A sophisticated wedding that brought together traditional, Mary and Maged share the egyptian background, and contemporary. Mary fell in love with the elegant JW Marriott years ago, before getting engaged. When Maged proposed, they decided to host their reception in the Grand Ballroom. Mary, executive designer and planner at M.B. Classics, coordinated a long list of well established vendors to visualize her theme, synthesis of the glam of the Oscars and the intriguing magic of the Cirque du Soleil. The ceremony was held at the Coptic Orthodox Church of St. Mark in Burr Ridge.
Make up: Kevianno. Gown: Dimitra’s bridal. Videographer: Veil and Tie. Rentals: M&M. Lighting: Chicago Lighting Design. DJ and lighting: MDM. Bakery: Toni’s Patisserie. Floral: Meetinghouse.
The bridesmaids wore Aidans by Jenny Yoo
The one of Elizabeth and Derek was one of my favorite weddings of the past season and I decided to blog the images together with some pictures of the album I designed: a Queensberry flush mount with textured paper.The collection of portraits was taken at the beautiful Cantigny Gardens, on a perfect fall day. Wedding coordinator: MB Classics.
We pretty much laughed all day. This was a first time wedding from many point of views. It was first time I shot in a vineyard, the first time I shot in Michigan and also the first time I shot on my own birthday. Not only, it was the first time the bride and groom invited their guests to not use their cameras and cellphones during the ceremony and just enjoy it! Working mainly in Chicago, and therefore indoor, it is really refreshing to shoot with natural light for most of the day. Infact we got so many pictures that it was really difficult to narrow down a collection for the blog, left alone for the album that will follow. The rain forced Nicole and Travis to move the ceremony under the pavillion. Then it stopped and we were out again for pictures and the whole wedding party rolled with it. Looking back, the clouds made for a very special saturation of colors and I couldn’t imagine the picture any other way. Then Nicole and Travis took the dance floor and the chaos began.
I wanted to blog this wedding long time ago but I waited for the album of Andrea and Carl to arrive from New Zeland. Infact this post is not just about wedding pictures but it is about the editorial project that goes into an album. It is about how images to a photographer are like words to a writer.
Andrea and Carl gave me total freedom and I couldn’t ask for more. Their wedding took place at the Armour House, on a stormy day. It looked like the sky was going to fall apart. The rain drove the party indoor but it cleared soon after the ceremony was over and cocktails were served in the elegant courtyard.
This was also the first time I designed a vertical layout and it was perfect for this collection of images.