lauren & mike: e-session

I had a blast with Lauren and Mike this past weekend roaming the gorgeous streets of Chicago! These two lovebirds are getting married next July and as you can see, they are some of the most photogenic people ever! They seriously rocked their engagement session and are naturals together in front of the camera. I kept complimenting how well they did together; even their outfits were out of a magazine! I'm so excited and honored to be photographing their wedding for them!

mr. & mrs. sanders

Where do I begin with this stunner of a wedding?! Jaclyn and Jeff are high school sweethearts who exude love in every moment spent together. Their beautiful country club wedding was held in Park Ridge and was nothing short of a fairytale.

The day started with the girls getting ready at Jaclyn's childhood home. All of the girls sat around her to give her their gift; handwritten notes placed in a vintage window for Jaclyn to look at in the future days. It was such a fun moment to be apart of and witness. From there; it was to the church which was gorgeous in it's own right. Jaclyn and Jeff decided not to see each other before the ceremony which makes that crying reaction down below 100% authentic! Jaclyn was all tears as well as she came down the aisle with her dad. I don't think there was a dry eye there!

After the ceremony, we all headed to Park Ridge Country Club to take all of their formal portraits. Let me just say this; MOST FUN bridal party ever! The guys were down to do whatever silly antics I had them do and the girls seriously rocked their smizes. The couple's formals are some of my favorite to date; that cathedral length veil didn't hurt either!

As we headed into cocktail hour, little paper flowers served as the escort cards for guests to find their seats. These were handmade by the bride and were oh-so-amazing! The reception ballroom was filled with twinkle light backgrounds for the couple's first dances and it made for some gorgeous dance-floor photos.  Everything about this wedding was a photographer's dream and I'm so honored I was the one who was able to capture it for these two! Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Sanders!

mr. and mrs. powalish

Meghan and I met over Starbucks one freezing January afternoon. Immediately, I knew I wanted to work with her. She is a hair dresser in Geneva, so I ended up having her do my hair throughout the months and got to hear all of her planning and the details that were coming together leading up to her wedding day. Jonathon and I finally had the chance to meet at their e-session and when I saw the two of them together, I knew this day was going to be a blast! Fast forward to September 10, 2016 and the day was here. Meghan let me know that she reads my blogs; so she was fully aware of my obsession with the details. Everyone kept telling me "Lauryn make sure you photograph that wood stump." I wasn't so sure why this stump was so important to photograph, but it was cute and they made it into the little platform that holds the rings for the ring bearer. It was then that Meghan let me know; this "stump" just so happened to be a piece of the tree that Jonathon proposed to her under. Oh. My. God. Ok bring on the details girl! The girls all got ready together at Meghan's childhood home which makes those gorgeous formals in front of that bay window that much more meaningful. I'm so happy that the old "conform to wedding traditions" schpeal is out the window and originality is IN! Jonathan and Meghan's wedding ceremony was held at the beautiful Prairie Landing Golf Course. See that sweet old blue car? Yea, that's Jonathan's Barracuda and Meghan's "something blue."  It was the sweetest when Jonathan stopped me and said "can you get pictures of me helping her into the car?" ugh my heart burst and honestly, the car photos are my favorite of the day. I just love the way he's looking at her in that one down below! Meghan had a first look with both her dad and her hubby. LADIES: DO FIRST LOOKS! If not with your man, do it with your dad because the photos are always epic and I always cry. Such beautiful moments. A new trend I'm seeing in ceremonies is the passing of the rings through your family and friends. It's a way of blessing the rings that represent your union and I can't get enough of it.

I could go on and on about why I loved documenting this day, but just take a peek at the pictures because they definitely showcase the love this couple shares. Congratulations you two!

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