"The Jessies" Engagement Session

As the end of 2012 rolled around, we found ourselves headed West to Chicago for an engagement shoot with Jessica and Jesse--known in their circles as "The Jessies". They have a pretty cool story, having met at a party of mutual friends. They saw each other, later exchanged numbers, and hit it off. A year later, they were engaged.

We were thrilled to meet and shoot with them around metro Chicago. We started our shoot just outside Jesse's place at a mural you could only hope to find in a place like Chi-town.

Jesse really enjoys Jessica's personality. "She's cheerful, positive....nice. Not standoffish...a real genuine down-to-earth person." And you can sense her love and respect for him, and the security she has in his presence--truly refreshing.Jesse told us the story of how he proposed. It was very important to him to have both sets of parents around when he would pop the question, but when the day arrived, he was so sick he wasn't sure he could go through with it. But his determination paid off, and with all parents present, he asked her. And she of course said yes!

So don't be fooled by all that sunshine - it was December in Chicago! So we all agreed it would be in our best interest to get something hot to drink (and eat). Jesse being a native Chicagoan was very well educated on the best eats. He suggested Simone's, and we were not disappointed. Also turned out to be a cool environment for a few intimate shots.

After we warmed up, we headed back outside toward the Chicago waterfront. The Jessies were very brave for this shoot. They hardly look as cold as they really were...

This shoot wouldn't be complete without visiting a few places that really say "Chicago" - such as Millennium Park.

We called it a night, and picked up our shoot the next day, at yet another Chicago landmark, Union Station.

Jessica and Jesse showed us a few moves atop the staircase, giving us a taste of how much fun they have together.

After a brisk walk at dusk, we found a brief indoor escape inside the lobby of Chicago Theatre. Don't these two look like stars?

One last shot with the Chicago Sun-Times Building as the backdrop, and we promised we would wrap it up outdoors and head back to Jesse's loft for our final location of this shoot.

With the lighting and candles in place, the atmosphere was perfect.

Jess & Jess, we had a great time with the two of you. We can't wait to continue the story on your Big Day! Congratulations!

Tommy & Mel: The Wedding

After a fabulous engagement session with Mel & Tommy, we couldn't wait to see how they would top all that sophistication. Well they did not disappoint! The wedding day was the perfect blend of laughter, love, fun, fashion, and excitement! Like a high-energy rollercoaster...OK, you get the gist.

We started the day with Tommy and his groomsmen getting ready at the Embassy Suites in Downtown Buffalo, NY, as they kept their eye on the football game, of course...

Next, we were off to catch up with the bride and her ladies a few floors down.

After the "final" final touches, Mel was ready to get in her dress. It was so great that her mom - in a coordinating shade of green - was there and ready to zip her up, as her bridesmaids looked on with excitement.Work it, Mel!Before heading to the ceremony, we stopped at Pearl Street Grill to get a glimpse of the reception venue, which looked almost as good as the bridal party - very close second! :)

At the ceremony, Tommy saw his beautiful bride for the first time that day.

Looks like all Tommy's nervousness vanished after the vows...Tommy, are you giving somebody a pound?

Since the reception was downtown, we headed that direction, stopping at Main Street first near Shea's. Someone even screamed out 'congratulations' from the train passing by.

One serious shot...OK, now one silly!LOVE the socks, guys!Next, we headed to Canalside to get a few more shots before heading to the reception.

Now on to the party on the 4th floor...

From the time they entered the door, Mel and Tommy were ready to get their dance on!Ever seen a bridal party enjoy dinner music so much?

After Mel and Tommy cut the cake and had their first dance, it was all about the mamas. Tommy danced with his mom, and Mel danced with hers. Not a dry eye in the place when that was over.

Did we mention this party was all about the dancing - compliments of DJ LoPro!

Oh yes, if there was one priority for Mel and Tommy that night, it was definitely to DANCE. At some point we asked about a few more shots and were quickly shot down in favor of the DJ. And we can't blame them - he was jamming so hard we were tempted to put down the camera and just dance ourselves...

Mel even changed into her party dress so she could get her groove on, and Tommy...well all he needed was to take off his jacket and he was READY!Mel and Tommy, congratulations on your wedding day! We hope the beat plays on for you two forever!


Daneen & Nate: The Wedding Day

It is always exciting to see wonderful things happen for wonderful people. That's how we felt about Daneen and Nate. From the moment we shot their engagement session in the Spring, we could sense the sincere love and respect they have for each other. So we were once again honored to share more of their love story as they exchanged vows on their wedding day.

We started that day by meeting Daneen at Macy's MAC counter at Walden Galleria. She was cool, calm and collected, sitting with her frappuccino and her 'BIG DAY' notebook (this was one organized bride!).

A quick stop at the venue, and then it was on to the ceremony location where Daneen and Nate both were getting ready. Oh, in case you're wondering about the favors below, Nate's official name is Reinardo :)

One of Nate's preparations was taking a quick glimpse at his bride-to-be on his cell phone. We love it, Nate!

Nate and Daneen both looking amazing and both in deep thought in anticipation of seeing each other for the first time that day...

Nate told us he was trying his hardest not to cry as he watched Daneen walk down the aisle towards him. Good job, Nate!

After the ceremony, we headed again to the Buffalo Historical Society side of Delaware Park, just across the lake where we shot their engagement session a few months earlier. The late afternoon summer light was just perfect. Daneen & Nate look so happy and in love here.

We must admit that the bridal party looked handsome as well, lovely ladies and dapper gentlemen.

It wouldn't be right if we left here without getting a few great shots of Daneen and Nate looking absolutely stunning against the details of this historic building.

We absolutely love these shots...

Daneen and Nate had their first dance and somewhere towards the end of 'Someone to Hold' she had to break it down for Nate. It took him a little bit by surprise, but we happen to think he enjoyed it :)

Finally, a little more fun with Daneen and Nate before saying goodnight. What a great end to the perfect day -- and what a great beginning for their new life! Congrats, you two! Best wishes in your marriage together!