Courtney+Mike | Modern Mint, Coral and Grey | Oak Brook Hills Wedding Photographer

There are days when we feel like we are so lucky to have the opportunity to follow our passion as photographers and do what we love. And on other days…we absolutely KNOW IT! Saturday was that kind of day. From the first time we were with Courtney and Mike together, we just had a ball!! It was their engagement shoot. Because of the intesity of their love for Hockey, the only fitting place would be on the ice, so we found a pond and cleared it. They were dressed super cute, and Autumn and I were in full snowsuits. No joke….ski boots and all. We had so much fun that day. Sure, we were able to capture beautiful images, because they are beautiful people, but their true beauty lies in how comfortable they make everyone feel around them. They are genuine people and when you’re with them, you want to grab a cocktail and turn up the music.
Fast forward to August 30 and you will be at a room filled to the brim of people who felt the same. All of the planning that Courtney put into the most important day of her life, turned out just perfect. Her Jim Hjelm dress was stunning and looked as if it were imagined just for her. Her hair and makeup, by the incredible Laura Paciorek of Planet Color, was flawless and perfectly complemented her style. Mike and ‘the boys” were in grey suits with black patent leather Chuck Taylors, which was just the right touch to keep Mike’s personality in the mix. And I think that word sums it up…this wedding was full of style and personality.  The photo place card board and amazing print products from Julie Hanan Designs are always fabulous.   The food was delicious, Sounds Abound had the dance floor packed at all times,  and there was every kind of glowstick and glow accessory you can imagine!   As if that weren’t enough, the star of the evening…was that it was all captured via Gopro. I can hardly wait to see that footage! Ha!
At the end of the day, all of the guests, from all different walks of life, Autumn and I included, all felt the same around Courtney and Mike. We all felt welcome. We all felt like we wanted to grab a cocktail and turn up the music.

Thank you to all of the friends and family who were so kind to Autumn and I throughout the entire wedding. Thank you to the Neumanns and the Passaglias for welcoming us into your families for the day. And to the bridesmaids, maid of honor, (and Laura;))….thank you so much for being so helpful and making our jobs so much easier! Most importantly, Thank You and Congratulations to Courtney and Mike. You are perfect for eachother, and it makes our hearts smile just knowing that there are people out there in the world like you:)Lots of love!! xoxo Autumn and Melin

 

Dress:  Jim Hjelm  www.jlmcouture.com

Florist:  The Meetinghouse Companies  www.meetinghouse.com

Photo Place Card Board and Programs:  Julie Hanan Design   www.juliehanandesign.com

Hair and Makeup:  Laura Paciorek  www.planetcolorsalon.com

Baker:  Oak Mill Bakery  www.oakmillbakery.com

DJ:  Sounds Abound Entertainment  www.soundsabound.com

Venue:  Oak Brook Hills Resort  www.oakbrookhillsresort.com

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Casey+James | Frankfort Engagement Session | Olympia Fields CC Wedding Photographer

As a photographer living in Frankfort, or even any of the surrounding areas, Downtown Frankfort is a go-to place to shoot. From babies, to families, to weddings, and even dogs. It’s a beautiful place with many different facets to explore. Add to it, the most jaw droppingly gorgeous couple (yes thats a word), Casey and James, and it’s a recipe for success. But this time, there was more. This time, there was an overwhelming sense of grattitude that followed us as we shot. Last year Casey lost her father to ALS. James was lucky enough to have met him before he passed. Casey was lucky enough to have James to help her through the toughest times. Casey told us that when her dad was fighting this disease, he would often visit the park in downtown Frankfort. The rocks were one of his favorite places to sit, to look out over the pond. Autumn and I never had the pleasure of meeting him, but the smile on Casey’s face as we sat in that same spot spoke volumes. And James, was the perfect gentleman who knew what she needed, when she needed it, without having to speak a word. They were definitely made for eachother. The warmth in her heart is absolutely infectious, and the way he makes her laugh, made us all smile. We are better for knowing them, and can hardly wait to meet the rest of their families at their wedding next year. Congratulations Casey and James! Enjoy every moment!! xoxo A&M

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Ashley+Jeff (and Zoe too!) | Frankfort Engagement Photographer

We had such a fun time playing in the park with Ashley, Jeff and the newest addition to their little family, Zoe. It’s no secret that Autumn and I are dog lovers, so when Ashley and Jeff asked to bring their new fluffy baby, we were over the moon. Together, they make the perfect combination…lively, playful and hearts overflowing with love. They even braved the mosquitos (yikes…sorry Ashley!) for a beautiful late summer day. We can hardly wait to capture their wedding, and witness all of the beautiful things to come for the three of them! Congratulations Ashley and Jeff!!! xoxo A&M

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Cheryl - August 20, 2014 - 9:30 pm

Amazing. Beautiful.. Romantic pics!!

Sydney Becht - August 20, 2014 - 6:09 pm

Autumn and Melinda,
What great photos. Thanks so much. You captured not only Jeff and Ashley’s love for each other but also for their little puppy Zoey.
Can’t wait for the wedding and your amazing photos of it.
Syd

Deanna+Nick | Sunset Glam Engagement by the Water | Chicago Wedding Photographer

My mama always said “There’s a lid for every pot”…and with Deanna and Nick this couldn’t be more true! These two were made for each other. Nick just has to give her the “look” and he calms her. It’s one of those things that you have to just see to know, but when you do, it brings truth to the old adage my mom coined. They have something that cant be explained, but it’s magnetic. Congratulations Deanna and Nick! We are so happy to know you, and even happier to be a part of the amazing upcoming wedding! It definitely wont disappoint! xoxo A&M

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