Ceremony

The W Hotel Wedding | Mark & Zaneta

Mark and Zaneta are seriously one of those couples that every minute they're around each other you know how truly in love they are. Not in that sappy get a room kinda way, but in that truly romantic love at first sight kinda way. I may photograph weddings, but I'm not the hopeless romantic (far from it, haha), but being around these two makes me want to go out and pick up something really corny and ridiculous for the special lady in my life, Julia! Did I mention their wedding was on Friday the 13th? You'll see why this is important!

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Don't forget to check out Orange Wedding Films video from the day. It's absolutely incredible!

http://vimeo.com/45790295

Vendors:

Wedding planner: Charity Ramos, A La Moda Weddings & Events

Venue: Altitude, The W Hotel – Lakeshore

Video & Same-day-edit, Orange Wedding Films

Photography: Shane Welch Photography

Flowers and Reception Décor: Charity Ramos, A La Moda Weddings & Events

Wedding Cake and Sweets: Oak Mill Bakery

DJ: Larry & Eddie of L Productions

Trolley, photo booth and lighting: Mike Gajewski, Essence Photography

Ritz-Carlton Chicago Wedding | Adam & Arielle

First of all I know immediately that a wedding is going to be perfect when Joan over at Five Grain Events is involved! I swear she knows how to keep a wedding running on time better than anyone I've ever seen, and it doesn't hurt that she happens to be one of the nicest people I know. Arielle and Adams wedding at the Ritz Carlton in Chicago was just gorgeous! I could not have found a more hilarious bridal party if I tried. I knew that Arielle and Adam were perfect for each other but dear god when you mix a few drinks into their bridal party things got ridiculous in the best way.

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Jerusha and Robb's Wedding at The Ravenswood Event Center

I can't get over how great my clients are, especially Jerusha and Robb! I hear about the dreaded Bridezilla and their male equivalents all the time from friends, clients, and other photographers. It got me thinking... I haven't had a single terrible experience. I can't believe how lucky I am to work with couples that are always up for hearing about my newest locations and ideas. It doesn't seem to even matter how ridiculous the idea is, everyone trusts me do my thing. I can't say enough how truly awesome that is! For Jerusha and Robb I didn't have my normal sting of ideas like renting a sail boat or a helicopter for their portrait session (I swear I'm making that happen this year!) but what sets them apart is how they're my ideal couple to work with. Both of them were such a pleasure, laid back, hilarious and awesome, plus they even laugh at my stupid jokes! But I loved their touch on their wedding, they brought in all local people to help, none of those huge cookie cutter organizations had a hand in their wedding. We had Lynn from Pollen Floral Designs, Susie from Pear Tree Jam, and the ridiculously cool desert table was made by Sweet Table Chicago.  They did a lot on their own too, Jerusha spent months finding vintage soda's and straws for everyone to enjoy before the ceremony. Not to mention she was the one that brought everyone together in a perfect combination. Here's the images from their day for everyone to enjoy!