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    Tennile

Erica and Terry | Chicago Wedding Photographer

These two. Oh, these two! (You may remember them from their Chicago-chic engagement session a while back.)

I’m not sure I’ve ever met two people who laugh as much as Erica and Terry do when they’re together. All the little details of this wedding were lovely, but what really stands out in my memory is how everyone bubbled with emotion. Color schemes, flowers, and decor are all fun and pretty, and certainly make for great photos, but I think, in the end, what people remember most is how they felt, and what moved them.

Erica summed up their relationship so well in her vows, when she said, “…with [Terry], I will laugh until the day I die.”

I also thought it was fantastic that they incorporated traditions from both of their backgrounds into the ceremony, and reception. The Irish hand fasting ceremony, combined with the breaking of glass was so unique, and a great way to celebrate the bonding of their families.

To my incredibly gifted associate photographer for the day, Jeff Johnson, of Rebirth Photo: Thank you! You captured so many great moments. I just wish we would have gotten a shot of us together, in our unintentionally matching outfits. ;)

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Standing wedding ceremony
Wedding at Pops for Champagne
Wedding at Pops for Champagne
Wedding at Pops for Champagne
Wedding at Pops for Champagne
Wedding at Pops for Champagne

Wedding at Pops for Champagne
Wedding at Pops for Champagne
Irish Handfasting ceremony
Irish Handfasting Ceremony (Tying the Knot)
Jewish Glass Breaking Ceremony
Pops for Champagne Wedding

A precious little outtake:

Pops for Champagne Wedding
Pops for Champagne Wedding
Wedding at Pops for Champagne
Wedding at Pops for Champagne
Double-decker bus, Chicago Wedding
BellyQ wedding reception
BellyQ wedding reception
BellyQ wedding reception
BellyQ wedding reception
BellyQ wedding reception
BellyQ wedding reception
Hora (Jewish Chair Dance)
Hora (Jewish Chair Dance)
Jewish Wedding Hora Chair Dance at BellyQ
BellyQ Wedding Reception
Wedding Reception at BellyQ
Wedding Reception at BellyQ
Wedding Reception at BellyQ
Wedding Reception at BellyQ

Credits:

Hotel: The Godfrey Hotel
Wedding Venue: Pops for Champagne
Reception Venue: BellyQ
Associate Photographer: Rebirth Photo
Videographers: Leap Weddings
Hairstylist: Hans Van Doornik (Maxine Salon)
Dress: BHLDN
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Cake: Hot Chocolate
Wedding Planner: Debi Lilly – A Perfect Event
Earrings: Something borrowed (a family heirloom from a friend)
Clutch: Something old (vintage from Erica’s grandma)

Nina | Chicago Headshot Photographer

Nina is the creative and fabulous woman behind the fashion and lifestyle blog, Just a Chitown GirlShe’s also a brand developer, and like anyone with a professional online presence, she was in serious need of some great headshots.

It’s freezing outside, here in Chicago, so we opted to stay warm and shoot most of the session indoors, at Magnolia Bakery, on State Street. This worked out really well, because we were able to get comfortable and chat over a tea in between shots. We also had the fun of wrapping up the session with some outdoor portraits with the iconic “Chicago” sign in the background — perfect for a Chitown blogger like Nina.

Nina, it was so wonderful to meet you, and take your picture, girl! I hope to see you again sometime soon.

xo

Tennile

Eagles | Squamish, BC | Wildlife Photographer

I’ve been meaning to share these photos for ages! They’re from last winter, when Ken and I visited family in Squamish, BC. My in-laws have been waiting for me to get it together and send them some pictures, so I thought it was about time.

Ken’s dad, Art, was an amazing guide and knew all the best places to go to see the eagles and other birds, and Ken surprised me with a great new telephoto lens while we were in Squamish, without which these shots would not have been possible. Thanks, guys!

The first set of photos was taken at Eagle Run in Brackendale, the photos of the eagles in the trees were taken from a friend’s backyard in Paradise Valley, Squamish, and the pictures of the great blue heron — or as I refer to them, “cold little old men” — were taken at Porteau Cove.

See all the white spots in the trees? Those are bald eagles.

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Bald Eagle in Squamish, BC, by Tennile Sunday
Bald Eagle in Squamish, BC, by Tennile Sunday
Bald Eagle in Squamish, BC, by Tennile Sunday
Bald Eagle in Squamish, BC, by Tennile Sunday

Bald Eagle in Squamish, BC, by Tennile Sunday
Bald Eagle in Squamish, BC, by Tennile Sunday

Bald Eagle in Squamish, BC, by Tennile Sunday
Bald Eagle in Squamish, BC, by Tennile Sunday
Bald Eagle in Squamish, BC, by Tennile Sunday
Bald Eagle in Squamish, BC, by Tennile Sunday
Great Blue Heron, Squamish, BC - by Tennile Sunday

Great Blue Heron, Squamish, BC - by Tennile Sunday

Great Blue Heron, Squamish, BC - by Tennile Sunday

 

February 9, 2015 - 7:12 pm

Natalie - These are beautiful, Tennile! More! More!

March 19, 2015 - 12:08 pm

Tennile Sunday - Thanks, Natalie! Nature, amirite?

Christina and James | Chicago Courthouse Wedding Photography

These two beautiful people are in the process of planning their wedding (but, just between you and me, they kinda already locked it down).

There are plenty of really good reasons to seal the deal prior to having your big dream wedding, and there is something sweet about having an intimate ceremony first.

If you plan to have a destination wedding, sometimes it can be necessary, or easier, to have the legal ceremony at home. If finances are a factor, a city hall wedding may make more sense. Perhaps you and your love have a wedding date set, but you opt for a no-frills ceremony first, in order to include a beloved relative who may not be able to witness your nuptials otherwise. Or sometimes, two adventurers from different parts of the world fall in love, and can’t wait to commit to each other, even before their traditional celebration.

Whatever the reason, I can tell you from personal experience that courthouse ceremonies, city hall weddings, and elopements are definitely a good idea, and in no way inhibit you from enjoying a more grand celebration later. (And, from a professional standpoint, I can tell you that I love shooting all shapes and sizes of weddings!) :)

As Christina and James prove, courthouse weddings can be classy, stylish, and moving.

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