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Peter Strauss Ranch Wedding: Elika & Sean


Elika and Sean’s wedding was amazing to photograph, not only because I’m friends from college with Elika, but also because the venue is so different from the venues where I normally shoot. It was in the canyons of Malibu, accessed only by numerous winding turns. Elika said they knew instantly that it was the perfect venue for them, and I can see why. It’s a venue that sits within the natural setting rather than taking it over, it has a casual vibe, and it feels very intimate… all things that I know are super important to Elika. My jaw dropped when I entered the guest house in which the ladies got ready and I saw Elika’s hair and makeup almost finished. She looked stunning, even while still in her robe, and I loved her flower crown and intentionally messy, side-swept bun. Sean looked equally great when I saw him, with his casual yet sophisticated grey and brown suit ensemble. These two are so cute that I almost can’t even stand it! The variety in the bridesmaids’ dresses was beautiful, and the moment when Elika’s dad saw her for the first time was epically sweet. Their planner, Vickie Berry of My Lovely Events , kept the day moving along well. I especially loved the flowers atop their cake by Karma Baker. It really was a lovely celebration of not only them but of all of their friends and family, and I wish these two a lifetime of happiness!

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Birmingham Country Club Wedding: Caroline & Sean


The weather did not cooperate on Caroline and Sean’s wedding day, but that definitely did not keep them from having an AMAZING wedding! These two are such a cute couple, and their first look moment was super sweet and adorable. Caroline looked stunning in her sleeveless gown, and Sean looked really dapper in his tux. We did their photos of them and their awesome bridal party inside of the Birmingham Country Club before we headed over to Northbrook Presbyterian Church for their ceremony. It was a very sweet ceremony, and then we rushed back over to the country club for their reception. The rain stopped for a bit, so fortunately we were able to take some outdoor photos then. Their decor was perfection, with their colorful flowers by Bellisario Florist and their elegant cake by Birmingham Country Club. A lot of their vendors were the same as the ones chosen a few years ago by good friends of theirs, including the awesome planning team of the China Closet, and I loved getting to see one of my past couples there (shout out to Karen and Jourdan!). During the speeches, I loved hearing the story of how Caroline and Sean met - Caroline’s dad saw Sean in an elevator wearing a hat for the same team he loves and her dad thought he could be perfect for his daughter, so they basically hunted him down, found him, they instantly hit it off, and the rest is history. It was clear how much fun these two have together as they belted out and danced to awesome music during their reception, and Sean surprised Caroline with the best 90’s rap performance ever! Congrats to this awesome couple!

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Knollwood Country Club Wedding: Lainie & Erick


I love when I photograph a couple who seems to really have a BLAST together, and Lainie and Erick are this way. It’s clear that they really enjoy and fully “get” one another. It’s those little looks they give one another, the way each of them lights up around the other, the way they laugh at everything the other says… these two are all of that. And what a beautiful wedding for such a great couple! All of their wedding events took place at Knollwood Country Club, which was perfectly beautiful and serene. Lainie looked gorgeous in her gown, and her first look moment with her father was really sweet. It was super easy to photography Lainie and Erick because they’re effortless in front of the camera. Their family members were equally great, and so much FUN with their crazy hats tradition during the reception. The whole design of the event was incredible thanks to Breath of Spring, Patisserie Parmentier made the beautiful dessert table and it’s always a pleasure to work alongside Blue Racer Productions. And of course, Party Assurance did a fantastic job keeping everyone on schedule. Congratulations to this adorable couple!!!

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The Henry Hotel Wedding: Natalie & Andy


Weddings like this one make my heart extra happy! The entire event was at The Henry, which is one of my favorite venues. The Presidential Suite at The Henry is such a perfect room for getting ready, in part because of its white walls and large windows, and in part because it’s huge… which was needed for the 12 bridesmaids to all get ready. Natalie looked gorgeous in her wedding gown, and I always love photographing a bride with a long veil. It can be challenging to photograph such a large bridal party, but this big bridal party followed my direction super well, and I loved posing them in a Vogue style on the stylish seating in the venue. Natalie had wanted to have an outdoor wedding but she felt too nervous about the weather, so they brought tons of greenery in to give a natural outdoor feeling to the event. Their chuppah was gorgeous, as was every single aspect of their stunning reception, thanks to Bellisario Florist who did the florals. Dee Dee Hoffman’s crew did a phenomenal job with the planning and execution, Lee's Specialty made the beautiful invitations, and it’s always a pleasure to work with Blue Racer Productions video crew. Congratulations to Natalie and Andy… I wish you so many happy years to come!

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The Henry Wedding: Sofia & Louis


Ordinarily I write about how perfect every wedding is, because truly most do go exactly as planned (barring perhaps a couple of unnoticeable tiny things). But on this day it rained ALL day, the ceremony started 40 minutes late because a key person was missing, we were super rushed for photography time, and the indoor backup location we had planned wouldn’t allow us to shoot there (although they normally do) so we had to create a Plan C on the spot. BUT, despite all of that, it was still a spectacular day! The bride and groom looked like perfection, The Henry Hotel is always stunning, their reception details and florals by Renee's Flowers were gorgeous, their cake by Dearborn Sweets was to die for, and I was able to get plenty of beautiful photos despite being rushed (it helped that Sofia and Louie are naturally good-looking). It was an amazing wedding joining two Greek families, which means the dancing was incredibly fun to photograph, including the performance by the hired belly dancer. Despite the weather and other challenges, it really as a wonderful day, and the most important thing is that two wonderful people are starting their new life together! Congratulations, Sofia and Louie!

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