Meson Sabika Wedding | Katie + Tony

Meson Sabika Wedding | Katie + Tony

I had so much fun photographing another wedding for Joanna Smith at Meson Sabika in Naperville. Katie and Tony's outdoor wedding was beautiful and, despite raining earlier in the day, the sun shone brightly for their ceremony! The day started with Katie getting ready in her parents' home. She chose to have a First Look with her father and then with Tony. Both her father and the groom were not shy in showing their emotions which means, of course, I needed a tissue too.

Afterwards, we headed to Cantigny Park for some formal portraits and then finally to Meson Sabika for the outdoor ceremony. You can't even tell from looking at the pictures but while en route to both locations it was completely pouring rain. Like magic, as soon as the bride and groom arrive, the sun came back out. It was amazing!

Below are some of my favorite shots from the day. For more photos, check out Joanna Smith Photography.

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California Vacation 2015

California Vacation 2015

I find it completely appropriate to post the photos from our vacation in California on the first cold cold COLD day here in Chicago! The girls experienced their very first airplane ride last August as we made our way to California. (Note to self: never fly on standby with the kids ever again.) My aunt invited us to visit for her housewarming and we could not refuse! She graciously hosted us in her new home for the first half of our trip. Then we headed to southern California to visit Mickey at Disneyland for Lily's 6th birthday.

I'm not going to lie -- traveling with the three kiddos was definitely stressful at times! It helped so much to have my parents there with us (THANK YOU MOM & DAD!!!!!). Also, despite what you may have heard, Disneyland is NOT the happiest place on Earth lol. The lines were extremely long and the park was extremely crowded. Trust me, we expected no less but the girls have been begging to go and, honestly, they had such a great time so it was definitely worth it! If you are taking your little one on their birthday, make sure to get a "Happy Birthday" button. During the character parade at the end of the night, Cinderella wished Lily a happy birthday (thanks to the button) and it just about made her entire existence thus far! 

Fair warning: HUGE picture share ahead. Sorry, not sorry. ;)

All images were captured on my old trusty D90 with a 35mm lens. If I could go back, I would have brought the full frame and maybe one more lens (85mm). It was great traveling light though!

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Oakbrook Terrace Wedding at Drury Lane | Meagan + Austin

Oakbrook Terrace Wedding at Drury Lane | Meagan + Austin

Last June, Joanna Smith asked me to second shoot a wedding with her and I could not pass up such a wonderful opportunity! Meagan and Austin's wedding day started with each of them getting ready in their family's home. Meagan chose to have a First Look with her father and it was such a touching moment to witness. I have three daughters of my own so I can only imagine what dads must feel to see their daughters all grown up and starting her own family! I know my husband is going to be a wreck (lol). There was so much emotion thoughout the day and it was such a blast photographing Meagan and Austin as their day unfolded.

I'm so SO thankful to Joanna for the opportunity to second shoot her wedding!

Check out Joanna Smith's work at www.joannasmithphotography.com.

Here are some of my favorites.

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