LINCOLN PARK ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS // sara + andrew

Sara was in town from college when her friend invited her and a few other friends over for sushi and sake. It was a small group of people …. only four to be exact …. one of whom was Andrew. Sara met Andrew and politely chatted with him throughout the night, however what stood out about him in her mind was his long, wild hair.

Months later, Sara spotted a handsome guy while out with her friends. She introduced herself, only to find out they had met before …. it was Andrew. He had cut his hair and finally caught Sara’s eye.

Slowly they began to talk and spend more time together … which months later evolved into a relationship. She adored his easy-going personality, and Andrew loved Sara’s energetic and goofy side. In each other, they found someone who compliments them perfectly.

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I met Sara and Andrew in Lincoln Park. Lincoln Park is where the couple currently lives and it is also the spot where Andrew proposed … making it extra special for their engagement photos.

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The summer afternoon was beautiful and called for some dancing amongst the beauty of Lincoln Park.

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Sara and Andrew were laughing throughout the entire session, and I just loved capturing them so happy.

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Andrew is a charming guy who is genuine and has great socks!

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Sara doesn’t take anything too seriously. She exudes silliness and fun which only brings joy to those around her.

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Sometimes a little bit of sunshine makes all the difference …

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Together, Sara and Andrew love to golf, watch Walking Dead, and eat at Macku (which is also where they had their first date).

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Sara and Andrew will marry next June in Arlington Heights … so it was lovely to document their love where it all began in Chicago.

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OSTERIA VIA STATO CHICAGO WEDDING // allison + john

It was a day overwhelming with love and support and entwined with elements of those they love most. Allison wore his mother’s veil. John wore a boutonniere of calla lilies like his mother’s bouquet and stephanotis like his father and grandfather’s boutonniere’s. And tucked inside Allison’s bouquet were pins from both of their late grandmother’s. Allison and John’s wedding day wasn’t merely about their love, but also their love for their friends and family around them.

As they slipped their hands into one another’s, they acknowledged that these hands will be the hands that will work together to build their future, comfort each other in times of illness and celebrate the joy and happiness of life together. The gravity of their love echoed throughout the Italian restaurant as mazel tov was cheered and the celebration continued.

Allison and John – Both your families are rare gems, and they sparkled with love and joy. Everyone made us feel like treasured guests, and I am are forever grateful that I could play a small role in your wedding day. You are the type of people who make the world better, and I am so blessed to have witnessed your love. I wish you nothing but the best! With love and gratitude – Brittany

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The morning started off at a beautiful suite at the Intercontinental Chicago.

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Allison’s Jimmy Choo heels were the first item she purchased for the wedding when her and John visited Paris. John also snagged his amazing wedding day socks there.

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Allison surprised John’s mom when she walked down with the same veil she wore on her wedding day. His mom cried a few happy tears and hugged her soon-to-be daughter-in-law. It was so sweet!

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Allison’s sisters helped her get dressed and made she everything was perfect.

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Her dad was delighted when he saw his daughter for the first time.

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Nicole spent the afternoon with John as he got ready to see Allison for the first time.

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As Allison walked down the stairs of her suite to see John, he couldn’t wipe the smile off his face.

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The bride and groom opted to spend time just the two of them around Chicago before their ceremony, and I was delighted we could explore the city together.

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Allison and John were worried about the weather, but the universe was on our side because we managed to get through all of their photos outside just MOMENTS before the rain hit Chicago.

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John is a quiet man of very few words. He lets Allison shine, but on his wedding day, I had to grab a few of him being the star.

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We spent the afternoon at some of my favorite spots in the city including the insanely beautiful Lurie Gardens.

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A favorite!!!

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Allison and John’s wedding day flowers were very deliberately selected. John’s calla lily and stephanotis were chosen because they are the same flowers his parent’s had on their wedding day. Allison’s bouquet contained pins and a handkerchief from both of their late grandmothers.

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This makes my heart melt …

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The couple wed at Osteria Via Stato …. an adorable Italian restaurant in River North … surrounded by their closest friends and family.

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Allison’s brother officiated their beautiful ceremony which added a special touch.

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Officially husband and wife!!!

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John’s aunt designed all of the beautiful centerpieces and transformed the room.

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The bride and groom spent the evening in each other’s arms ….

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toasting and celebrating with those they love the most,

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and dancing late into the evening.

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As the night got going, the couple shared on epic Hora.

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And everyone showed off their best dance moves.

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Allison and John snuck out for a few moments before the night ended to soak up the beauty and joy of their wedding day ….. and so we ended with this.

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A huge thank you to all of the team members who created the perfect day for Allison + John.

VENUE : osteria via stato

FLORAL : gina berndt

BRIDE’S DRESS : sara seven 

BRIDE’S HAIR + MAKEUP : total image bridal (christa ponzio)

EARRINGS + HAIR PINS : left bank bridal

DJ : DJUj

INVITATIONS : minted

VIDEOGRAPHER : fulcrum media (joshua havens)

PHOTOGRAPHY ASSISTANT : nicole morisco

PHOTOGRAPHY : brittany bekas 

ST. EDMUND PARISH + CONCORDE BANQUETS CHICAGO WEDDING PHOTOS // concetta + steve

The house was filled with happy conversation sprinkled with Italian, English and lots of laughter. On the morning of her wedding, Concetta surrounded herself with friends and family who support and love her with all their hearts. A few blocks down, Steve put on his bow tie as he prepared to marry his best friend since junior high school. This day had been many years in the making, and everyone was delighted it was finally here.

Steve took Concetta’s hand as they stood together in St. Edmund Parish and professed his devotion to her. He promised to love, cherish, and honor her and glowing with happiness, she returned his vows. When they sealed their promise with a kiss, cheers and applause floated throughout the church.

Concetta + Steven – I am so happy the world has a couple like you in it. Your love is truly remarkable, and my heart overflows with love for you both. It was nothing short of amazing documenting your love and wedding day, and I am so grateful to have played a small part in a truly perfect day. With love and gratitude – Brittany

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The morning started off at Concetta’s childhood home with the prettiest of bridal details.

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Concetta’s father owns a salon, and Guiseppina from gino difranco salon ensured Concetta’s hair was flawless. Many thanks to Fancesca from makeup & hair artistry by francesca for the stunning makeup!

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Concetta’s mom and sister helped her dress.

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Her dad glowed with happiness and excitement when he saw his little girl for the first time in her wedding dress.

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Meanwhile, Kelly photographed Steve as he got ready.

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Steve and Concetta chose to marry at St. Edmund Parish in Oak Park, and it was a gorgeous church.

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Concetta smiled the whole time as Steve and her finally said I do.

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The first walk as Mr. and Mrs.!!!

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Concetta and Steve are well loved. Their wedding party was full of friends and family from all different times in their lives, and each person was a joy to be around.

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Dominican University was the perfect location for wedding photos.

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Concetta radiated with beauty on her wedding day.

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I could have photographed these two all day. I mean …. their love is so beautiful!

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I have known Steve since we were kids, so it was such an honor to photograph him on such an important day. He looked so handsome in his tux.

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Many thanks to northern greenhouses floral + event design for transforming concorde banquets into this gorgeous space.

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A beautiful entrance complete with sparklers!

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The reception was a blast and it started off with some lovely toasts.

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The newlyweds were overwhelmed with all the love and support from everyone there to celebrate their love.

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The day was full of many great moments like the first dance.

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And once the dance floor open, jojo + gizep kept the dance floor packed.

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The reception was seeped in tradition … including Greek dancing!

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A huge thank you to all of the team members who created the perfect day for Concetta + Steve.

CHURCH : st. edmund parish

VENUE : concorde banquets

FLORAL : northern greenhouses floral + event design 

BRIDE’S DRESS : jasmine

BRIDE’S HAIR : gino difranco salon (giuseppina trupiano)

BRIDE’S MAKEUP : makeup & hair artistry by francesca (francesca ortale)

DJ : jojo + gizep

ESCORT CARDS + PROGRAMS + INVITATIONS : tolu inc.

PHOTOGRAPHY ASSISTANT : kelly mccue

PHOTOGRAPHY : brittany bekas 

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