Chicago History Museum Wedding | Carissa & Kevin

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I love weddings that remind me of why I love to do what I do. Carissa and Kevin’s celebration was one just like that — held in the midst of a very busy August and having that perfect combination of sentiment and fun that I just love to photograph. Together, C&K are so much FUN and so clearly had a wonderful time together on their wedding day, with Kevin shedding a few tears during their first look and Carissa beaming her amazing smile throughout the day! I loved Carissa and Kevin’s style, with a flattering v-neck lace gown for Carissa and a unique custom suit for Kevin. The soft pastels for the bridesmaids and lace ribbons on the colorful bouquet were such nice touches, as well. The ceremony on the patio at the Museum included several gorgeous songs by friends, and while we avoided planes for most of the day on Air & Water Show weekend, we found some paper airplanes in the park post-ceremony — one of my favorite moments on the day. Thank you again for having me, you two! xoxo public hotel chicago wedding prep bridesmaids getting ready at public hotel public hotel wedding dress public hotel chicago wedding portrait groom getting ready at public hotel chicago candid chicago wedding photographer public hotel candid wedding photos public hotel chicago wedding bride getting ready at public hotel lincoln park wedding photos lincoln park wedding photos carissa kevin lincoln park bridal portrait lincoln park wedding photos candid chicago wedding photos   lincoln park wedding photos pastel bridesmaids portraits in park lincoln park groomsmen - chicago wedding photography wedding portraits in park lincoln park honeycomb photos chicago history museum ceremony chicago history museum ceremony chicago history museum outdoor ceremony chicago history museum candid photos chicago history museum ceremony candid chicago wedding photographer photos at the chicago history museum outdoor ceremony at chicago history museum chicago history museum outdoor ceremony photos chicago history museum wedding post ceremony photos in lincoln park lincoln park chicago wedding portraits carissakevin-3536 chicago history museum wedding reception chicago history museum wedding details chicago history museum wedding reception chicago history museum wedding details chicago history museum wedding reception cake cutting chicago history museum reception photos carissakevin-3591 chicago history museum reception photos chicago history museum reception photos chicago history museum wedding reception chicago history museum wedding photos chicago history museum reception photos first dance chicago history museum reception dancing chicago history museum dancing chicago history museum reception carissakevin-3690 carissakevin-3750 chicago history museum wedding reception evening

Ceremony Venue: Chicago History Museum - Uihlein Plaza | Reception Venue: Chicago History Museum - The Chicago Room | Florist: Pistil & Vine | Dress: Robert Bullock | Groom’s Attire: Tom James (custom) | Caterer: Berghoff Catering | Coordination: Whitney Jenner | Cake: Molly’s Cupcakes | Music: Spoken Four (band), Alain DeCourtney and Gia Margaret (singers), Katrina Viskneska (violinist), Kevin Fort (pianist) | Invitations: Minted | Hotel: The Public Hotel | Hairstylist: Jacki at Sonia Roselli | Makeup: Lauren Frenden | Photography: Olivia Leigh & Yazy Raclawski for Olivia Leigh Photographie

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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

Bride outside St. Michaels

Groomsmen outside St. Michaels

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.

St. Michael's Winter Wedding

St. Michael's Winter Wedding

St. Michael's Winter Wedding

Bridal Party Portraits Outside St. Michaels

Classic Chicago Wedding Photography in Old Town

Romantic Winter Wedding - Old Town Photos

Wedding Portraits in front of Chicago Skyline

Wedding Portraits in front of Chicago Skyline

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Wedding Reception at A New Leaf

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Winter Wedding Reception at A New Leaf

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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

First Dance at A New Leaf

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Wedding Reception at A New Leaf

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Dancing at A New Leaf Wedding Reception

Winter Wedding Reception at A New Leaf in Chicago

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Wedding Reception at A New Leaf

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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austin texas film photos

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guadalajara mexico travel photography

paris eiffel tower on film

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lake michigan film photos

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