Katie & Josh/ Olive Park Chicago Engagement Shoot/ Chicago Area Wedding Photographer

If there ever was a couple that represented the famous phrase “Love, Laughter and Happily Ever After” it is our amazing couple Katie and Josh. It’s obvious to see that they are madly in love but it’s in their laughter that you see how deep that love goes. Whether it be a smirk, giggle or a sweet whisper, Josh knows exactly how to bring a smile to Katie’s face and a twinkle in her eye. It’s the Joy between them that is evident to everyone around them. Even strangers stopped to watch the happy couple and congratulate them on their engagement. We are so thankful to have met them and super excited to capture their “Happily Ever After”!! Congratulations Katie & Josh! xoxo

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Josie+Brad | Marquette Park Sunset Engagement Shoot | Chicago Area Wedding Photographer

Some people just shine from within. When you meet Josie, you completely understand. She has a light about her that comes from deep down. She’s a sweet soul who has met her perfect match in Brad. Josie and Brad told us that they often walk their dogs through Marquette Park and they would love to have their engagement shoot there. Who knew that Gary, IN was so beautiful. Who knew? ….. they knew. They were so comfortable in a place so beautiful…a place they find comfort….a place they are smart enough to frequent. You could just see that the moment we walked out into the park. They took a deep cleansing breath, and they were happy. They were happy to be there on a beautiful night…..together. Such a wonderful lesson for us, and we are happy to know them! Congratulations Josie and Brad! You are just perfect together! And if you were wondering…the absolutely perfectly appointed hair and makeup were done by the incredibly talented Emily Wolf of Emily Wolf Makeup Artistry. To all of our A&M Brides…Check her out, she’s amazing!

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Jaci+Dustin | Concorde Wedding | Chicago Area Wedding Photographer

To say that he loves her just isn’t saying enough. Jaci and Dustin were made for eachother in a way that you’d have to see to believe. You’d have to witness the tears in his eyes as she walked down the aisle toward him. You’d have to see how she is the light in his eye and he is the calm to her storm. We feel so blessed to have known them and to have been a part of their journey. The bridesmaids were just perfect in their Petal Pink chiffon dresses by Bill Levkoff. It was the perfect accent to the Gray on the Groomsmen. Jaci and Dustin looked absolutely amazing but they are even more perfect together. So perfect that not only did they take lessons to learn the entire dance from Dirty Dancing…you know the one….but they performed it flawlessly…and with the lift!!! Every single guest roared with excitement and cheer! As if that wasn’t enough, they even showed a highlight reel of the “learning process”, complete with bloopers. This was a wedding that did not disappoint.

We are so proud to know you Mr. and Mrs. Jaci and Dustin Dessell!! You were special to us from the start and while we never thought we’d ever say this….ever….and we mean EVER…. *sigh* — We are now smitten with two Packer fans.:)

Lots of love to Jaci, Dustin, and their amazing families that welcomed us with open arms!! We are so grateful to have shared in this special time with you all.

xoxo A&M

Photography: Autumn and Melinda Photography
Floral Design: Flowers by K.H.Flowers by K.H.
Venue: Concorde BanquetsConcorde Banquets
Baker: Central Continental Bakery
DJ: DJ’s For You (Greg Hoover)
Video: Kevin Wagan
Hair: Tamara Makeup
Makeup: Flawless by Tiffany (Tiffany Berry)
Dress: Allure
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff
Tuxedo: Stephen Geoffrey
Church: St. Raymond’s Church

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Linda Nesci - May 28, 2014 - 1:16 pm

Again, just beautiful photography by two of the best! Great work, best wishes to this cute couple too!

Maura+Andy | County Line Orchard Wedding | Chicago Area Wedding Photographers

Stunning. When we first met Maura and Andy for coffee, we knew they were an A&M couple. They are honest and open and Andy wants the world for Maura. They told us of the County Line Orchard wedding plans and we thought a rustic wedding would be so fun. But it was stunning. They planned every detail to flow perfectly with the day. The Bridesmaids wore navy which was the perfect contrast to the green orchard in May. The Brides lace gown was absolutely breathtaking and the beautiful hearty wood inside the barn was the perfect backdrop to show off her dress. The paperie was perfect as was the burlap tie backs to all of the chairs. Perfectly appointed is the only way to describe the beauty of the orchard and the courteous staff. I wanted to take pictures of every nook and cranny, it was just that beautiful!! Their ceremony was set in the middle of the orchard and the scenery all around was breathtaking. The bridal party was fun and full of personality and were incredibly easy to work with. They helped Andy and Maura with everything they needed, and helped us too!! Rich with Essence Entertainment had the guests on the dance floor the entire evening. This was a wedding that, when we left, we looked at eachother and said….that was awesome. To the Donahue and Habich Families…thank you so much for having us, and welcoming us into your families for the day. To Maura and Andy…Congratulations. You deserve all the best this world has to offer and we couldn’t be happier to know you! Your wedding was even better than you could have described. Thank you for picking us!! Lots of love…..xoxoxoxo Autumn and Melin

Colors: Navy & Coral
Venue: County Line Orchard
Planner: Roxanne Dedrick @ County Line Orchard
Bridal Gown: Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner
Bridemaids Dress Designer: Bill Levkoff
Hair: Donna Andrews
Make Up: Tracy Keller
Caterer: Jonna (provided by Orchard)
Floral Design: Catherine’s Gardens
Baker: LaLaLi Bakery
DJ: Essence Entertainment

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Virginia McGathey - May 23, 2014 - 9:46 am

These photos extraordinary! What a beautiful location and you captured it perfectly. Well done Melinda & Autumn!!!

Excuse the tears…The Hero and The Angel

They met in an elevator….Richard was the elevator operator and swore to his friends that she would be his wife. He knew. He always knew. If there was ever anything that he was always certain of, it was that Rose was meant for him. It didn’t come as easy to her. They were of different cultures, she a spanish speaking mexican with very proud roots and stern parents, he a salt of the earth german irishman. She knew there would be struggles so she prayed for answers. She prayed that the Lord would send her guidance. And anyone who knows her, knows that prayer wasn’t just a word she used that could have been transposed with “wish”. She really prayed to the Lord that she loved and he let her know that this was the man for her. He is a proud member of the First Division, The Big Red One, survived unthinkable events in World War II, returned home after numerous stays in hospitals. He was a survivor, a fighter and he loved her. They were married on this day in 1949. Yes, that’s 65 years! They built their own home (not a builder, they actually did the work themselves from a kit). They raised 9 children. 20 Grandchildren, 16 Great Grands and 1 on the way. Those of you who know Autumn and I know that we are cousins. Autumn’s father is the oldest of Rosemary and Richards 9 kids. Melinda’s Mother is the oldest girl of the group.
All this time, all of these stories of their lives, and they are still madly in love. My Grandmother is 90 years young and my Grandfather is 89. They live together in the same home they raised their family in, the home they built with their own hands. He still buys her flowers and perfume, she still goes to church every day to thank God for the life she was blessed with. They are an inspiration to every person they meet, every life they touch. He is a hero who has outlived most of the men he served with. She is pure beauty. There is not a person who has come in contact with her that would say she is anything less an Angel on earth. We’re so very blessed that she is our Angel. We’re so grateful that her blood runs through our veins.
Happy Anniversary Gram and Gramps. You have taught us all that the most important things in life are Family and Love.

We love you!! xoxo Autumn and Melin

This is the photo that inspired us to be wedding photographers. We are still searching for the name of their original wedding photographer.

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Heidi - May 28, 2014 - 10:19 am

This is absolutely THE most beautiful post I have ever read… Their wedding photos are such a treasure… And the new ones… You girls have such an amazing love for your family -and such an unmatched gift of capturing all of the emotion between 2 people in a photograph… I’m sure those two are VERY proud of you two!!! xoxo h

Sam Thomas - May 20, 2014 - 4:52 pm

An absolutely brilliant collection of photos – including 3 of me at the wedding!! Yes, I am proud to say that I was there in attendance at that epic event!! Really fantastic to see Uncle Dick and Aunt Rosie still looking so happy after all the years. In fact, I think they look even happier than they did at the beginning!! And, to be sure, they looked about as happy as a couple could look at the beginning of their life together. Marvellous album – thank you. Sam Thomas

Anita Antoinette McGathey Choppin - May 15, 2014 - 8:48 pm

You’re not kidding about the tears!! Oh my goodness. My favorite auntie and uncle. What we can all learn from them! Just look at those photos. That says it all. Testament to true love. I am living in southern Calif now. I would love to have their address, although I can probably get it from my siblings. I want to send greetings to them. Uncle Dick is my late father’s brother.
Incredible photography that absolutely captures decades of love that we should all be fortunate to experience. I love them both very much and learned so much about family and love when I was young. Anita Antoinette Choppin

Trisha Bumpass - May 15, 2014 - 6:53 pm

Absolutely Amazing!!!!! Beautiful!!!!! Tears of Joy!!!!