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Book Love | Library Engagement Session

My goal for every engagement session is to capture a couple’s personality. After talking with Susan, I find out that she and Josh are children’s librarians and they love to read. We decide to incorporate their love of books into the engagement session.

Susan and Josh are fun. They throw awesome costume parties and use puppets in their jobs. They are also insanely in love with each other. Truly soul mates. I wanted to capture both their exuberance as well as the quiet, romantic, intimate side of love.

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Karen D - Cool session, they look like such a fun couple!

Shani Barel - I love the library part of this session – the photos of them with the books! You definitely captured their personality in these photos!

Sadi - What a fun idea for a shoot, love these! Great work!

Aleks Bienkowska - Thank you Karen, Shani & Sadi! They are a fun couple. This was my first time meeting them and as soon as I did we just clicked. I’m very lucky they were willing to try anything and everything – a photographer’s dream. We ended up with great photos because they were willing to try new things yet always stayed true to themselves.

Encore! Mad Hatter Wedding

When Lisa told me she and her fiance Bobbie were planning an intimate wedding inspired by the Mad Hatter I knew I was going to have fun. They didn’t want any posed photos opting instead for purely photojournalistic wedding coverage. I did convince them for a quick posed photo right after their ceremony. It’s one of my favorites from their day.

Mad Hatter: Have I gone mad?
Alice: I’m afraid so. You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.

To the mad bride and groom, congratulations Lisa and Bobbie!

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Costume Ball Reception | Ebell Club

The Mardi Gras revelry continued throughout the night of Kelsey and Josh’s wedding at the Ebell Club of Highland Park. Many of the guests wore colorful costumes and masks. The bride and groom danced their first dance but that was the only traditional aspect of their reception. Kelsey and Josh did observe Mardi Gras tradition and elected a Mardi Gras court. The king and queen, le roi and la reine, were of course the newlyweds themselves.

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

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Mardi Gras Wedding | Ebell Club

You can take the groom out of New Orleans, but you can’t take Mardi Gras out of the groom.

When two opera founders get married, their wedding is nothing short of an amazing extravaganza. Kelsey and Josh wanted a fun, non-traditional wedding inspired by Josh’s hometown. They transformed the Ebell Club of Highland Park into a sea of purple, gold and green.

Their ceremony was held – where else – on stage. Kelsey’s entrance was dramatic, the music was amazing, and their first kiss was pure romance. Like a great opera, their ceremony was also funny. The couple warned me to pay attention to the officiant at the very end. Let me just say I have never seen that at any wedding I’ve photographed!

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I am in love with Kelsey’s vintage wedding gown and birdcage veil.

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The groom’s father says a prayer.

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The amazing chorus.

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The groom sweeps the bride off her feet during their first kiss. Now that’s a smooch!

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Right before the couple walk down the aisle, the officiant whips off his pants saying Laissez les bons temps rouler!

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Congratulations Kelsey and Josh! May your lives together be just as fun as your wedding day!

 

 

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Encore! Flower Power

Most of the time I start the wedding day photographing the bride and bridal party getting ready. Many people are self conscious at first. If they see me point the camera in their direction they turn and smile. So I tell everyone to pretend I’m not there.

I was very happy when the flower girls at Celene’s wedding completely ignored me. I love this candid photo of them laughing all the way down the aisle.

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P.S. This is my weekly blog post Encore! When I blog about a wedding, I want all the photos to tell a story. Sometimes photos I love don’t quite fit, or I decide to edit them differently. Encore! will feature one (or two!) of those photos every Friday.

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