Claire & Scotty | Engaged!

I am so happy that Claire & Scotty found me through a previous bride of mine! They are just so genuinely themselves, nice and easy going. I remember feeling so grateful that they shared their authentic selves with me during the session. Trust is a big part of what I do if you think about it. I need my couples to feel comfortable enough to be themselves in front of my camera. It’s always heartwarming and exciting when people trust me with the task of documenting a special time in their lives. That feeling never goes away, no matter how many celebrations, engagements, or weddings I shoot. For Claire & Scotty’s engagement session we chose a beautiful park along the Fox River. They love to be outdoors and make use of their canoe - which of course they brought to the session! I always tell my couples “I want these photos to feel true to you” - so I love when we can incorporate activities that they love to do together in their every day life. I had such a nice time in the woods making these photographs of Claire & Scotty. We even got lucky with a gorgeous blanket of fresh snow. I’m looking forward to their wedding in May!

Erika & Jared | Married!

Growing up I spent a lot of days at the Chicago Botanic Gardens with my dad and my Aunt Phyllis. I could spend all day walking the paths and enjoying all the gardens - from the manicured English walled garden to the artfully designed Japanese garden - I loved them all. When we moved to St. Louis The Missouri Botanical Garden was one of the first places we checked out! Now that we’re back living in Chicago, I’m especially grateful to have been able to photograph such a beautiful wedding at MoBot while we lived there. At MoBot there are endless picturesque locations to work with. Erika & Jared worked hard to make their wedding a memorable, beautiful day. Surrounded by their friends and family - they said “I do” in the rose garden just before dusk and it was so lovely!

Vendors:

Ceremony & Reception: Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis, MO

Wedding gown: Clarice’s Bridal in St. Louis, MO

Hair & Makeup: Katie from Blissfully Beautiful Bride in O’Fallon, MO

Groom attire: Men’s Warehouse

Floral design: Always in Bloom in St. Louis, MO

Cake: Lubeley’s Bakery in St. Louis, MO

DJ: Rockstar DJs in St. Louis, MO

Italy Part 2

Catch up on my first Italy post here! After exploring (and eating) as much as possible in Rome for 3 days - it was time to take the train south to the Amalfi coast! We arrived in Salerno and then drove to Maiori where we were staying for the next 5 days. The coastal towns in that area are so beautiful! The first night we walked from Maiori to Minori and ate an INCREDIBLE meal at Ristorante Pizzeria Giardiniello. I remember walking through the streets at dusk as the lights started to glow, turning the corner and seeing this amazing old church. I love that feeling of not knowing what you might find as you discover the details that make a town unique. 

The next day a small group of us chartered a boat to take us along the coast and up to Positano. If you’ve seen Under the Tuscan Sun as many times as I have you’ll know that Positano is the quintessential coastal  town where Marcello lived and reminded Frances that she’s still got it. If you ever find yourself there - make sure you can arrange to spend a few hours at least! It was so lovely and I wish we had been able to spend the whole day there. 

The wedding was probably the most beautiful wedding I’ll ever go to! I mean, it was on the coast of Italy so I really can’t think of a more idyllic location. We all took a bus up into the hills where the town of Ravello sits. The view from the ceremony site was so beautiful! Afterwards we all walked back through the town to the center square and explored a bit. 

The reception was held at the Norman Tower, the biggest and oldest one on the Amalfi Coast, built between 1250 and 1300. We enjoyed yummy hors d'oeuvres and cocktails on the rooftop before dinner and dancing inside. It was such a memorable and special day! 

After traveling back to Rome we had one last day to check out the flower markets, drink wine, and eat more pasta! We still talk about our trip and how much we love Italy. I’m sure some day we’ll go back. Until then - a least I have the memories and these photographs to take me back!