ashley and bill couldn't have dreamed up a more perfect day for their elopement. from the insanely gorgeous weather to how incredibly ashley's jumpsuit fit her. it was beautiful and love-filled and full of laughs and surprises! oh, and it was quick! (helloooo 3 minute ceremony...)
cleo and dave are virtually everything i could have wanted in a bride and groom (and also, best friends....and drinking buddies...and dancing partners!) SO fun, SO laid-back, SO in love. even when cleo had to be sewn into her dress, she was all "let's do this!" gah! i want to hang out with them every weekend.
their daughter was perfect, the dance floor was jumping, and they made getting married in a bowling alley a classy affair. if their wedding day is any indication, i imagine their marriage is going to be a fun one!
(fellow photographer, Alec Thorsen, shot alongside me too!)
As we all know, a few weeks ago mother nature got pissed. Really really pissed. Seeing image after image of her devastation was heartbreaking. Feeling a little bit helpless, I decided to offer up donation based mini sessions to benefit hurricane relief. They'd get a 10 minute session for a $20 donation (or whatever they could spare!) to www.directrelief.org, along with 3-5 images. And people showed up! It was awesome!
Generally, I don't offer mini sessions. You have to work fast, they can be tiring, i never feel like my subjects have enough time to warm up, and- honestly- they just feel like work. But these families were a joy and MORE than giving. We had such a fun afternoon. Here's a little glimpse of our day!
a few months ago, the big fake wedding reached out to me to be one of their vendors at this years chicago event. i, of course, thought it was spam...they found me on instagram...and with my itty bitty following, it didn't understand how the went about contacting little ol' me. long story short- it's real. and SO MUCH FUN. i love weddings so freakin much- even for complete strangers. even if they're fake. and even if i'm working the whole time.
heidi and mike, an already married couple, were nominated by a few different friends to renew their vows with the big fake wedding. and i can understand why! they're so sweet and goofy. and so in love and deserving of an anniversary celebration. below is just a peek into their beautiful day.
i had been looking forward to this wedding for SO freakin long.
laura+steve eloped in croatia a few weeks before their wedding celebration at zed451 in chicago because they're just so much cooler than the rest of us! (i mayyyy have tried to convince laura that they needed to bring me with them...)
this day was incredible because it wasn't just about laura+steve. it was a celebration of their love- but also a celebration of their support system and everyone who's been by their side through the years. the love was palatable and all i could hope is that their images would do their beautiful day justice. i wish nothing but blue skies for these these two babes!
aren't these two, like, SMOKIN' hot!? and also, sweet as pie. it's enough to make you hate them. except you can't...because they're the freakin BEST. that baby, those faces, and all the smooches! i'm just obsessed.
they wed on the most perfect spring afternoon, in the high sun, surrounded by their loved ones and so so many lovely flowers. i hope their life together will be as bright and beautiful as their wedding day XO