If all couples could be as down to earth as Jenny and Mike, I think the term “bridezilla” would be eradicated from the dictionary! They met growing up in the U.P. of Michigan, and I’ve found that all my clients from this area are just the kindest and most easygoing people (so if you are from the U.P., please hire me! :). Jenny was so sweet and excited about her shoot, really leaving locations up to me. We had a big downtown shoot planned, and on the morning of their sunrise shoot, I woke up and literally gasped as I look outside of my window. Typically we can see tons of views of the city, but that morning looked like it was snowing as the fog was so thick that I could barely see five feet in front of me. Jenny and Mike were so flexible and waited for an hour as the fog rolled out a little bit, and they were so accommodating when I suggested an alternative location that I knew would look so beautiful, even with more overcast skies, and create a romantic and dreamy feel. I was so elated with our little pivot to this location and am just so excited to work with them on their wedding in just over a week at the beautiful Chicago Botanic Garden.
Courtney & Mike booked me about a year before their celebration and we didn’t see one another until the day of the wedding. It’s always interesting to “remeet” a couple like this as it’s a bit of a surprise what the energy between the couple will be since it’s been so long since I last saw them! Courtney and Mike were such a treat to spend the day with as they were so radiant together. I just loved photographing the energy between them and adored how they were able to let their guards down and be themselves. I hope the photos capture the excitement and joy that were so prominent on the day of as it was overflowing! Beyond the sweet relationship of the couple, this was also a sentimental and celebratory affair! Courtney was escorted by her brother down the aisle at my favorite church, Rockefeller Chapel, and danced with her grandfather at the reception, two incredibly sweet and touching moments during the day. The reception that followed was an enormous party, which you’d expect with a wedding party of 31, my largest ever. I almost never have a couple hire me to stay til the end of the reception as the photos can be a little repetitive, but this was one where I was so elated they had me stay through the end as it was one of the most fun and crazy parties I’ve ever photographed that just kept going on and on! The Irish Rovers did a little concert which was such a fun treat for guests, with the bagpipers and drummers walking up the steps of the majestic Chicago Cultural Center; the families dancing the Tarantella, an Italian family dance; and the most fun guests ever tearing up the dance floor. It was a day that was a true perfect blend of excitement and sweetness!
Florist: Fleur du Jour | Dress: Jenny Packham |Groom’s attire: Ralph Lauren | Caterer: Wolfgang Puck | Officiant: Fr. Francis Bitterman | Cake: Bittersweet | Band: Indigo, Ken Arlen | Videography: Smiling Toad | Coordinators: Anticipation Events (Elizabeth), The Savvy Event (Katie McFarlan) | Sweets Table: Sweet Mandy B’s | Lighting: Sound Investment | Bride’s jewelry and veil – Left Bank | Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale | Various Decor & Accessories: Etsy | Photography: Olivia Leigh Photographie | Second Photographer: Julia Franzosa
The most amazing shoot with the most amazing team. I’m just dying to go back and live in this little world that was created. Pure magic.
Floral Design & Styling: Fleur | Photography: Olivia Leigh Photographie | Creative Direction: Fleur & Olivia Leigh Photographie | Calligraphy: Feast | Rentals: Nimblewell & re:Find Joy | Hair: Dual Attraction Chicago | Cake: Elysia Root | Venue: Cuneo Mansion & Garden | Makeup: Shannon O’Brien | Bride dress: Sarah Seven | Bridesmaid Dress: BHLDN | Bride Model: Hayley Finkelman
Aiasha and Charles were married last fall at one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever photographed. Having met in London, they decided to hold a destination wedding for about 50 of their closest friends and family in Chicago, where Charles had been working before starting a graduate program in California. Charles and Aiasha have a very sweet and special bond, and the day was a beautiful testament to their love and also the role of their friends and family in their lives, creating both an emotional and joyful day. My dear friends Anne Book and Natalie Walsh created absolutely stunning decor, with a garden party inspiration that made the typically stark space at the Museum of Contemporary Art warm and inviting and the small size lending itself to personal details like calligraphed place cards and rosemary sprigs waiting for guests on the long feasting tables and a picnic inspired cocktail party that included foods from back home.