kate kaplan photography

Grant & Kim | Married!

Kim & Grant. I am a big fan of Kim & Grant. I still remember the first time we met up for drinks in Chicago to talk more about their wedding and get to know each other. We talked about their families, how they met, their dreams for their life together as husband and wife. I loved them right away! You'd be hard pressed to find more easy-going, kind hearted people. Except for maybe the couple they went on to recommended me to - Erin & Jim! Good people find good people in this world. I'm so grateful when amazing couples recommend me to their wonderful friends!

Back to Kim & Grant - when they met me for their engagement session it was a very chilly spring day. They never complained and made it a fun day in spite of the chill. They laughed together and were just so at ease with each other. I couldn't wait to shoot their wedding! Finally the day came and it was perfect, a gorgeous day filled with smiling faces. We made so many beautiful images that day. I can't tell you how blessed I feel to have this as my passion and my profession. It gives me joy to know these images will be cherished by their family for decades. Here are some of my favorites from the day...

This one. There are not enough heart-eye emojis in the world to convey how much I love this one!

Vendor Credits:

Photographer: Kate Kaplan Photography

Second Shooter: Tyler Leiby

Venue: Riverside Receptions, Geneva, IL

Florals/Decor: Eva with Floral Wonders

Wedding Attire Bride: Veiled in Elegance

Hair: Gina with Lola Salon

Makeup: Maddie with Odalisque Beauty Apothecary

Wedding Attire Groom: Men's Warehouse

Jewelry: State Street Jewelers  

Cake: Cakery

Ceremony Musicians: Moeller Music

DJ: Dave with Music by Design

Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

Escort Card Calligraphy: Christine of Calligraphy by Christine

Danielle & Kentrail | Married! - Chicago Wedding Photographer

This wedding is a special one to me because I knew Danielle and Kentrail before they got together. They went to the same college I did and I remember when I started seeing them together more and more. I even remember a particular conversation we were having, Kentrail was talking about his father who is a pastor and how those values and his parents marriage had influenced him. Danielle and Kentrail got to know each other, they too their time, became friends and then started dating. The way they each talk about one another and their relationship, it's pretty incredible. I have no doubt they will build a beautiful life together and support one another for the rest of their days. When Danielle walked down the aisle towards Kentrail, I really had to struggle to keep it together and continue photographing. You Will Be My Resolution by Matt Corby was playing and that song was so beautiful it nearly put me over the emotional ledge into full on ugly crying, seriously. But more than the song was the look on Danielle's face and how unwavering her eye contact was with her husband. And Kentrail's single tear running down his cheek. And I was standing mere feet from all this incredible love. I love this job. And I am so happy for Danielle and Kentrail. I wish you incredible blessings in your life together!

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Harrington family forever! <3