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Brazilian Rocks, Pink Flowers and a BEAUTIFUL word – Carina + Jeff!

Carina + Jeff’s Wedding Photos!

A Wedding Photographer’s Compliment

One of the best compliments I receive as a wedding photographer is when a past couple refers their friends and family to me for my wedding photography services. And I have no doubt that my past groom, Jeremy, helped to refer me to his sister, Carina for their wedding…but I received an even better compliment. Jeremy’s parents. They loved the job I did for their son…and they specifially wanted me to photograph their daughter’s wedding too! That was a first! So needless to say, I was truly honored that the Chen’s would purposefully seek out my wedding photography services! In case you missed Jeremy + Jo’s wedding from 2009 – check out their wedding photography blog post here!

High Expectations for this Chicago Wedding Photographer!

With such trust given to me, I really wanted to do a great job for Carina & Jeff! I was thankful they wanted to do an engagement photo session with me…it really gave us an opportunity to get to know each other and get the jitters out before their wedding day! Their engagement photos were really fun and allowed me to see them in a more comfortable/relaxed atmosphere!

We started at the Chen’s residence for some detail photos of the wedding dress. I love incorporating different elements into my photos…here we utilized some decor which also shed light to Carina’s heritage-

It took me awhile to find a cool spot to photograph her pink wedding shoes…but I finally found my shot! I love how the light in the background brings attention to the shoes!

Carina was at Mario Tricoci for her hair and makeup

The wedding ceremony was held at Trinity Lutheran Church – where Carina’s mom helped with some final touches!

The gorgeous bride!

A moment of prayer before the wedding ceremony-

I love the two expression in this photo- If only I could read their minds…

She was having a good time!

Trinity Lutheran Church in Woodridge, IL has a great sanctuary

Enjoying a laugh during the ceremony- Notice the amazing bouquet by Vale of Enna. I love their floral work- in fact I’m using them for my upcoming wedding!

Then we headed across the street to the Seven Bridges Golf Course in Woodridge, IL! Their wedding cake!

Handmade table settings. You can’t see it here…but Jeff hand inscribed all these rocks with their names and dates! If you want to see a photo of his handiwork- I’ll post it on my facebook page soon!

I wasn’t the only one taking a first dance photo. =)

Dancing in the sunlight at the Seven Bridges

Love this moment when Jeff’s mom became a little emotional during her dance

After the reception was over, we were able to take our time with their creative portrait session!

We headed to the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL. Some gorgeous fall foliage made for a great background!

I love their smiles and the moment in this wedding photo!

This groomsmen photo was inspired by one of my favorite band photos in the 90s. =)

Bridesmaid photo! Pink Bouquets by Vale of Enna

Full wedding bridal party photo!

I found this great prairie in the Morton Arboretum…and the grass was just the PERFECT color!

You would have thought we were in Nebraska or something…nope…just the Morton Arboretum in good ol Lisle, IL

The red and orange leaves in the background are HOT!

Another epic bridal party photo!

The ladies with their pink dresses contrast nicely against the green!

I loved this photo of the guys-

Beautiful. I saw this sign and we HAD to incorporate it into a photo somehow!

One of my favorite Morton Arboretum structures…the white pillars!

Another photo with the pillars highlighting her pink shoes!

We ended the night with a photo session at their hotel!

Loved the reflection and the crop that the centerpiece provided-

Carina looks pretty amazing…and I KNOW Jeff agrees! =)

One last photo of the bride and groom before we ended the night!

Rocks on rocks- Wedding rings on rocks from Brazil!

Thanks so much Carina + Jeff…as well as the whole bridal party for trekking all over the Morton Arboretum for these photos! So many amazing shots! It was an honor to be apart of two Chen’s weddings! And thank you to the Chen’s for entrusting me with your children’s wedding photos- it is one of the best compliments I have ever received as a wedding photographer! Carina & Jeff: May He continue to lead and guide you as you grow in your love for one another!

with love,

Your Wedding Photographer,


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