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Kamile & Adam’s Lemont, IL Wedding – Featured on Style Me Pretty!

So excited to announce that the very first wedding video I’ve EVER shot was featured on Style Me Pretty Illinois! As many of my friends and fans know, I began delving into video last year. While I still love photography and a majority of my work is still wedding and portrait clients, doing video has opened up a really exciting avenue of creativity for me because I love visual & emotional storytelling! When my good friend Ashley at Ashley Biess Photography mentioned she had some clients that would like to have video, I jumped at the chance to put my skills to the test.

Kamile & Adam’s nuptials took place at the beautiful Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Chicago, and the reception took place at the Lithuanian World Center, with a stop at Morton Arboretum for photos in-between. It was such a beautiful day, with a lush palette of purple blooms and mossy greens. A big thanks to La Belle Fleur Events for flawless coordination, and most of all, thanks to Kamile and Adam for such a fun time! I absolutely loved capturing your happiness.

Kamile & Adam’s Wedding from Hannah Goering on Vimeo.

To inquire about video services for your wedding, please contact me here!



Bold Colors & Rich Traditions – Wedding at the Renaissance Indianapolis North

Rich traditions, strong family ties, and bold yet elegant colors characterized this beautiful Pakistani wedding at the Renaissance Indianapolis North Hotel this July! Out of respect for religious beliefs, I am not posting more of these photos online. Please contact me to inquire for your wedding day!

 

 

 



Melissa & Brian’s Goose Island / Near West Side Chicago Wedding

This April I was blessed with the opportunity to photograph my dear friend Lindy’s wedding – you can see photos I took at Brian’s proposal here and the couple’s engagement portraits here.  With the proposal happening shortly after New Year’s and the wedding mid-April, there wasn’t much time to plan… Lindy and I met up a few times for coffee/sushi during that time and every time I asked her about the details, she seemed so nonchalant like there was nothing to really worry about.  (I was secretly thinking, “Lady, you’re crazy, and why aren’t you freaking out?!?”) Let me just say that I was totally blown away on the wedding day, Lindy did such a phenomenal job with all the details – it was truly one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever seen – so simple yet elegant, so classy with a touch of whimsy, so Lindy. :-)

Lindy & Brian’s condo is on the Near West side, and the nearby Kitchen Chicago, with it’s rustic/urban loft feel was the perfect venue for their ceremony and reception.  The details were full of the fresh summery color scheme, with soft blues & pinks accented with yellow and orange:

Being a wedding photographer herself, Lindy understands the value of doing portraits before the ceremony and the hustle and bustle of the day begin – she and Brian met up a few hours before the nuptials so we had plenty of time to get what she wanted.  Their first meeting:

We first went to the ‘top secret’ location with a fantastic view of the skyline from the Metra tracks for a few photos.

Then we went to the Goose Island area for a pop of industrial color:

When ceremony time came around, the sun lit up the venue’s loft like a spotlight on Lindy’s grand entrance.  She came in Bruno Mars’ song, “Just the Way You Are” – and I don’t think I’ll ever hear that song without picturing her lit up at the top of that balcony.  So stunning.

After the ceremony, cocktails started, and Lindy & Brian shared a quiet moment in the stairwell away from all of their guests.

And it was party time!

Brian has a full storm trooper suit (he does charity events with the troop around the city), so there were several Star Wars items floating around the reception. :-)

A whole bunch of us from the office were at the wedding, so I handed the camera off to my husband for a group shot at the end of the night.

Such an unforgettable night!  Lindy and Brian, you guys are amazing and I’m so glad you thought of me to capture your wedding! I still get teary looking through your photos, I’m so happy for you both!

[This wedding was photographed in conjunction with Gokhan Cukurova for George Street Photo & Video.]



Courtney & Ryan’s Wedding – Chicago, IL

I shoot all over the Chicagoland area (and beyond that from time to time) and I’ve seen a lot of fantastic venues and locations.  However, there is just something I love about a city wedding.  Probably due to the fact that I’m still for some reason head-over-heels with the hustle & bustle of Chicago – city weddings often have that heightened level of excitement.  Courtney & Ryan’s wedding was one of my favorite city weddings last year, and I’ve gone far too long without sharing:

The ceremony was held at Holy Name Cathedral, with grandeur never to disappoint. :-)

I love the cool fresh palette in Courtney’s bouquet – just the perfect mix of texture and color.

With the reception taking place at Cafe Brauer, it made sense to do portraits right there in Lincoln Park before heading to the party.

And finally, I sneaked away during dancing to catch the last bit of sunset over the pond.  Breathtaking, isn’t it?



Stephanie & Justin’s Summer Wedding – Aurora, IL

I’ve got several (quite a ton actually) weddings that I never posted here on my blog that I’d like to share with my followers – so I’ll be posting from time to time here with some of the “oldies but goodies.”  First up, Stephanie & Justin’s summer wedding in Aurora, Illinois.

The ceremony was held in the beautiful Annunciation Church.

It was about 95 degrees outside, but we sweat it out and went to the Japanese Garden in the Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva, IL, for some portraits.

I <3 bokeh!

The reception was held at Piper’s Banquets:

It was an awesome party.  So much fun. :-)



Diane & Edwin’s Wedding – Meyer’s Castle, Dyer, Indiana

I’ll let the images speak for themselves on this one – Diane & Edwin were married at the beautiful Meyer’s Castle estate in Dyer, Indiana, on seriously the most beautiful day!

[This wedding was photographed for George Street Photo & Video.]



Stacey & Mike – An Elegant Modern Wedding in Chicago, Illinois

I met Stacey & Mike back in the fall to shoot their engagement session, and we hit it off right away.  With such a fun couple and the beautiful city as the background for their wedding celebration, I knew their wedding would be fantastic.  And let me tell you, it did not disappoint!

With great anticipation, Stacey and her bridesmaids got ready in her highrise condo in River North, with a stunning view of the skyline just outside the window.

Love love love love the vintage style of Stacey’s dress!

I just adore this creamy-dreamy color palette.

 

The ceremony was held just walking distance away at Assumption Church.

The couple’s handwritten vows had me (and Stacey of course!) on the verge of tears.

After the ceremony we made a few stops around the museum campus for some photos.  The weather threatened to force us inside, but once we stopped to get some photos by Buckingham Fountain, the skies began to clear and we were golden!

Last stop was Kinzie Street bridge.  A great spot if you want Chicago architecture without the busy-ness of tourist downtown.

Last, but certainly not least, we headed to the stunning reception at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza.  One of my favorite venues downtown, really, with large windows overlooking the Chicago River, and beautifully clean, modern lines.

Stacey’s brother and sister-in-law sang “Unforgettable” as the couple shared their first dance.

Stacey and Mike, you two are the best.  Your wedding was truly unforgettable!  If you could hear how much I gushed about your wedding to my co-workers afterward you’d probably think I’m a weirdo. :-)

[This wedding was photographed for George Street Photo & Video.]

 



Jessica & Peter’s Wedding in Chicago, Illinois

Jessica and Peter’s wedding this past March could be summarized up in three words: stylish, modern, and fun.  The day started & ended at the Renaissance Hotel in Schaumburg, with a Chicago ceremony at St. Sylvester Parish in Humboldt Park.

 

There was truly an air of excitement as Jessica pulled up for the ceremony.

The happily married couple!  Next we made a quick stop (it was freezing outside) to Humboldt Park for a few photos before heading back to the Renaissance.

Jessica and Peter’s reception was decorated with bold black & white with a wash of purple floral arrangements and lighting.

Towards the end of the night, Jessica and Peter asked me if we could do some more photos of the two of them around the magnificent hotel lobby.  I love it when couples do that!

What a great day!  Jessica and Peter, I wish you the best.  Thanks for including me in such a fab celebration!

[This wedding was photographed for George Street Photo & Video.]



Adam & Amanda’s Wedding – St. Pete’s Beach, Florida

What better reason to blog than to post the photos from my big brother’s wedding?  Adam called me about 2 weeks before the big day to ask what I was doing on St. Patty’s Day – I told him I had no big plans, and he told me he was getting married and wanted to fly us down to Florida for it.   Woah!   Being the only one in the family that pried information from Adam prior, I knew wedding bells were gonna ring sometime this year, but it was a big surprise to come so soon.  Not that I’m complaining about a spur-of-the-moment getaway to Florida!  And away we go…

The ceremony was held out on the 2nd floor balcony at the Postcard Inn at St. Pete’s beach.  A very very cool retro-modern hotel.

After the ceremony we had a delicious meal at Cafe Alma – it was a very intimate affair.

Here’s the whole group!  (That’s me in the lower-right corner!)  Thanks to the waitor at Cafe Alma for snapping these photos for us!   Since it was somewhat sunny out, we went to the point where Adam & Amanda had originally planned to have their ceremony to do some photos.  Here’s the wedding party:

Everyone was exhausted after a while, so we headed back to the motel to relax.  Later that evening, Josiah and I had dinner with the bridal party before they went out for St. Patty’s, and I subtly begged my brother to let me do a day-after photo shoot with the two of them.  After lots of poking and prodding he agreed – he and Amanda had to leave the motel early the next day to head back to Alabama, where Adam is stationed for flight school.  So the next morning, we met for breakfast and photo time.  Here are just a couple shots from the lobby of the Postcard Inn:

We went out to the PCI beach bar for a little local flavor:

One of my favorite shots of the day^

And finally, the beach!  The sand in St. Petersburg is so beautifully white, and I had the pleasure of working with a very in-love couple who barely needed any posing for photos.

I’m so happy for my brother & his beautiful wife, and am so honored to have taken their photos!  Miss you guys!



Heather & Brian – Winter Wedding in Long Grove, Illinois

I don’t get to be part of many winter weddings in these parts… generally I can’t blame people, since the midwest is notorious for having an unpredictable [depressing] winter season.  I’ll admit I had my reservations when asked to shoot a wedding two days after Christmas.  But boy, oh boy, this wedding was one of my favorites EVER.  Heather & Brian’s wedding day started out with grey skies and slushy snowy storms, but the day unfolded into a beautiful winter afternoon, followed by an intimate affair filled with the love & joy of close family and friends.

The girls got ready at the Asha SalonSpa in Schaumburg, Illinois.  Ladies, if you want to feel zen on your wedding day and smell deliciously herbal from morn’ til’ night, you should get ready at an Aveda salon!  I was a bit jealous that I had to take pictures and couldn’t get my hair done. ;-)

Heather’s bouquet was perfectly wintry with white poppies, roses, and deep purple calla lilies.  Final preparations took place at Long Grove Community Church, where the ceremony was also held.  I had never been to this church before, and I was taken back by how quaint and beautiful it is.  The sanctuary was built in 1848 and is so well kept, and their decor for the holidays was simplistic and beautiful.

I adore this kiss.  So much love!

Heather and Brian are two of the sweetest people I’ve ever met – it is such a pleasure to photograph genuinely happy people.

The reception was held at Peggy Kinnane’s Irish Pub – I had the largest and most delicious slab of pork I think I’ve ever tasted.

I am so blessed to have the job that I have, it is such a joy to be part of celebrations like these.  Hey, winter weddings aren’t so bad after all!  Heather & Brian, I wish you two all the best and look forward to meeting up in the future!

[This wedding was photographed for George Street Photo & Video.]