I was super stoked when Sarah of Sarah Postma Photography asked me to shoot Laura and Matt’s wedding with her. I had been itching for a reason to hop back this side of the pond so I was happy to make it happen! October is always a beautiful month to tie the knot because of all the gorgeous colors woven throughout Chicago’s park landscape.

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Matt and Laura had a beautiful ceremony at the St. James Chapel, a unique travel themed reception at Hotel Chicago, and we had ample time to take photos downtown and at the Lincoln Park Zoo. After the celebration Matt and Laura went to the Maldives for their honeymoon, which made me ecstatic for them! Jon and I had the chance to visit there and will always cherish the memories made on that trip.

I’m so excited to share these Classic Colorful Chicago Wedding Photos with you today! This couple was not only elated to celebrate and spend their lives together, they were both the kind of people you’d love to be friends with…
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4 Regrets Couples Have After Their Wedding

Usually when I write blog posts, I like to stay away from anything negative. After all, you’re planning a huge event and you’re excited (and maybe stressed) so no need to insert “Negative Nancy” here. But I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge that since you’re likely planning this event for the first time, you may be unsure of certain decisions or have regrets after the fact.

How awesome would it be if I can help you avoid some of that? I think super awesome… So that’s why today I’m going to share 4 Regrets Couples Have After Their Wedding.

There isn’t too much that I regret about our celebration because I was very organized and on top of things. For the most part, things turned out great with the exception of our transportation not showing up and the linens coming to the country club wrinkled and looking terrible (thank goodness my Aunt took care of it). I never even knew there was a problem until later but unfortunately for her, she had to show up with wet hair because she didn’t have the time to get ready because she was dealing with a mess.

Which leads me to Regret #1 😉

  1. Not having AT LEAST month-of coordination/planning services. I was SO stressed out over all the details and coordination that if I could go back and do it again, I’d invest in a wedding planner. And I wouldn’t even blink at eye because it would be money WELL spent. How much is your sanity worth to you?! haha. For a type A personality like me, it would have totally been worth it.
  2. According to Huffington Post, 98% of Brides regret not having a videographer. Although I think this number is inflated, I think many couples regret not investing in a professional videographer. As a bride who had video, the advice I would give would be to have a highlight video done by someone who is good! We used a high volume studio that just cranks out video and I have to tell you, our video is 2.5 hours long and I’ve never EVEN watched the whole thing. If I had a nice highlight video with a professional editing job, I would have been much more likely to share with friends and family but the video is SO DAMN LONG that I wouldn’t dare!
  3. Spending the entire dinner time greeting guests. Jon and I thought it would be a great idea to walk around the room and greet everyone. We had a large wedding (270 guests) and never even made it to everyone. Not only did we feel bad, our dinner was cold by the time we got to it. Luckily our venue was superb and remade our plates so we could eat a hot meal. Allow yourself the freedom to sit and enjoy your meal! You deserve it:)
  4. Losing sight of what’s important by planning a wedding vs. planning a marriage celebration. At the end of the day, you’re coming away with a life partner! With all the stress and details of planning, it’s easy to lose sight of this… Make an effort to not get caught up in the minutiae and revel in the moments; from seeing your partner for the first time and building something amazing TOGETHER to celebrating with the family and friends who love you both so much. I once had a couple who wrote a heart-felt thank you card to every guest and presented it to them at their place setting.  That MELTED my heart! They got it right!

Are you planning a marriage celebration and looking for someone to capture it all? Drop me a line and let’s chat!

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10 Top Tips for Setting a Gorgeous Reception Table

While scouring the web for more useful content, I came across this great Style Me Pretty slideshow that gives 10 top tips for setting a gorgeous reception table.

Among my favorites were:

  1. Incorporate your style! I think this a great tip.  Of course you want the tables to reflect your personal style and be presented in a way that’s special to you!
  2. Consider the space- If you’re having a huge ballroom wedding, you probably won’t want farmer’s tables but if your reception is in a rustic raw space that’s being transformed, farmer’s tables may be the perfect addition.
  3. Mini tutorial for setting a place correctly-Score!  This is something I had no idea how to do prior to my own wedding… However, the venue and your planner should have this one down so you don’t even have to think about it! I liked this little nugget for my own personal knowledge though. 😉

Scroll down to link to the article and read more tips!

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It’s no surprise we’re crazy about tables around these parts… gorgeous dinnerware, ornate patterning and fancy flatware, oh my! But putting it all together takes a bit of know-how. That’s where our pals at Casa de Perrin come in, curators of some of the prettiest tabletop rentals around. From chargers to glassware and everything in between, they’re dishing out tabletop tips that’ll […]

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10 Tips for Planning An Eco-Friendly Wedding

A while back I had the pleasure of featuring Naturally Yours Events, who specializes in coordinating and styling Eco-Friendly Weddings and Events. Their blog is full of tips for making your day extra amazing, while also loving the Earth! Ever since I was able to connect with Carlene and interview her, I’ve been more conscious of the Earth and how wedding waste can be so impactful.

There are a couple of things I do as a photographer that cut down on waste. Namely, my clients view their image “proofs” in an online gallery instead of sorting through printed images while deciding which favorites will make the final cut in the album. Also, rather than clients receiving a USB drive with images, they are able to download them straight from their gallery. Additionally, all correspondence occurs online through a private client portal. This includes filling out questionnaires, emails, paying your bills, and signing your contract, just to name a few. Lastly, I’ve just added an eco-friendly coffee table book to the arsenal of albums that I offer. It’s printed on recycled paper and has a natural fiber cover.

There are many other way to have an eco-friendly wedding so I was super stoked when I came across the article “10 Tips for Planning An Eco-Friendly Wedding.” My favorite of the 10 tips?! Serve locally sourced food!  Since my European living experience and travels, I’ve come to love and appreciate locally sourced food in a way I never thought possible. Hello I love eating good food!!

Head over to Style Me Pretty for 9 more awesome tips on how to have an eco-friendly wedding!! Alternatively, if you’re planning a wedding and looking for a wedding photographer, drop me a line:)

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At the end of September, I had the pleasure of visiting my friend Lieseke in her home country of Belgium. She and I met in Dublin while she worked on assignment for 9 months for Pfizer in the human resources department.

While I was in Belgium we visited Brussels and Bruges and I had the opportunity to take a bunch of photos… Unfortunately I waited so long to blog this trip that some of the specifics of what we did are a little cloudy for me!

I’m so excited to share my Belgium Travel Photos with you and apologize it’s taken so long 😉

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Suffice it to say we had full bellies and hearts as she introduced me to REAL Belgian chocolate, beer, art, and culture! We explored downtown Brussels where Lieseke went to University, stopped in a chocolate shop for some treats, had lunch and admired some famous Belgian architecture (near where Lady Gaga had a concert the night before!) We then continued on to the Musée Fin-de-Siècle Art Museum.

After we spent time in Brussels, we went on to the town Lieseke lives in called Mechelen and had a nice dinner at Il Cardinale (The Cardinal) where burgers were the specialty.

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Belgium is super progressive…Love!

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The next day, we made the trip to Bruges and did a bunch of walking. Here I admired the river and bridges, Belgium’s version of Venice.  Then we made our way to De Halve Maan Brewery (The Half Moon) for a tour and a drinky treat!

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I definitely recommend Tom’s Diner… Dang the food was delicious!

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We visited a cathedral where they claim to have an actual vial of Jesus’ blood… Not too sure about that, but interesting none the less. The image above is city hall where people filed in and out and marriages were performed all day.

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It was so nice to spend time with Lieseke in Belgium because she made it feel like home! She also is a kick ass translator- although mostly everyone there is very proficient in English. She herself speaks English, Flemish, French, and a little German..

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The view from the top of the brewery was fabulous…Even if the weather wasn’t.

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I’m so excited for this summer when Lieseke will visit the States!

I think Belgium would be an excellent place to live. Superior healthcare  and infrastructure are just two of the many positives I experienced. It’s clean, people are respectful and hard working, they’re health conscious, and also friendly. Plus it’s pretty darn safe compared to other large cities in the US. Future overseas assignment?! Definitely not for awhile, but the thought has crossed my mind.

Planning a trip and have a travel question? Drop me a line!  My wanderlust is never satisfied and I’d love to live vicariously through you:)

  • Sarah Weber - Sounds like you had an amazing time. Beautiful pictures! I love the bicycle one.April 22, 2015 – 3:43 pmReplyCancel