Neha and Ryan Engagement Session
Our day with Neha and Ryan was a lot of fun! The two of them make a great couple, and really easy to work with. Neha and Ryan, who had met at the University of Chicago, had been great friends for a while before they started dating. December 31, 2012, Neha and Ryan attended the same New Years Eve party. As the clock struck midnight, the couple shared a NYE kiss, which lead to the beginning of their relationship. For a little while, they secretly dated. Neha said, "it was kind of Grey's Anatomy scandalous". However, that didn't last long, considering they were awful at keeping it a secret. Around the following Thanksgiving, Ryan proposed over a candlelit dinner set up at her apartment- roses and champaign included! Afterwards, he surprised Neha by bringing her to the Hancock Tower, where members of their families awaited to help them celebrate their engagement.
We asked the Neha for any advice she might have for brides planning their weddings. She said, "My advice for future couples is to enjoy the process of wedding planning. The actually wedding day happens so quickly, but the planning takes months. It's important to enjoy every moment and use it as a bonding experience with your fiancé and family. My dad always tells me this whenever I stress out and it's great advice. It has been a bonding experience for not only Ryan and me but for us to bond with each other's families. Watching Ryan's family embrace my Indian culture has been so sweet and special! Ryan always says that the details of the wedding day don't matter - what's important is that we have a loving relationship and a good life together!"
With the weather being a little chilly out, we moved to an indoor location for the wedding session where we could still incorporate the sunlight into the photos still. We loved working at Salvage One! It's a beautiful place to take pictures. There are so many different options for scenes, it's almost overwhelming. Our suggestion for photographers and couples is to plan ahead, especially because couples are paying per hour. If photographers can scout the venue before the actual photo session, take some pictures of possibilities, that helps a lot. Also, if there will be any wardrobe changes, having those planned in advance helps with the flow of the session.
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Musical Wedding with Melanie and Lyndon
Melanie and Lyndon’s special day was beautiful. The weather was perfect, and music filled the air... literally! As extreme music lovers, music was intertwined into almost every aspect of their wedding. Amongst the busy wedding preparations, Melanie started off the day spending a few precious moments playing the piano with her father. Music flowed through out the rest of the day from orchestras, live music bands, decorations, and even the speeches. As the Matron of honor said, “I’m so excited for their future together, and I’m so happy that my best friend has finally found the perfect accompanist. May the symphony of your life always be full of high notes.”
Everyone was so excited for both bride and groom, from the oldest guest to the young ring bearers and flower girls. The youngest flower girl made it just in time for the wedding- born only seven days before! No one wanted to miss any part of the ceremony, including Melanie. We caught the bride sneaking a peek as her bridesmaids left to walk down the isle. The ceremony was a mixture of being traditional, as well as including Filipino customs. Some rituals include the passing of the wedding coin purse, symbolizing the couples financial welfare. Another was a veil and cord, which represents the couple’s bond as two become one. Everyone participated in a special communion. The couple left the church as guest blew bubbles around them.
The reception took place at the Bolingbrook Golf Club in Bolingbrook. The decorations, done by Yanny Designs, were beyond amazing. Candle lit tables, beautiful center pieces, and fancy chairs for the bride and groom. The Bolingbrook Golf Club did something very neat by sending in a train of their smiling, friendly waiting staff to serve the bridal party their champaign. During the reception, Melanie prepared a special gift as a surprise for the groom. She played the piano, while the band sang a modified version of “Come Fly With Me” to fit their planned honeymoon to France. The happy couple left with music still buzzing through their heads, and love filling their joyful hearts.
To see a film of Melanie and Lyndon's musical wedding day, check out our link!
Kaylin Krashesky and John Risvold
Kaylin and John met during their years studying at the University of Missouri. Even though John knew at first meeting she was the 'One', it was years later they began dating. Then, one Thanksgiving day, John asked the life-changing question, to which Kaylin replied yes!
Kaylin Krashesky is also the daughter of Chicago's own WSL Channel 7 anchor man, Alan Krashesky. At the first look of the bride, Alen, choked up by tears,tells Kaylin that, "There are a few moments in life that make it impossible to speak... And you're one of them".
Their wedding was held at the beautiful Chicago Cultural Center. The couple's adventurous and fun-loving spirit was evident throughout the day. Weddings provide fun opportunities for a special reunions. In college, the bride and groom were involved in a fraternity and sorority. Members of these groups were once again connected after years of separation. During the reception, the bride and sisters from the sorority shared a memorable time lighting a candle and singing a song in respect for the organization through which they came to be friends. These pictures capture moments of love, laughter, and precious memories for bride and groom.
To see more pictures of John and Kaylin, check out our link!