Artistrie Co. Highlights of 2015

Artistrie Co. Highlights of 2015

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Welcome to 2016! I hope you all had the most fabulous holiday season and new years celebration. With the fresh start of 2016, I'd love to take a moment to reflect about all of the good fortunes 2015 brought to me. I didn't realize just how big of a year 2015 was for Artistrie Co. until I started writing down all the highlights for this special blog post. It was filled with fabulous weddings and plenty of personal adventures. Here are a few highlights from 2015. Thank you all for being a part of yet another great year!

I started the year with my very first wedding publication in The Knot magazine! Erin and Scott's Quad City wedding at Watch Tower Lodge, designed by Tamara Wendt Design, was picture perfect for the feature.

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During the off season, I love to travel and get away from the Chicago winter. I was lucky enough to travel to San Diego, California and Phoenix, Arizona and see some of my favorite friends. Both trips were filled with a perfect combination of hiking, sunshine and wine. I'll be returning to the Phoenix area this March for my first Arizona wedding! I can't wait.

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I had the pleasure of taking Katie's branding photos for the launch of her new stationery company, Bluebird Paper Company. It was a very fun shoot!

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My very first wedding of the year took place on a seasonably warm January day with Ashley and Corey, and it couldn't have been a better wedding to start the year. Ashley, manager of Bella Bianca Bridal Couture, was all about the glamour, and I loved it!

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In February, I had the pleasure of working with Allie at the Joffrey Ballet for a very special career profile in The Everygirl. I'm obsessed with The Everygirl and was thrilled to contribute.

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Later in the winter, Rachel from Life in Bloom invited me over to her new studio for a branding photo shoot. I loved being surrounded by all the beautiful flowers and watching Rachel assemble bouquets. It was a really fun shoot!

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One of my very favorite weddings of the year took place in March at Salvage One. This has got to be one of my favorite venues in all of Chicago. I love the exposed brick, the stained glass windows, and all of the unique details and character the space has to offer. To make the day even better, I had the pleasure to work with Megan from North Shore Weddings & Events and Erin from A Stem Above. Beth and Brandon were amazing and I loved being a part of their day. It was even recently featured over on Ruffled!

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In April, I was living the dream! Amanda and Wences, who I had worked with twice in Chicago, invited me to Southern California to photograph their wedding celebration at Leo Carrillo Ranch. In one word, the wedding was amazing! Not only did it take place on the grounds of a historic ranch, gourmet street tacos were served for dinner. Basically I died and went to heaven with this wedding. ;) Even more exciting – this backyard bbq wedding was printed in San Diego Style Weddings and also featured on Ruffled!

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Starting in June, I made the transition to living on my own for the very first time. It was a little scary at first to see my apartment completely empty, but I've been slowly decorating and filling the space to make it my own. You can catch occasional shots of the space on my Instagram feed.

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On the most beautiful day in June, I photographed Trisha and Greg's North Shore walled garden wedding at the Winnetka Community House. There aren't enough words to describe how much I enjoyed working with this sweet couple and to top it off, the wedding was as pretty as a picture. Added bonus: I got to work with my friends from La Belle Fleur Events.

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Towards the beginning of 2015, I decided to become a Morton Arboretum member. It's a short hike away from Chicago, but I love getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city to hike the trails and wander through the trees. While exploring, I found some great new photo locations that I was able to use for several wedding portraits and engagement sessions. To make it even better, I was able to photograph Ibby and Evan's Morton Arboretum wedding day. This was another favorite celebration from the year. I was also excited to work with Robert Cawthorne Wedding Films throughout the day. The more Morton Arboretum in my life, the better! ;)

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Speaking of the Morton Arboretum, I ran several races here in 2015, plus a few others in Chicago and the Quad Cities. At my last Morton Arboretum race, I ended up placing 18th place in my bracket. I was (and still am) pretty excited about that! I stayed committed to running throughout the summer and spent many mornings along the lakeshore trail taking in the sunshine before starting my work day.

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July was filled with many beautiful weddings, but the highlight of the month was hands down the day that one of my best friends got married! Instead of being "wedding photographer", I was asked to be Maid of Honor, which was truly special. I hardly ever get to be the guest at a wedding, and it was so much fun to sit back, relax and dance the night away. I mean literally - I danced the entire night from start to finish. Also a big shoutout to Joanna B Artistry and Debra Petrielli for making us all look our most beautiful! You ladies worked with so many other of my clients this year I've lost track. Thank you guys!

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In August, I had the pleasure of joining forces with A Stem Above again for a stunning wedding at Salvatore's in Chicago. I'm still dreaming about the glitz and glimmer of Kristina and Will's day. Their day was so beautiful, in fact, that it was recently featured on one of my favorite blogs, Elizabeth Anne Designs.

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During Labor Day weekend, more wedding magic occurred! Allison and Chris' outdoor soiree along the Chicago River was one of the most beautiful weddings of 2015. The floral design by Life in Bloom still has me in awe. Their wedding day was even recently featured on Ruffled! The photo of the wedding party in front of this colorful moose mural was one of my most popular photos of the year.

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In mid-September, I went on a day trip with some of my wedding industry friends, Ashley of La Belle Fleur Events and Rachel of Life in Bloom. We spent the day finding what "Pure Michigan" was all about. ;) We visited wineries, wandered through a Dahlia farm, and ended the adventure at Warren Dunes State Park to catch the sunset. I think it was just what we all needed to recharge our batteries.

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Later in September, I met up with the entire La Belle Fleur Events team to update their branding photos. In case you're starting to notice a trend, I love working with small business owners (especially with my colleagues in the wedding industry) to capture an array of images for their marketing and branding needs. Working with the La Belle Fleur Events team for this shoot was a ton of fun. Thanks ladies!

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During the beginning of October, I had the special opportunity to photograph Catie and Jon's Danada House wedding with my friends from La Belle Fleur Events and Life in Bloom. (Apparently LBFE and Life in Bloom played integral roles in 2015!) It was the first time that the three of us all worked together at the same time and it was a blast! I’ve known Catie since our band-nerd days at Willowbrook High School, so it was extra special to be a part of her day. Although it was chilly and rainy, the wedding was beyond beautiful.

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After meeting Allie on a shoot for the Everygirl, she hired me for her very special wedding day in October. Allie and Andy have a love story that’s meant for the movies and novels. Living almost 4,000 miles apart, they may have never met if Andy hadn’t decided to run the Chicago Marathon last year. Allie, from Chicago, and Andy, from London, instantly sparked when they met that day. They had an incredible first date that ended at the Signature Room of the John Hancock building. A year later, they would become husband and wife. This wedding will always have a special place in my heart.

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During the fall, I had the opportunity to visit my alma mater, Augustana, twice for some fun engagement sessions! There's no campus prettier than Augustana in the fall.

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Fast forward to the holidays: For Christmas, my mom handmade the most adorable ornament ever! Check out this Artistrie Co. love hanging in the tree. :)

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I'll be working on a post or two featuring some of my favorite wedding and engagement photos next. Stay tuned!