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
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
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.
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
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!
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.
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.