This is my last wedding post for 2013 weddings, and what a way to end that incredible season! These two, my goodness, I just absolutely adored getting to know them! Talk about two of the sweetest people that I have ever photographed! And … uhm … have you noticed how attractive they are?!:PSeriously, beautiful people with beautiful hearts to match!

This November wedding seemed to be the last weekend of perfect Fall weather before the Winter season crept up on us, so we really lucked out with the last burst of color! Adam and Concetta have been together for many years, so when their wedding day finally arrived, they were beyond ready to tie the knot! What a magical day it was celebrating with everyone!

I feel the need to brag here about Concetta and her incredible talent. She made her wedding gown and all the bridesmaids gowns as well. They were my favorite that I have seen, and when put together with the florals, WOW! Adam and Concetta had such small touches of themselves in this day, and I loved how personal it made everything feel.

These two have a pure love for one another that you notice instantly. Their kindness absolutely blows my mind, and I am humbled to have been able to photograph a couple that makes everyone around them feel so important. This day was about them, but they absolutely made it about everyone who attended. Congrats to you both!

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Mean while … ha! Always fun to see how different the mornings are from one another!

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Time to get married!

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This reception was beautiful! Loved all the warm colors and up lights they chose!

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I loved that these two watched each other’s first dances with their parents:)

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A perfect end to the day! I spy a bride and groom:P

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Ceremony: St. Paul of the Cross | Reception: Concorde Banquets | Video: Kevin Larson | Florist: Flowerville | Cake: Central Continental Bakery| Makeup: Bridal Beauty Chicago | Bridal Gown: Cettina | Bridesmaid Gowns: Cettina | Men’s Attire: Black Tie Formal Wear

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  • That velvet chair in the beginning = photographing details heaven! Gorgeous work AS always, you never disappoint :)

It is such a treat when a client sends their wedding invitation my way! What a thoughtful gesture that always makes me feel like more than just another hired vendor:)Seeing the invitation is always exciting because it gives me a small glimpse into what has been planned over the months. Today, I thought I would share an invitation for an April wedding I have this year. This couple is pretty darn awesome, so it was no surprise that their invite was as well:P

I just loved the whimsical, romantic, simple feel that this couple chose for their wedding style! Sarah, the bride, was kind enough to share with me the companies she went through (listed in links below). She ordered the ribbon, envelopes, and paper, and then put everything together, creating this beautiful presentation. I thought I would take the time to share to the planning brides who wanted some inspiration!

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Ribbon: May Arts | Envelopes: LCI Paper Co | Printing Company: Prolab Express

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It’s hard to believe that I am down to the final two blog posts for 2013 weddings! This past season was filled with incredible couples, and Stephanie and Jason are most certainly on that list:)

Back in the summer when I photographed these two, we met up at a gold club, so I loved that this theme was carried into there wedding day at Medinah Country Club. It was most certainly the swankiest venue I have ever photographed at!:PSo much color was still around for their November wedding, just what they were hoping for! And oh my goodness, I was absolutely obsessed with all of Stephanie’s accessories and Vera Wang gown. Breathtaking!

Jason and Stephanie are so gentle and caring in the way they are with each other. You can sense such a feeling of warmth and connection when they embrace, and what a beautiful thing that is to be able to document. In just one simple exchange of a look, you can see these two would do anything for one another. I love the way this day unfolded, involving family in their wedding day plans, and the coolest group of people to celebrate with them. Enjoy a look inside this extraordinary wedding day!

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Venue: Medinah Country Club | Florist: Fine Art and Decorative Designs | Cake: Ta Dah Cakes | Wedding Gown: Vera Wang | Men’s Attire: Ralph Lauren

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  • The color in your photos is always STUNNING! You are a master of lighting, my friend!

Goodness, I do not even know where to begin! Carly and Greg are two people that you just love to be around. They have the biggest hearts, and that is impossible to miss when you interact with them. I had the pleasure of photographing a day filled with high energy, excitement, and unconditional love between these two and their families. So yes, I walked away on cloud nine:)

This wedding was at the most gorgeous venue in Rockford, Orchard Ridge Farms. I would only be so lucky to photograph there again some day! The entire property created a breathtaking backdrop for this Fall wedding, and by the time of the ceremony, the sunset was absolutely flawless.

Carly and Greg have such a unique story, something I truly enjoyed learning when I took their engagement photos, and when I heard wedding toasts. There is no doubt that God brought these two together, and every single witness that day would 100% agree, too. This Sunday wedding was not exactly close to where their friends and family lived, many even traveling in, but it was the largest crowd I have ever worked amongst. Such a huge testimony to how much love and support this couple has as they begin marriage together.

So much creativity and beauty this day had! With Carly’s artistic talent, I was never bored with details and subtle personalized touches. Greg and Carly had the wedding day of their dreams, and I am so happy to have witnessed and photographed such a memorable day in their history! Enjoy highlights!

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Venue: Orchard Ridge Farms | Florist: Pam Klein | Cake: Sugar Jones | DJ: Greg Guerin | Hair: Desi Perna  | Bridesmaid Dresses: Nordstroms | Bridal Gown: Wedding Belles in Barrington

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  • John Fortson

    Beautiful work Mags. Very proud of you.

I love Lake Geneva, so when Erin and Taylor told me that their wedding was out at Geneva National Golf Club, I was so excited!

This couple attended a wedding I photographed a few years back, so it was awesome to see so many familiar faces on their big day! Taylor has such a big heart, and it was so touching to see that side of him, especially during their first look and ceremony. Then there is Erin, whose energy lights up any room she enters. Combining these two is a match made in Heaven:) It’s hard to call what I do “work” when I am spending the day with such incredibly fun people.  Goodness, I feel so spoiled sometimes:P

One of the wonderful parts of this day, was that I had a photo booth set up for the first time! After that experience, I most certainly will be offering that now! Their guests really made the day so special as well, so invested in loving this couple and being a blast to celebrate with.

Enjoy highlights from this wonderful day!

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PHOTO BOOTH FUN!

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Venue: Geneva National Golf Club | Videographers: PNG Weddings | Florist: Stemline Creative | Cake: Bodi’s Bake Shop | Hair and Makeup: Bridal Team Chicago  | Wedding Dress Designer: Mori Lee | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff

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  • Jan Packtor

    Wonderful pictures!