Archives for November 2011

Tip: The At-Home Engagement Photo Shoot

I hope everyone enjoyed your holiday weekend… are y’all recovered from all the EATING?! We just came back from a week-long trip to Italy, so I will have some pics to share later this week, stay tuned!

Anywhoo, back to work! When I saw this blog post by my friend and photographer, Steve Koo, I was instantly struck by the simple brilliance of the At-home engagement shoot!! Considering that we are located in Chicago, a lovely city that is marred by cold weather for at least five months of the year, it can be difficult to schedule an outdoor engagement shoot. Especially if you are in a hurry to get the photos taken (for your save-the-dates, perhaps?) and just can’t wait until Spring.

Enter, the At-home engagement shoot!

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Some ideas and tips:

1) This is the perfect opportunity to stylize your shoot! You know those e-sessions that are all over the popular wedding blogs… the ones that have the gorgeous chaise lounge in the middle of the train tracks?! Or hey, where did that picnic in the the forrest come from… wait, why are there vintage suitcases in the middle of the field? Yeah, those! Well, this is a perfect setting to bring in some props, ones that seem like they actually belong there! (Confession: I do love the stylized e-shoots)

2) Inject your personalities, hobbies and things you love! Do you love to cook together? (See pictures above!). Wine enthusiasts? Feature your favorite wines in some gorgeous wine glasses. Enjoy puzzles? Work on your fave masterpiece. Or do you LOVE Christmas and put up a big, gorgeous tree every year? What about a tree-trimming e-shoot (OMG, I think those pictures would be amazing!! Can someone please do this and share the pics with me?!)

3) Consider a daytime shoot for some good natural lighting (although as evidenced here, night-time shoots garner some kick-ass dramatic shots!)

Chicago Engagement Session

4) Have pets? Definitely include your furry friends and snuggle with them in a few pictures!! I would LOVE to have a shoot with my sweetie greyhound, Gia. :)

To see more images from the e-shoots above, vist Steve’s blog, here and here!

Have you been inspired yet?? No need to wait until Spring to schedule your e-shoot, email your photographer now, and set up your At-home session… and have FUN with it!

Hitched: Jen & Aaron’s Trump Wedding, Part 2

In case you missed Part 1 of Jen & Aaron’s Trump Towers Wedding and their amazing video trailer!

This is one of the few weddings where the Father of the Bride actually thanked me and our team in his welcome speech! It was absolutely hysterical, and much appreciated ;)

The stunning ballrooms of the Trump Chicago, as well as the amazing views…

Jen was overjoyed as she stepped into the ballroom for the first time…

Notice how they incorporated the skyline into their lighting AND their stationery!

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Thanks, Jen & Aaron, for letting us be a part of your joy-filled day!

Venue: Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago
Church: Our Lady of Pompeii
Photographer: Riverbend Studio, Robin Sloane
Cinematographer: Sterling Wedding Cinema
Wedding Coordinator: Sweetchic Events
Stationery: Magnificent Milestones
Personal Flowers: Ashland Addison
DJ: Okyne Media Lab, Al Okyne
Lighting: Frost Lighting
Wedding Cake: Chocolate Gourmet
Hair & Makeup: Beauty on Call

Hitched: Jen & Aaron’s Trump Wedding, Part 1

When I first met Jen and Aaron, I could easily tell that their wedding was going to be a FUN one… and boy, they didn’t disappoint! Their entire 18-personal bridal party was an absolute blast, and the whole day went off without a hitch.

All the gorgeous images below are courtesy of Robin Sloane of Riverbend Studio

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To be continued…

Venue: Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago
Church: Our Lady of Pompeii
Photographer: Riverbend Studio, Robin Sloane
Cinematographer: Sterling Wedding Cinema
Wedding Coordinator: Sweetchic Events
Stationery: Magnificent Milestones
Personal Flowers: Ashland Addison
DJ: Okyne Media Lab, Al Okyne
Lighting: Frost Lighting
Wedding Cake: Chocolate Gourmet
Hair & Makeup: Beauty on Call