Rachael & Chris’ Logan Square Engagement Session :: Chicago Engagement Photography

engaged couple embrace in front of Chicago mural

I first met Rachael at a dinner with my family. Her and my brother, Chris, had been dating for over a year, but he hadn’t mentioned her until recently. She was the first girl my brother has introduced to us since high school, so we knew it was a big deal. Four and a half years, two long-hair dachshunds, one condo, one house, and one engagement ring later, and they’re officially engaged and getting married this June. Of course I won’t be photographing their wedding, but I couldn’t help but do a short Logan Square engagement session when I was in town last fall.
engaged couple walking dachshunds on the sidewalk in fall
engaged couple standing on sidewalk
engaged couple embracing by fence engaged couple embracing in front of restaurant

engaged couple and engagement ring

engaged couple stand with dachshunds in front of Chicago mural

I look forward to Chris and Rachael’s wedding in June… but most of all, I look forward to relaxing and watching someone else photograph it for a change! 🙂

Melle & Anthony at Marquette Park Pavilion :: Northwest Indiana Wedding Photography

bride and groom silhouette with sunset

I love shooting weddings at new venues in new towns, and this was one for the books. Marquette Park Pavilion in Gary, IN is a beautiful old venue with enormous terraces and spectacular sunset views. Plus, the beach is only about 200 yards away!

The weather was perfect for Melle and Anthony’s wedding day, ensuring we got to enjoy everything their venue had to offer. The ceremony was short and sweet, the couple was adorably in love, and the guests danced long into the night. What more could you ask for?
bride's dress, bouquet, and shoes bride's dress and maid of honor's dress on custom hangers

bride putting her earrings on bride getting dressed bride getting zipped into her dress bridesmaids helping bride get ready groom getting dressed groomsmen getting dressed exterior of marquette park pavilion building flower girl and ring bearer walking down the aisle bride walking down the aisle with her parents bride walking down the aisle with her parents

bride and groom exchanging vows

wedding ceremony on terrace at marquette park pavilion bride and groom exchanging rings bride and groom's first kiss bride and groom walk down the aisle

bride and groom portrait by creek bride and groom portrait bride and groom portrait by bridge

bride portrait

bridal party in front of marquette park pavilion bride and bridesmaids groomsmen pulling tux shirts open candle and table decor at wedding reception bride and groom entering their wedding reception

white wedding cake with custom metal cake topper bride and groom cutting their wedding cake father of the bride crying during toast best man giving a toast at reception

bride and groom smiling during toasts maid of honor toasting the bride and groom bride and groom's first dance

bride and groom's first dance bride and groom kiss at reception guests dancing at wedding reeption guests hugging bride and groom on dance floor Ceremony & Reception: Marquette Park Pavilion in Gary, IN

Florist: Monarch Florist

Angela McCrovitz

Strack & Van Til

Mr. Boris

Hair: Clare Sampson

Dress: David’s Bridal

Terri’s Surprise Birthday Party :: Fort Wayne Event Photography

terri sits on elvis impersonator's lap

It was Terri’s 60th birthday, and she thought her friends were taking her to a “cool new wine bar” at the top of the PNC building in Fort Wayne. Little did she know she was actually heading to a surprise birthday party her daughter had planned.

The Empyrean staff was fantastic – taking it so far as to even have a fake host out front to confirm their “reservation”. Terri opened the doors to find a crowd of family, friends, and a fantastic party awaiting her… complete with an Elvis impersonator.
party decor, candles, and photos 3 tiered birthday cake by sassie cakes food by empyrean catering signature cocktail terri's enters the party and is surprised terri hugs her daughter terri is surprised terri chats with guests elvis impersonator terri laughs while elvis impersonator performs elvis impersonator performs elvis impersonator sits on a guest's lap guests watch elvis impersonator dancing terri dances with elvis impersonator table decor at party Venue: Empyrean Events & Catering

Catering: Empyrean Events & Catering

Cake: Sassie Cakes

Entertainment: Memories of the King