Although I’m not known for my family portrait work, I always enjoy creating some one of a kind experiences for my clients, and when my dear friend Brooke wanted to do something a little more adventurous for her family portrait this year I was all in! We were originally thinking that utilizing the desert in Palm Springs where they live would be amazing, but after a few outfit tweaks, some late nights with a few drinks, and some brainstorming I thought what better place to create some over the top fun images than one of my favorite spots in the eastern California Desert. The place is like Alica in Wonderland come to life and you could definitely go down the rabbit hole exploring every nook and cranny. No shoot with small children ever goes to plan but I love all of these little moments even with baby Grace wasn’t feelin’ it, and it really does show how fun and crazy this family is at this point in their lives. With a stop off at the Salton Sea on the way back to catch the most beautiful sunset I’ve seen in ages I couldn’t help but be beyond grateful that amazing fun people put their trust in me enough to drag them out to the desert in fancy clothes for a family portrait! Happy Birthday, Brooke! So grateful for you in my life, and I hope you love these colorful moments of you and your family as much as I do. <3

XOXO – Genevieve

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2017 was such an amazing year for Alina & John. After having a bi-coastal relationship (and yes, Chicago is the third coast of course), they finally sealed their long-distance romance with a beautiful ceremony in Los Angeles and then moved their lives to Chicago where John’s family and practice was. Through all of the craziness they also somehow managed to plan an effortless and beautiful second wedding celebration for all of the family and friends who weren’t able to attend their west coast event. Even though this was technically their second wedding, no detail was out of place and everything from the Classicly beautiful floral and decor by Exquisite Designs, to their ultra Chic modern venue space at Chez Chicago, to Alinas perfectly romantic dress by BHLDN melded together perfectly. I must admit though that the food from Limelight catering also made quite a splash and the entire meal was as beautiful to look at as it was delicious!

The real star of the show, however, was most definitely the two of them. They got ready together in their gorgeous suite at the Intercontinental Hotel and while we sent John away so Alina could slip into her dress completing her look, it felt like the kind of lasting love that everyone dreams of. So many laughs while we were doing portraits and I think my favorite shot of the day is John contemplating his wifes’ beautiful dress right after their first look. This was the first time the Groom was an absolute pro at arranging a train on a dress and we were all laughing for the rest of their portrait time. As the day moved on I was overwhelmed by Johns stellar dance moves, and really…. what better way to start your new life together than with fits of laughter at your awesome husband tearing it up like a pro!

Thank you to Alina & John for making me feel like family through the entire process, and trusting me to capture this beautiful celebration in honor of their new life here in Chicago! Welcome home. <3

With Love         ~Genevieve Lauren

 

Vendors

Venue – Chez Chicago

Catering – Limelight

Floral & Decor – Exquisitve Designs

Dress – BHLDN

Hotel Suite – Intercontinental Magnificent Mile Chicago

 

 

 

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Katie & Tony met like many young people do… at college while taking a tour of the campus. Listening to them tell the story, or rather, listening to Katie tell the story in her vivacious animated style while Tony kind of looked at her with this half smile out of the corner of his eye, it was easy to see that it was just love, and it was real, and it was most definitely forever. Their wedding will take place on the most auspiciously lucky day of 2018, 8.18.18 and I can not imagine a wedding I am looking forward to more than theirs. Their engagement session was full of laughs, side-eye, romantic light, adoring glances, and the silly abandon that comes with two people place their trust in me to create amazing art out of their love story. <3 Cheers to you both as you are most definitely lucky in love, and if this day is any indication of how amazing your wedding day is going to be, I have no doubt you will be lucky in your marriage for all of the days of your lives as well.

 

~With Love, Genevieve

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There are few things I love more than shooting anniversary sessions. A couple celebrating the milestones they reach in their married life is always extra special, and when they decide to do a destination adventure session complete with shots in the dreamy oceans off of the Punta Cana coast it takes on a life of its own. Khristena and Kelvin had a destination wedding and decided to return to paradise, albeit a different one than the place they were married, to relax, decompress… and just fall in love all over again. These two had my whole heart that afternoon and evening… and I am beyond excited to share these moments. Thank you so much again K & K… you guys are all kinds of cute, and the way you look at each other will make everyone jealous no doubt. Congratulations!

XOXO  ~Genevieve

 

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Meeting Anna and Josh was a whirlwind of emotions. We connected immediately, and I can honestly say that I have never, in my 15 years of capturing events, come across two people who feel more, care more, and are as open about their emotions as Josh and Anna are. Anna is one of those effortlessly magnetic people who makes you want to know more and pulls you in with her quick wit and raw honesty. Because they were planning a more traditional Orthodox Jewish wedding ceremony there were a lot of little details to go over and questions to ask, and at the end of our first meeting, I felt like I knew both of their life stories, in a good way 😉

Fast forward to their wedding day and the maybe not so traditional location for this beautiful Orthodox event was the Irish American Heritage Center to echoes Annas roots, and lent itself to such a grand event. Having use of the entire building and more rooms than I think I’ve ever seen utilized on a wedding day for all of the various traditions and ceremonies. Orthodox Jewish weddings have a component called the Badeken where the groom sees his bride, but then pulls the veil over her face which symbolizes the idea that however beautiful she may be, her character and soul are the most valued. This was such a beautiful moment and my favorite photo of the day is when Josh finally came into the room where Anna had her Tisch and the look on his face of just utter joy at the sight of his bride was overwhelming, to say the least. This day was full of more laughs, tears, heartfelt moments, and above all, Love, than I have seen in quite some time. I feel truly blessed to have been able to be a part of this couples life. Learning more about the traditions of the Jewish faith was also something I relished, and in a time when many weddings are bucking tradition for a more modern streamlined version of the idea of marriage, I found it humbling and incredibly special to witness a piece of tradition that has endured for ages… and feel how much the meaning of every single ceremony and event resonated with these two souls.

Thank you so much Anna and Josh… you have no idea how much I enjoyed every single minute.

~With Love,

 

Genevieve

 

Venue: Irish American Heritage Center

Floral: Juliet Tan

Lighting & Decor: MDR Creative Inc. 

Catering: Gold Coast Catering

Band Leader: Doug Lofstrom Ensemble

DJ & Sound: Stand & Clap DJs

Planning Services: Jamie Bauer – JB Events – 224-221-0129

Sweets Table: Bites Of Pleasure Foods

Suit: Etro

Dress: Jenny by Enzino

 

 

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