Thursday, February 28, 2013

A Day at the Zoo

Jaime was the Maid of Honor in a wedding I shot this summer in Cincinnati and I just loved her.  Her & Brad have been together since high school and are planning a spring wedding in San Diego.  They both grew up in Chicago and loved going to the zoo.  There is even a bridge at Lincoln Park Zoo donated from Brad's family.


Congrats Jaime & Brad!  Thanks for spending the day with me :)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Are you a Geneva Bride?

Do you want to be?  Come to the Geneva Wedding Walk on Sunday, March 3rd at Riverside Receptions from 11-3pm and meet all the amazing Geneva vendors who can make your wedding super Geneva-special.

I am really excited to be working with such creative and fun people who have the same vision as I do for your wedding day...


  1. Backthird Entertainment

  1. Music By Design


  1. Cocoa Bean

  1. Graham’s Fine Chocolates and Ice Cream

  1. The Sugar Path

  1. DANCE

  1. Vargo's Dance


  1. Out of Mainstream Designs

  1. The Crystal Bride

  1. Veiled in Elegance


  1. Elizabeth Wray Design

  1. Town and Country Gardens

  1. HOTEL

  1. The Herrington Inn & Spa


  1. Invitations by Design


  1. State Street Jewelers


  1. Hazelton Photography

  1. Kelly Vanderploeg Photography

  1. Tom Nicol Photography


  1. Exquisite Bridal Styling

  1. You Name It Events & Administration


  1. Montage Salon & Spa


  1. Spare Wheels Transportation


  1. Eagle Brook Country Club

  1. Mill Creek Golf Club

  1. Riverside Receptions

  1. The Herrington Inn & Spa

  1. Wildwood

Geneva Bride was started by a few dedicated wedding businesses working to create picture perfect weddings in Geneva. These few turned into a network of the best locations in Geneva working together to make your wedding planning a breeze. You will enjoy the planning process when you have so much to choose from . . .
  • Host your event at a charming riverfront venue, a premiere restaurant or a beautiful golf club
  • Shop for your wedding dress and your bridesmaids at one of our unique bridal boutiques
  • Plan to the moment with knowledgeable and experienced wedding planners
  • Work with talented wedding flower design studios
  • Capture the moments with contemporary wedding photography
  • Get the party started with one of our talented DJs
  • Design custom wedding invitations, programs, place cards and more
  • Spoil your foodie guests with specialty caterer(s)
  • Find the bling that you and your wedding party deserve
  • Enjoy gourmet wedding cakes and pastries
  • Indulge in handmade wedding chocolates, sweets and goodies
  • Prepare for the day at one of our boutique salons & spas
  • Thank your guests with unlimited selection of creative favors
  • Appreciate out of town guests with a gift bag full of local treats
  • Dance the night away with wedding dance lessons
  • For any of your wedding transportation needs, count on experts to treat you and all your guests to safe, comfortable, on-time transportation in a variety of coaches.
  • Then plan to get away as man and wife with our honeymoon travel agent(s)
  • And most importantly exchange vows at one of the eight churches in Geneva

Here is a recent engagement session done at The Herrington (a member of Geneva Bride).  Tricia, my bride, is British and used amazing words I wish I could use in my everyday conversations...such as "daft" and "smashing."  

Judging by how much laughing we did at their engagement session, their wedding at the Herrington this fall is sure to be "smashing."

We will have a table set up at Riverside Receptions.  I would love to meet you!  Please stop by and say hello!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Brotherly/Sisterly Love

A little brotherly/sisterly love/hate relationship going on here...and lots of cute.

So handsome.

This makes me happy.

A natural.


Best karate moves.


Don't touch me.


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Enchiladas & twins

I have been doing Zumba for a few months now.  I truly enjoy it and have been really loyal and getting there as often as possible.  This morning as the wicked wind and snow flurries flew past the windows it occurred to me why I like Zumba so much...the music reminds me of being on vacation in Mexico with our best friends and it makes me want to eat lots of Mexican food every day and drink more margaritas. Ole!

Random post today, but I realized I never shared this progression of pics I took of the boys last year.

2 weeks old

4 months old
(I guess this was their "serious" phase)

8 months old

12 months old
(Best buddies)

They continue to grow like weeds and light up a room when they are in it.  Congrats to my cousin, Patrick, and his wife, Marnie, who are now expecting twins.  Patrick is a twin himself!!  Also, I just want to wish my sister and bro-in-law luck if they decide to have a third child...the odds of them having twins must be ridiculous since everyone I know is having them.  Join the club!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

{Love} Day!

Chad has been gone again alllllllllll weeeeeeeek we had to celebrate V-day last weekend before he left.  

Beebs woke up this morning and said, "It just doesn't feel like Valentine's Day around here without Dad."

Maybe we'll have to celebrate again when he gets home.

Hope you are having a great day!!!  Sending lots of love from our home to yours.


Ky loves his new valentine pirate booty.

Thank you to my best bud, Jess, at Oh Baby! for the adorable headband and pillows.  Check her out here and follow her on Instagram!


Thursday, February 7, 2013

Planning, planning, planning

As you know, wedding preparations begin taking place years in advance...heck, sometimes as early as when we are little girls.  We dream about what our dress will look like and our daddy's walking us down the aisle.

When our Prince Charming comes along, the planning becomes real.  You can plan every last detail, but sometimes the best laid plans can get a hiccup.  You hope for the best, but plan for the worst.

One thing Waleska & Chris could not have planned for was the massive summer storm that blew up out of nowhere on their wedding day...and the electricity it took with it in its angry path.

That's right.  Twenty minutes before Waleska was about to walk down the aisle with her dad, the church lost power.  And it didn't come back on.

Instead of panicking, we made lemonade from lemons.  The result?  One of the most intimate and touching wedding ceremonies I have ever had the privilege of witnessing.  Thinking of having a candlelight wedding ceremony?  Yes, please.  (Just make sure your photographer has professional equipment, or it may not be such a happy ending ;)

Kathy at Veiled in Elegance in Geneva hits it out of the park once again.  I love working with her and she makes every bride look their absolute best.  Sidenote: She just got Siri's 2013 Collection.  They are beautiful silk dresses starting at $900!

I love when brides give themselves the "once over."


Is the coast clear? 


Power out.


Faye's angle...breathtaking.

She was able to keep a smile on her face despite the uncertainty that lay ahead.  Had the power not gone out, we would not have gotten these images.  It was a blessing in disguise.


Who needs power??



Luckily, the power came back on as we finished up our formal/family photos and we headed to the reception a block away.

The dachshund on the cake topper was the perfect personal touch.

Faye is so good at following the littles around and capturing adorable moments like this one.


Her something blue.


This was an experience I will never forget.  Congrats Waleska & Chris!