Guemes Island Wedding with Petra and Kyle

Petra and Kyle had the perfect San Juan Islands wedding! They rented out Guemes Island Resort, and for my first time ever in the San Juans I was not disappointed. I loved everything about it, from the small farm community atmosphere to the incredible views of the Canada and the Cascade Mountains. Once I pulled up to Guemes Island Resort I was blown away again! This was the ideal spot for an intimate wedding filled with family, friends, beer, dancing, bon fires, and sparklers. I can't wait to go back, but next time I'm taking some time off to just hang out at the resort!

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River Roast, Chicago Wedding with Mary Pat and Calen

The best weddings are the ones filled with love and tons of laughter! I don't think Mary Pat and Calen stopped smiling all day. What I do know is how happy I am to share their gallery with everyone. I was thrilled when Mary Pat and Calen asked me to photograph their wedding. First I flew out to Colorado for their absolutely incredible engagement session, then they brought me back to Chicago to capture their wedding day. As much as I love the mountains, I'm equally obsessed with city views and architecture.

We did get one huge surprise when we arrived at the reception. It turns out it was the season opening of the Chicago Riverwalk! To celebrate Chicago rigged the bridges immediately surrounding River Roast with fireworks! Of course we grabbed some photos before the reception kicked off, just check it out below!

A special thank you to Emmalee Luckas for being such an amazing second shooter!

High Rock Engagement with Derek and Kyler

As soon as I met with Derek and Kyler they were talking about all the traveling and adventures that they're constantly going on. So naturally when it came to their engagement session we choose an unbelievable vantage point of Mt Rainier. As soon as we saw an opening in the summer wildfire smoke we ran out to Mt Rainier National Park hiked up to High Rock where there is an incredible fire lookout cabin. Just when we got to the top clouds rolled in, but this time they added an extra bit of drama without the rain!

City Winery in Chicago with Jean and Brian

It's hard to start a blog post without saying this, I love the couples I work with! Jean and Brian are the sweetest, but one of the best parts about them(and I know they would agree!) is their ridiculous dog Baxter. He's such a lovable one eyed beagle. But seriously if you want to to obsess about how great your wedding is, just be sure to have your dog hang out with us on your wedding day.

Besides Baxter, Jean and Brian had a gorgeous ceremony and reception at City Winery back in Chicago and I can't thank them enough for bringing me out to the midwest to share in their celebration!

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