cleo+david// barrington, illinois

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!)

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laura+steve // chicago, illinois

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! 

 

kelly+tom // chicago, illinois

this sweet mama bear is my very first friend. i've known her for 30 years. THIRTY. and when tom asked me if i wanted to photograph their maternity slash SURPRISE PROPOSAL, i couldn't have agreed faster. i love them! i love baby bumps! i love sparkly new jewelry! and i looooove being sneaky! 

the weather was perfect, she looked incredible, he somehow stayed completely cool, and the proposal went flawlessly.  i am so honored to have been able to capture their big moment through a tear streaked lens.

caitlin+jason // north carolina

when i booked a quick trip to visit my best girl in durham, nc, i knew i had to connect with newly engaged babes, caitlin and jason. 

quick back story: caitlin and i have had an "in passing" friendship, being high school classmates, as well as very (very) short termed coworkers at a chicago bar. thank goodness for social media for keeping me fully up to date on the goings on in everyone's life that i've ever met. ever. 

anyway! she claimed they were "so awkward"...and i laughed and laughed at how ridiculous she was because...LOOK at them. freakin' smoking! 

 

The Girl Project Fundraiser

"The Girl Project aims to unleash the vast economic and social power of girls through education. Girls wake up wanting to learn, and we’re here to help with the rest. Your support of The Girl Project helps educate girls around the world and here in the United States, in and out of classrooms. Our programs support the little and big things girls need to finish their education. Things like tuition and safe passage to school, but also mentorship, confidence-building programs to prevent dropouts, and training for the professional world."

Last month I hosted a fundraiser benefitting #TheGirlProject and it was I.N.C.R.E.D.I.B.L.E in every sense of the word. It was intimate and wonderful and I spent the day after recovering from a party hangover. Which means I woke up feeling like I had been hit by a truck...super sad because my event came and went so fast...so happy because it was hecka fun...and bored already because I just LOVE throwing parties!

ok. Confession: I nearly cancelled this event a handful of times. I had planned it on a holiday weekend. I was in the process of buying a house and moving. Tickets weren't selling as quickly as I would have liked. It wasn't getting as much traction on social media as I expected. My DJ cancelled (TWICE!) Things weren't going my way and honestly, it was hard. And stressful. And emotionally exhausting. Then, while during one of several panic induced group texts with my sisters, one line changed my attitude. "Tiffany, you can't make people care." Just like that, I was calm. She's right! All I could do is inform and educate others about this amazing organization and raise as many donations as possible! 

SO after I got OVER myself, my tribe of amazing #girlboss friends STEPPED UP and made this fundraiser just perfect! I cry just thinking about the generosity of these babes. 

Candyality provided the sweetest candy table.

Food Network's, Chef Elizabeth created all the snackies.

Temperance Brewery supplied the beverages.

Vichcraft, Monstersongs, and KIND donated amazing treats to stuff the swag bags for our party guests!

Joleen designed all my invites and signage! 

And Rogue Philanthropy let us host our event in their rad space in Humboldt Park. 

Thank YOU: everyone who donated, attended the party, volunteered, and sent good vibes! Because of YOU we managed to donate 123 books to Open Books and raise $1,700 for The Girl Project!!

The evening was captured by the bestbestBEST, Mysi Grubbe of Soda Fountain Photography! Without further a do, a photo recap!