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Tips for Getting Comfy in Front of the Camera

By far, one of my biggest recommendations to couples tying the knot is to do a fun little love session with your photographer. Whether that be a fancy engagement shoot or an adorable, cozy session at home with your sweetie like this one from Kristin La Voie Photography. Either way, it will loosen you up for the big day. Keep reading for a few quick tips from Kristin on how to get comfy in front of the lens!

Tips for getting comfy in front of the camera

1. My approach to every photo shoot, no matter the content, is to get natural smiles and laughter. I might act super silly or say something off-the-wall to get the expressions I am going for, but ultimately it helps get everyone relaxed and into it! Once we have that comfort established, it is all about trusting your photographer. Once you have that trust with him/her, it’s so much easier from there!

2. I am all about a nice cuddle fest, so I love to get my couples snuggling. This immediately puts them at ease, and from there, gets them feeling really natural in front of the camera! Once you forget the camera is there, it’s just all about creating natural images that tell a story.

3. Include elements that speak about who you are. If this means simply lounging with a cup of coffee or in your man’s oversized sweater like a typical Sunday morning, let’s do THAT!

4. Having your hair and makeup professionally done (by someone like Vanessa Valliant!) will immediately put you at ease knowing you look your best. I personally love to get it done for photos or big events so it eliminates that element of stress.

Photography: Kristin La Voie Photography | Hair And Makeup: Vanessa Valliant | Venue: LaCuna Artist Lofts

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Enchanting Chicago Wedding at Revolution Brewing

From the whimsical blooms to the gorgeous green Weddington Way gowns, this next Midwestern affair is styled to perfection! Not only did this darling duo make their own invitation suite, they proved to be the ultimate DIY team. From spray-painted frames to pint glasse favors, they worked together to craft one enchanting affair. With Toast and Jam carrying the party into the night, Dabble Me This shares it all here!

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From Dabble Me This… From the enchanting florals to the kelly green bridesmaid dresses Emily and John’s wedding was styled to perfection! The personality of these two lovebirds truly shined and I love how all the details were styled by the bride herself. Decorating the reception venue Revolution Brewing with DIY paper goods from Paper Source and complimenting the florals from Ipomea Floral with a hints of gold throughout. Everything blended together perfectly. I simply cannot get over how lovely this downtown Chicago wedding turned out and I was honored to capture it all. Below I’ve included write-ups from the bride Emily and groom John. Sharing the story of how they met and planned their wedding day.

From the handsome Groom… Emily and I met while we were both living in Madison, WI. She was working her first job out of college while I was finishing up school. It turned out her roommate was dating one of my roommates, and we met when a group of us went out one night. Soon after we went on our first date, and before we knew it we had moved to Chicago.

Emily and I were planning a vacation in New Hampshire in August, 2013, and I hid the engagement ring in my duffle bag on the way there. After a day of sailing and visiting with the Cunningham family, Emily and I checked into the inn where we were staying. Slipping the ring into my pocket, I told her I wanted to go out and look at the stars because we couldn’t see stars like that in Chicago. So we went outside, into the pitch black night, and tried our hardest not to trip on anything while walking around. After a few minutes of moving slowly and bumping into each other, we stopped and I admitted that the stars were just a rouse to get us outside. Then she turned to face me as I pulled out the ring and got onto one knee and said, “I really just wanted to ask…Emily Rose Noonan, will you marry me?” At which point she paused, said, “Yes!” And then proceeded to poke me in the face and ask, “is this real life?” Since it was, she put the ring on and we went inside and ordered a bottle of champagne.

From the beautiful Bride… When we first started planning the wedding, deciding on a ceremony venue was the easy part. John and I were both raised Catholic, so it was important to us and our families that we get married in a Catholic church. At the time we actually weren’t living in Chicago, but already had our sights set on moving to Bucktown. It’s not hard to see why we fell in love with St. Hedwig’s, a beautiful 125 year old church. A couple weeks after we reached out to the church, we ended up moving in a few blocks away. It was really neat for both of us to get married in a church that we belonged to and walked by nearly every day.

Being on a budget, we chose to trim some costs by making our own invitations and other paper goods. During this process, I discovered and fell in love with Paper Source and Rifle Paper Co. Creating our own invitations also allowed us to pick out the individual pieces and design things exactly how we wanted them. My husband was an incredible help with all the DIY stuff. He spray-painted all of the frames for the table numbers and somehow mastered stamping all the invitations when I couldn’t. John also came up with the idea for designing pint glasses as a wedding favor. It’s really exciting to see the pint glasses at our friends and family’s houses when we visit!

The best decisions we made were selecting the right vendors. All of our vendors were very responsive and easy to work with. We also didn’t have to micromanage or spell out the details of every flower or photograph that we wanted. When you are working with vendors that you trust to do a good job, you can just let them run with things and it’s less stressful for everyone.

In the end, we had 110 people at the wedding, which was the perfect size. We felt like we were able to spend quality time with all of our guests. Before the wedding, we had heard from others that you don’t get to eat, drink or have a moment to yourself at your own wedding. Having a smaller wedding allowed us to do all of this and really soak up everything. This doesn’t mean that it still doesn’t go by too fast!

Photography: Dabble Me This | Florist: Ipomea Floral | Wedding Dress: Enzoani | Cake: Luscious Layers | Ceremony Venue: Saint Hedwig Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Revolution Brewing | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Weddington Way | Makeup Artist: Goran Coban Salon | Hair Stylist: Goran Coban Salon | DJ: Toast and Jam | Suits: Men's Wearhouse | Hotel: Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile | Paper Goods: Paper Source | Veil: Anna Cambell | Wedding Shoes and Earrings: Kate Spade

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Rhythm of the Waves Wedding Editorial

Overcast skies and a windswept shoreline, this pastoral editorial evokes daydreams of mermaids. A misty morning paired with rushing blue waves, Tamara Gruner snapped up every strand of beauty.  From an elegant setting awash with calligraphed shells and flowing table linens, it’s organic beauty leaves us mesmerized. Like the rhythm of the waves, each image drifts dreamily into our hearts and you can see them all here!

From Tamara Gruner PhotographyThe wind whistled through as the waves danced to that tune. The splash on shore created a mist of enchantment. This surreal backdrop provided the most mystical setting for our wedding inspiration. The rushing blue waters played an elegant part for our table setting – calligraphed shells and flowing table linen. To match the setting the bride was wearing a grey Veronica Sheaffer dress which drifted in the wind. The groom, not to be left wanting, was spritely dressed in his black tuxedo. The entire orchestra of the moment was completed by the rhythm of the waves.

Photography: Tamara Gruner Photography | Floral Design: Life In Bloom | Wedding Dress: Veronica Sheaffer | Cake: Bombon Bakery | Makeup: KC Van De Merkt From Solo Salon | Hair: Solo Salon | Groom's Attire: ESQ Clothing | Venue: Foster Beach | Antique Ring & Shoes: The Left Bank Jewelry | Calligraphy & Invitation Suite: Layers Of Loveliness | Female Model: Willow Star | Male Model: Chris Maher | Scans: Richard Photo Lab | Silke Table Cloth & Ribbons: Silk And Willow | Tabletop Rentals: Nimble Well

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Multicultural Chicago Ballroom Wedding

Surrounded by gilded details and soft blush accents from Art of Imagination in a glam ballroom setting, this fun-loving couple said “I Do” in a traditional Jewish ceremony, followed by, as photographer Olivia Leigh said, a “celebration was international, interfaith and multicultural — truly a global celebration of their relationship!” Check out the gallery to see every last gorgeous detail.

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From Olivia Leigh Photographie… This wedding! Kadmiel and Whitney were THE MOST adorable couple to photograph. The joy and love they share just radiated from them, creating a beautifully emotional and incredibly fun, yet intimate celebration. After working in the wedding industry for several years, currently as a bridal stylist for Vera Wang, Whitney planned a beautiful spring wedding at the historic Blackstone Hotel in Chicago with Kadmiel. Their celebration was international, interfaith and multicultural — truly a global celebration of their relationship! A Jewish ceremony under an elegant and romantic chuppah was a beautiful start to the celebration and DJ Megan Taylor with Percussionist Chris Paquette kept the party going all night for this couple that loves music and dancing. They had one of the most packed and vibrant dance floors I’ve ever seen and all of their guests truly had a blast!

Photography: Olivia Leigh Photographie | Videography: Vanilla Video | Floral Design: Juliet Tan | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Invitations: Minted | Bride's Shoes: Vince Camuto | Bridesmaids' Dresses: MANGO | Catering: The Renaissance Blackstone Hotel | Hair And Makeup: Kate Johnson | DJ: DJ Megan Taylor | Groom's Attire: Armani | Groom's Shoes: Del Toro | Ceremony Music: Acoustic Guitar And Singer Abbi Rajasekhar | Venue: The Renaissance Blackstone Hotel | Bride's Earrings: Carolee | Desserts: Sugar Hills Bakery | Event Décor: Art Of Imagination | Photobooth: 312 Photobooth | Reception Music: Chris Paquette | Wedding Rings: Alan Rocca Fine Jewelry

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Elegant Tented Backyard Lake Forest Wedding

Personally, I think nothing is more romantic than intimate home spun “I Do’s”… And when your home’s grounds (well, in this case, the Groom’s parents’) looks like this? Swoon! Annie Parish Photography captured this stunning couple at their beautifully tented, all-white backyard bash in the gallery here, so take a peek and get inspired!

From the beautiful Bride… Our wedding day, September 13th, turned out to be a beautiful sunny day, although a bit cooler than we had anticipated! No worries; guests wore shawls and light wraps and were quite comfortable on the front lawn of the groom’s family home in Lake Forest, Il. After cocktails on the rear terraces overlooking the pool and grounds, dinner and dancing took place in warm tented venues on the back lawn. Our inspiration for the reception décor could be described a “twinkly, forest fairyland,” with slender ficus trees as centerpieces and beautiful ambient lighting, as well as gorgeous chandeliers.

The fact that it was the home that Bretton grew up in made everything so special and personal. Although our bridesmaids were limited to our sisters, there were 20 women – all of my best friends, plus moms – getting ready at the house that day, as well as about a dozen guys in separate quarters. It was fantastically fun and so memorable. Lots of champagne! Another special element was that our favorite band from Minnesota, who also played at my sister’s wedding, made the trip to Chicago for us. They played without stopping until midnight, and then we all moved into the “Apres” tent for the after-party with a DJ and pizza from Bretton’s favorite place. The last trolley rolled out at 3 am!

A dear family friend of the Pope’s presided over the ceremony, and my sister Tate —one of the bridesmaids—performed the vows, officially marrying us. Another fun feature of the ceremony was the men’s a cappella group from DePaul University making a surprise appearance, filing out of the house to sing Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me.” Bretton and I each read a poetry selection that we had chosen for each other; and through a blizzard of confetti we recessed to full volume Stevie Wonder singing “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.”

Though the entire day was filled with memorable moments, our favorite part was walking out of the after-party tent, hand-in-hand, after the last guest had boarded the last trolley. I was carrying my shoes and Bretton had taken off his bowtie and jacket; we were both amazed that we were the last guests at the party! We took a moment to look back at the tents and talk about the day and night, and how we felt so lucky to have had the wedding day we did.

We met at Lehigh University on Halloween night, 2005. I was a freshman and Bretton was a sophomore, and we met on the steps of Sigma Chi where his fraternity Chi Phi was co-hosting a Halloween party. Bretton broke the ice by asking, “I think I was supposed to meet you!” Although it sounds like any other cheesy line, it’s actually true: Bretton’s dad had recently played golf with a friend of my dad, and they figured out that Bretton and I would both be at Lehigh that fall. Although we met in 2005, we didn’t start dating until September of 2008, after I got back from a semester abroad.

Bretton proposed on December 7th, 2013—about 18 months after I moved to NYC to live with him. He told me he had to go in to work on a Saturday, which wasn’t unusual. After he left, however, he asked me to check the bedroom for something he forgot, where I found a note instructing me to be in front of our building an hour later. A black car picked me up and whisked me over to the High Line, an old raised train track-turned-garden that I always admired but Bretton thought was over-hyped. Bretton was there waiting, ring in hand, surrounded by twinkle lights (I think he just got lucky, because Christmas was just around the corner!). After I said yes, we went down to the Standard Grill for oysters and champagne, and then uptown to our favorite sushi spot.

My dress was waiting for me, just as I imagined it, at Lovely in TriBeCa in New York City. My mother and sister came in for the weekend, and I had scheduled 5 appointments. The first two were disappointing, but I knew I would recognize my dress as soon as I saw it. It was a simple Theia sequined gown, elegant and sophisticated; and the fun surprise was a beautiful chiffon skirt with a seed pearl waistband that fastened over the gown, creating a lovely, floating bridal effect, which was perfect for the ceremony. When I took it off for the reception it seemed as though I had an entirely different dress on. I never expected to get so many remarks and compliments about my dress!

Photography: Annie Parish Photography | Event Design: Christine Janda Design And Events | Floral Design: Christine Janda Design And Events | Wedding Dress: Theia | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David Meister | Catering: Truffleberry Catering | Band: Trailer Trash | Ceremony And Reception Venue: Private Residence | Linens: BBJ | Planning: Christine Janda Design And Events | Rentals: Tablescapes | Tent: Blue Peak Tents