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Posted by Dawn

01.17.14  -  Engagements

Ashley & Ari's Puppy Love Engagement Session | Chicago



It's always the most amazing compliment when we are asked to photograph another wedding for a family we adore! This is Ashley and Ari… and Rebbe, their much loved puppy! Ashley is sisters with Danielle whose wedding to Jeremy was the previous year! Can you imagine 2 weddings for their parents back to back like that? Oh my!

Ashley tells us that they met on JDate, but chances are they mostly likely met as kids because they have tons of family and friends in common. She laughs because Ari picked her up for their first date in his mom's Porsche and tried to tell her it was his, just to show off. I can totally see Ari doing that! Of course, they hit it off and fell in love! When Ari proposed to Ashley, he attached a box to Rebbe's collar and had him walk into the room she was getting ready in for dinner with their family at their favorite restaurant that night. Ari got down on one knee, with Rebbe by his side, and said (something private… wink, wink ;) and proposed to Ashley. She said "it was amazing to have all three of us together"!.

We had a blast during their engagement session in Chicago! We began at their home, which is where they draw their strength and happiness. Rebbe was always present and was willing to pose at any moment. We headed out to the dog park near their home and took some gorgeous photos with the fall colors as a backdrop. Rebbe, of course, stole the show! I love how much Ash and Ari love their puppy, very much the way we love our Hunter! We ended the evening at the bend in the river to take some incredible night shots. It's the last photo we'll ever take there as the bend is no longer there in Chicago.

Here's some photos to share with you all…! Their wedding post is next!

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Posted by Dawn  -  08.28.13

Engagements, Photographers, Workshops

Real Wedding Workshop | Charleston, SC | Day 1



"What is a Real Wedding Workshop?" is a question we get asked frequently. Well, it's basically when an engaged couple asks us to photograph their "very real and incredibly beautiful" wedding and make it a workshop where up to 15 photographers can be educated on how to shoot a wedding, while second shooting alongside Bob. This type of workshop is designed to be educational on Day 1 and Day 3. Wedding day is all about the wedding and capturing the moments for our couples. All photographers are considered 2nd shooters. We encourage them to team up with another photographer to make sure they are covered so they can get all the images they need to complete a fine art book of the wedding. It's a pretty amazing way to add a beautiful destination wedding to their portfolio. Everyone is very respectful on wedding day and we all work together beautifully. That's the technical answer... now for the emotional, overly gushy, girlie answer...

Our 1st real wedding + workshop was in Las Vegas in 2008. The 2nd one was in St. Simons Island, Georgia in 2009. The 3rd one was in Nashville, TN in 2011. The 4th one was in the Umbria region of Italy in 2012. This past May 2013 was the 5th wedding Real Wedding Workshop we've hosted, where 15 photographers, and our 2 second shooters, photographed Jenni and Stevn's wedding alongside Bob, in Charleston, South Carolina. Yes, you read that right.... 18 photographers total at this wedding! And yes, we are absolutely crazy!

I can't even begin to tell you how incredibly amazing these experiences have been on so many levels. Lifelong friendships have been made throughout this journey. Life changing moments have occurred. Long nights of talking into the wee hours and even some night swimming, not to mention, some fun moments that will.... well, let's just stay, what happens at a Davis Love Story Workshop stays at a Davis Love Story Workshop! You know who you are!

Stevn's mom, Pam Bell, is a very dear friend of ours. We met Pam at our St. Simon's Island workshop in 2009. I'll never forget when she called me about attending the workshop. She was the last one to sign up. We talked for quite awhile, as she wasn't sure this was the right workshop for her. Well, since then, she and her sweet husband, Wade, have attended our Real Wedding + Workshop in Italy last year, and also asked us if we would be interested in making her son's wedding a workshop, of course with their approval. Their family has become our family, we just love them so very much. When she shared the details of their wedding with us and sent us photos of Jenni and Stevn, we knew immediately this was the perfect fit.

We had the most amazing photographers join us for this adventure as Jenni and Stevn said "I Do!". Thank you so very much, Raul Castro, Courtney Clouse, Kristi Coil, Melissa Del Vecchio, Randy Dickson, Davis Macias, Samantha Oulavong, Jeni Rone, Crystal Schmidt, Tiffany and Miles Stelzig, Vivian Strayer, Mary Wessner, Becky Williamson, Julie Wooldridge for believing in us and trusting Bob and I to provide you with an educational and fun experience! Please remember to keep in touch with us. We know that we provided a ton of information and if you ever have questions, always know that we are here for you!!! We want to see you succeed!

A huge thank you to our Operations Manager, Michele, for helping us along with every step of the way with this workshop. We don't know what we'd do without her.... truly, everyone needs a Michele! And a huge thank you to Arlene and Doug Beets who 2nd shoot this wedding with Bob. Also, major contributors were their daughter and son-in-law, Tiffany and Miles. And, Stevn's mom, Pam and his sister, Katrin who shared some photos with us as well. We love you all so very much!!! Thank you for contributing as our 2nd shooters! You are the best of the best!

We hosted our workshop at the Charleston Center For Photography which was a fantastic location! Andy and his team were amazing and so gracious with us. We were also blessed to have Brandon Heiss from Westcott Westcott join us to help with lighting setups. Thank you Brandon!!!

Day one, we all headed to Battery Park in Charleston with everyone, which is famous for its beautiful cobblestone walkways and Antebellum homes. As you can see in the photo above, there were a lot of light stands! Jenni and Stevn were amazing as they were being photographed like celebrities! I really loved the gazebo at White Point Gardens and all the . Their love for each other is undeniable! And every photographer there was taken in by not only their beauty on the outside but their kindness on the inside too!

After Battery Park, we were off to cover the red carpet entrance to the rehearsal dinner at the 1940's deco American Theater. Look familiar? In my all-time favorite movie "The Notebook" Noah and Allie go to see Buster Keaton in Li’l Abner at this theather. Pam & Wade were hosting the rehearsal dinner and wanted to do a red carpet entrance. Bob thought it would be fun to have a paparazzi style entrance. And Jenni looked amazing in her BCBG Maxazria dress!

So, this is Part 1 of a 4 part blog post of our last Davis Love Story Real Wedding + Workshop. We hope that you can experience how incredible this adventure was for us all through our photos! Enjoy!

Much love everyone!

~ Dawn and Bob

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Posted by Dawn

07.22.13  -  Engagements

Lauren & Stephen Engagement Session | Chicago



Since the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup, it's been such a cool theme during our last couple of engagement sessions. Meet Lauren and Stephen... so cute and so fun... I just love their energy and I love that they make each other laugh. Lauren has the most beautiful eyes and a smile that just lights up in every photo.

And I, of course, love that they wanted to wear their jerseys and begin at the Field Museum right near to the dinosaur. Lauren and Stephen, we are looking forward to your wedding in January!

A big thank you to Reva Nathan for sharing us with this beautiful couple! We are so grateful to have your trust.

xoxoxo,

~ Dawn & Bob


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Posted by Dawn

07.19.13  -  Engagements

Erin & Kevin Engagement Session | Chicago



Whoop, whoop, so excited to be photographing our dear friend, Erin, and her fiancé's wedding in September! We met Erin at one of our Davis Love Story Workshops as she is a photographer as well. What a compliment when another photographer wants you to photograph their wedding!

We had a blast during their engagement session! They are huge Blackhawks fans and wanted to begin their session at the United Center. Of course!!! Love it! We then stopped into G-Cue Billiards and they welcomed us with open arms to take a few photos there. Such a cool billiards joint! Then onto the North Avenue Beach for some awesome Chicago Skyline shots. It was a windy day in the windy city but the weather was wonderful...!!! We adore you Erin and Kevin and can't wait for your big day!

xoxox,

~ Dawn and Bob

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Posted by Dawn

11.17.12  -  Engagements

Danielle & Jeremy | Engagement Session | Glencoe



On my way to Heffernan Morgan Ronsley to meet with Jim Dillbeck and his client, I had NO idea what I was in for. When I walked in the meeting room, it took only moments for me to fall in love with Andie, Danielle's mom. We laughed and talked for a long time and she loves her puppy as much as I love mine!!! I left our meeting thanking God for bringing such an incredibly kind and beautiful woman into my life. You can't help but fall in love with Andie instantaneously. She is the most caring, loving, involved mom and I hope to be half as close to my kids as she is with hers as mine grow up.

Danielle + Jeremy met while attending the University of Denver together. They would say their fist date was almost a complete disaster. Jeremy asked Danielle to go to Rosh Hashanah services with him and then go out to dinner afterwards at a Chinese Restaurant, one of Jeremy's favorites. As it turned out, Danielle had not been to services in a long time and not a fan of Chinese food. But it didn't matter because they spent the next 7 years learning to love each other completely. They've traveled the world and have skied almost every resort in Colorado.

They have lived in New York together since early 2008. Jeremy is an attorney specializing in commercial litigation and international arbitration and Danielle has established herself as an internet marketing specialist for Yahoo! I'm so excited to share their engagement session with you all. We began at Danielle's parent's beautiful home, where she grew up and then we hit the streets of downtown, Glencoe. I love when our couples include their dogs. Meet Sohpie, she's so stinkin' cute!

Next blog post is their wedding! Yes, they said "I Do" and it was a perfectly dreamy wedding!

Definitely one of my favorite families of the year!!!

Enjoy!!!

xoxox,

Dawn + Bob

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Posted by Dawn  -  08.28.12

Engagements, Lifestyle

Susan & Ted | Blended Families



It was really important to Susan + Ted that they found a photographer that could capture the essence of their families. See, they were planning their wedding at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and they each have 3 beautiful children. Susan's kids don't mind having their photo taken and well Ted's boys, they hold back their smiles just a tad. So, they wanted someone who could let the kids be themselves and capture them doing what they love most.... play!

Bob did a wonderful job letting the kids have fun, while sneaking in a few portraits. Susan + Ted, you have the most beautiful family and we are so happy to have captured these images for you.

xoxoxxo,

~ Dawn + Bob

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Posted by Dawn

08.14.12  -  Engagements

Sara & Matt | Engagement Session | Chicago



I feel a need to share the story of how Matt proposed to Sara...... in his words...

"I began serenading Sara, singing one of her favorite songs (American Honey, by Lady Antebellum), except I had re-written the words to be about our relationship. The song eluded to marriage and starting a life together. At the end of the song I got down on one knee and pulled a small box out of my back pocket and “popped the question.” After some tears (of shock and joy), Sara screamed, “Yes I will marry you!”

How fun is that? And of course, a proposal is always brings me back to when Bob proposed to me.... only not as romantic. You can feel the love in their photos... it's truly magical. Sara is stunning and because I'm just now getting to this entry, I know that Sara made a gorgeous bride. Their wedding was amazing and I will post that next.

Thank you to Reva Nathan for introducing us to Sara + Matt's and their wonderful families. When we walked into their home to meet with them, we also had the pleasure of meeting Sara's mom, Susan, and Matt's parents, Chuck and Debbie. We fell in love with this family and I remember crossing my fingers when we walked out their door saying... please, please, please select us. I just knew they were wonderful people. I was so happy when we received the call... "They want you to photograph their wedding." So exciting!!!

Here's a few favorites from their engagement session!

xoxoxo,

~ Dawn + Bob

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Posted by Dawn

08.12.12  -  Engagements

Lizzy & Brett | Engagement Session | On Ice | Part 1 of 3



Lizzy + Brett met when they were in College. They bet who could rap more of the words to the song "Sugar On My Tongue" by Trick Daddy. Guess who won..... yes, you guessed it, Lizzy! These two are just amazing people with really wonderful families. Lizzy is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. Her smile lights up the room and she has a heart of gold. Truly gracious in every way. Brett plays for the Chicago Wolves AHL and I would image, rough and tough on the ice but a perfect gentleman around his bride. Together they are so fun and make a great team!

They began their day, where else, at the Centennial Ice Rink at the Daily Plaza in Chicago. Even though it may have been cold outside, they filled the day with their laughter. They skated around the ice and then headed to Millennium Park. They even went to Home Depot to buy a Christmas tree & lights so they could take photos on North Avenue Beach. How cool is that?

I've been waiting to post their engagement session until after they married, for privacy reasons. So, now's the time! Consider this Part 1 of 3... more to come on their wedding day and post wedding shoot.

Enjoy........ and much love!

~ Dawn + Bob

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Posted by Dawn  -  08.10.12

Engagements, Photographers, Workshops

Giulia & Marco | Pre-Wedding | Castello di Sismano, Italy



Welcome to the beginning of our Italian adventure. Bob, our kiddos, + I flew to Italy to host a real wedding workshop where we photographed the beautiful wedding of Giulia + Marco, along with 11 of our second shooters. Yes, you absolutely read that right. As many of you know, we host photography workshops around the world and this one was beyond our wildest dreams! With the help of our dear friends, Max + Cris who organized our workshop and introduced us to our bride + groom, we spent 6 glorious nights + 5 fun days photographing a pre-wedding session, sunflower fields, a wedding in a castle, and the rolling hills of Umbria and Tuscany... a dream come true! After countless hours of laughing and sometimes crying, we all said goodbye in tears. The friendships that were made were incredible and will last a lifetime. I can't wait to write more about that soon.

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Posted by Dawn

08.09.12  -  Engagements

Angela & Bryant | Engagement Session | L.O.V.E...!



Does it get anymore fun than this? I don't think so. Meet Angela + Bryant... they are just so adorable! They met with us before they even had their church and reception hall chosen. It's always great pleasure to know when someone has been waiting to get engaged so they can finally hire us for their wedding! Angela spent hours planning the location and photo ideas for their engagement session. Photos are very important to her and that makes us happy! We love when couples say that photography is most important to them on their wedding day. After all, when everything is said and done, all you have is your photographs!

Bob, and our assistant (daughter), Alli, met them at Ed Debevics in Chicago. There was a terrible thunderstorm hitting Chicago, so they all spent a couple of hours in the restaurant, which was okay because there are so many photographic opportunities there! After the storm was over, it was a beautiful day as you will see in all their photos! I'm so glad they didn't want to cancel their session because rainy days make reflective streets and dramatic clouds, which make the best photos!

Angela and Bryant... thank you so much for wanting us to be part of your lives! We adore you both. And can't wait to see all the fun things you plan for your wedding!

xoxo,

~ Dawn + Bob

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