Oh my goodness! Somehow, it has been nearly a year since I last blogged. The lack of posts has been merely a result of a lack of time and certainly not a lack of stunning weddings. Last year, I photographed so many beautiful weddings, with events everywhere from Jamaica to Napa Valley, a horse farm to the rooftop of a classic Chicago landmark.¬† I’ve also had a fun personal year, having written and performed some comedy shows at the Second City Training Center and currently renovating my first home! In the midst of it all, 2016 has also been a wonderful wedding year, with truly the nicest, easiest-t0-work-with couples I’ve ever had.

Given the radio silence here, I wanted to kick off my “return” with a huge post! These Chicago Athletic Association wedding photos are one of my favorite sets. Tracy and Joey are so, so sweet, and their friends and family were such a pleasure to work with. My “celebrity doppelganger” that I get is Liv Tyler, but man, Tracy REALLY looks like Liv Tyler, and photographing her and Joey together was such a treat, not just for their great photogenic quality, but because just radiated happiness and joy throughout the day. They were so wonderful and letting go and being present at their wedding, which really came through in their images, I think! We did a sweet first look in Lurie Gardens, and then a ceremony with one of the nicest priests I’ve worked with at gorgeous St. James Chapel. Their reception at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel was stunning. I had been dying to shoot at this new venue, and it did not disappoint! A few of my favorite moments: Tracy and Joey getting tons of cheers and high fives from people going to the taste of Chicago; all their friends cheering for them in the Game Room when they returned to the hotel; Tracy and her friends serenading Joey at the reception; Tracy’s maid of honor’s dad bringing out a special birthday cake for Tracy and her maid of honor as they were soon to be celebrating a joint birthday week; and let’s just say tons of fun dance moves. ūüôā

Enjoy these photos and look forward to hopefully much more frequent updates with images from many of last year’s weddings and this year!

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Creative Partners: Ceremony: St. James Chapel | Reception Venue & Catering: Chicago Athletic Association Hotel¬† | Officiant: Father John Phelps | Cake Baker: cake chicago | Floral Design: Cornelia McNamara | Sweets Table: Whisked by Cate | Dress Designer¬†¬† ¬†Pronovias (Dicembre) | Groom’s attire: Custom made by Alton Lane | Invitations:¬† Riana Nelson | Day of Coordination: Events by Abby | Makeup artist: Jen Brown at Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists | Hair stylist: Anna Jackson | Photography: Olivia & Jacqueline at Olivia Leigh Photographie

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