LAUREN & JUSTIN'S WEDDING

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LAUREN & JUSTIN'S WEDDING

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I SHOT LAUREN & JUSTIN'S ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS ON A 13 DEGREE DAY IN JANUARY.... AND IT WAS SO MUCH FUN! I KNEW THEIR WEDDING DAY WOULD BE EQUALLY AS GREAT! LAUREN & JUSTIN'S AUTUM WEDDING IN CHICAGO WAS NOTHING SHORT OF MAGICAL! FROM GETTING READY OVERLOOKING DOWNTOWN CHICAGO, TO TAKING A TROLLEY THROUGH THE CITY, TO THEIR STUNNING CEREMONY AND RECEPTION AT ARTIFACT EVENTS, LAUREN & JUSTIN'S WEDDING DAY WAS AN AMAZING DAY START TO FINISH! 

CHECK OUT THEIR WINTER ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS HERE

SECOND SHOOTER: JUSTINE BURCHALL

CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE: ARTIFACT EVENTS

FLORIST: FLOWERS FOR DREAMS

DJ: KRISTIN FROM TOAST & JAM

WEDDING COORDINATOR: HANNAH FROM BETHANY MOORE EVENTS

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JACLYN & RYAN'S WEDDING


There are a lot of unknowns when it comes to your wedding day.  Brides spend months pouring over details and making sure everything is in place to run smoothly on their big day.  Most brides don't plan for a three hour long power outage in the middle of their reception...

From the minute the power went out, the smile never left Jaclyn's face.  Brides have choices when something doesn't go as planned on their wedding day.  They can choose to be distraught that their guests are eating dinner in the dark, they can cry because the DJ is unable to play music on anything other than a portable speaker, they can let the hiccup ruin their entire night.  Jaclyn never panicked, she never yelled, and she never stopped making jokes about how absolutely ridiculous the entire situation was. 

The second the lights clicked back on, the atmosphere was magic.  After three hours of waiting in the dark, all of Jaclyn and Ryan's guests ran towards the dance floor.  Around the time the reception should have been coming to a close, Jaclyn & Ryan shared their first dance.  When midnight rolled around, everyone was still dancing.  Jaclyn & Ryan were surrounded by so much love on their wedding day, and it was a day I feel so honored to be a part of! 

Venue: White Pines Golf Club & Banquets

DJ: Tim at Ready, Set, Dance! Entertainment

 

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TWO MONTHS IN EUROPE

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TWO MONTHS IN EUROPE

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"Decide whether or not the goal is worth the risks involved. If it is, stop worrying"

                                   -Amelia earhart

 

One day.

One day I might have enough money in the bank. One day I might find the “right time” to travel the world. One day I wont have to do it alone. 

One day...

Waiting for one day started to feel like running head on into a never-ending gust of wind. It started to feel like that spinning carnival ride where gravity presses you against the wall and holds you firmly in place as you wait for the wheel to stop.  Adding to the list of reasons I couldn’t drop everything and travel became a habit. I have a college degree; I have loans and an apartment, I can't just leave! One day I will go.

Then, one day, a switch flipped and I realized that “one day” was an excuse. It was a way to justify my fear.

I booked a flight.

On January 28th I boarded a flight to London with a list of places I wanted to see. I can now say that I’ve climbed a volcano. I’ve watched the sun set over Barcelona and rise over Edinburgh. I’ve been soaked by the rain in London and felt the sun on my skin in Spain. I’ve seen the moon light up the Austrian Alps, and watched the Northern Lights appear over Iceland. I’ve made new friends and visited old ones. I got tired of waiting for someone to travel the world with, so I decided to do it on my own. I got tired of waiting for one day. 52 days and 8 countries later, I flew home. And I have never been more proud of myself. 

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