Weddings

AFD Real Weddings | Kim & Michael - Shedd Aquarium, Chicago IL

In the Summer of 2016, a small crew and I packed up 3 vehicles to the brim with white and lavender blooms, and headed into the city for the Shedd Aquarium, from our humble home-based studio in Lombard, for Kim & Michael's wedding. Their ceremony was like none I had ever witnessed, complete with a dolphin show! Pair that with the cocktail hour skyline view, and a private reception in the great hall, this was truly a unique event from start to finish. 

 Photo by Tim Tab Studios

Photo by Tim Tab Studios

 Photo By: Tim Tab Studios

Photo By: Tim Tab Studios

For her palette, Kim and I designed a blend of lush, full, blooms in whites and lavenders. We settled on white peonies, fresh cut lavender, light purple scabiosa, gorgeous mid-purple spray roses, 'cool water' roses, white hydrangeas, Italian ruscus, and accents of grey dusty miller. 

 Photo by Tim Tab Studios

Photo by Tim Tab Studios

It's hard to pick a favorite part of their wedding, as the reception was centered around a caribbean reef fish tank. It's not wonder the details of the day were picked up by Artfully Wed, you can see the publication here

It was a pleasure to work with such an easy-going couple, and amazing vendors. It is definitely one of those weddings that will remain in our Hall of Fame for years to come!


 

Full list of vendors below:

Florist: Allium Floral Designs, Lombard IL

Photographer: Tim Tab Studios

Event Planner: Anticipation Events

Ceremony & Reception: Shedd Aquarium

 

"EVERY moment is a fresh beginning"

T.S. Eliot said that once, according to a quick google search I just did for "new beginning quotes" I'm working on my transparency in 2018.... can ya tell? I have to say though, with the turn of another year, I am hyper aware of birth of new beginnings.

2017 on a personal level brought so many, heart-stretching, beautiful things: the birth of my second niece, Addison Grace, the birth of my nephew, Wyatt Daniel, and a proposal to spend the rest of my life with my best friend, Sam. (I said yes, btw.) The balance of work-life-business has been a challenge, but after another successful season, I feel excited to move into a new year, with a refreshed approach to life and love. 

 Miss Addison Grace - July 2017

Miss Addison Grace - July 2017

 Mr. Wyatt Daniel - November 2017

Mr. Wyatt Daniel - November 2017

[ I am all about the first photo with any teeny human being a selfie -- just us, in the first moments of meeting - I have one with my first niece, Emma, that I absolutely cherish]


Becoming a bride-to-be has altered the way I approach my consultations. Viewing my industry and business from a potential client's perspective is truly eye-opening. I never grow tired of hearing how people fall in love or why they have chosen to spend the rest of their lives together. I love watching my couples families grow and change, from fur babies, to teeny humans, to new houses, or new states -- it makes my heart so full to see people in love. 

Even with the turn of a new year, I still have my favorite things close at hand, Sam (MY FIANCEE, how weird is that!?), our two fur-weirdos, Tony and Friday, and a hot coffee or tea. I've picked up a new hobby, a monthly book club, and refined my approach to project lists. In short, the year ahead should be an exciting one, full of change and time spent together! 

How are you spending the first few weeks of 2018? What are your plans and goals for the new year? Sending you all of my love and support from afar while you guys reach your dreams! 

-- K