photographer and she photographed many delighted couples herself this year; and, of course, I was able to work with so many amazing clients myself. Thank you so much to all the couples and families that put their trust in me this year and allowed me to capture one of the most meaningful celebrations in your lives! It is always such an honor. And many thanks to the second photographers and the incredibly talented creative partners we worked with this year  – from florists to bands to coordinators to calligraphers, we are lucky to work in a market with such talented and passionate individuals.  HEre are a few (okay, a lot) of my favorite images from the year, with engagements coming soon in a separate post.

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Travel

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Happy 2015! I absolutely cannot believe how quickly the last year flew by. I am working on my favorite post of every year, a year in review, with photos from all the celebrations I photographed this year. While putting that together, I came across a set of some of my travel and film photography and wanted to do a post with a few of those favorites as well. As many know, traveling is my biggest passion, and if I’m not shooting a wedding, chances are I’m on a plane. This year, I went to Austin, Seattle, SF, Big Sur, Portland, Park City, Paris, Amsterdam, Miami, Central Mexico, and Vail, and I could not be more excited for this year with big bucket list trips to Japan and Italy, as well as a wedding in Jamaica!  I am endlessly inspired while I travel, and I love seeing the different colors, light and energies of different places in the world. I almost always shoot film while traveling as it gives the timeless, dreamy and artistic quality that I love. Here are a few, mostly from this year, along with a one from Cambodia and even glamorous Milwaukee. :)

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Chicago Botanic Garden Wedding | Jenny & Mike

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Jenny and Mike were the kindest couple I have ever worked with. What sweethearts. They held a mini destination wedding at the Chicago Botanic Garden, a nature-filled venue that reminded them of their home in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Nearly all of their friends and family traveled from  the UP to celebrate with them on a Friday evening in August. They treated everyone — including all of the vendors — with such warmth, grace and kindness. All of the toasts from their friends and family echoed the warmth that you instantly feel when you are with Jenny and Mike. I loved photographing this day and it was such a privilege to be involved in this day with many of my favorite vendors.

Venue: Chicago Botanic Garden | DJ: Toast & Jam | Coordinator: Clementine Custom Events | Floral: Stems | Makeup & Hair: Sonia Roselli

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