Kim & Jake | Married!

I’m making it an Early-New-Year’s-Resolution (is that a thing?) to get back on track with blogging. And I am so happy to start with Kim & Jake. These two are so kind-hearted and selfless. Even their wedding day was no exception as they went the extra mile to make sure all their loved ones felt appreciated. They even made sure to get veggie versions of Jimmy Johns for their vegetarian photographers (color me impressed and grateful). As I looked around there was no shortage of love and gratitude for one another. That is what a wedding is all about in my opinion: a big party with your most important people to celebrate the incredible love you have found. Kim & Jake, thank you for making my job a cake walk and being such sweethearts - I wish only the happiest of days for you two!

Vendors:

Ceremony & Reception: Two Brothers Round House in Aurora, IL

Wedding gown: The Crystal Bride in Geneva, IL

Hair & Makeup: Paul Joseph Salon in Naperville, IL

Groom attire: Men’s Warehouse

Rings: Keswick Jewelers in Arlington Heights, IL

Floral design: Candy of Prairie Basket

Cake: The Cakery in North Aurora, IL

DJ: Backthird Entertainment

Paper goods: Minted

Italy Part 1

Italy. How do I even begin describing it? It was a photographers dream. The colors, the textures, the unique and historic architecture literally everywhere you turn. To be a wedding photographer there - oh my goodness, I can only imagine... We landed in Rome and spent 3 nights there. We found a small but cute Airbnb near the Colosseum. It was perfect Roman living - a narrow, cobblestone street filled with shops and just around the corner from a ornate fountain. We soon realized this fountain becomes the perfect evening mingling spot for the locals to sit, sip their wine, and talk with their friends. SO cute. We were in a great location, walking distance to the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, the Colosseum, Palatine Hill,  and the Roman Forum (all of which we visited) - not to mention many incredible restaurants! It was heaven. Tiresome heaven. All of the walking and sightseeing was hard work! But it was so worth it everyday. We made the most of it and visited all the sights I previously mentioned including the Vatican Museums - all in 3 days! I've tried to keep the photos mostly chronological. I hope you enjoy Rome from my point of view! Italy part 2 will include photographs from the second part of the trip when we got to the Amalfi Coast (insert heart-eye emoji here).

A few words of advice if you're soon going to Rome for the first time!

Definitely stay somewhere within walking distance to the spots I mentioned and bring shoes that you know will be comfortable. The cobblestone streets are charming to look at but very hard on your feet!

Read reviews on Trip Advisor to find the best places to eat and enjoy gelato. Surprisingly, not all gelato is created equal - even in Italy. Speaking of, always take the opportunity to sample the gelato to make sure its amazing!

I highly recommend going to the Vatican museums. I'm not a religious person. It was about the history and the art for me! The intricacy of the entire place is astounding. BUT do yourself a huge favor and buy your tickets ahead of time online! I read this tip before going and I'm so glad I did. It was exactly as they said - we walked around the outer wall for a while, passing a very long line of people who were waiting to buy tickets. We we able to pass them all and go straight in to go through security - which only took a few minutes! And we were in! So many hours saved I'm sure. Buy your tickets ahead of time on the official website here.

 

Kate & Brett | Married!

I remember meeting Kate and Brett for the first time months ago and feeling like instant friends! We talked about their relationship and their families, why and how they fell in love, and Game of Thrones came up in conversation, too. Ha! It was just obvious how genuine and kind they are and how excited they were about this chapter in their lives. Well the big day finally came and it was great! Kate and Brett looked at each other with such love. And though the day was hot, their bridal party toughed it out more than willingly because they knew Kate and Brett deserved awesome photos! They were totally surrounded by the people who love and support them the most. When the father of the bride gave his speech, I definitely teared up. So many memorable moments. Kate and Brett, I hope these photos help take you back to the exact moments for years to come!