Oct
20
2014

{ENGAGEMENT} LOVE IN CHICAGO’S WEST LOOP…

loving this west loop chicago engagement session from

MARK FEDERIGHI

so excited to have Mark’s work on the blog.  he’s got some stellar work up his sleeve so check out more on HIS BLOG.

Oct
17
2014

{CONFETTI THROW FRIDAYS} AN ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY GIVEAWAY…

if you’re a long time reader of this blog, then you know how big of a fan i am of elopements.  i love that the focus is purely on the couple with only a handful of their loved ones sharing this big moment.  i love how calm and simple it is.  and most of all, i love the intimacy.

some of my favorite photographers have captured THE most amazing elopements.  the moments, the candids, the love that they end up shooting are purely breathtaking and can be forever cherished.

so i am more than THRILLED to help announce this photography giveaway for AN ELOPEMENT.

remember this ever amazing engagement session in an abandoned church?

 

well

AUBREY RENEE PHOTOGRAPHY

is giving away an elopement package to one awesome couple!

AUBREY RENEE PHOTOGRAPHY  is really into passionate, intimate, wonderful love. There  really aren’t enough adjectives and it truly shows through her work. And I mean the love that has you climbing mountains and dancing in fields. Getting married somewhere that makes your soul sing? Having only your very closest friends and family? Have a million and one words for how your love makes you feel?

THIS IS FOR YOU.

i am so excited to help Aubrey with this giveaway because her work is pure amazing and absolute solid gold.  see for yourself on HER BLOG.  the couple who wins this giveaway is going to be so lucky.

HERE’S WHAT YOU  NEED TO DO TO ENTER:

1. Follow Aubrey on instagram (@aubreyyrenee), “Like” the giveaway announcement post on instagram, and answer the question in that post.

2. Hop on over to aubreyrenee.net for more details AND the final step: tell Aubrey about the one who makes your heart dance.

Other important details:

Deadline for submissions is FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2014. Winner will be announced November 21, 2014 via instagram (@aubreyyrenee). Winner will receive 8 hours of wedding coverage and digital images. Travel fees not included. Wedding date must not be previously booked. First time inquiries only, please.

good luck to all!

*throws confetti*

Oct
16
2014

{REAL WEDDING} LOVE AT HARTLEY BOTANICA…

“Shortly before we got engaged, Eric and I attended a wedding at an all-outdoor venue, and I realized how magical outdoor weddings can be. When we started looking at venues for our own wedding, we immediately knew Hartley Botanica would be the perfect backdrop for our special day. The natural beauty of the venue created the ideal base to achieve the organic & elegant look we were going for. Much to my surprise, I really enjoyed wedding planning. Not only did I have fun doing the tactical parts of planning, but more importantly I tried to savor the planning process as a very special time in and of itself. I don’t think a wedding should just be about “the big day;” it’s much more than that. It’s a year of planning & anticipation, capped off my one of life’s biggest milestones. My advice to other brides is to try not to get caught up in the stress of planning (because it ALWAYS turns out great), and instead to enjoy each important step along the way – going dress shopping with the special ladies in your life, seeing your wedding invitation for the first time, watching your future husband try on wedding bands, etc. Our wedding day felt warm & filled with love, ethereal, and surreal. Like most brides will say, the day absolutely flew by! Some of my favorite moments (among many!) are our first look and how elated I felt walking down the aisle. In the end, it was exactly what I had hoped for – a beautiful event filled with family and friends from all stages of life, and getting to marry my b’shert (my one & only).”

colossal thanks to

SARAH KATHLEEN PHOTOGRAPHY

for sending this one over to share.

head on over HERE and mosey around for more of Sarah’s gorgeous work.

other wedding vendors involved:

Event Venue: Hartley Botanica//Caterer: Command Performance Catering//Hair Stylist:MariaBella Salon//Invitation Designer: Minted//Dress Designer: Monique Lhuillier//Jewelry:Nadri//Floral Designer: Rockrose Floral Design//Shoes: Seychelles Footwear//Cake Designer: Skiff’s Cakes//Cinema and Video:Skyline//Bakery: Sweet Arleen’s//Band: West Coast Music – James Gang Encore//

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Oct
15
2014

{REAL WEDDING} A SWEET GEORGIA LOVE…

thrilled to bring you the work of

THISTLE + LACE PHOTOGRAPHY

a newcomer to this blog and this industry, Adina definitely has some solid gold work up her sleeves, so check out more of her work on HER BLOG.

Oct
14
2014

{REAL WEDDING} LOVE ON A PENNSYLVANIA FAMILY FARM…

“When Pia and Ryan contacted me initially, they were living in Australia. It was really fun to have a Skype conversation with someone 14 hours away! What they told me about their wedding plans sounded like my kind of thing to photograph: Pia’s parents’ family farm as their venue, an outdoor ceremony, a great DJ, lovely buffet-style dinner and lots of dancing. The atmosphere of their celebration was truly special. I loved seeing the horses, walking around the farm with Pia and Ryan to take their photos and beautifully decorated tent for the reception. And did I mention a live kangaroo?! I loved documenting Pia and Ryan’s lovely wedding day.”

super excited to share the work of

PEACH PLUM PEAR PHOTO

 for more work, head on over HERE.  there’s definitely a lot more to see, so go check it out for sure.

other wedding vendors included:

DJ:DJ DeeJay//Floral Designer:Jill’s Flowers and Frills//Hair Stylist:Jillian Grace Salon//Caterer: Jimmy Duffy Caterers//Invitation Designer:Paper n’Peonies//

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Oct
13
2014

{REAL WEDDING} LOVE AT PHOENIX’S INSIDE THE BUNGALOW…

huge thanks

RIDDLE ROAD PHOTOGRAPHY

for this one.  check out more right over HERE then stick around JULIE’S BLOG for more of her work.

Oct
10
2014

{CONFETTI THROW FRIDAYS} NO. 60…

there is a huge unsettling feeling behind the scenes here.  there could be some major changes in the coming year for me.  i also have the travel bug and am in the beginning stages of planning a big trip for my dirty thirty with one of my closest friends from high school.  it’s funny how friendships work.  we have always kept in touch but never lived in the same city since we graduated from high school.  and yet, every time we talk via text, skype, or phone call, there are belly laughs galore where we’re often left in tears as a result.  always glad for these friendships and really hoping that this trip does happen.  we’re thinking Ireland, Scotland, and yes, Iceland.  if any of you reading have any recommendations for these places- where to stay, what to see, where to eat- I’ll be incredibly thankful and appreciative.

anyways, onto this week’s confetti throw fridays.  again, i was terrible and couldn’t decide on just five.  so there’s ten.

highly reiterate that you must click on each of the links to see more from that post.  all of them are just bloody brilliant and spectacular.  my picks from each of the wedding photographers’ posts are only just the surface.  y’all really need to see what these talented wedding photographers are so wonderfully capable of.

TYLER BRANCH 

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PAT FUREY

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MARISA ALBRECHT

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CARINA SKROBECKI

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JONAS SEAMAN

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NICOLE LEEVER

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RYAN FLYNN

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KALLIMA PHOTOGRAPHY

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NICK RADFORD

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ARON GOSS

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this weekend i’ll be trying my hand at being a photography assistant for Chaz Cruz.  i’ve heard i’m going to get a great arm workout.

hope you all have a fantastical weekend!

*throws confetti*