Splitting my time between sunny California and Chicago has its perks and its challenges. Winter weddings in Chicago are one of those things that I can never quite plan for since we really have no idea what we’re going to get! When I met with Matt and Katie we talked about that, and how as much as we’d love to make plans for what portrait locations we’d love to hit, and what kind of vibe we’d love to capture… there is just no way to know if their wedding day would be a snowy winter wonderland, a frigid zero degree icy nightmare, or what we actually got, which was a sunny mild day in January! I kind of fell in love with these two at our first meeting, where a drink turned into 4, and nachos and wings… and we ended up hanging out like we’d been friends forever. This kind of magic is the thing that makes my job so amazing and fuels my desire to create the most beautiful imagery for my couples. This blog post started out as a few images for a sneak peek and turned into me pouring over every little detail of the day reliving the laughs and silliness that made the day literally fly by. I don’t know if I’ve laughed this much while shooting in a long time, and I am so incredibly grateful to Matt and Katie for putting their trust in me to find the perfect spots to take them in a city that is still relatively new to them. Aside from Matt and Katie being exceptional people, so much so that 90% of the guests at this event flew here from the east coast and beyond to celebrate with them, the team of people behind the scenes that created this day was also brought their A game and every detail from the floral to the food and the band was even more perfect than the weather.

Congratulations to two of the most awesome people I’ve had the opportunity to get to know in recent years. I wish you all the love in the world. XOXO

With Love, Genevieve

Venue: Chez Chicago

Floral: Oliver Dogwood Floral

Catering & Cake: George Jewell

Band: Blue Water Kings Band

Bridal Suite: Hyatt Centric Chicago

Wedding Dress: Liancarlo

Custom Tayloring & Veil: Mignonette Bridal

Shoes: J Crew

Hair & Makeup: Makeup & Hair By Traci

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  • Traci Kleinaitis - February 7, 2018 - 11:49 am

    Thank you SO VERY MUCH for adding my business to your BEAUTIFUL work!! Omg I want copies of all of them!! They are AMAZING!! You are AMAZING!! Seriously I’ve never seen more beautiful wedding photos in my WHOLE CAREER! I will DEFINITELY be passing your info on!!!! I am VERY impressed! WOW!! BEAUTIFUL! If you can send me a few to post on The Knot and WeddingWire that would be amazing so I can tag you!!! WOW!!
    Thanks , Traci
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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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