Backyard Weddings

As we enter the “new normal” that this year has thrust us into, we are all thinking about ways to safely celebrate our milestones.  Backyard weddings are a personal, intimate way to connect with those closest to you, and still mark the occasion with a celebration! Here are five advantages to having a backyard wedding: […]

August 11, 2020 read more

Leah and Mike

Leah began the day in her hotel suite as Kristina and Jen of Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists helped out with hair and makeup for the bridal party. She looked so gorgeous and she was so ready to share a first look with Mike in one of the Kimpton Grey lounges. The couple and I stopped […]

August 8, 2020 read more

Natalie and Kyle

Natalie began the wedding day getting ready at her parent’s Evanston home, where Lia of Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists styled Natalie’s hair and makeup. When I arrived, I took a few pictures of the bride and then we were off to nearby Lighthouse Beach, where Kyle was waiting for Natalie to arrive so they could […]

August 8, 2020 read more

Rebecca and Jack

Rebecca and Jack held their ceremony and reception at Artifact Events in Chicago’s lovely Ravenswood neighborhood. Tess, of Events by Tess, helped the couple with coordination of the day’s events, including planning a menu of the day’s food and drink, provided by Zelda’s Catering. Rebecca’s hair and makeup were styled by one of artists from […]

August 8, 2020 read more

Ashley and Brandon

Ashley and Brandon were incredibly grateful for support from their friends, including pal Katy, who oversaw coordination details; Dennis, who presided over the ceremony, and Keli, who helped Ashley with her hair and makeup. The wedding party made their preparations in their rooms at Hotel Orrington, where I met up with them to begin documenting […]

August 8, 2020 read more

Five questions with Kelly from Clementine Custom Events.

How long have you been a wedding planner?  Tell us a little bit about Clementine Custom Events. I have been planning weddings for 18 years! Before I opened Clementine Custom Events I worked at a large catering and event planning company for 7 years.  I started Clementine in 2009 by myself and I worked really […]

June 30, 2020 read more

Do you need a permit?

A few places in Chicago will require permits. A lot our clients love the Chicago Park District locations so that is always a good place to start. These would include the Garfield and Lincoln Park Conservatories, Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, Lincoln Park Zoo, Olive Park and a few other locations. We suggest that you check […]

June 27, 2020 read more

Shake it!

We love nothing more than a crowded dance floor! We know you want everyone dancing at your reception. Who doesn’t? We always recommend that our couples dance for the first several songs to ensure your guests know you aren’t playing around! If they see you leave the dance floor they might think they are off […]

June 27, 2020 read more

Traveling for weddings.

Are you are getting married outside of Chicago? We love photographing everywhere. Shooting in new places allow us to really flex our creative muscles. From NYC to Mexico City, we’ve got you covered!

June 27, 2020 read more

Finding your officiant.

It’s so important to find the right person to marry you in front of your closest friends and family. There are a few ways to go about finding the right person. Whether you hire an officiant or ask a friend to marry you, it’s so important to let them get to know you and your […]

June 27, 2020 read more

Stepping outside at night.

This city lights up at night. It’s also a great excuse to have some alone time after hours of dancing. Lets escape the craziness for a few minutes and get some beautiful cityscape images with the twinkle lights of the night sky.

June 27, 2020 read more

Photographing murals on your wedding day.

Chicago is one of the most colorful and vibrant cities in the world. Lets take advantage of that and scour this urban landscape for some bold murals to use as your photo backdrops. There are plenty to be had and new ones pop up all of the time. We can help guide you to the […]

June 27, 2020 read more