Another 2013 client sent their wedding invitation my way, so I could not help but share:)Ashley, the bride, was kind enough to share the resources her and Jonathan used to create them. Links at the end of the post!

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Invitation template: He saw Sparks Etsy Shop | Invitation envelope: Pocket Envelope | Ribbon: Paper Source | Calligraphy: Calligraphy by Christine

Helpful hint from the bride: The envelopes were hand stamped at the post office to avoid the bar code scanning at the bottom of envelope. It’s free at the post office just have to find one that will do it:)

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Last weekend, I flew off to Santa Barbara, California (first time ever visiting!) to hangout amongst incredibly talented photographers. I was excited to meet and take classes with photographers that I have admired for so long, but I was even more excited to just spend time with people who have such a passion for taking photos. Sometimes I think it is best to not have expectations with things like this because, most often, you will be disappointed. Not having any expectation that this needed to be a life changing trip, I walked away feeling like it was the best 3 days of my life.

It is kind of hilarious that the one weekend that I leave Chicago (AKA Chiberia), it actually rains in California. The camp was muddy and classes changed a bit because of the weather, but it didn’t matter because we all wanted to make the most of it anyway. I have never laughed so much in one weekend with the new friends I had made. The stories and moments from this trip are ones I hope to never forget. I am so thankful for the new friendships made, and all that I took away from just a few days away from home.

 

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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 :)