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When I shoot weddings out of town I always quadruple check everything.  I make sure all my equipment is where it’s supposed to be and I map out every place I have to be and exactly how long it will take to get me there.  On the day of, I re-map said places at least 10 times in case there are any unexpected delays.  It may sound crazy but it keeps me sane.  On Erica and John’s wedding day I did just that.  I knew exactly how long it would take me to get to their venue.  The coast was clear and I called the uber with an extra 30 minutes to spare.  I shared an uber with one of Erica’s friends and we spent the car ride chatting away.  I couldn’t tell you what we were talking about but I’m sure it was pretty riveting stuff.  After about 25 minutes in the car I decided to check the uber app to see how close we were and when I opened it up it said we were 35 minutes away!  Mind you, this should have been a 30 minute TOTAL drive.  My chest instantly tightened and my heart started pounding.  I pulled up my own map to see where in the HELL he was taking us and I realized he had gone THIRTY MILES out of the way.  Like literally in the completely wrong direction.  I tried to ask him where he was going but he didn’t speak much english so I used every bit of Spanish I could remember to tell him to HURRY IT UP!  At this point let’s just say I was in a borderline panic.  Then…he breaks down.  On the highway.  Lisa and I looked at each other and I swear to you had she not been there I would have had a full on nervous breakdown.  We were 30 minutes away from the venue…I needed to be there in 20 and we were literally stranded on the side of the highway. Thankfully we found another uber to rescue us (in under 5 minutes!) and made it just barely late.  I still don’t think I’ve fully recovered yet but the wedding went off without a hitch and Erica and John’s day was an absolute blast.

 

Every part of their wedding weekend was so much fun.  I was so lucky to get to be a part of it all and I still can’t get over how amazing it was.  The whole weekend was full of good people, great times and one seriously fun wedding.  I think I slept for a week when I got home because I didn’t want to miss a second.  They say you are the company you keep and Erica and Johnny’s wedding was a reflection of just that.  From their family to their friends…everyone was literally exploding with love and excitement for them and it was so awesome to witness.  I not only came home having photographed the most perfect wedding day…but with so many people I’m now lucky to call friends.

 

Erica and Johnny…THANK YOU so much for allowing me to be such a huge part of your day.  I love you guys SO much and spending the weekend in Orlando with you and all your people will always be one of my favorite memories.  I can’t wait for many more empanada nights and if we’re lucky…some crazy games of Hot Seat.  😉  I’m so happy for you guys and so grateful to call you friends.  xoxo

 

 

Thank you to my second shooter, Sidne Hirsch, for all her help!!

And to all the vendors who made this day happen!

Wedding Planner: Lora Ritzie Wardman  |  Florist: Porch Therapy  |  Venue: The Acre  |  Caterer: Arthur’s Catering  |  Band: Bay Kings Band  |  Dress brand: Stella York  |  Cake: It’s Tasty Too  |  Hair/Makeup: Makeover Station   |  Specialty Signage: Charlotte George Calligraphy  |  Rentals:  Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals

 

I know I’ve said this a million times before but I LOVE the couples I get to work with.  Yes, I love meeting them and getting to know them throughout the planning process.  And I love shooting their weddings and being a part of the happiest day of their lives.  But what I love the most of all is getting to document their lives as it unfolds.  As they go from a couple to a family.  Being there as little by little their family grows.  It’s something so special and it literally gives me all the feels.  Like every single one of them.  So when Tricia and Trent asked me to do their maternity photos it made me all sorts of happy!  I honestly couldn’t be more excited for them and know they are going to make such amazing parents!

 

 

I don’t think I could fit into one blog post the love I have for this family.  When I shot Nat and Erin’s wedding 4 years ago I immediately fell in love not only with them but their entire family.  They are so fun-loving and a total blast to be around.  They immediately make you feel like part of the family and over the last few years I’ve had the chance to get to know them even better so they may not know it but I’m just going to say I’m basically part of the family now.  😉  (Just kidding.  Kind of.)  So when I saw Jacqueline got engaged I was secretly praying I would hear from her.  And sure enough…here we are.

 

Jacqueline is one of the most beautiful people I’ve ever met…inside and out.  She is so easy-going and incredibly kind and thoughtful.  She brings such a light to every situation and just makes you feel happy to be around her.  And Brian is no different.  You can see how effortlessly they fit together.  Constantly laughing and completely perfect for each other.  From start to finish their day was absolutely incredible.  From the vibrant colors to the perfect weather to the bubbles that never stopped popping…it was a day I will for sure never forget.  As I edited their photos I found myself smiling the entire time because it’s people like them who make me absolutely love what I do!

 

Jacqueline and Brian – thank you so much for including me in your perfect day.  I love you guys and your family so incredibly much!  I hope you guys had such an amazing time in Hawaii and if your wedding was any predictor of your life together…it’s going to be a total blast.  I wish we lived closer but maybe one of these days we’ll end up in Naples at the same time and can pop some bubbly on the beach together.  Love you guys!!!!!!  xo

 

 

A HUGE thank you to my second shooter, Karina Mora-Metts for all her help.  I couldn’t have done it without her!!

And another giant thank you to all the vendors that made this day happen:

Wedding Planner: Jaci Weber / Clementine Events  |  Florist: Ashland Addison Florist  |  Venue: Skokie Country Club  |  DJ/Band: The Chicago Players  |  Cake: Amy Beck Cake Design  |  Videographer: Vanilla Video  |  Makeup: Outer Beauty Makeup – Dominica Szwajnos  |  Hair: All About You Chicago – Cristi Covelli

 

We were sitting at a table, sipping wine, trying to decide what to order for dinner.  Her wedding was just around the corner and we were commiserating about the carb-free life (why can’t carbs be good for you?!??!).  We were finalizing timelines and details and making sure everything was perfectly in place for her big day.  As we finished up the “business” end of things she went on to tell me that she wanted to wear Healing Heels as her something blue in honor of the people in her life who have been touched by cancer.  I remember sitting there in that moment amazed at how thoughtful and outright incredible it was for her to even think about Healing Heels when it came to her wedding day.  But that’s who Julie is.  She so full of kindness and even on a day that should be about nothing but her – she finds a way to make it about others.  I still get all the feels when I think about it because it’s people like Julie and Jim that constantly remind me how lucky I am to do what I do.  For people like them who are so selfless and genuine.  And their day was a perfect reflection of that.  From start to finish it was effortless and so full of love.  Not to mention a total blast.

 

Julie and Jim – Your day was so perfect.  Every single part.  I am so grateful that we have gotten the chance to become such great friends over the last year.  I have no doubt there will be lots of outings and Sushi Bar nights (whether we mean to be there at the same time or not) and lots of fun times ahead.  Thank you for being such great people and including me in your absolutely perfect day.  I love you guys so much!!!! xoxo

 

 

 

Oh you know, that one time 15 wedding guests got stuck in the elevator and the Fire Department had to come.  Obviously it needed to be documented because…best story ever.

 

A HUGE thank you to my second shooter, Lane Lewis!  I couldn’t have done it without her!

And another giant thank you to all the vendors that made this day happen!

 

Let me start this by explaining just how important the Indy 500 is to Hoosiers.  Ok…maybe not all of them – but most of them.  It’s a tradition that we take very seriously and when you step foot in Indy, Race Day is like our own personal version of Christmas.  And if Race Day is like Christmas, the track is like Santa Claus.  This magical place where so much tradition lives.  Where endless amounts of fun has been had and memories have been made. Bottom line…it’s a very, very special place.  So when Erica emailed me that we might be doing their engagement session at the track I literally almost died.  Followed by extreme stress  because how do I document just how big and meaningful this place is?!  But I was up for the task.

 

As we pulled in we met the security guard who was going to show us around.  As we pulled onto the track (about 20 feet from where we were going to start) the security guard asked us if we wanted to get started or do a lap first.  We all tried to control ourselves and very calmly said…a lap.  A lap would be good.  So the three of us took a lap around the *$@#ing track which is one of the coolest things I’ve ever done.  All while trying to remain calm because holy sh*t that just happened.  And then compose ourselves because, oh yeah, we have photos to take.  I literally was like a little kid in a candy store.  There were times I think I forgot to breathe because I was out of breath for most of our session.  It was like one cool, amazing thing after another and all three of us basically couldn’t believed this was real life.

 

We ended the night on the top of the Pagoda (like where the snipers sit, Carl to be specific) followed by some celebratory beers in Speedway.  It was truly one of the greatest days ever.  If I’m being honest, I’m still kind of on cloud nine about it all.  But enough from me…here’s just a little piece of the magic we created that night…

 

 

 

  • Julie Moeder - August 30, 2017 - 10:36 pm

    ❤️
    Too cute! Great pics!!!ReplyCancel

  • Dara Jones - August 31, 2017 - 7:18 pm

    Love these pics!! ❣️ReplyCancel