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Rue and I have done a mix of elopements over the years. They became very polar during the pandemic and the trend seems to be continuing. More and more couples are opting for the more intimate setting. We enjoy getting so much one on one time with the couples to explore whatever area they are eloping in. We love touring old downtown areas like downtown Jolliet, obviously Chicago, forest preserves, or even the couples own backyard.

We would love to capture your Chicago elopement. As Chicago wedding photographers we can help you plan the best elopement location to make your day special!

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Morton Arboretum Engagement

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Morton Arboretum Engagement photos are just magical!

The Morton Arboretum holds a special place in our hearts. We have been there many times over the years but the most memorable time was when we had Cora’s one year old photos taken there. Every time we drive past the location it brings me back in time. Every couple we bring through there gets to hear us get all sappy describing what it was like and how we miss those times.

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Morton Arboretum Engagement

The Meet-up | Morton Arboretum Engagement

Ashley and Joe were no different. First, we met them at the gates and they hopped in with us for the tour around Morton Arboretum. Of course, we then bored them with the story of our daughters one year old photos. It is always an interesting conversation because I remember what I was like before I had kids. Hearing about other peoples kids was tiring! They didn’t seem put off by it at all though.

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The best part about engagement photos at Morton Arboretum is that you can drive around this park and having almost every look any couple could ever want in one session. Do you want photos in the woods? Morton Arboretum has that! Do you want photos by water/ponds? Morton Arboretum has that! Do you want tall grass or meadows filled with flowers? Morton Arboretum also has that! The possibilities of this place are endless.

Summary | Morton Arboretum Engagement

We definitely have our favorite locations but we are always up for something different. If you are up for an adventure, let us know! Go check out Morton Arboretum!

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Morton Arboretum Engagement Session

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Covid has definitely changed the way we all do things. Some of us have been affected more than others. Some of us take it more seriously than others. Regardless of your personal views, it is here and we all are dealing with it in our own ways. In all the negativity and division that came in 2020 we wanted to try to take some positives into 2021 by reflecting on what changed for the better during this time. One of the ways we have seen positive changes in the wedding industry is the emergence of more small weddings. These smaller, more intimate, events have just seemed so special.  There is so much more focus on the couples themselves, their immediate family, close friends, and the reason everyone is there that day – To celebrate the love of two individuals that want to commit to each other for the rest of their lives.

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Fabyan Forest Preserve Wedding Photos

Meet Mr. and Mrs. Funk. Two adorable love birds that contacted us last minute for an intimate backyard wedding at their home in the Chicago suburbs. During our initial chat on the phone they said they were hoping for a little snow to really make this a winter wedding. They didn’t get the snow they asked for but they did get a pretty good winter alternative being partly sunny and forty degrees in December.

We spent about four hours with these two with the “getting ready’ photos, bridal portraits, groom portraits, ceremony photos, and a 1 ½ hour session at Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva, Illinois.  We wanted them to have their full wedding story told through their photos so they could re-live this day for the rest of their lives every time they look at their wedding album.

The love between these two is obvious. The way they look at each other, talk to each other, and seem to be always touching.  It was such an emotional event because of how emotional they were. Everything was about just being together and celebrating privately as newlyweds. They waited to read their vows until they were alone at the forest preserve, had their first dance alone at Fabyan Woods, and just really seemed to enjoy every single moment they had with one another. 

Intimate At-Home Backyard Chicagoland Wedding | Chicago Wedding Photographers

The Gathering Barn Wedding

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The Gathering Barn Wedding Venue, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin

Waking up this morning, I was surprised by the amount of snow I found outside my suburban Chicago home. It was just a light dusting, and it was already starting to be melted away by the steady rainfall, but for a moment, I was taken back to November 8th, 2019 when another unexpected snowfall occurred. The Gathering Barn Wedding venue is a great place to host

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Bride and Groom | The Gathering Barn

Missy and Kyle were referred by another client (and friend) and we immediately hit it off! Missy and Kyle laughed their way through their engagement session and we were already getting antsy thinking that we had the honor of being their wedding photographer. I can still remember how excited Missy was while talking about the engagement and planning her vision for the wedding. The engagement session was flawless, but how could it not be with such a gorgeous couple?! I was mesmerized by the amount of love they shared between each other in those moments.

Next Up: The Wedding Day | The Gathering Barn Wedding

I remember the day so vividly, leaving Illinois to drive up to Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. Our destination was The Gathering Barn, the venue for Missy and Kyle’s Wedding. Missy had a vision of being outside on the beautiful property for their wedding and their photos, but the weather had some other plans. It was bitterly cold and the light blanket of snow made your feet just wet enough that after a few minutes you couldn’t feel your toes anymore. It seemed as if her wedding vision may be changed.

Missy was determined to make her vision come to life. The bridal party and groomsmen assembled inside their own bridal suites on separate sides on the property. The natural light flowing through the windows in each suite made for the most beautiful photos. Thanks to the propane heaters, we all stayed warm (and a little light-headed).

After the ceremony, the sun was in the perfect place for golden hour photos. Missy, undeterred by snow, walked around the entire property with us to capture as many moments as possible. I know I couldn’t feel my toes and fingers and I was much more covered than she was from the cold weather that day. Even with the snow, cold weather, and changes to the “plan,” Missy had the day she was so excited to have for so long.

The Reception | The Gathering Barn Wedding

After nearly getting frostbite, we all went inside to warm up and enjoy some delicious food and dancing. The reception was also at The Gathering Barn and they surely delivered a wonderful space. The venue was large enough that no one felt crowded and with the cold weather outside it was a cozy retreat for the evening. And dinner was fantastic, the speeches were tear jerkers, and the desserts by Poppy Cakes were to die for. It was a day any bride, although somewhat unexpected, would love to have.

The Gathering Barn Wedding Venue, W7675 US Hwy 12, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538

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The Gathering Barn Wedding Venue