Kelly & Ryan // Chicago Wedding

Kelly & Ryan // Chicago Wedding

Kelly & Ryan are married! Their Chicago wedding was definitely one to remember. These two were awesome to work with and we are so honored they chose us to help capture their day. We’re so excited to share these stunning photos with you!

We arrived on wedding day morning in downtown Chicago and met our couple at the gorgeous Hotel Allegro. Upon arrival, we photographed Kelly and her girls as they got ready for the day. Kelly had an adorable personalized robe and bride cup for the morning! Diem Angie Agency did our bride’s beautiful hair and makeup, ensuring she was wedding-ready! Kelly looked amazing in her gorgeous dress from Dimitra’s Bridal Couture. Then, over to the guys we went! Once Ryan and his groomsmen were ready for the day, we took them outside and got photos of them with the infamous Chicago skyline in the background. These men looked dapper in their tuxes from Formally Modern Tuxedo!

After taking photos of the guys, Kelly headed outside for a dreamy first look with her soon-to-be hubby. With this setting – this first look will be hard to beat! Kelly & Ryan are so adorable and their love for each other is so evident. Their wedding party then joined in for photos. We had the opportunity to take a few pictures with clear umbrellas – who doesn’t love a good clear umbrella shot?! These can add some fun to your photos. We then traveled back to the hotel for Kelly’s first look with her dad. Another sweet moment! She had a beautiful first look with her dad, and then, it was time for him to give her away.

Their guests arrived and took their seats and Ryan made his way to the altar. Kelly’s dad walked her down and handed her off to her future hubby. And away they went to be wed! Through their beautiful ceremony in which they exchanged vows and rings, heard from family members, and kissed, they were pronounced husband & wife! Following their ceremony, we found a perfect spot in the hotel for their lovely family photos. We then went outside the hotel as well to capture more wedding party and couple portraits. This hotel was absolutely beautiful, and made for spectacular photos!

Then, it was time to head back inside to party! The reception space was beautifully decorated with florals by Flowers by Stem. The wedding party and Kelly & Ryan made their grand entrances, followed by the sweetest toasts. After that, it was time for our couple to cut their wedding cake! Kelly & Ryan’s breathtaking wedding cake was done by Vanille Patisserie. You’ve got to check out this cake! This amazing cake had the Chicago skyline wrapped around the bottom layer. It was almost too pretty to eat!

Once they cut their cake, it was time to take the dance floor for the beloved first dance, father-daughter dance, and mother-son dance. Then, their guests joined them on the dance floor and danced the night away, with the help of their awesome live band, the Bluewater Kings Band! To end the night, we had to take Kelly & Ryan outside one final time to capture night photos of them with the incredible lit-up city skyline in the background.

Kelly & Ryan’s Chicago wedding was so memorable and so touching. We are so excited for these two newlyweds, and can’t thank them enough for letting us be part of their big day!

 

Cheers,
– Dustin & Corynn
If you’d like to see some of our other awesome couples, click here!
Alissa & Jeff // Colorado Wedding

Alissa & Jeff // Colorado Wedding

Alissa & Jeff’s Colorado wedding was absolutely stunning! We had the unbelievable opportunity to travel to Telluride, Colorado, to photograph our sweet couple. We are so in love with the photos, and can’t wait for you to see more!

These two were originally supposed to have their wedding last spring, but similar to many recent newlyweds had to alter their schedule due to the pandemic. After making a difficult decision to change their plans, Alissa & Jeff decided to travel somewhere beautiful to capture their wedding photos… so, to Telluride, Colorado, we went!

Everyone loves a good travel story, right? Apparently, our flight times changed, which we didn’t realize… we showed up five hours before our couple expected us, so we took an adventure and hitchhiked with a stranger halfway to Telluride – what an experience! Once we made it there safely, it was time to get wedding-ready and start our session.

Upon arrival, we climbed a gorgeous mountain with Alissa & Jeff. They were such great sports throughout the entire photoshoot! The scenery in the mountains was unreal and so worth the climb. We continued to hike around the mountain and take photos in different areas to get all the angles of the stunning landscape! This was the perfect occasion to capture some above-ground drone photos of our fabulous couple and the magnificent backdrops.

We then photographed Alissa & Jeff in front of a lovely waterfall. The photos look wonderful and our couple looks at ease, but it was a pretty complex task! The waterfall was crazy loud and misted outwards, traveling toward our bride and groom. Just as we said before, they handled it like champs! They were still willing to sit and pose for photos (even with getting their wedding outfits a bit wet from the waterfall mist) and we are so thankful they did. Their photos with the waterfall are just spectacular!

Next, we of course had to get those beloved sunset photos. We love a good sunset photo session in general, but especially with mountains in the background! The colors were so vibrant and enchanting.

This area was exceptional to photograph in. One minute we were in front of a waterfall, the next we were standing in the snow, and then, in the gorgeous mountain landscape. The diversity of backgrounds completely blew us away – we can’t even believe some of these photos are real!

To end the night, we chose a more low-key setting – with milkshakes and burgers! We had the best time with Alissa & Jeff and are so grateful they chose us to capture this special life event. We are obsessing over these photos of their Colorado wedding. You won’t want to miss these!

Cheers,
– Dustin & Corynn
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If you’d like to see some of our other awesome couples, click here!
Lauren & Austin // South Carolina Wedding

Lauren & Austin // South Carolina Wedding

Meet Lauren & Austin! We had the pleasure of capturing their gorgeous South Carolina wedding. We shot this wedding for Natalie Dalton Photography! When we found out that she was unable to shoot this wedding for medical reasons, we knew we had to step in and help her out. Read on to hear all the details about this South Carolina wedding and see some of our favorite photos…

Lauren got ready for the day in her uncle’s RV – It was so spacious and nice! After Lauren finished her hair and makeup, she put on her strapless wedding dress and her bridal look was complete. Lauren met her dad outside for a super sweet first look. From being around this awesome family, you could tell how close they all were, so their father-daughter first look was one for the books for sure. Afterwards, we took a few family portraits and some bridesmaids photos! While the girls waited for the ceremony to start, we grabbed the guys for a few photos. It was a great bunch of people to work with for sure!

Pretty soon, it was time for the ceremony to start! The ceremony and reception were at the Historic Peanut Warehouse, a spacious and unique barn wedding venue! At the front, where the ceremony was held, there was a hexagon shaped “arch” – It was a really awesome feature. Guests took their seats, bridesmaids and groomsmen walked down the aisle, then it was Lauren’s turn. Lauren and Austin stood at the front of the aisle in front of all their friends and family, said vows to one another, and kissed! Before we knew it, the two were married!

After the ceremony, we stepped outside the venue for some family portraits. Conway, the town where their wedding was held, is a historic town full of rich details and charm just outside Myrtle Beach. The river is no exception! Just steps from the venue, we all headed over to the river for wedding party photos! It was a beautiful location for photos.

After portraits, it was time to party! Everyone headed back to the reception space for dancing, toasts, and food. This was a super sweet wedding to be a apart of – We loved capturing all the fun details from the day while also helping our awesome community of photographers. We hope you loved hearing about this South Carolina Wedding and seeing our favorite photos from it.

Cheers,
– Dustin & Corynn

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Click the names below to see some of our other awesome couples!
Maria & Kevin – Snowy Engagement Session
Emily & Jordan – Union 12 Winter Wedding
Elise & Peter – Arizona Mountain Wedding

Chelsea & Cori // Cabo, Mexico Destination Beach Wedding

Chelsea & Cori // Cabo, Mexico Destination Beach Wedding

Chelsea and Cori are married! From getting to know these girls at their engagement session last winter to seeing them tie the knot on the gorgeous beaches of Mexico, we loved every part of working with these two! Chelsea and Cori chose the beautiful Hotel Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas as the location for their destination wedding. Infinite pools, gorgeous views of the ocean, hot sunny days – this location could not have been more awesome! Before we get too far into the details of Chelsea and Cori’s big day, you have to check out their engagement session! Click here to see all of those chilly, winter engagement photos (CLICK ME)!

We loved getting to know these two in paradise! This was our first time shooting a wedding on the pacific side of the continent – It was fantastic. This resort was incredible! Enough gushing about the resort, let’s talk about how amazing Chelsea and Cori looked! Each of them channeled their unique styles in their dresses. The day started with family and friends close by, each of them getting ready with their friends, sisters, and mom’s! After hair and makeup, these two got dressed and headed to the beach for an epic first look! You can just imagine… oh wait, you can see it! You can just SEE how sweet it was! Also, could these two have looked more beautiful? Nope!

After some photos on the beach, it was time for their intimate beach ceremony with family. Behind them was a gorgeous backdrop of teal-colored oceans and the beautiful playa el medano cliffs. It was seriously the most beautiful scene you could ever imagine! One of our favorite parts of Chelsea and Cori’s wedding day, aside from the atmosphere and witnessing these two tie the knot, was how they handled the heat! It was HOT out, but they didn’t let it bother them one bit – It was awesome.

The morning before their wedding, we did a sunrise session on the beach! The waves were pretty intense in the morning, so we stuck to taking pictures on the beach and the resort, including the awesome infinite pools. This session went so beautifully and we were so happy to capture these two in paradise.

After the wedding ceremony, we did some portraits on the beach with family and friends! Cori’s dad tried to get them both to ride a horse. Let’s just say that didn’t go over too well, but hey, we still got some pictures and captured MANY laughs from these two.

We had so much capturing Chelsea and Cori say “I do” in paradise. We are so excited for you both and hope that you enjoy the memories from your wedding for years to come. Enjoy married life! It’s awesome!

Cheers,
– Dustin & Corynn

Alexis & Matt // Cleveland Wedding

Alexis & Matt // Cleveland Wedding

We had so much at Alexis and Matt’s Cleveland wedding! We love our job. When we get to travel for our couples, we have even more fun. Cleveland was absolutely gorgeous too. Check out all the photos here (CLICK ME)! These two met at Purdue University. She was in a sorority; He was in a fraternity. The rest is history! Now they reside in Cleveland Ohio together.

Alexis spent the morning getting ready with her girls where there was champagne, laughter, and lots of love spread all around. Alexis put on her beautiful, strapless lace gown with her mom in the other room. She then walked out to her bridesmaids where they all oooh’d and ahh’d at their beautiful friend on her big day! The bridesmaids wore long, powder blue gowns, all slightly different styles, and the groomsmen wore fitted navy suits. Needless to say, everyone looked awesome! Alexis then had a first look with her father where there was some sweet selfie action and some gift exchanging!

Alexis and Matt got married at the gorgeous Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist in Cleveland. After the ceremony, all of their guests lined up on the steps outside the church. They cheered for the newlyweds as they walked hand-in-hand together as husband and wife. After the ceremony, Alexis, Matt and their awesome bridal party (along with their awesome photographers) left to take some photos! We went over by the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland for some pictures by the water. We then traveled to the Italian Cultural Gardens for more photos – it was beautiful! There were so many flowers and fun colors. Not to mention the weather was perfect. Not too warm, not too cool.

The reception was at the gorgeous Shoreby Club in Cleveland. The venue overlooked Lake Eerie where there was a stunning rocky coastline – looked like it was straight out of a volcano. These guys went all out too! Everything was beautiful, from the table settings to the venue tent itself! After toasts, cake cutting, and some awesome dancing, we took Alexis and Matt out for some epic sunset pictures. We’re not joking when we say it looked like we were on the coast of Hawaii! That rocky coastline was absolutely breathtaking.

We loved our trip out to Cleveland and the opportunity to take pictures of Alexis and Matt’s big day. Thanks for the fun day! Hope we captured your wedding day exactly how you hoped!

See all wedding photos here (CLICK ME)! Check out their engagement session here (CLICK ME)!

Cheers,
-Dustin & Corynn

Emerald & Nick // Clear Lake Wedding

Emerald & Nick // Clear Lake Wedding

Oh, we are SO excited to share this one with you. Presenting Emerald and Nick, two of our newest newlyweds! We couldn’t wait for this Clear lake wedding, just like we couldn’t wait for their Clear Lake engagement session (CLICK ME)! This lake house wedding was to die for! Just look at the photos. We were Nick’s sisters’ wedding photographers too, so when we got the opportunity to take pictures at Emerald and Nick’s wedding, we were thrilled! We love when we get to see families again and work with awesome people.

Before we get in their awesome wedding, we’ve got to brag about our bride and groom really quick… These two know how to dress, as they are both passionate about fashion. It’s always so cool when our grooms wear something outside of the box. Nick had probably the coolest suit I had ever seen – Just look at it! It had a floral design on top of an already well designed navy suit – We’re kind of obsessed with his look! Of course though, no groom (or really awesome suit) can outshine the beauty of a bride on the wedding day! Emerald wore a beautiful satin and tulle mermaid gown with a deep, sweetheart neckline. It had a dainty jeweled belt with matching jeweled shoulder straps and a three tiered skirt bottom – She had custom touches added to her gown to make her dress perfect for their big day. These guys had a slam dunk for wardrobe. Needless to say, we loved it!

Nick and his groomsmen arrived by boat before the ceremony. Emerald and her bridesmaids spent the entire morning getting ready at Nick’s Family’s Clear Lake home, where the ceremony would later take place. As everyone was finishing up getting ready, Nick and his groomsmen arrived by boat to his family home. We took some family pictures outside and then it was ceremony time!

The ceremony was so beautiful! Since it was at Nick’s family lake home, the ceremony was right by the beach on their property: guests had a view of the beautiful couple and the beautiful lake. Nick hand made the wooden arch arbor used during the ceremony – it was so cool! Something really special about Emerald and Nick’s ceremony were their ring bearers… there were two of them, and they were dogs! Even they got to feel pretty on their owners’ big day – they wore floral rings around their necks. It was adorable! The two exchanged vows, kissed, and were married! We loved this Clear Lake wedding.

After taking some family portraits and getting group shots of the whole bridal party, we all hopped on their pontoon boat to head to the reception across the lake! It was kind of scary though because we had a lot of people on the boat – almost sunk! The reception was at the Clear Lake Yacht club, where everyone danced the night away! We even got to hear one of Nick’s own songs! We so enjoyed being a part of your wedding, Emerald and Nick. We hope you enjoy your photos for the years to come!

Cheers,
-Dustin & Corynn

To view all their wedding photos, click here (CLICK ME)!

To read about Emerald & Nick’s engagement session and view their pictures, click here (CLICK ME)!

To view other lake session, whether engagement or wedding, click the links below!

Jane & Jim – Big Long Lake

Tosha & Jim – Lake Wawasee

Olivia & Austin – Clear Lake

Lily & Jace – Lake Freeman