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Wicker Park Chicago Engagement Session // Lindsey & Jon

This past fall, I flew out to Chicago for Lindsey & Jon’s engagement session. We explored their Wicker Park neighborhood, and I was successfully blown away by the amount of ivy covering every building in sight – if you know me, you know how much I LOVE ivy-covered buildings. I loved getting to see their home, meet their amazingly adorable cat (she has a mustache! I’m dead.), and admire the gorgeous, sometimes quirky homes. See the yard scene below with sheep + ducks to see what I mean – they change their scene regularly and it’s a favorite for Jon and Lindsey to walk by. We also spent some time with the chickens and anti-social goats in the community garden that they care for, and we stopped by a mural of a bear eating pizza. No frills, no tourist traps, just some favorite neighborhood spots and two wonderfully silly humans…and a cat, a bear, some chickens, two goats, and more.

Chicago, I love you.

Intimate New England Outdoor Elopement // Natalie & Chris

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Instead of a traditional wedding, Natalie and Chris opted for an intimate New England outdoor elopement. I drove up to her grandparents’ property in rural Massachusetts in the middle of October, and immediately I could see why this place was so special to them and their family. The land itself is stunning, and it truly has everything. Lush open fields, creeks and streams, hills of forests and ferns straight out of my PNW daydreams. Inside, the home was an incredible time capsule, with wood paneling, shag carpet, and photos of loved ones with very time-specific touches (ie. Dwight Schrute-esque glasses). Chris and Natalie got ready together with their 3 dogs, and walked across the creek, into the field to say their vows. In front of just an officiant, a musician, and me, they declared their love and had their first dance. Then we wandered around the woods for portraits and made some of my favorite photos ever. It was the kind of day that makes me wonder, “why don’t more people do this?”

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Non-Traditional Wedding at the Powel & Physick House // Julia & Daniel

Powel House Intimate Wedding PhiladelphiaMan, I love a non-traditional wedding. Julia & Daniel tied the knot a few weeks ago and it was the best, most laid back day ever. First, getting ready together at their Queen Village home (with their cat Buster!). I always think it’s so special when couples opt to do their prep together – it makes the whole experience so special and intimate. For their festivities, they selected the best of Philly’s Old City district. The monochromatic Powel House was a beautiful respite from the rain for their self-uniting ceremony with 15 immediate family members. Though they had a close friend act as a guide for the ceremony, they took advantage of Pennsylvania’s pretty awesome Quaker laws and went sans officiant.

For the dinner party reception catered by Di Bruno Brothers, the quirky Physick House was the perfect setting. Although it rained for most of the day, Julia and Daniel didn’t let it ruin their cheer. They had smiles on all day, braved portraits in the rain, and even had an ice cream cart from Little Baby’s surprise their guests with unique flavors like rose pistachio (my personal favorite) and vanilla cardamom. Daniel is a coffee roaster, so his own beans from Other Animal Coffee Roasters were perfect favors for guests.

All day long, all I could think about was how happy I am to document such important days for my couples. Even though this day didn’t look like the “average” wedding day, it was perfectly catered to who Julia and Daniel are as people, and the way they chose to celebrate was the best, because it was so uniquely theirs. So whether you’re planning a big ball room party, an elopement, or a non-traditional wedding somewhere in the middle, as long as it’s true to you, you’ve made the right choice.

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Details:

Bride’s Gown: BHLDN, Sawyer Gown

Groom’s Suit: Indochino

Catering: Di Bruno Bros.

Ice Cream Cart: Little Baby’s

Jazz Quartet: Alex Delcourt Jazz Quartet

Coffee Favors: Other Animal Coffee

  • Megan - What a cool spot for a wedding! Totally love the indoor and outdoor options at the Powel House & Hill-Keith-Physick House! Makes me want to get married all over again. Such a cool Philly spot for a casual wedding. Well done!ReplyCancel