Something Blue

A big thanks to Anne & Jonathan for making their engagement portrait session so much fun. They are shown here at the watering hole where they first met. More pictures to follow next July after they wed!


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It is Written

...that Rachel and Justin be together (to borrow a line from "Slumdog Millionaire").

Check out a snippet of their wedding below...a loving day spent at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum where ceremony and reception were held. J&L Catering brought the 'wow' factor to the dinner tables.

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One day, two dresses

The day started with christian ceremony in the south loop followed by hindu rites at the Harold Washington Library. Everyone was pretty relaxed the second time around. Guests were treated to mango martinis followed by a delicious banquet from Indian Garden. 






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Eileen Day  commented on  July 21st, 2009

Hi Susan! What beautiful images - I love the colors in the images from the Hindu ceremony. I hope you had a great weekend! Best, Eileen Day

Categorized In: harold washington library | indian weddings

Portrait Rewards


After each 'in studio' photo session, I usually have warm baked cookies for the kiddies. Modeling is hard work, you know!

(wrapping yourself in your favorite blanket well as being wrapped in mom's arms).


Categorized In: kid's portraiture | studio portraiture

Great Match

This event was a great match for me!  Once again, I had the honor of covering Great Wine Match 2009 held at Tree Studios. The evening's festivities included over 200 spanish wines paired with the most delectable tapas made by 6 of Chicago's top Chefs.  Even the Minister of Spain stopped by.  

The best part?  All proceeds went to The Greater Chicago Food Depository.



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Luxury Bridal Expo

Visit us at our booth at the upcoming luxury Bridal Expo which will be held at Chicago's Swissotel on Sunday, May 17th, noon-4pm.  It's a fun event and you can cover all your bases in one day. You'll love all the wedding cake samples...

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Categorized In: bridal shows | special events | swissotel

Wild Weddings

If you have a few minutes, check out this week's episode of Wild Weddings Friday, May 1st at 9:00pm ET/PT.  It will showcase our work from one of our favorite weddings where a well known (Emmy winning) videographer actually fell backwards into the baptismal font while filming the recessional.  It's OK-he laughed about it too.

You can see highlights of the wedding here...and check out the new "MUSIC VIDEOS" made by Susan Ryan.                  These custom videos are now included with every wedding package!

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White  commented on  September 12th, 2009

Wild weddings are perfectly permissible and memorable, Be bold and tie the knot in style... Thanks for sharing! Kind Regards

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