While we wouldn’t say that our wedding season is dying down quite yet, we’ll definitely admit that we are starting to look back at the amazing year that 2014 has been. And with that being said, the single most rewarding part of our job is delivering a beautiful heirloom quality wedding album to our client. I think what we love most about the album process is that a single album envelopes all of our hard work and passion for photography into one perfectly bound book. Ha, that’s kind of a lot of pressure, but we assure you, we enjoy it. To get a better understanding of how it all goes down we’ve put together a series of events for you to make it less mysterious and more, um, romantic (?)…

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While you are lounging poolside (you deserve it!) on your honeymoon we’re already well on our way with the editing process of your wedding images. Throughout the editing of your images, we’re slowly curating a collection of our personal favorites that will later be sent over to our album designer. Shortly after you’ve received all of your wedding images from us (yay!) we send over the first design of your album so that we can collaborate with you on a few image swaps and design tweaks. It is, after all, your wedding album and we want you to love everything about it.

Once we get the green light from you about the inside of your album you then get to choose how you’d prefer to customize the look and feel of your wedding album from the outside. We’re lucky enough to work with an amazing company that has tons of beautiful + lush fabrics in addition to foils, fonts, and cover photo options. Just as unique as each couple we photograph are the options you have available.

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Once your album is sent off to print it takes a few weeks for our album company to meticulously hand craft and put all of the final touches on your album. We know, we know it’s so hard to wait! But the end result is always a gorgeous album and a beautiful showcase for your wedding day. The sustainably farmed, wooden box you will receive your album in, created just for our Averyhouse clients, will protect your album from damage and dust. We also hope it will serve as a reminder as to the care, love, and respect that we intertwine with each and every Averyhouse wedding album. Included with your wedding album will be a USB drive of all of your high resolution images. Sometimes you pick your album up, in which case hugs ensue, or we’re happy to ship it off to your new home as husband and wife. Either way, you’ll be missed.

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We love when we come across a venue that takes us off guard. Upon our first meeting with Nicole and Steven who gushed about their chosen venue, City Winery, we couldn’t have been more excited to shoot at one of Chicago’s newest event spaces. What we found after arriving that first time… Well, it was awesome. After splitting some time in the morning between their cute Wicker Park home and The Thompson Hotel we took a brief pause and let their scene stealing pups (with custom bow ties of course!) in on the fun. The sun was shining, Nicole + Steven were glowing, and then there it was-this stunning outdoor venue space aka City Winery! With it’s lush grape vines and creeping ivy we couldn’t help but swoon. It wasn’t too long before we were led indoors where Nicole’s chosen colors of ruby, amethyst, and emerald played perfectly with the wine theme. And if you really want to show your guests a good time think outside the box of a traditional DJ or band. Nicole + Steven chose the Talking Heads tribute band, This Must Be The Band, for their reception. If a packed dance floor was what they were looking for then they definitely got it (complete with tuxedo t-shirts). Ohhh what a night.

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Ceremony/Reception: City Winery | Event Design: Art of Imagination | Florist: Pistil & Vine | Cake: Amy Beck | Band: This Must Be The Band

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Recognize the place below? You may have been to Jake Melnick’s a few times before, or maybe even just strolled past it’s downtown location, but to Juliann and Corey it holds a certain significance. These two met for the very first time there through mutual friends and that’s how we all ended up on this blog post together! We love to be able to incorporate a place/restaurant/location into our client’s engagement portrait sessions-even if it’s close to your heart but not necessarily close to your home (Juliann and Corey currently live out of state). We stopped briefly for a quick cocktail at Jake Melnick’s to relive the good times before taking a stroll along Chicago’s beautiful Riverwalk area. While their warm and relaxed personalities definitely shined through on our shoot, we think the funniest story we heard from them was that Juliann and Corey couldn’t stand the anticipation of their first date. Instead of waiting on the romantic dinner Corey had planned they ended with a quick burger trip instead. I guess when you know you know! The rest, as they say, is history.

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Spending time with our clients before their big day is always such a cool experience for us. Witnessing the little quirks and hearing the fun stories leading up to your engagement definitely helps us to connect before the wedding. Having gotten to know Christina and Matthew during their winter engagement sessionwe couldn’t have been more excited for their September wedding to finally come around. Not only were we greeted by a very smiley Christina, but by the most adorable banner that hung from a fireplace mantle at the Public Hotel where she got ready with her girls. And, as we would later discover, her bridesmaids emerald dresses suited the reception perfectly when paired with nature inspired greens. Some of the sweetest moments that guests don’t get to see are the ones between a bride and her dad. We particularly love this image of Christina and her dad as he straightens her veil before seeing Matthew for the first time that day. Finding a special token of love + appreciation for your guests to leave the wedding with can be a daunting task. Our suggestion? Keep it simple like Christina and Matthew did with a small burlap pouch at each table that contains some of your favorite treats or savory snacks. Each pouch was cutely adorned with the phrase “Love is Sweet” and truth be told, we couldn’t agree more.

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Coordinator: Liven It Up Events | Catering: Limelight | Florist: Davenport Design | Cake Artist: Bittersweet | Cinematographer: Turning Point Productions | Photo Booth: Smilebooth

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Building a home together as a couple is always such a fun and exciting task. When Lauren and Nick decided to take the plunge and move from their stomping grounds of the past few years, Wicker Park, to Oak Park it was definitely a huge milestone for them. Not only were they moving neighborhoods, but they were leaving the apartment that they first brought their adorable puppy, Olive, home to. As photographers we love a change of scenery too! Traipsing around the cobblestone streets of Oak Park with this couple was a great reprieve from the norm and new locations always keep our creative juices flowing. We love our Chicago neighborhoods just as much as everyone else, but if it means that Olive gets a yard and these two get a new adventure as homeowners, we’re totally enrolled.

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