This weekend 18 more amazing weddings started, and oh mama, it was beautiful…
In the last year, Chicago has essentially become my second home. My sister and her family live in Lakeview, and every since she was pregnant with their ALMOST THREE MONTH OLD (what?!) I’ve been making it down there pretty frequently. As a side note, I again could not be more thankful for this time and this job of mine, to be able to spend time traveling down there to spend time with them as their family grows…so great! Now…ANOTHER benefit to traveling down there and this business expanding is meeting clients and being able to work a little bit down there too! Val was in a wedding I shot last summer, and we got to know each other a bit chatting throughout the day, and I was so thrilled she contacted me when her and Travis got engaged! She is from Minneapolis (where the wedding will be) but her and her fiancé live in Oak Park, IL so we thought it would be fun to take photos in the city they live! Salvage One is an absolutely amazing location, and didn’t disappoint one bit! With 60,000 square feet, you could be there for hours shooting with all the amazing design and recycled architecture, furniture, artwork, etc…it’s quite amazing! We had a blast working our way around and I couldn’t be more happy with the results! So much fun, and I can’t wait for their wedding back in Minneapolis this coming June!
When I first met with Mark and Christina in August, we started planning for not only their wedding, but their engagement session as well. We started talking about timing, location…any kind of personal items they might want to include, and I remember they looked at each other and looked at me and said, “We love canoeing.” And my heart exploded and was smiling ear to ear, because I have ALWAYS wanted to photograph a couple on a canoe…and let me tell you, Mark and Christina set the bar high for my first time out on the water with them! We ventured around Lake Harriet and then made our way to the water, where…it was magical. I am so excited to share these two with you today, but most of, I cannot wait to celebrate with them at their wedding next June! Here’s to a a beautiful couple, a beautiful canoe, and one heck of a session…Mark and Christina!
It all happened this last weekend that my dad, Nance and I ventured down to Chicago to start getting prepped for the big GENDER REVEAL Sunday afternoon for Baby Moon. (For those of you who haven’t seen previous posts, my sis is pregnant and expecting her babe December 20th!!) Linds and Bri did such a great job planning the most amazing reveal for friends and family, which was especially tricky as they themselves didn’t know either, so it was such an incredible moment when we all found out together! We baked and baked, chopped and chopped, and oh did I mention we baked? Because we did. A lot. If you ever need chocolate covered pretzels…we have a prreeettyy good routine goin on….ANYWAYS, Linds and Bri thought of everything, and it was so great to prepare the “themed” food of the day. From pinks and blues, to mustaches and lips, we were all set! Everyone got to wear stickers according to what they thought the gender was going to be, and we all took photos prior to the reveal indicating what we believed the baby was going to be. As you’ll see below, we headed out to the balcony (with the most INCREDIBLE view of the city!) for the big reveal, and the amount of joy experienced in that moment is quite indescribable. The rest is pretty self-explanatory, but what I love most about these photos is seeing the joy on my sister and Brian’s face in the moment it was revealed they would be having a boy. As so many have said, they will never forget that moment, and I’m so thankful I was there to snap a few for them. I cannot wait to show him these photos someday…for him to see how loved he was from the second they knew “it” was now “he” and how much joy was experienced in that moment. I am STILL relishing in those moments and was so grateful to be there to experience it with them! It was so special to be with family (we even got to FaceTime in my bro, sis-in-law and nephew from Cali!) and their close friends in Chi…seriously…amazing. I hope you feel a little bit of joy (okay a LOT of it) while looking through these photos and remember how great it is to celebrate LIFE! I cannot wait to meet the little man come December…and for him to someday see that we LITERALLY…made it rain in Chicago one summer day in 2013 because of him….