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Posted by Dawn

12.05.14  -  Weddings

Ashley & Michael | Wedding | Ritz-Carlton Chicago

Event Planner: Marina Birch | Birch Design Studio
Event Designer: Kehoe Designs
Venue: Ritz-Carlton Chicago
Entertainment: Gentlemen of Leisure
Videographer: I Do Films
Wedding Cake: Cake Chicago
Linens: BBJ Linen
Hair Stylist: Kara Schadel
Makeup Artists: Sean Stevenson & Shelby Jenkins

I've been dying to get this blog post done because Ashley and Michael's wedding was beyond amazing. I had the hardest time narrowing down the photos! What a wedding this was at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago. Ashley and her mom, Debbie, hired the talented Marina Birch of Birch Design Studio who executed this wedding so effortlessly! Together with the brilliant team at Kehoe Designs, this wedding was beautifully decorated with a very generous amounts of flowers.

Ashley looked stunning in her Katarina gown by Vera Wang and her Italian made Cerise shoes by Aruna Seth embellished with Swarovski crystals. A little bling is always a good thing! The Gentlemen of Leisure rocked the house and everyone danced the night away!

We can't thank Jenn Gaudrau and Diego Ivan Martirena of Maplewood Photogrpaphy for shooting this amazing wedding with Bob and working so hard for us... thank you!!! And Marina Birch who introduced us to this beautiful family, thank you!

Wishing Ashley and Michael a lifetime of happiness together! We can't wait to see your wedding in featured in Inside Weddings magazine Spring 2015 edition. So excited!


~ Dawn

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Posted by Dawn

11.23.14  -  Weddings

Ashley & Greg | Wedding | Ritz-Carlton Chicago

Venue: Ritz-Carlton Chicago
Event Planner: BCR Events | Nicki Eisenstein
Event Designer: HMR Designs
Entertainment: Ken Arlen Orchestra
Lighting: Frost Chicago
Wedding Cake: Alliance Bakery & Café
Hair Stylist: Salon Soca | Cortney & Emily
Makeup Artist: Kelly LaBanco
Calligraphy: Karen Garber
Videographer: Xpress Video Productions

Ashley and Greg had been dating for 5 years before he popped the question in Miami a few nights before they boarded the Top Chef Cruise for her birthday! So romantic, right? He knew how obsessed she was with the TV show Top Chef so he bought tickets to sail away with them. They were getting ready for dinner in Miami and Greg gave Ashley a card. She could barley finish reading the card before bursting in tears! That's when she looked up and saw Greg on one knee holding the most perfect ring she'd ever seen. To this day, Ashley says she's not even sure if she said "yes, I'll marry you", she was too happy to speak! Of course as she was calling her parents to let them in on the good news, the doorbell rang and she answered it to find her beautiful mom and dad there to her surprise. She feel to her knees and buried her head into her hands "Is this really happening?" she recalls. What a perfectly beautiful night! And I have to say, kudos to Greg, for a perfect proposal and perfect evening. But it doesn't end there, on no... it gets better. After celebrating the night away, Ashley realized she was wearing her new gorgeous diamond ring but not the vintage ring that she wears everyday from her mom. She panicked and searched high and low, it was gone. But her mom told her not to worry, to ask Gramma, and it will show up. And surely she was right, the antique ring showed up in Greg's pocket. A perfect ending to an unforgettable evening!

As sweet as that story is, this amazing couple is even sweeter! I'm so excited to share their wedding on our blog. After Ashley and her mom, planned for a year and a half on all the yummy details, they hired Nicki Eisenstein from BCR Events, to step in the day of their wedding and bring all the magic together. We worked with an incredible team to bring Ashley and Greg's dream wedding to life. Their wedding took place at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Chicago. Burt Rubenstein and his team from HMR Designs pulled it all together using gorgeous roses, hydrangea, and amaryllis flowers, candelabras, you name it, perfection! The little crystal place card frames added a special touch, not to mention how incredible Ken Arlen Orchestra was all day and night! Ashely looked gorgeous in her white Vera Wang | Katarina Gown and Greg in his black Armani tuxedo. The bridesmaids wore beautiful champagne colored long blouson Adrianna Papell dresses. And those flower girls and ring bearers... oh so cute!

Ashley and Greg, we wish you a lifetime of happiness together. We look forward to staying in touch watching life unfold for you both! We are honored to have been part of your wedding, thank you for trusting us! I very special thank you to our second shooter, Diego Ivan Martirena of Maplewood Photogrpaphy who did an amazing job helping Bob document this beautiful wedding.

I know I post way to many photos on our blog, I just can't help myself. I love telling the story of our couple's day!



~ Dawn

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Posted by Dawn

11.23.14  -  Engagements

Ashley & Greg | Chicago Engagement Photography

Their story is super cute... and not love at first sight says Ashley, far from it as Greg was pursuing one of her friends. They met at a local Chicago bar, and she hit it off with his roommate. It wasn't until a few years later when she was studying abroad in Spain, did their relationship started to blossom... and her phone bill. When she returned home to Chicago that summer, it was like they had been dating for years. And can you guess where they spent a lot of their time? If you said the Cubs stadium you'd be absolutely right. Since her dad has been a season ticket holder forever, he pulled some strings and their name is in lights! Love it!

When Bob and I met with Ashley and Greg, and her mom, Terrie, I had my fingers crossed when we left the building they live in. We really loved meeting them all. When we got the call saying they wanted us to photograph their wedding, we couldn't have been happier!!! Every thing about Ashley is amazing. She is truly beautiful inside and out... and Greg adores her, which makes him so adorable! They make the sweetest couple... and just wait until you see their wedding photos! I'm posting them next!


~ Dawn

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Posted by Dawn  -  11.21.14

Weddings, News / Press

Bravo TV Star Million Dollar Listing Miami Chad Marries Jen

Event Planner: Reva Nathan & Associates
Venue: The Cleveland Museum of Art
How fun to be part of this incredible wedding! Bravo TV Million Dollar Listing Miami star Chad Carroll marries the love of his life, Jen Stone and it was featured on This incredible wedding was planned by the talented Chicago Event Planner, Reva Nathan of Reva Nathan & Associates. They were married at The Cleveland Museum of Art.

I can't wait to share all the photos! Coming very soon....


~ Dawn and Bob

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Posted by Dawn  -  11.19.14

Engagements, News / Press

We're Engaged | Our New Book

We are proud to share our new book on our blog "WE'RE ENGAGED: Photographing Vibrant and Joyful Portraits of the Happy Couple". It was a fun collaboration by Bob and I and we are proud to share it with you all. We are so thankful to Amherst Media and Harvey Goldstein for asking us to collaborate with them on this book. What an honor! And thank you to all our amazing couples who trust us with these special moments in their lives. We hope that you all enjoy this book as much as we do!

Here's a description of what our book is about:
Today's brides and grooms-to-be have grown up inundated by world-class photography on the Internet, television, magazines, and social networking sites. Therefore, it's no surprise that these savvy, image-conscious consumers have high expectations when commissioning their engagement portraits. They want unique, innovative images that make them look great and reflect their personal style as individuals and as a couple. In this book, acclaimed photographers Bob and Dawn Davis show you how to rise to that lofty goal and deliver memorable, personalized images from each session. Covering the process from start to finish, you'll learn how to select locations, work with clients on their styling, get great poses even from camera-shy subjects, and find (or create) amazing lighting indoors and out, all day long. Lighting diagrams paired with each final image selection, along with supporting image variations from the same session, make it easy to learn!

You can find it at book store near you or online at at Amherst Media

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