Danielle and Eric had one of the most fun and beautiful weddings I have ever photographed—ever, partially because it was a tent wedding like nothing I’ve ever seen. And Danielle was probably the most relaxed bride I have ever worked with—she took everything in stride and really just wanted her friends and family to have a great time. Danielle and Eric were another of my couples that met in high school (I truly think at least 50% of mine this year met before college!)—this is always such fun as so many of the guests grow up together and know each other so well, such that it creates such a relaxed and intimate celebration. Their group of friends was hilarious and such fun—this day was a total celebration from start to finish!

A family friend generously offered the use of their home, an architecturally significant Prairie Style house on the shore of Lake Michigan, for the event, and it could not have been more beautiful. One of my favorite coordinators, Renny Pedersen at Bliss Weddings and Events worked with the incredible Jesse Deckard at Event Creative to transform the outdoor space into a set of rustic-glam tents for the evenings events. The ceremony was held in a tent and featured fun custom fans for guests, iron chairs, wood benches and colorful pillows. Guests then enjoyed cocktails al-fresco in the yard, and then enjoyed dinner in another tent that was so beautifully decorated in such a way that I have never really seen in Chicago! As dancing began, the ceremony tent was transformed into an evening lounge, where guests were able to enjoy cupcakes with vintage plates, chat in little furniture vignettes, take photo-booth pictures, and, my favorite, bust out some tunes at the karaoke lounge.  It was just such an incredible wedding and such a dream to shoot—beautiful, relaxed couple; fabulous light; and a beautiful setting, couldn’t ask for more!

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Gown: Carolina Herrerra | Coordination: Renny Pedersen at Bliss Weddings and Events | Decor and Design: Event Creative | Venue: Private Home | Second: Louie Abellera | Film: I Do Films | DJ: Beep Media