Lena & Chris wedding at Prairie Productions by Tricia Koning Photo

This summer wedding at Prairie Productions was a joy to photograph!  The bridal party each wore their own dress, full of fun color and some pattern tossed in.  One of the highlights was a trolley trip to some fun urban locations near the Chicago River.  The simplicity, the warmth, the color of this wedding and the pure joy of the couple and their guests will linger with me for a long time.

color red and Indian weddings by Tricia Koning Photo

Red truly is the core symbol of power and spirituality, of protection and commitment in the Indian culture. It is a color that has not faded the trials of time and stands alone as the most powerful.  I love all the amazing colors in the saris, decorations and all the warm golds and color at the School of the Art Institute Ballroom.  The bride and groom met at the SAIC and came back to Chicago to celebrate with their family and friends.  ( click on the photos to see a slide show)

classy wedding at the W City Center by Tricia Koning Photo

Kirztie and Brad had a lovely wedding last fall at the W City Center in Chicago.  The couple honored their parents, families, traditions with a fabulous day to start their married life together. The mother of the groom and the Party People wedding coordinators meticulously planned out the the details and special touches. This was a beautiful and fun wedding to photograph. 

 

girls dresses
clean crisp white roses

clean crisp white roses

happy couple in the WCity Center
love
naturally handsome

naturally handsome

naturally beautiful

naturally beautiful

amazing interior landscape for photos

amazing interior landscape for photos

love the dusk lights of the L in the background.

love the dusk lights of the L in the background.

cute family

cute family

beautiful ceremony room

beautiful ceremony room

reception room

reception room

first dance

first dance

parrrrrrty

parrrrrrty

jokin' with dad

jokin' with dad

toasts

toasts

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Baby's first year album by Tricia Koning Photo

First year baby album

I recently finished the first year baby album, and it's precious.  Here are a few sample pages.  I realize how life gets sooooo busy with a little one running around, and so, often the "12 month" photo shoots happens sometime before 18 months. This little one wore the same outfit for the 3, 6, 9, and 16 month to show how she grew!  Love the numbers that her mom brought.

the album is divided into 4 sections, for each photo session

the album is divided into 4 sections, for each photo session

after 6 months, babies smiles radiate.  But selecting a good time for the shoot is important!  Do not schedule it during regular nap or feeding time!

after 6 months, babies smiles radiate.  But selecting a good time for the shoot is important!  Do not schedule it during regular nap or feeding time!

starting to pull up

starting to pull up

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traditional Korean baby costume called "hanbok " birthday dress

traditional Korean baby costume called "hanbok " birthday dress


Elegant soiree at the Sofitel by Tricia Koning Photo

On this wedding day, the love and laughter is real.  It is not staged.  The bride and groom genuinely have fun,  and I hope the laughter and joking will keep going throughout their years together.   I have a new venue love....the natural light combined with the glowing, modern, sleek stairs, make an awesome combination.  The couple had their first look on the stairs, and then we proceeded to downtown locations for skyline photos.  The ceremony was lovely at St James Cathedral, and the bride and groom had a few moments to soak it all in as they walked back to the Sofitel for their guests and reception.  Anthony Navarro, from Liven it Up Events, help create a wonderful reception ambiance.  Cheers to Kim & Steve!

these modern sleak stairs are bathed in natural light. . perfect spot for first look!

these modern sleak stairs are bathed in natural light. . perfect spot for first look!

bride and her sisters

bride and her sisters

flowers and mimosa
if you're happy

if you're happy

sweet kiss and quiet moment before location photos!

sweet kiss and quiet moment before location photos!

veil tiara and flowers of bride
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cute flowergirl

cute flowergirl

yea, we did it

yea, we did it

flowers at Sofitel wedding reception, Chicago

flowers at Sofitel wedding reception, Chicago

Sofitel Chicago head table decor

Sofitel Chicago head table decor

Sofitel Wedding room photo
groom's cake. . .a fine tribute in sugar

groom's cake. . .a fine tribute in sugar

during toasts

during toasts

laughter

laughter

cheers!

cheers!

first dance
dance with mom,.  fun party!

dance with mom,.  fun party!

Simply elegant wedding at the University Club ( and a small trip down memory lane) by Tricia Koning Photo

I knew the bride when she used to rock and roll. . . that's how the song goes, but actually, I knew her from high school, in our small (mostly Dutch West Michigan Protestant small school). After she received my name from her girlfriends and from the church, she wondered if I was the same one from high school. I was happy to hear that Charlene had found her soul mate, and the wedding was going to be a simple, yet elegant affair. I knew this couple had a sense of sophistication, style and grace, and my job as a photographer was to capture the fun moments and stylish reception.

Charlene and Joe had their wedding ceremony at Fourth Church, and this Michigan Avenue church is a classic piece of architecture, with tall cathedral ceilings, making you feel small compared to God.

They selected a multi-colored palette of purples, blues, pink, and each junior bridesmaid and flower girl carried a different bouquet. The groom hired a magician to entertain guests during the cocktail hour.  The bride surprised her groom by changing into a different white, feathery skirt, which was the perfect fashion statement for the tango as the first dance. On the way to the reception, I actually said out loud, “it's obvious to me how happy you'll be together”. Cheers.

The arches at the Fourth church are classic, and the tourists off Michigan Ave  like to stop by and say congratulations.

The arches at the Fourth church are classic, and the tourists off Michigan Ave  like to stop by and say congratulations.

getting ready
Fourth church small chapel
escorted by her father with everyone watching.

escorted by her father with everyone watching.

WOW,  It's large enough to make you feel really small

WOW,  It's large enough to make you feel really small

The benefits of having 2 photographers. .  from my associate in the balcony

The benefits of having 2 photographers. .  from my associate in the balcony

grand entrance

grand entrance

Waving to the guests

Waving to the guests

amazing stainglass at Fourth church
Walking Michigan Ave
Getting into limo
Limo
University Club stairs
Library at University Club
james bond cake topper

james bond cake topper

entering reception

entering reception

Scotch double. . I'll have to try one of these when I'm not working.

Scotch double. . I'll have to try one of these when I'm not working.

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tango first dance
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perfect way to take it all in for a moment

perfect way to take it all in for a moment