Claire & Scotty | Creek Bend Nature Center Wedding

May in the Chicagoland area has been -essentially - a ton of rain, with a few gorgeous sunny days. Luckily for Claire & Scotty their wedding day weather was completely perfect! I noticed how all their friends and family played a part in bringing it all together. It was definitely a team effort to create the perfect celebration for Claire & Scotty. I also noticed the HUGE smiles on their faces for the whole day! They just looked so incredibly excited that the day was finally here. It was a whirlwind - as most weddings are - but it was filled with the best things: sunshine, connections, celebration, ice cream, and love. Congratulations Claire & Scotty!! Here’s to many more years of love!

Evan & Annie | Riverside Receptions Wedding

Let me tell you about my friend Evan. From the age of 8 all the way through high school he was my neighbor and my friend. In middle school many nights were spent with my friend Janice and I watching him play hockey at the local rink. As teens we would go get sushi and talk about our parents, friends, life. I remember him always being helpful to me and my mom - helping carry in groceries or random things around the house — maybe he’d throw an eye roll in there just because - but he never complained. Evan is one of those good guys, the kind you can count on to give you the good advice and be there if you need help. He kind of just does the right thing - like all the time. I’m sure he’s not perfect but my point is he is a good person.

So of course he found a woman who is both strong and unfailingly kind to be his partner in life. We all grew up in the same town, going to the same schools. Evan and Annie have known each other since elementary school! The decision to turn their long lasting friendship into something more was not made lightly - but I think we can all agree it was the right choice! I definitely believe friendship is the key to a long-lasting marriage. Evan and Annie have a strong foundation of friendship and I truly believe they’ll have an incredible life together. I am so happy for my friend and his best friend!

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!


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