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    Tennile

Andrea and Colin | Sofitel, Chicago | Wedding Photographer

Most of the time, wedding receptions don’t get much love on the blog. It’s sad, but true. I try to keep my posts from getting too gargantuan, so only a few photos from each part of the day make the cut.

That’s why I’m excited about this particular post! You may remember that Andrea and Colin were married in an intimate courthouse ceremony back in March — well, the fun didn’t end there! They threw a fabulous party in August, to celebrate their nuptials with friends and family. I don’t use the word “party” lightly, either.

Prior to this event, I had never witnessed a bride do the limbo, while rocking 4-inch Manolo’s (and not spilling even a drop of her red wine!). Colin, and his groomsmen, wore socks featuring his favorite muppet, Animal, and once the dancing began, the significance was abundantly clear: These men are wild — particularly the groom!

This was one of the most outrageously fun wedding receptions I’ve ever shot/danced at, and I’m happy to have the opportunity tell the story of the evening, and to feature both the sweet, and hilarious moments. I hope you’ll enjoy!

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A little bribery never hurts. ;)

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Andrea and Colin, you are a blast, and I absolutely loved shooting your party!

xo

Tennile

Dress: MLV

Wildflower Wedding Inspiration | North Pond Wedding Photographer

Today is my blog’s second birthday! That is, it’s the second anniversary of my first post on this blog. I wanted to share something pretty, and special today, and this wildflower inspired wedding shoot is just the thing!

I had the idea for the shoot while Ken and I were walking through North Pond this summer — I love the pond year round, but it’s hard not to love summertime best. The flowers totally take over, and the light seems to make everything shimmer — sometimes, I find myself thinking of what a perfect place it would be for a wedding, so I went ahead and put together a shoot to bring my ideas to life.

The talented Kpoene, from Mignonette Bridal, dressed our model, Meg, in her gorgeous “Andrea” gown, and adorned her in delicate, flowered accessories, and a goddess-like leave-motif crown — it was exactly the beautiful, understated style I was dreaming of.

It rained during the shoot, which cut short our tablescape shots, but added to the atmosphere, giving it a fresh and uncontrolled look – I think it really complemented the dewy makeup and weightless hairstyle that the amazing Kisha Lemons and Carrie Driscoll Mueller thoughtfully crafted for our gorgeous model, Meg Rudovich.

We just had fun with it, used umbrella’s when necessary, got a little rained on when we had to, and treated ourselves to some delicious cake and champagne at the end. It was a blast, and I loved every minute of it!

I hope you like it!

And, then it started to pour, and we all dashed for the umbrellas and waited for the worst to pass. Here is our talented hairstylist, Caryn Driscoll-Mueller, staying dry:

xo

Tennile

Credits:

Dress and Jewelry:
Kpoene, of Mignonette Bridal

Hairstylist and Makeup Artist:
Kisha Lemons

Hairstylist:
Caryn Driscoll-Mueller

Rentals:
Rent Vintage Chicago

Cake and Desserts:
Bittersweet Pastry

Florist:
Bunches

Model:
Megan Rudovich

Location:
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Erica and Terry | Chicago Engagement Photographer

Well, since Erica and Terry are currently enjoying their first days of wedded bliss (having said their vows this past Sunday), I thought it would be a pretty good time to share some photos from their engagement session in August (better late than never!).

Some of you Chicagoans might recognize Erica as the editor in chief of Cheeky Chicago — a website for us city girls — and, if you fancy yourself a foodie, you may know Terry from his work in the restaurant biz. These two are a Chicago couple if I’ve ever met one! They wanted their wedding and engagement session to reflect their love for the city, so we started our session at the iconic Clark Street bridge, and made our way to the place where they first met — the 22 Clark Street bus stop, in Lincoln Park — before ending the session with a romantic stroll at South Pond.

I always encourage couples to choose locations and details that are personal and meaningful, and I think these two seriously nailed it. In the years to come, they’ll be able to look back on these photos and see the exact spot where it all began.

Erica and Terry, you are such a fun and beautiful couple, and I can’t wait to start working on your wedding photos!

Congrats, you two.

xo

Tennile

 

 

 

Mother and Daughter Portraits | Chicago Family Photographer

I’ve known Tanya since we were two years old. We have one of those friendships that don’t need much maintenance, which is really good because we don’t live in the same country, and that makes getting together pretty tough. A meet up once or twice a year does the trick, though. This year, she and her daughter LK (my pollo) visited for a week, and Ken and I showed them around the city. Every time I see LK, she is so much more grown up than before. It’s cliché, but kids grow up so dang fast! Lucky for me, this kid is chicken of a lot of things, but not the camera. Actually, she’s quite brave in general, and I only call her chicken/pollo, so she’ll prove me wrong and be the fearless girl she is.  Yes, I’m a terrible auntie. If it makes it any better, she calls me auntie, or sometimes, poulet. ;)

These photos were taken at Montrose Beach.

xo

Tennile

Alyssa and Brian | Winnetka Wedding Photographer

Organizing the photos for this blog post was definitely the highlight of my afternoon. It took me right back to Alyssa and Brian’s wedding day — a day filled with classic pink roses, bubbling excitement, fantastic dancers, and love, sweet love.

Dearest A&B, here are some of my favorite moments from your day:

The eyelash crisis of 2014. The family heirloom in the bouquet. Alyssa, sneaking through the halls in her wedding gown. The “I hope I don’t cry… I’m crying” first look. The cutest best man ever. The most calming maid of honor ever. Sweet and funny sibling moments. The beautiful and loving parents. The “I can’t walk in the dirt,” “I’ll carry you!” problem. Brian’s “I won’t cry… I cried” moment, after the vows. Alyssa’s funny faces. The “GROOM” glasses. The bench kiss reenactment. The “woohoo!” entrance. The flawless first dance. Totally unexpected backflips. Cutting loose during Whitney’s “How Do I Know?” All of it, just all of it.

It was a pleasure to be there, to meet your wonderful families, and to watch you begin your marriage journey. You loves are perfect for each other. Truly.

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Father Daughter Wedding Dance

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xo

Tennile

Venue: Winnetka Community House
Florist: Four Finches
Hairstylist: Cassandra Patras
Makeup: Nancy Jackson
Caterer: Catered by Design
DJ: Style Matters
Lighting: Stand and Clap Entertainment

 

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