downtown Spring wedding, classic Chicago style!

You can take the girl out of the city but you can't take the city out of the girl! This pretty much sums up my gorgeous bride from last weekend's beautiful, downtown Spring wedding; perfectly planned around Chicago's most classic + historic locales. Preparations and the most romantic first look were had at the iconic Palmer House Hotel, a trolley ride through the Loop and then down the Magnificent Mile to visit the gothic architecture that is the Wrigley Building and NBC 5 Tower and by 6pm the bride + groom had made their vows public in a sun filled, outdoor ceremony.     All the attention to beautiful detail and incorporating classic Chicago made Kaitlyn + Dustin's wedding picture perfect. But what did they wear???

He was suited in a dapper, navy blue, custom tuxedo complete with bow tie + suspenders to tie together this grooms vintage charm!  She gracefully donned what seemed to be yards upon yards of perfectly pleated tulle in a ballgown style, Lazaro wedding dress. It. was. STUNNING. Don't believe me? Just look at that train!! Flowers by Steen Productions draped each table and perfectly accented the creamy blush color of the bridesmaids' gowns. All this pulled together the ambient colors of the perfectly blossomed yards at Galleria Marchetti's venue space.  In a word, the day was ....dreamy!

Kaitlyn + Dustin, thank you for sharing your gorgeous wedding day with the Rose Photo crew. We love your love + all the beautiful details of April 22, 2017. Here's to capturing even more moments of your love story with our lens!


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A Love Supreme

I had a dream a few months back to throw a huge party that celebrates love in it's various forms. I thought it was important to create imagery that showcased love as love and in a really unique way; a MASS wedding celebration for my friends and family in the LGBTQ community.  It was imperative that this party be hosted in a place that also honors diversity and would be supported by a crew that sees the importance of joining together to put our talking to walking; action to our Facebook rants and collective cooperation in what's been a very divisive year. Without sliding down the slippery political slope, I just wanted to do something that would help to unite instead of divide. So with a good deal of inspiration and enough post election nausea, I picked up my head and made a few calls.

The Chicago Athletic Association gladly obliged and offered their incredible venue for the celebration. This was a perfect fit as the CAA continues to break down the boundaries their storied walls once held and welcomed my idea with open arms. I curated a team of my favorite Chicago wedding vendors: Artistic Blooms on floral, Marquette Avenue Events on wedding planning, Leap Weddings on video and Windy City Dinner Fairy on sweet treats. Together we put this vision to work. The project became known as A Love Supreme and we invited couples to participate in this unique wedding event this spring. We were excited to receive a tremendous response upon going public with the invite but ultimately as we neared close to our April 9 wedding day, the group decided that sharing one couple's very unique and personal journey to marriage equality would best serve the initial vision; breaking down barriers and celebrating love as love true. So with that I was so thrilled to meet our most beautiful couple, Alishe + Cassaundra and begin to tell their love story. With the vision of our amazing floral designer , the organizational strengths of an A+ planner and the backdrop of this gorgeous wedding venue, photo + video team went to work with our stunning subjects. 

Alishe + Cassaundra, your love is an inspiration. Your strength, beauty and dedication to being real is what my dreams are made of! Having the opportunity to work with you both, invite your friends + family to celebrate your love and curate a collection of imagery to highlight love in all its forms has inspired not only my team but the entire crew of collaborators that helped make the vision real. I will always remember April 9 as the day love showed most supreme on the Rose Photo lens!

Traveling Light

Traveling light is not something I do well. I usually pack one bag for as many days as I'm away from base-camp. In this last bout of travel, I was to capture portraits at 8,000 feet elevation, then be dressed for the lowland deserts and be sure not to forget any of my favorite prime lenses. It's hard to be a fashionable, professional photographer!! But thankfully I was finally in the gracious hands of my hosts in Scottsdale to capture the real moments of their wedding day & happily put down all my luggage in exchange for my favorite cameras.

Lisa + Jash spent most of 2016 preparing their bags for this amazing destination wedding in the desert surrounded by their closest friends + beautiful family. It was no surprise that every detail was so well planned and organized, even from afar in Chicago! From the sweet seating cards anchored by succulents to the gorgeous design and architecture of their venue, Sassi, the desert chic vibe was perfect. Bridesmaids dressed in slate with the groomsmen in a slightly lighter grey stood out in perfect contrast to the desert stone of Pinnacle Peak. Lisa found her simple but super elegant wedding gown at one of my favorite Gold Cost wedding dress shops in Chicago, Mira Couture. Last but not least, Jash's laid back but on point groomswear was completed by suspenders, complimented with aviator sunnies, of course!

No doubt wedding planning takes a lot of heavy lifting and carrying of many more bags than appear necessary. But at the end of the night, after so many great memories have been made, beautiful laughter caught in candid snapshot and so many toasts later, it's all so very worth it! To my beautiful Scottsdale couple, you two are a desert dream. It was so wonderful to create more travel imagery AND capture all the gorgeous moments of your big day celebration.    Thank you from the bottom of my well traveled, heavy packing, photographing heart!



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So in love in Sedona

When Lisa + Jash reached out to me last Spring to plan for their Chicago styled engagement shoot, I thought 'cool, yea we can do that a la carte but usually it's part of your big day, wedding photo package with my studio but I'm open so let's get shooting!'.  Then, after getting to know a little more of their story, I learned they were planning a fantastic destination wedding in Scottsdale, Arizona this spring and hadn't yet decided on their photographer.  Usually the engagement shoot isn't part of the interview process but as we  began our Chicago engagement shoot with a toast at Big Star and strolled down Damen Avenue to the oh so popular @Properties 'LOVE' sign, I think we were all feeling the love!! I instantly took to Lisa's fab sense of style and Jash's laid back but confident stride. Together, they are LOVE. By the end of our adventures on the 606, I knew this was my couple. Legit in love, totally real and pretty easy on the eyes, too!

So when it came time to plan my travel west for their upcoming desert wedding, I knew I needed to catch their sweet style of love surrounded by the amazing backdrop that is Sedona's Red Rocks. I asked Lisa + Jash if they would be open to traveling a bit further up in elevation for round 2 of engagement photos, this time styled around the textures and colors of the southwest. Happily, they met me dressed in their perfectly paired, western inspired, denim tuxedos! We strolled the Mexican tiled corridors of Tlaquepaque Village and then tested our hiking skills on a small treck through the trails of  Little Sugar Loaf Summit; not bad for a few city slickers like ourselves!  

Lisa + Jash, we can't say enough about how much we love working with you two! Learning about your love story, meeting your family,  figuring out who is Boomer and why Red should have no other name are but a few small perks of this fantastic, storytelling job. The wedding imagery is in the works and with such beautiful subjects set on the backdrop of the Sonoran Desert in Scottsdale, there promises to be loads of photo gems that we can't wait to share. Stay tuned! 


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New Year, Neuman!

I just love a New Years Eve wedding. I mean think of it, all your people, in one gorgeous place, everyone dressed to the nines and an open bar! YES PLEASE !Ok ok, so I don't cash in on the open bar when I'm shooting these fabulous occasions but I love the tempo that builds throughout the night, the revelry at the strike of midnight and the intentions you set right there, right then with your beloved. You wake up in the new year with your person and the world is yours!  I think finding the right wedding venue where everyone is really cozy for the entire night, booking excellent entertainment and providing late night snacks are key components in making your NYE wedding hit.

My 2017 love birds created the perfect night for all their people to ring in 2017 in style! The Fairmount Hotel provided a gorgeous venue just steps off of Chicago's Mag Mile. Stemline Creative adorned the various ballrooms with perfectly placed floral. The Blue Water Kings kept the tempo right with 'East Coast style' music sets between dinner's many courses. And all this was orchestrated perfectly by the planning of Honey Bee Weddings. Oh and we can't forget the bride looked STUNNING in her Hayley Paige gown. No detail was missed, the ambient light was twinkling and all their guests seemed to have a brilliant time ringing in the new year.

Meredith + Ross really brought together so many wonderful people from all around the world. The beautiful stories shared that night spoke to the character of this couple & made me see again how perfectly suited Ross + Meredith are for one another. I loved getting to know them in our initial engagement shoot and even on her big day, as she was preparing with her mom, Linda, my bride said to me." You can just call me Mere!" My heart surged with pride that another one of my beloved clients had become a friend. Her kindness in friendship and family reflected throughout the night, in overheard snippets of story and toasts. Ross's father offered cheers to the newlyweds adding that both he and Ross certainly 'married up' underlying the great qualities of both Ross's new wife and loving mom, Marla. Though I must say Ross is one of the sweetest grooms I've met and am just so giddy about how many captures from both the engagement shoot and the wedding day reflect how gaga he is for his lady. You can just tell by the way he looks at her ! These two together truly remind me that there is a lid for every kettle, a match suited for everyone. And at the end of the night when I was making my rounds saying good bye to Marla + Linda, I bid my last farewell to Mere and she hugged me with great thanks and said "thanks for being you!"

2017, I love my job! Mere + Ross, I can't get enough of your sweetness together and hope to have many more occasions to capture your beautiful families!


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