Alyssa+Doug | Grant Park Engagement | Chicago Engagement Photographer

Anyone who has spent even a minute with Alyssa and Doug will testify that their spirit just radiates. They have a love for the city, their dogs, and an incredible love for each other that is just infectious. We took a stroll through their favorite park in the city, on a late winter afternoon, and it was just beautiful. We can hardly wait for September to document the day they become husband and wife. Congratulations Alyssa and Doug and thanks for a fabulous afternoon!!! xoxo A&M

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Ellen+Brandon | Downtown Frankfort Engagement Shoot | Chicago Wedding Photographer

We just get so giddy over these two! The perfect red coat on the most beautiful bride to be, with a handsome man on her arm and amazing dog to boot. I mean romance movies would swoon over them! Ellen and Brandon were such troopers in the subzero weather, and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome. Gorgeous snowy engagement photos with a small break for hot chocolate at the cutest little shop ever. We sooooo love our job! Can’t wait to shoot their wedding later this year!!! xoxoxo A&M

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Kristin & Wade | Crystal Tree Winter Wedding | Orland Park Wedding Photographer

There was no snowstorm that could ever put a damper on the amazing chemistry between Kristin & Wade. The day started out just beautifully with the sun shining and the snow blanket making everything around look crisp and clean. Surrounded by their family and friends, Kristin and Wade had the most elegant Black and White wedding we have ever experienced. Elegant mixed with just the right amount of fun! After the ceremony not just the bridal party, but many of their friends as well jumped on the bus and went with to take pictures. That was a must because Kristin and Wade have such love for all of the people in their lives. It’s a true testament to their character, that when the snow started to come down much harder, all of their friends were still ready to jump out into the snow, show us some personality, and have a fun shoot without complaint! After the shoot, we all travelled to the gorgeous Crystal Tree Country Club in Orland Park, where the black and white decor, peppered with shimmery silvers and golds were just exquisite. There was a cigar bar as well that brought the gentlemen outside for a classic gathering. The DJ, Toast & Jam, nailed every single situation with the perfect songs which brought out the fun in all of their friends and family once again. It was a fabulous evening, with no open spots on the dance floor, which speaks volumes of the night! Thank you so much to the Trella-Owak Family and the Ferm Family for welcoming us into their lives for such a special occasion. And to Kristin, Wade, and all of your fantastically fun friends….we love you all to the moon and back! Thank you for helping to make our job so fun!! Congratulations again! xoxo A&M

Brides Dress: Matthew Christopher (matthewchristopher.com)
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bari Jay (barijay.com)
Grooms Attire: Black by Vera Wang
Groomsman: Black by Vera Wang
Hair: Salon Vis a Vis
Makeup: Emily Greiner
Planner: Molly Daly
Florals: Bella Fiori (bellafioriflower.com)
Caterer: Crytal Tree Country Club (CrystalTreeCC.org)
DJ: Karin from Toast & Jam, Inc. (Toastandjamdjs.com)

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Courtney + Mike | Winter Engagement on the Ice | Frankfort Wedding Photographer

Courtney and Mike are two fun-loving spirits. We couldn’t think of a better way to represent her love of pretty things and his love of hockey than a perfect snowy engagement session on the ice. There just happens to be the perfect private pond not too far from their home and we couldn’t have ordered a better day! They even brought out their two babies (Labrador Retrievers), Stanley and Hawk, Stanley even had a bow tie that matches their wedding color of Mint. We can’t wait for their fall wedding to hang out with these two again! LOVE!!! xoxo A&M

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Amanda and Jerry | New Years Eve Wedding at Drury Lane | Oak Brook Wedding Photographer

The only word fit to describe the Amanda and Jerry’s New Years Eve wedding is Regal. We felt like we were surrounded by royalty. The bridesmaids were in stunning black trumpet Bari Jay gowns, all with perfect hair and makeup. The gentlemen were classic in black and white. But the bride…..oh the bride stole the show. Amanda looked absolutely exquisite in her luxurious gown by Austin Scott for Kenneth Pool. Her Maria Elena headpiece could very well have been cut for a princess and her Gianvito Rossi shoes…gasp….were gorgeous! Lizette Zlogar of Choppers Salon did her makeup which as I was went through the photos noticed was still perfect from morning until late in the evening.

We travelled to a park full of trees for photos before the ceremony and the snowfall was just perfect. It was really cold. Freezing in fact, but everyone in the bridal party were so happy to run out there for Amanda and allow her the perfect winter wedding photos just like she had imagined.
The church was adorned with amazing florals, huge painted trees with hanging votives and crystals and candles everywhere. We were in awe at the beauty of a traditional Green Orthodox Ceremony. It was breathtaking and the congregation was so warm and inviting. The maid of honor, Pamela, and the Koumbara, Maria (forgive me if this is the wrong use of the word, but I’m really trying!) were amazingly wonderful and helped us with every step of the ceremony (mostly in Greek) so we were in the right spots at the right time. It was so kind of them!

On to Drury Lane from there. Guests were greeted by a piano player for cocktail hour while the room was prepped with gorgeous florals and trees on the tables that almost reached the ceiling. The uplighting on the walls and the candlelight on the tables made for the perfect ambience for the perfect evening.

The lobby also contained THE COOLEST, place card board ever! Julie Hanan Design created this amazing photo place card board that contained peoples names on one side, table number on the other, and the photo was underneath as well. Julie did the invitations as well. She is truly truly talented and we just LOVE all of her work! John Grammatis of clubdj.com was the perfect master of ceremonies and made sure that in between visits to the Martini Luge Ice Scupture, and the Photo Booth, there was plenty of fun on the dance floor as well.

Thank you to the entire Mertes and Georgantas families for being so sweet and fun!

To Mrs. Maria Georgantas, who planned this exquisite event, and who is the most wonderful soul…we just love you. The vision that you and Amanda had for the wedding, and made become a real life fairytale wedding, was no simple task, and you handled it with perfect grace. Thank you for allowing us into your family, and your community. We truly felt welcome and were honored to be a part.

To Amanda and Jerry…this has been a journey for us as well with you and we are soo convinced that you were definitely meant for eachother. Congratulations and Happy New Year…The Best is yet to Come!!! xoxo A&M

Invitations & Photo Place Card Board: Julie Hanan Design (www.juliehanandesign.com)
Hair: Danielle Garcia (divassalonspa.com)
Makeup: Lizette Zlogar (chopperssalon.com)
Caterer: Drury Lane (drurylane.com)
Floral Design: Yanni Design Studio (yannidesignstudio.com)
Baker: Cocoa Bean Fine Desserts (cocoabeangeneva.com)
DJ: John Grammatis (clubdj.com)
Dress: Austin Scott for Kenneth Pool (kennethpool.com)
Jewelry: Simon G
Bridesmaids Gowns: Bari Jay
Headpiece: Maria Elena
Shoes: Gianvito Rossi

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Alexis - January 23, 2014 - 2:32 pm

Amanda and Jerry’s pictures are amazing. I feel like I was there. Absolutely wonderful!

Linda Nesci - January 16, 2014 - 2:05 pm

Autumn and Melinda, another incredibly beautiful Wedding shoot.
You girls are just wonderful at describing the event and beauty of the moment, in words and photographs! Thank you for sharing and the Best to this happy couple.

Cindy - January 14, 2014 - 7:23 am

Beautiful!!!!

Pam - January 13, 2014 - 11:48 pm

A beautiful winter wonderland! The mother of the bride is beautiful. (Amanda also, of course!) Really unique pictures.