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Posted by Dawn

06.25.15  -  News / Press

Modern Luxury Brides | Chicago | June 2015 | Ashley & Greg



So excited for our super sweet couple Ashley and Greg as their beautiful wedding at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago was selected to be featured in Modern Luxury Brides | Chicago. Thank you Andrea Mills for sharing this incredible wedding and family in the June 2015 edition. I can speak for everyone involved and tell you how grateful we are to you all at Modern Luxury! Thank you! Thank you!!!

xoxoxo...

~ Dawn and Bob

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Posted by Dawn

06.22.15  -  Weddings

Caroline & Jack | Chicago Wedding | Four Seasons Hotel



To say that this wedding was beautiful is an understatement! When the talented, Reva Nathan reached out to see if we were available December 31, 2014 for a New Year's Eve wedding at Four Seasons Hotel Chicago we couldn't be more thrilled to have the date open. And when we met with Caroline, her mom and sister at their home in Hinsdale, we knew this was going to be an amazing wedding! They are the nicest family and graciously welcomed us into their home and we loved getting to know them.

Though Jack says he knew Caroline in high school, Caroline says the officially met when her sister, Margaret got engaged to Jack's best friend, Phil. How cool is that? Even though they talked all night about the mutual friends they shared from their days of water polo at Fenwick, a year had past since they ran into each other again at Margaret and Phil's wedding shower. A few weeks later they met up at a Blackhawks game and talk all through the game, but still didn't see each other again for a few months. I guess that is how long it took Jack to get the nerve to ask Caroline to a party. She dragged all her friends with her because she had a crush on Jack... and that is when their love story began. They dated a little over a year and half before Jack popped the question at Zoo Lights at Lincoln Park Zoo and a little over a year later, they said "I do!" I would say their love was worth the wait...!!!

Caroline's mom, Lisa was instrumental in helping her daughter plan for their big day. They said "I Do" in the evening at St. James Chapel. One of my favorite churches in the city of Chicago! Reva Nathan & Associates and Rishi Patel and his team at HMR Designs did an outstanding job transforming Four Seasons Hotel Chicago and bringing Caroline and Jack's NYE dream wedding to fruition. It couldn't have been anymore beautiful and FUN! Caroline looked stunning her Pnina Tornai gown that she purchased at Kleinfeld. Of course, having one of the BEST in Chicago, Caroline Shaw owner of The Wedding Dresser help everyone get into their gowns is always a plus!

Everyone danced the night away while Rendezvous Music entertained the crowd, not a moment the dance floor wasn't rockin'.

Caroline and Jack, we wish you both so much happiness. Marriage is wonderful, Bob and I know this after being married almost 23 years. Thank you for inviting us into your lives and trusting us with one of the most special days the two of you will share with all your friends and family!

xoxo!

~ Dawn and Bob

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Posted by Dawn

06.09.15  -  Engagements

Allison and Scott | Engagement Session | Chicago



Ohhh how we love this family! Thank you, thank you, thank you Marcy Glink at Great Events, Event Planner extraordinaire, for introducing us to Leslie Kind. We had a blast working with you on her son, Michael's wedding to Fran and we're so excited about Allison and Scott's wedding in November!

Allison and Scott met through mutual friends and they hit it off that night but it wasn't until months later did they meet up again at a Single's Valentine's Day dinner and instantly connected again spending the entire night talking as if no one else was there. The rest is history!

We can't wait for our wedding day you two lovies!!!!

xoxo,

~ Dawn and Bob

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Posted by Dawn

05.01.15  -  Weddings

Celeste & Jim | Wedding | The Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago



One of the sweetest "Mr. + Mrs" ever. Thank you to Marcy Glink at Great Events who introduced us to Celeste and Jim .

They booked us to photograph their wedding at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel in Chicago. They were blending families and didn't want to have the traditional wedding so they hired Sue Cronin's Impulse Talent Group to perform to a "decades" theme and it was such a fun wedding!

We even did a "decades" photoshoot before their wedding. Then we designed a book with the photos and decade quotes and all 230 dinner plates at the wedding had a 6"x6" book on it. So fun!!!

Always an honor to photograph a beautiful wedding but when it's a family who is this appreciative, it makes it a million times more special. We love you Celeste and Jim!

xoxox!! ~ Dawn and Bob

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Posted by Dawn  -  04.01.15

Weddings, News / Press

Inside Weddings | Spring 2015 | Ashley Jarol & Michael Scott



Be still my heart, the team at Inside Weddings is just AMAZING. We can't thank Walt, Art, and Nicole enough for publishing Ashley and Michael's wedding. Truly one of thee BEST luxury bridal magazines on the stands!

And a huge thank you to event planner extraordinaire, Marina Birch of Birch Design Studio who brought this wedding to life along with the brilliant team at Kehoe Designs. The Ritz-Carlton Chicago was the perfect venue for this gorgeous garden wedding.

Happy Spring everyone!

xoxox!

~ Dawn

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Posted by Dawn  -  03.18.15

Weddings, News / Press

The Knot Chicago | Spring-Summer 2015 Edition | Jillian & Matt



Ahhhhh absolutely excited for our sweet couple Jillian and Matt. To have a wedding featured in a bridal magazine is any photographer's dream. We can't thank Rebecca Crumley at The Knot Chicago enough for featuring this beautiful wedding in the Spring/Summer 2015 edition. A huge thank you to the gorgeous and talented Susan Cordogan at Big City Bride for introducing us to this family! Big hugs girlie!

You can see Jillian and Matt's blog post featuring many photos from their wedding here.

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Posted by Dawn

03.18.15  -  Weddings

Jillian + Mathew | Private Estate Wedding



This wedding.... ohhhh my, melt my heart! We were introduced to Jillian and Matt through their event planner, Susan Cordogan of Big City Bride . If you haven't met Susan, she's a hoot! You will love her; she's sweet, she's beautiful and so talented. She collaborated with the super creative, Rishi Patel, of HMR Designs to bring this wedding to life! And wow.... did they ever!

Jillian and Matt first met in high school at a festival in downtown Geneva. However, their love story began a decade later, when one summer day, Jillian was driving along the river, windows down, the song "tangerine" blaring to the beat when she noticed a cute guy jogging, and it happened to be Matt. She sent him a text and he invited her out on a date. She recalls it being the best date she had ever been on. Matt didn't wait long to ask his love to marry him. We posted their engagement session last summer, you can check tthat out here.

They decided to get married on her father's property which made a gorgeous backdrop for their wedding. Jillian chose a beautiful Lazaro gown by JLM Couture, with a lace bodice and 13 layers of buttercup chiffon and just the right about of lace towards the bottom. Her veil was cathedral length and has a sweet delicate edge... so pretty! She wore Jimmy Choo shoes and diamond earrings that her groom gave to her, along with a borrowed bracelet from a family friend. Her hair, half up in a twist that connected and long waves, was styled by Ashley Young. Jillian was inspired by Khaleesi's hair from Game of Thrones. I'd say she looked even better! Her bridesmaids all wore soft plum dresses by BHLDN which were gorgeous! Matt and his boys all had a James Bond look going on as they all wore black tuxes from GQ Formalwear.

Jillian and Matt said "I do" at St. John Neumann in a full Catholic mass. Then headed back on a Flying Lady trolley to celebrate thier love with friends and family. Guests entered the wedding through a lounge where everyone had their photo taken on a swanky white sofa. During cocktail hour, signature drinks were served, named after their two dogs Bella and Jack. Guests enjoyed a raw bar, a craft beer station, Sonoma wines, cheeses, and a Mediterranean bar. Toasts were made, and everyone danced to The Chicago Players who rocked the night away.

We couldn't have photographed this wedding so well without the help of our team, Christine Bentley, and Diego Ivan Martirena of Maplewood Photogrpaphy. Thank you so much for your love and support!

Bob and I hope you enjoy looking through the images from this beauttiful wedding. Jillian and Matt, thank you with all our heart and soul for trusting us with this very special day in your lives!!!

Enjoy!

~ Dawn

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Posted by Dawn

03.05.15  -  Families

Baby Brooklyn and Emma | So Cute



We had the honor to photography Danielle and Jeremy's wedding, and now their sweet little Brooklyn. Also Danielle's sister, Ashley's wedding... and she has baby Emma who is adorable. These two little cousins will grow up like sisters!

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Posted by Dawn

02.25.15  -  Weddings

Chad Carroll & Jen Stone | Wedding | The Cleveland Museum of Art



Chad Carroll is an Executive Vice President at The Chad Carroll Group, and Jen Stone is a spokesperson and video reporter for Delray Beach Marketplace and a freelance entertainment host, reporter, and producer.

"We were set up through a mutual family friend at an Ohio State football party," Jen told People about their road to married life. "Chad asked me out through Facebook, saying he had 'work to do' in Boca Raton, where I was living at the time. Without any real work to do up there, he then slept at his grandparents' house for the next three days in a row so we could be together. We pretty much haven't separated since."

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Posted by Dawn

12.05.14  -  Weddings

Ashley & Michael | Wedding | Ritz-Carlton Chicago



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 an abundance of gorgeous 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 their wedding in featured in Inside Weddings magazine Spring 2015 edition. So excited!

xoxo!

~ Dawn

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