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June 2019

Demetra & Barry Engagement

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Dazzling Engagement Party at the Dalcy

Earlier this month, we had the pleasure of working with Demetra and Barry for their engagement party at the Dalcy in Chicago. These two just have a glow about them that I cannot describe. It’s an honor to be trusted with the responsibility of filming any part of someone’s life, let alone their engagement party. There’s only one chance to capture all the beauty and happy moments — there are no second takes.

Barry and Demetra initially met through mutual friends at a trolley party bus event about 5 years ago. The first stop of this event was at Buckingham Fountain, this spot would later become the spot where Barry would ask for Demetra’s hand in marriage. The success of this relationship may be due to a strong dedication to communication that was established early on in their time together. Not so long after these two started dating Demetra left for Greece to study abroad. Long distance is hard on all couples but these two managed to keep the fire going and maintained consistent daily contact throughout Dematra’s time away. Demetra even noted that this experience made their relationship stronger in the end and when she returned home they picked up like nothing had changed. I have a feeling that these two knew earlier on that they were perfect for another and that no distance would’ve stopped their love from growing deeper each day.

This engagement party was beautifully designed by Manikas Designs. As you can see from the video, there were so many fabulous features that were carefully placed throughout the venue. Every piece sparkled with a kind of intentionality that most designers could never pull off. They have a special way of creating unique designs that complement the space and the couple’s style so unbelievably well. I really don’t know how they continuously provide such an exceptional service. Maybe it’s not something to question, only to admire.

Happy people are just the kind of people we want to be around. I don’t think there was a moment where the room wasn’t full of smiles. Too many great moments to mention here, you’ll just have to take our word for it. To be honest, I’m not quite sure how they will top this beautiful evening. Knowing these two, this wedding will truly be one for the records.

I could go on and on about this lovely couple, but I think I’m going to stop here and let the video speak for itself. I’m elated to present to you: Demetra and Barry’s engagement party! Congratulations again on your engagement!

Demetra & Barry Engagement [2 min 51 sec]

Elena & Luai’s Wedding and Reception

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A traditionally minded wedding with a Ludacris reception

Let me start by saying, we had absolutely no idea how incredible this wedding was going to be. We’ve had surprises at weddings in the past, but nothing like what you’ll see in the video. I’m so thrilled that we had the opportunity to be there and work with the lovely Luai and Elena for what has to be the most spectacular wedding reception I’ve ever seen.

Luai and Elena met while they were both attending DePaul University. This would be where their friendship grew into the adorable love that we witnessed when we first met with them. I knew these two would be a lot of fun to work with after just a few minutes into our first communication. And my hunch was correct, these two are incredible humans and share such a special love that really has no words. You’ll just have to watch the video to see for yourself.

The couple wanted to find a way to dovetail both of their family’s backgrounds in both the wedding ceremony and the reception.  This meant finding a way to cultivate Luai’s Jordanian culture, and Elena’s Greek culture, both rooted in deep traditions. It was important for them to integrate these two cultures in a way that preserved the authenticity of the traditions while creating a welcoming atmosphere for all of the wedding guests and family members. As you can see by all of the happy faces in the video, there’s no doubt that they were successful in this department.

Like I said before – this may just have been the ultimate reception. From the food to the dancing, there truly was never a dull moment. And then when I thought that party was just about to simmer down for the evening, in walks in the one and only, Ludacris! Which as you can imagine made the whole room go crazy! Everyone was on the dance floor and I just so happened to get a front row ticket to this private concert. I didn’t know Luai had these kinds of tricks up his sleeve, but he sure does have a good poker face because no one saw this coming.

There’s so much more to talk about, but I’m going to keep this brief! I’m just so happy for these two, what a wonderful wedding and awesome reception. Thanks to our friends at Manikas Designs for making another wedding even more beautiful! Congratulations again to Eleni and Luai!  We wish the best for you two!

Elena & Luai's Wedding and Reception [1 min]

Shea & Sophia’s Surprise Proposal

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A surprise proposal atop the famed London House Chicago

We couldn’t be more elated to share the video for Shea and Sophia’s surprise proposal! This adorable couple has been so much fun to work with, and we’re honored to have been there to witness this lovely moment.

Landmarks like the London House Rooftop remain a dream to shoot for us. Located on the corners of North Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive, the London House is surrounded by some of Chicago’s most impressive architectural sights. We had the opportunity to pull out all the bells and whistles on this shoot, including our aerial drone cameras. It’s practically impossible to capture a bad shot when you’re working with the gorgeous Chicago skyline as a backdrop.

These memorable moments are what we look forward to the most. There is nothing better than charming clients, an adorably romantic proposal, gorgeous locations, and the chance to employ our aerial drone cameras to capture the beauty of it all.

Congratulations again to this beautiful young couple and may their lives be full of many more incredible moments together!

Shea & Sophia's Surprise Proposal [2 min 48 sec]