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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Nick + Jessie {Maternity Love} Chicago, Illinois

We first met Nick and Jessie back in 2015. They were tying the knot here in South Bend, and we were the lucky photographers they picked to photograph their wedding! Which is always incredibly humbling!

It turned out to be the perfect day, as they said “I Do”, surrounded by their amazing friends and family … and it’s one of those weddings that we will ALWAYS remember! We not only had a blast, but we made some life long friends along the way. :) And if you’d like to check out their big day, we blogged about it … RIGHT HERE!

So fast forward a few years … September, 2018 … we were super stoked to learn that a little Fenton would be running around very soon, so it was a privilege when they contacted us about doing a maternity session! We jumped at the chance to adventure to a cute little neighborhood in Chicago, where this beautiful couple calls home! They’re not only sweet, kind, and SUPER good looking, but they’re also incredibly successful in the “Windy City”! But they’re the most modest people you’ll ever meet, so you won’t hear that from them … so we just have to give them a shoutout on all their hard work!!! You go girl … and boy. ;)

Ok, ok … back to that beautiful morning in September … we first ventured to the Gethsemane Garden Center, where we found the prettiest flowers and plants, and where we laughed … a lot! These two have such genuine joy; it’s contagious! And their sweet love … it’s something to strive for, and these two exude so much love for each other!

After our hilarious venture at the greenhouse, we went back to their beautiful little home, where we met their sweet pup, Kosar! And had even more laughs! And … we got to see their beautiful space where they’ve made their home, a HOME. Many of the things you see in their amazing space, Nick made! He’s quite the talented woodworking artist!

There is no mistake about it … these two are going to be the BEST parents and we are so darn thankful our paths crossed in 2015. We’ve shared in some amazing moments with them over the years, and we can’t wait for what the future holds. Congratulations beautiful souls. We adore you so much!

Chicago Engagement Session | Laura & Brian

I met up with Laura, Brian, and their sweet girl, Dottie, in their adorable apartment in the city for their sweet Chicago engagement. We roamed around the neighborhood, hit up the beach, Laura's work rooftop that overlooks the beautiful Chicago skyline, and ended at the very bar Laura and Brian first met! 

These two are so sweet and I had such a great time getting to know them! Can't wait for their Chicago wedding this Ocotber!

Chris & Catherine | Arranmore Farm + Polo Club

I met Chris and Catherine officially, a few weeks ago, at the gorgeous Arranmore Farm + Polo Club in Oswego, Illinois. I've been chatting with them for a few months now, as they prepare for their wedding day in March of next year. We connected via Instagram and we immediately became fast friends. 

When we met for their engagement session, it was like connecting with old friends. We had such a wonderful time, venturing around the farm and these two ... well, you can certainly, undoubtedly feel the love. Grateful our paths crossed and super thankful we get to share in their big day!!!

The best kind of love is when you can see the soul in each other’s eyes. When you touch, the butterflies come rushing back into your stomach, and for a single moment, you think, “I don’t think I could feel anymore loved right now”. Real love reminds us that there will always be hard days, but with someone standing by your side, who loves you fully, nothing is impossible.

Starved Rock Adventure Session | Halie & Tyler

Halie and Tyler answered our Starved Rock model call a couple months back. They were a perfect fit for what we were looking for! They are adventurous and fun and take a beautiful photo! 

I met up with them at Starved Rock State Park in Oglesby, IL at the beginning of June. These two came all the way from Newaygo, MI!  It was such a HOT and humid day but these two hiked with me for a couple of hours and were such troopers! It was so great to get to know Halie and Tyler. Their love for each other was so sweet and they made my job that much easier! 

Congrats to this wonderful couple on their recent engagemnt!!