ashley+bill // illinois

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...) 

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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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peggy+bryan// grayslake, illinois

oh. my. gosh. peggy and bryan's wedding day was the definition of a family affair!

as this was a second marriage for both of them, they had their children stand up as their bridal party. peggy's godson officiated the ceremony and her brother-in-law built the chuppah they were married under. her daughter and neighbor hand lettered the aisle runner with the lyrics to 'bless the broken road' by rascal flats. all three of their daughters gave moving speeches about the love between peggy and bryan. 

the personal touches sprinkled throughout their day were so thoughtful. this event was as much a celebration of them as a couple as it was a coming together of two families.

and of course, there was the dancing! SO much dancing. a McG family wedding is nothing if not a PARTY! 

XO

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! 

 

deanna + derek // naperville, il

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

katie // lemont, illinois

i've been photographing this lady for as long as i can remember. from following her and my sisters around with a plastic point and shoot in grade school to wasting rolls and rolls of black and white film on this raven haired babe in high school. i used her as a sort of "muse" for my photo projects in college, then had the pleasure photographing her wedding 2 years ago. 

she's completely flawless, as displayed in this first photo...which i shot just to test my light. yes. she IS annoyingly beautiful. plus she's got the heart to match. she's going to be a wonderful, loving, fun mother! 

 

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!