Company 251 Wedding in Aurora, IL: Jackie & Kevin

We've got so much tell you about Jackie & Kevin's wedding day. First off, they chose an amazing new luxury venue, it's called Company 251 in Aurora, IL. They got ready in their sweet suites (see what I did there?) with their bridesmaids and groomsmen. Afterwards, it was time for their first look. It was so heartfelt and we were luck to miss the rain. We then took advantage of pre-ceremony time for family and wedding party photos, yay!

Her brother officiated the ceremony AND her other brother (along with his girlfriend and Jackie's maid of honor) sung a fabulous duet. The duet music was provided by their piano teacher, how awesome is that? 

Everyone then headed upstairs for dinner and toasts, the room looked gorgeous! The food was amazing, I've now had the best salad of my life, no joke. During the reception, the photo booth was a huge hit. Oh, and you must check out the best bouquet throwing face ever! During the garter finding portion, Jackie surprised Kevin with tickets, he was shocked! Jackie & Kevin, thank you so much for choosing us to capture so much sweetness, cheers to you and your marriage! 

William Tell Wedding in Countryside, IL: Tiffany & Anthony

Tiffany & Anthony chose the William Tell banquet hall for their amazing day. We had so much fun with them! We started the day with hair, makeup and all that. Once everyone was ready, the girls and guys took turns at the courtyard for photos.

The outdoor ceremony was very windy. The officiant bravely protected their unity candle and helped them light it, it was so sweet. During the reception, the guests voted on whether Tiffany or Anthony would get a cake-jul to the face. Scroll below to see who won. We absolutely loved being there, congratulations again!

Kane Courthouse Wedding: Chanel & Keith

Chanel & Keith met through her brother, who just happens to be, drumroll please... our very own Jason! I was thrilled to be a part of such a loving, intimate day. Chanel & Keith chose a Monday and the Kane County Courthouse to make it official. The courthouse building was so rich with architecture and history, I'm so glad we had time for a few photos inside.

After the ceremony, we headed to the Fabyan Forest Preserve for family and couple's photos. This park will always be a favorite for me, specially those arches, and the gate too. Their dinner reception was at Patten House in Geneva, it was wholesome and low key. They had just a few speeches, doughnuts and lots of rain outside to set the mood. At the very end, they stepped out for a quick rainy night photo and, well, it was the perfect end to their first day of marriage. Chanel & Keith, we are so very happy for you both, thank you for inviting us along!

Baby E's Newborn session

Say hello to Baby E, born in the fall. Just about a year after her parent's wedding last year, check it our hereShe was such a good baby, loved all the noise and cuddles. Her big brother Ozzie is doing great with her too, he kept an eye on me the whole time. I'm so excited for her to grow up in the same farm her father grew up in. Baby E, I can just picture you climbing over everything, getting muddy nails, getting lost in the corn fields, I'm so happy for you.

Chicago Engagement Session: LeeAnn & Mario

LeeAnn was a bridesmaid for Caitlyn & Will's wedding last year. Long story short, we'll be photographing her wedding with Mario next year, yay! For their engagement session, they wanted a super Chicago and baseball vibe. He actually proposed at Wrigley during the world series that the Cubs won, so obviously we went there. They also wanted murals, skyline, the works. We ended the night at North Ave beach while the rain viciously and romantically came down. 

We are very much looking forward to the big day, congratulations!

Baby G's Newborn Session

Sweet beautiful boy, I'm so happy you're finally here. You were born in Florida, as Hurricane Irma was closing in. It took so very long to get you home, so worth it though. Your parents and sister are over the moon with every sigh and sound you make. Thanks for letting me wrap you and squish you, you were a total champ, specially in the boat. Oh, and thanks for sharing your session with your sister, we celebrated her 4th birthday as well. 

Cantigny Park 2nd Birthday Session

Dear R, you are one of my first Cloud Babies, so hard to believe you are already 2! Our story began with your parent's wedding back in 2013, then I got the call about a maternity session. I was so happy for you to land into their loving arms and learn about Harry Potter, Disney and art. Then I got to meet you, bend you and squish your newborn little self (check out her newborn session here)Some time passed and I got to see you for your first birthday. You were standing tall and smiling big with your brand new teeth (check out her 1st birthday session here). Look at you now! full on running, discovering, climbing on everything and demanding snacks along the way. I'm very much looking forward to some deep conversations next year, maybe a tea party with some of your stuffed animals? I want to thank to your parents that have let me capture your journey form the beginning. Hugs to you all!

Chicago Engagement Session: Mayra & Matthew

This is Mayra and her fiancee Matthew. Back in 2013, we had the honor of photographing her sister's wedding and then her brother's wedding in 2015. Next year, we get to do hers and Matthew's. Words cannot describe how giddy and excited I am to get all 3 siblings in one family. 

For their engagement session, these two wanted to go all over Chicago. We starting at the United Center, where he proposed. Then a pit stop at Logan Square where we saw the perfect taco truck and a couple of murals. Maggie Daley Park was next, so fun going down the slides and hanging by the forts. Our last stop was Merchandise Mart and the bridges by there. It was a magical day, I can't wait for the wedding!

Lake Katherine 2nd Birthday Session

This family will always be incredibly close to my heart. Five years ago, I photographed their wedding, shortly afterwards, their maternity. Then came Baby L's newborn and 1 year sessions. Their child is 2 now. Her vocabulary is impressive, she talks in full sentences, people! She follows two step directions like a champ, loves her dog as a sister and thinks I'm hilarious. I couldn't have asked for a better session. Thank you!

Baby V's First Birthday

I met Baby V when she was 6 months old. Back then, her mom told me all the things she was planning for her birthday. There was talk of traditional Mexican dresses, a beautiful smash cake setup and some of my ideas made it in (you know, you KNOW). She was incredibly smiley and had a great time with her maracas and little guitar. She wasn't into the cake as much. Maybe you are like me Baby V, maybe you just prefer a spicier selection of foods. I'm so happy with this session. Thank you for making it so memorable!

Challenger Comics Engagement Session in Chicago, IL: Lakisha & Jesse

As soon as I met them, we clicked. They are going to have an amazingly nerdy wedding and I cannot wait. Naturally, for their engagement they wanted to echo the theme and visit their favorite comic book store, Challenger Comics in Chicago. Afterwards, we went around the block for some shots with the murals. Aquaman, Wonder Woman, I can't wait for the big day!

Baby A's Newborn Session

Baby A is my itty bitty honorary niece. I love this family so very much, we've known each other for years and have celebrated many family milestones together. Baby A was so calm and loved all my soothing techniques. welcome, welcome, welcome. What a lovely home you landed in, your mom and dad have been waiting for you for such a long time. I'm looking forward to everything with you!

Meyer Ballroom Wedding in Aurora, IL: Maddie & Glen

Maddie & Glen were one of the most organized, couples ever! When Krista & I got there, they were running over an hour ahead! We of course got to do some family photos then, all while avoiding an accidental first look. Once the ceremony began, my favorite part was the hymn. There is something so special about having everyone singing together, melts my heart. 

After the ceremony, they jumped on the party bus and headed to the park for photos, I love that vine tunnel so much, they rocked their session! Then it was off to the reception at the Meyer Ballroom in Aurora. You can't beat the view of the Fox River, the outstanding food and the whole ambiance. Maddie & Glen, thank you for having us capture your day, we wish you the very best in your marriage.

Riverview Banquets Wedding in Batavia, IL: Ashley & Mario

Ashley & Mario love each other, their converse shoes and those sweet doggies. They chose Riverview Banquets in Batavia, right by the fox river for their big day. We started hair and makeup offsite and then headed to the hotel to get dressed and put on lots and lots of glitter, at least the girls did. Before going to the ceremony, we stopped at home for photos with the doggies, they were so good!

The ceremony was outdoors with the most beautiful weather. We stayed outside for a long time doing family photos and of just the two of them. Congratulations you two! Best wishes for your new life together in beautiful Wisconsin!

Baby N

Manliest...baby session... ever! We started with the classic white backdrop look at home and an equally classic baby outfit with hat and suspenders. Then we went outside so he shows us his muscles and how well he stands up at 7 months old.

Baby N, your momma said you were cranky but you didn't show it one bit, you could be my model any day!

White Eagle Golf Club Wedding in Naperville, IL: Jennifer & Lazir

Jennifer & Lazir live in New Mexico. While planning to visit Lazir's family in Illinois, they decided to get married too. They chose to wed at White Eagle Golf Club in Naperville, IL. They had a very intimate wedding with just a handful of guests. The pastor and his wife sang while they lit their unity candle... and they danced, it was very heartwarming. We then started brunch and some live entertainment. We did sneak out for a few photos of them on the beautiful course. 

Congratulations and safe travels you two!

Glessner House & New Furama Wedding in Chicago, IL: Stephanie & Steve

So much to tell about this day and these two! The day began getting with them getting ready at the Hilton downtown with their bridesmaids and groomsmen, oh and Daisy (their sweet pup) was there too! Once they were ready, we all got down to their beautiful staircase lobby for a first look.

It was hot, so freaking hot that day. They wanted to stay close so we simply crossed the street for their photos, yay! Then onto the school bus and headed to Glessner House Museum for their ceremony. As they were about to start the processional, it started to rain :( we of course, turned to the internet. There are apps nowadays that predict the exact moment the rain will stop. I checked Dark Sky and we were 9 minutes away from dryness. The plan was hatched and once the rain stopped, the groomsmen (armed with paper towels) dried every seat and the wedding began. My favorite part was the calligraphy portion, so awesome!

Everyone hopped back on the bus and headed towards New Furama Restaurant for the reception. Stephanie changed outfits for the tea ceremony. What a wonderful way to honor their families and for the family members to wish them well in their marriage.

The cake was sweet and nerdy, the dancing was very heartfelt. Steve also danced with his grandmother to her weddings song! I also found my new favorite tradition, table toasts! Stephanie, Steve, their parents and wedding party went to each table to toast with the guests; everyone loved it! The photo booth was a huge hit too, I love the shenanigans that ensue late at night.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for choosing us to capture your day And what an incredible day it was. Best wishes in absolutely everything you do!

The Team

Coordination Pops & Giggles

Photography and photo booth Cloud Foto

Flowers Cattleya Bridal & Floral Design

Ceremony Glessner House Museum

Reception New Furama Restaurant

DJ Kelvon Fluellen 

Cake Coco & Eve Cakes

Transportation Illinois Central School Bus Co (630) 260 7645

 

Chicago Riverwalk Engagement Session: Jackie & Kevin

Jackie & Kevin met me at one of my favorite spots, Merchandise Mart! We started with the sun sweetly coming down on the gorgeous city. I absolutely love the buildings, bridges and of course, the river. They then changed outfits and we walked around the riverwalk and all over Wacker Dr. 

Thank you guys for a perfect night, can't wait for the wedding!