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September 2019

Valerie & Peter Wedding Teaser

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 Joyous Wedding at The Odyssey, Tinley Park

Summer is winding down and soon we will be knee-deep in crunchy leaves and pumpkin pie. But there is still plenty of warm weather left and plenty of time for a summer wedding! Valerie and Peter made the best of the gorgeous weather last weekend with their incredibly fun wedding at The Odyssey

Valerie and Peter’s made this whole day so much fun! I think you can tell by the video that these two are surrounded by amazing friends and family. The celebration truly never ceased throughout the day. I remember leaving this wedding and being exhausted from all of the excitement and laughter!

The Odyssey is quickly becoming one of my favorite locations to work at. There is so much natural beauty there between the water, the artistically manicured landscaping, and the stately ballrooms. It’s impossible to find something that looks out of place and even more difficult to have a bad backdrop for your shots. I appreciate when venues put significant time and energy into the design and layout of their space. The payoffs are huge, and it makes our jobs as photographers and cinematographers easy. 

We are always so fortunate to get to work with the incredible Manikas design team. They constantly surprise me with new and unique ways to bring the couple’s style and individuality to a space. I’ve been in this business for some time and have never seen someone come close to this level of artistry in their craft. 

The highlight of this video for me has to be when Peter and Valarie are approaching each other with the bridesmaids and groomsmen. The personalities of these two just bubble through at this moment. You can really tell that the members of the wedding party are an amazingly supportive and fun group of friends. 

I’m beyond happy for these two and I wish them the best in their new life together! Congratulations Valerie and Peter, may your days be filled with many more happy moments! 

Valerie & Peter Wedding [1 min]

Jennifer & Samuel’s Wedding

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Illustrious Wedding at Rockwell on the River

We had such an amazing time filming Jennifer & Samuel’s Wedding at Rockwell on the River. Throughout the entire day, we were blown away by the beauty and grace of the couple. No detail was overlooked by these two; nothing was less than perfect. 

When our team arrived at the location, we knew that it was going to be a great shoot! The lighting was beautiful, the weather was impeccable, and the space was looking immaculate thanks to Manikas Designs

While it wasn’t our first time shooting the Rockwell, we haven’t shot an event there in quite some time. The space doesn’t provide too much natural lighting which can present a challenge for videographers and photographers alike. Luckily the space could be described as a “blank canvas,” meaning that there aren’t too many built in features that inhibit a wedding designer from transforming the space into a truly unique atmosphere. The mellow glow of the overhead lights mixed with the ambient light of the altar provided the perfect amount of ambience for the ceremony. 

I have to say, I think my favorite moment was when Jennifer walked up the aisle. I rewatched the clip about a million times. There is something about the way the candles are sitting on the floor and Jennifer’s graceful walk up the aisle that made this moment absolutely sparkle with beauty. I only wish that I could film it again! Moments that beautiful do not come along very often. 

It was such a pleasure to work with Jennifer & Samuel. These two and their families are absolutely remarkable. Join me in congratulating these two lovely people on their magnificent wedding!

Jennifer & Samuel Wedding [1 min 29 sec]

Jackie & Jamie’s Wedding at the Adler Planetarium

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Story Book Wedding at the Adler Planetarium

    Jackie and Jamie’s wedding at the Adler Planetarium was a spectacular event in every capacity! The day was full of laughter, family, dogs, a gorgeous ceremony, heartfelt speeches, an exuberant reception, and fireworks to top off the evening. What more could you ask for? 
    Outdoor ceremonies are excellent opportunities to stretch your legs as a wedding cinematographer. We were able to employ our aerial drones to capture shots of the ceremony with the stunning Chicago skyline as a back drop. Despite the unpredictable nature of weather and lighting, outdoor weddings will remain some of our favorite events to shoot.
   Jackie and Jamie’s ceremony was such a joy to capture for so many reasons. The natural lighting draped everything in a dazzling warm hue and made the wedding dress glow with radiant energy. The passing boats on Lake Michigan and the Chicago Skyline served as an unbeatable backdrop and set the scene for a picturesque exchange of vows. All weddings are special but this one is truly remarkable. 
    Check out Jackie and Jamie’s wedding at the Adler Planetarium below! 
Jackie & Jamie's Wedding [13 min 33 sec]