Patrick Haley Mansion Joliet, IL Wedding | Catherine & Chris

We first connected with Chris and Catherine back in August of 2017. We connected via Instagram and I could already tell that these two were bound to become some of our favorite people!

When we met for their engagement session, in July of 2018, at the Arranmore Farm Polo Club, in Oswego, Illinois, it truly was like connecting with old friends. We laughed. A lot. And had such a fabulous time, hanging out, and of course, taking some photos too! They were naturals in front of the camera, but more importantly, you could feel their love. {If you’d like to come on over here, you can check out more from their session that day!}

Fast forward to March 16th, 2019. All the planning and all the hard work had come to fruition, and it was their wedding day. It was a gorgeous, winter day, at the Patrick Haley Mansion, in Joliet, Illinois. Chris and Catherine we’re surrounded by the people that are most dear to them, including Catherine’s mom, who was unable to be at the wedding, due to illness, but was able to share in the festivities via satellite! Which we thought was pretty darn amazing. Cheers to technology and to awesome friends who helped to make sure she was witness to it all!

There were nearly 300 people who attended this amazing couple’s special day, and the love in the air was palpable. I think everyone had goosebumps a time or two …

There were so many laughs. And quite a few tears. But they’re the kind of laughs, and tears you’ll remember. Because they’re the kind that made you feel something real.

This New York style wedding was fabulous from start to finish, and we can’t help but give a shout out to the amazing coordinators, Wendy and Krystle of Day of Divas for their amazingness throughout the day, Hunter, with Hunter Floyd Films, who is a badass filmmaker and you should go check him out when you get a chance! The amazing florals by Petals n' Bloom. And to one of the most spectacular bands we’ve ever heard! Green Fourteen got the party started, and kept it going into the moonlight! And as always, the staff and team at the Patrick Haley Mansion!

To Chris and Catherine ... you have become friends along this beautiful journey, and we are so lucky to have shared in this moment with you both, and your amazing family and friends. Thank you for letting us stand alongside of you and for letting us share in your one of a kind love. We certainly will never forget this special day. We adore you guys!!!

And just because we can remember it like it was yesterday … we have to share a couple of our favorite moments, which you can see below, too!

First, Chris & Catherine's first look. The way Chris looks at Catherine, and vice versa ... ladies and gents, find yourself someone who looks at you like this!

Second ... the fabulous bridal party! Such a fun group, filled with so much love for this pair!

Third ... father/daughter moments ... melt your heart folks ... 

Fourth ... the partay!!! Hire a band like Green Fourteen, and you’re sure to dance the night away, and have a blast too!

Fifth … the amazing, wonderful family and friends of this couple! The love was genuine, and beautiful.

Sixth … the BRILLIANT team of people who we were SO LUCKY to work along side of! {check em’ out below!}

Coordinator: Day of Divas LLC
Florals: Petals n' Bloom
Band/Dj/Rockstars: Green Fourteen
Venue: The Haley Mansion
Makeup: LG Makeup + Tans
Dress: Here Comes The Dress
Videography: Hunter Floyd Films
Photography: Hey Sisters! Photography | Emily Allison & Erin Elliott

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Downtown Chicago Engagement Session | Ashley & Rob

We have always been fans of Chicago. We grew up coming here for day trips with our family and we continued that on into our adulthood. We get pretty stoked when we have a wedding or session in this busy, beautiful Windy City.

Ashley and Rob wanted something a little different with their engagement session. We met up at the very first place they met at, J.J. Thai Street food. There, they sipped on yummy noodles and we chatted about how they met and their upcoming wedding.

We then headed downtown to the raddest rooftop overlooking Grant Park and Lake Michigan. As a lover of city lights I was so excited when the sun started setting and the lights of the city started glowing.

I had such a great time with Ashley and Rob. These two are so sweet together and so much fun! We are so excited for their wedding later this year at Tabor Hill!

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Arizona's Marble Canyon Couple's Session | Joshua & Brittany

I met up with Joshua and Brittany in Page, Arizona when I was visiting earlier this year. They had told me about Marble Canyon about an hour from Page. This area was one of the first places they explored after moving from Florida just a year previous and this magical place is where they discovered their love for the desert and this beautiful state.

These two met 13 years ago. They were both attending a band camp party and after Josh saw Brittany he attempted to throw out every pick up line he could. With no avail, he just gave her his number and crossed his fingers. Weeks later, he gets a text, "Do you have a hammer? I need a hammer." He runs to Walmart, gets a hammer, and heads to her dorm room where he helped her hang up pictures on her wall. Soon after, Josh asked Brittany out using the song “Check Yes or No” by George Strait! How cute is that?

They are now Mr. and Mrs. and spend their time climbing mountains together. Like, that is their past time and it’s pretty freaking amazing and absolutely inspiring. Josh explains it so beautifully (grab a tissue!): “Pushing ourselves to the limit, we often meet our worst selves. In those moments, all that's left is our strengths. Climbing together has allowed us to find how our strengths complement each other's. When we are down and weak, all we have is each other to build ourselves back up. The sport of extreme walking has made our relationship immensely stronger and that's what keeps us coming back. Also, the views are great.” 

Josh and Brittany are truly so kind, genuine, adventurous, and so much fun. They were a little nervous going into the session. It wasn’t their first time in front of the camera, but going into it, it felt like it. Which I think we all can relate too! But they had nothing to worry about because, holy smokes, did they rock it. They let their true selves show and had so much fun together. And as a result, I was able to capture genuine moments of these two amazing humans in love. 

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Rosy Mound Natural Area Engagement Session| Jackie & Nick

I met up with Jackie and Nick at Rosy Mound in Grand Haven, about 45 min from Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

This park has been one of my favorites for years. It’s a bit of a hike to the beach but well worth it. The payoff is gorgeous untouched beach, tall grassy dunes, and that beautiful ol Lake Michigan that makes my heart so full. 

I was so stoked when Jackie and Nick opted for this adventure with me. They are Michigan lovers like me and enjoy hiking and experiencing all that is Michigan. 

Jackie and Nick met through the dating app Coffee Meets Bagel while living in Philadelphia. Their first date was actually on Valentine’s day and it was on from there! 

Two years later, Nick planned a winter vacay where they headed up to their favorite place ever, Ludington State Park. At the bottom of the same dune they ran down a year prior, Nick asked Jackie to be his forever. 

When I met up with Jackie and Nick, they were a little timid about being in front of the camera. And let me tell you, I feel this 100%. I used to run the other way when someone tried to take a photo of me. It’s a hard thing to be vulnerable and show major PDA in front of a camera with someone you barely know. 

But as we got more into the session, Jackie and Nick completely opened up. They let go of their worries and just had so much fun with each other. And dang, did they absolutely rock it! What an amazing thing to see unfold, two people in love, being in the moment.

Next year they will be saying their “I do’s” at the beautiful Holland Windmill Park in Holland, MI and we are beyond stoked to be documenting their day. These two are truly so kind and I absolutely enjoyed hanging out with them and photographing their ridiculously sweet love. 

Cheers to these amazing humans and Michigan adventures

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University of Notre Dame Surprise Proposal - Alisa & Kevin

Kevin popped the question to Alisa with a surprise proposal at the University of Notre Dame inside Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Alisa and Kevin’s love story is a beautiful one! They met one another while attending the University of Notre Dame Law school and have been committed to each other for nearly two years. Kevin contacted us to capture his surprise proposal inside the luminous Grotto on the Notre Dame campus.

Notre Dame University is a special place for Alisa and Kevin. The Grotto, in particular, is a location on campus that the couple always makes a point to stop at together to light a candle. It is said that the hundreds of votive candles burning in the grotto, day and night, are the expressions of prayers with special intentions, with the flame of each candle symbolizing hope. This symbolic location is where Kevin got down on one knee to pop the question!

When the day of the proposal rolled around, Kevin gave Alisa the impression that they were headed out to South Bend for dinner with a planned stop at the grotto.  We kept a close eye on the weather for that particular day because there was a chance of thunderstorms which then developed into an active tornado watch!! We headed out to the grotto to prepare, meanwhile it was down pouring rain outside, but we were not going to let the weather stop this proposal from happening. Kevin and Alisa approached the grotto to light a candle when Kevin spoke to Alisa for a moment before he got down on one knee to propose. 

The exact moment of the proposal was so sweet and Alisa’s reaction to Kevin is one of the couple’s favorite photos! Alisa was overcome with surprise and joy at the delight of having her dream Notre Dame proposal come to life!

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