5th Annual Free Wedding Photography Contest

It’s here! The 5th Annual Free Wedding Photography Contest! Every year, I get to meet so many new couples and I get to hear their stories of how they met and how they fell in love. My favorite part of all, I get to give one lucky couple their entire wedding photography package, for free. Plus, everyone who enters gets 25% off their package if they book with me! I love this time of year! Please take a moment to read over how to enter, the rules and the contest dates. Then, sign up on my facebook page by sending me a message with your names, date and location of your wedding, your story (which will be copy/pasted for voters to read), and why you should win. Don’t forget to share with your friends and family! Good luck to everyone who enters!

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Kelly + Ryan | West Chicago, IL Wedding

Kelly and Ryan’s West Chicago, IL wedding  was probably one of the prettiest weddings I’ve had the pleasure of photographing. These two are just beautiful people, inside and out. They’re certainly my kind of clients – laid back, kind, and most of all, they trusted me. I absolutely love that! I feel I do my best work when I have clients that know I have their back and they let me do my job. It’s a beautiful thing!

I had the pleasure of photographing this wedding with the lovely Lori Brudzisz of Archer Road Photography. She has such a great eye and she has fabulous ideas for shots- things I never would’ve thought of. I love working with talented people!

So, without further ado, I bring you, Kelly and Ryan’s gorgeous day. If you’d like to view them all, click on “Proofs” in the menu above, click on their album, and type in the password provided by Kelly and Ryan or on the magnets given at the wedding.

Kelly + Ryan - Getting Ready Kelly + Ryan - First Look Kelly + Ryan - Ceremony Kelly + Ryan - Bentley Kelly + Ryan - Prairie Landing Gold Club Kelly + Ryan - Bridal Party Kelly + Ryan Kelly + Ryan Kelly + Ryan - Reception Kelly + Ryan - Cake and Toasts Kelly + Ryan - First Dance Kelly + Ryan - Dancing

{ A huge thank you to all of the vendors that made their day such a wonderful one! }

Coordinator: Erin Adriatico of Prairie Landing Golf Club – West Chicago, IL
630.208.7633 or eadriatico@prairielanding.com

Gown: Mori Lee Gown from Here Comes the Bride – Addison, IL

Bridesmaid’s & Groomsmaid Dresses: Jasmine Galleria – Lombard, IL

Bridesmaid jewelry: BazineDezine (Etsy)

Groom & Groomsmen tuxes: Gentlemen’s Quarters – Schaumburg, IL
(847) 517-4222

Flowers: Flowers by Christine

Hair & Makeup: Gina Lechman of Shear Excellence

Ceremony: Fr. Mark Cote of St. Alexander Catholic Church

Reception (Food and Cake included): Prairie Landing Golf Club – West Chicago, IL

Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

Wedding bands: C.D. Peacock

Custom made address labels for invites: PostalBee (Etsy)

Programs: xSimplyModernDesignx (Etsy)

Band: Rendition

Custom made bridal hairpiece: FancieStrands (Etsy)

Custom favors: LiquidCourage (Etsy)

 

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Pressing The Restart Button

Pardon my dust, as they say.

Yesterday and the day before, I spent a majority of my time curled into a ball, weeping like a teenager who broke up with her BF4L. Through a combination of neglect, email glitches, and unawareness (all on my part), I lost my blog. Everything that I have written in here for the last 9 years or so, disappeared into the Nevernever of the Internet. Needless to say, I’m not happy with myself. However, I’ve always been a huge fan of change. A fresh new start is always something I look forward to. I’m just not always happy with the amount of work it takes to start over. Regardless, with some excellent customer service (even when my patience was next to none) from the life-saving folks at Portfoliositez, I have my website and my blog back. I can’t put into words how much I appreciate them.

For the next few weeks, I’ll be adding more posts- sort of a “road so far” of my favorite images from past weddings and engagement sessions. It will give me a chance to be more on top of my blogging and get my nostalgia fix from years past. Oh, and I’ll be showing a lot more of my true colors… my fandom geekiness and my love for hyperbole, for example. So, thanks for those of you who have been with me since the beginning, and welcome, to those of you who just happened by.

Here’s to pressing the restart button!

XO – Christina

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