Liz + Nikola | Chicago Rooftop Wedding | Illinois Wedding Photographer

I love these two so freaking much! Originating from the midwest, Liz and Nikola flew all the way from California to be married in front of their closest friends and family on the rooftop of Hotel Lincoln and I’m obsessed.

I had never met these two prior to their wedding day and I had only communicated with Liz through phone calls and emails, but when I arrived it was instantly as if we’d been friends forever. One of my favorite fun facts about Liz and Nikola’s wedding was that nearly all of their vendors were close friends – their florist, coordinator, musicians, etc. It was a total family affair!

When I first arrived at Hotel Lincoln, I took a stroll around to visit all of the locations we’d be using for the day and ran into several of Liz’s friends on the rooftop setting up. The skies were as blue as I’d ever seen them, which was a huge relief considering how crappy the weather had been the entire month leading up to the wedding. Liz said one of her friends would text her a picture every single morning of the weather in Chicago so she knew!

As I was gathering up Liz’s things for some detailed shots I picked up a big, gold ring with an etching on it. Curious if it was hers and if I should be using it in my shots, I took it to her and asked what the significance was behind it. She told me an incredible story of how it belonged to her grandfather, how he had left it to her when he passed away, and how it’s her most prized possession. I’ll be updating this later to include the full story from Liz because I didn’t get all of the specifics at the time and want to include every last detail accurately. It’s an amazing story, and you’ll see that Liz has a tattoo on her arm of the exact etching on the ring. SO COOL

Another VIP in their wedding day was their pup, Gatsby. There’s literally nothing I love more than couples that involve their pets! Guys, he even had a tuxedo on. I can’t even handle it! See how many times you can spot his squishy little face in this post. I couldn’t stop saying WHO’S A GOOD BOY which was probably super annoying but my efforts to calm down were fruitless (if you don’t continually freak out about a dog in a tuxedo, there’s something wrong with you). He got so many smiles from random people in the park!

I also have to share more about Liz and her girlfriends’ killer wedding tradition they started because it’s amazing, so listen up! Liz and her close group of friends have passed around the same blue hanky at each of their weddings, embroidered with all of their initials and still bearing the makeup smears from all of the happy tears that were shed, as their ‘something borrowed and blue’. It basically reminded me of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and gave me all the feels.

I’ll be forever swooning over this day!

KayDee + Jason | In-Home + Greenhouse Maternity | Illinois Maternity Photographer

When KayDee first got in touch with me, I immediately loved her enthusiasm for her session. She was psyched, super involved, and had some awesome ideas of her own! This is her and Jason’s first baby, that I found out they’re naming Drake (SO CUTE), so this was a super exciting day! 

When I got to their house I immediately fell in love because it’s old, has a ton of windows and high ceilings, and a lot of quirkiness just like ours. We chose to move our session indoors because it was was supposed to thunderstorm all day long but we didn’t want to reschedule, which means I got to get extra creative! I met their supa cute pups (we even snuck them in a few!) and they have a golden just like we do. My fav! KayDee also found this gorgeous nursery near their home that we got to explore and I’m obsesseddddd. I’m such a sucker for a greenery overload!

KayDee and Jason are the sweetest and I’m beyond honored they chose me to document their journey into parenthood. I love them forever and ever! Keep scrolling to see my absolute favorites from this day!

Natalie + Aston | In-Home First Birthday | Illinois Family Photographer

I looooove this family 😍 Even though I haven’t known them very long, it feels like it’s been a lifetime. Natalie first contacted me when she was pregnant with Aston, and her and her hubby Dave braved the cold and snow for the most extra maternity session I’ve ever done. Hell, I still talk about it to this day! It’s one of my all-time favorites, so of course I was pumped when they wanted me to document Aston’s first year. It’s a little bittersweet that this was our last session, but I have every intention of forcing them into family photos at least twice a year 😂Too much?!

Sweet, sweet little Aston. How awesome it’s been to see him grow from the tiniest little peanut to such a little man! He’s seriously the smiliest baby ever and I can’t even with his cute little face. I just want to squeeze him all da time. Also, I can’t wrap up this little love note without mentioning Natalie’s style and the outfits she always puts Aston and herself in. I always know I’ve got nothing to worry about and don’t even give her wardrobe inspiration anymore. I’ve said it before, but I would totally hire her as my personal stylist and if I ever stop caring about sitting around in no pants and a messy bun so much, I will.

P.S. this is my in-home studio! It’s a constant work in progress, but I’m psyched to finally have it close enough to completion to put it into use. Hit ya girl up to avoid the cold, do allll the cozy in-home sessions, or shoot some boudoir for your man. I’m obsessed!

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Maddie + John | Garden of the Gods Styled Shoot | Colorado Wedding Photographer

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Rachael + Eric | Golden Hillside Engagement | Illinois Wedding Photographer
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Rachael and Eric are the sweetest, cutest couple on the planet. We had the most perfect fall day to frolic in the warm sun and inhale an infinite amount of little golden fuzzies. But the golden fuzzies in the sun? Like magical unicorn glitter. I’m pumped to share my favorites from their session!

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Rachel + Ethan | Dreamy Saint Sharbel Wedding | Illinois Wedding Photographer

PSA: this wedding will give you allllllll the design inspiration, including a tinted wedding dress, mismatched bridesmaid dresses, and a perfect fall color palette. I'm obsessing over this gallery so so much.

I've known Rachel for years and she's one of the kindest, most stylish, Target-loving beauties I've ever met. She was another one of my very first models when I started photography so many years ago, so I obviously jumped out of my shoes when she asked if I would be her wedding photographer. Like... YES girl! I literally died and came back to life when I saw her dress (the most amazing grey BHLDN gown), and couldn't shut up about the fact that she went with mismatched bridesmaids dresses of all different styles and colors (my absolute freakin' fav). Like, this wedding is goals and you'll totally agree with me.

Rach and Ethan have been my weather-plagued couple since day one. We had to reschedule their engagement session several times due to snow, rain, and just overall sucky weather. When Rachel found out she was pregnant with Elsie they made the decision to postpone their wedding from spring 2018 to fall 2018, which ended up being the best decision ever because their spring wedding date ended up being the freak snowstorm that dropped a foot of snow, whiteouts, and basically totally un-driveable conditions.

So when we saw the forecast for their fall wedding date, we weren't surprised to find that they were calling for unnatural freezing temperatures and rain. Fortunately, we ended up with partly sunny skies (still freezing, but we can't complain) and got to spend most of our day outdoors in the most perfect light. Seriously, the most perfect! Faith in Mother Nature: restored.

I'm so stoked to share my favorites with you!

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Mandy + Kyle | Sunny Parker Run Vineyard Wedding | Illinois Wedding Photographer

I'm sitting here, currently in the middle of a huge snowstorm, paying tribute to warmer days and crying just a little (kidding... kind of). All wedding days are perfect – seriously, they are! – despite occasional minor setbacks and weather mishaps, but Mandy and Kyle's day was actual perfection. It was a random, perfect, sunny, fall, fair-weather day in the midst of a cool dip, and it went off without a hitch. Everyone was happy, fun, cooperative, and sassy. Sassiness makes my day way more fun and I love laughing 24/7, so these were my people 100% 😂

I'm so obsessed with everything about this day, so keep scrolling to see my favorites (basically everything).

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