The Family Portrait Session. Unhinged.

When it's the wiggy hour, bribery doesn't work and the water is just too tempting not to dive into just go with the flow 😅

I have nothing but love for this family. And I have never seen a brood more enamored with their momma.




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Fueled by love. And chocolate.

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Preparation is liberation. Becky, Chris, and Michelle Kurinec of Lola Productions, put so much thought into this wedding that everything unfolded seamlessly! I saw the bridal party able to kick back, relax and be present the entire day. Sweet, meaningful gifts were exchanged leading up to the ceremony at St Michael's. Afterwards, a trolley whisked the couple to the classic Old Town bar, Burton's, for a keepsake photo of the place they met. At the reception site, Cafe Brauer, guests were treated to special cocktail of mini Margaritas and a sure hit favor of custom chocolates from Corden's, a well known Michigan confectionary (and the groom's family business). At the end of the night, we arranged to have a backdrop set up and more than a few guests let loose in front of the camera.
Thanks to all who helped put this day together! 


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Herrington Inn on the River

What a great chance to showcase a wedding in Geneva and the local experts who contributed to this event! I was so impressed by the Herrington Inn, I wished I was getting married again (to the same guy). This one of a kind, boutique hotel sits on the Fox River and has an abundance of little luxuries that make for a great venue. The grounds of the Inn and surrounding areas have plentiful, natural backdrops for picturesque photo opportunities. This low key event began with an open-air ceremony with guests comfortably facing a scenic view of the river. Adjacent to the courtyard is a brick and wood trimmed dining room, also facing the water, adjoining a light filled loft for cocktail hour and dancing. The handmade, rustic decorations and touches really pulled together a warm, autumn, midwest prairie feel. Elizabeth Wray Design lent so much to the aesthetic of the day (check out the floral details and the chair ties). The enticing 'naked' cake was made by The Cakery. And, who doesn't love working with Reverend Jim... 


Categorized In: elizabeth wray design | geneva wedding | herrington inn | the cakery

Color, Curry, Love

As artists who pursue telling stories in visual form, we always get a little excited when asked to photograph an Indian wedding. There's nothing quite like the breezy cadence of the day's events, which weave from one colorful, sensory observance to the next. They will never cease to be captivating.  As is not uncommon, this celebration combined both Hindu and Christian rites, including wardrobe changes, and culminated with the plating of some of the most delicious food on the planet.

Vineetha and Anders at The Four Seasons Chicago with Emily Cikanek

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Pazzo's 311-Wedding Under Glass

Pazzo's on Wacker has to be one of the best venues in the city, accommodating on so many levels. Within walking distance to the Chicago River and other great photo ops (JW Marriott, Union Station, LaSalle St, ), it also offers a garden courtyard for family or group portraits. The atrium shimmers with light flooding in from surrounding glass walls and has a sculptural waterfall feature surrounded by greenery. There is also a romantic adjoining bar area for cocktails and dancing. Love this wedding...


Categorized In: chicago wedding | emily cikanek | jw marriott | lasalle st. | pazzo's | sweet pea wedding studio | union station

The Ask

Starting at the gazebo in front of the Drake, all the romantic details were planned out in advance. The confident groom even planned a dinner on Michigan Ave with family and friends after he proposed : )


Lake Forest Academy to Onwentsia Club

Through college and career, Eliza and Mark made it formal in December : )

Engagement Session at Lake Forest Academy where they met...


followed by wedding Celebration at Church of St. Mary, downtown Lake Forest, and Onwentsia Club


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