We’re so incredibly pumped for Samantha + Leo who had their wedding featured in the Spring/Summer edition of Modern Luxury Brides Chicago! This amazing couple had their big day in sunny Palm Springs at The Breakers hotel and we were over the moon excited to be along for the ride. If you are looking for some serious destination wedding inspiration make sure to take a peek HERE at all of the beautiful details that made up Samantha + Leo’s dream wedding!

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Ceremony: St.Ann Catholic Church | Reception, Caterer, and Florist: The Breakers | Planner: Engaging Events by Ali | Event Design: Erin McDonald | Band: Ron Bedal Orchestra | Hair & Makeup: OMG Artistry | Videographer: Poetic Productions | Invitations: Clementine Ink + Paper

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Our paths first crossed at the amazing wedding of Julia + Phil and when Abby + Matt approached us about photographing their September wedding we were almost beside ourselves with joy. Their impeccable sense of style might be the first thing you notice, but it’s their hysterical sense of humor and genuine love for each other that will keep you coming back for more. The more they described their vision for their City Winery wedding the more we couldn’t help but get excited right alongside them. This unique venue is relatively new Chicago’s West Loop, however, with it’s chic urban interior and stunning outdoor patio area (perfect for al fresco cocktail + hors d’oeuvres) we think that it’s a match made in heaven for this soon to be bride + groom. Their engagement session took place on a perfect early Summer afternoon. As we made our way from the historic streets of Lincoln Park to the Lakefront we had a chance to speak more about their cute first date at iO and their epic honeymoon plans (more on that in a future post!). Spending time with our clients before their big day is one of our favorite things to do and that couldn’t hold more true than this perfect afternoon with Abby and Matt. It’s safe to say that we can hardly wait for their September wedding!

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Incorporating significant neighborhood locations, date night spots, and even furry family members is always something we’re going to suggest when planning your engagement portrait session. Lucky for us, Keri + John had already come to us with a few ideas so plotting out the perfect path from Chicago’s Loop to the Thompson Hotel was such a fun task for us! While Keri + John are getting ready to move into some new digs downtown before they tie the knot, the Loop will always hold a special place in their heart as their first place together. There adorable pup, Louis, took a brief stroll with us along the riverfront before we made our way to the infamous Board of Trade. Last, but certainly not least, was our final stop at Thompson Hotel. Keri and John not only had their first date here, but got engaged here as well. AND we’ll be photographing their wedding at this very same location in just a few short months. We like to think that good things come in threes and this totally proves our point!

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When we first started on the journey of offering mini-sessions as a way to incorporate more of the families we love and their super busy lifestyles we couldn’t have imagined just how wonderful it would be. Bonnie, her husband Joe, and their sweet son Rex were quick to welcome us into their beautiful home and we’re incredibly grateful for the experience! Our mini portrait sessions last 20-30 minutes and are filled with smiles, hugs, and a brief glimpse into the little in-between moments of family life. And sometimes it also involves bubbles. So there’s that. If you or anyone else you know has an on the go family that has always wanted a portrait session, but didn’t think they had the time please make sure to give us a shout at contact@averyhouse.net. If only every one of our weekend afternoons were filled with mini-sessions like this one. Les sigh  🙂

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Our amazing friends at 5 Rabbit Brewery recently designed and created what we think is hands down one of the most beautiful beer tasting rooms we’ve ever seen. True story. Custom stenciled artwork and a La Guadalupana mural adorning the walls, handmade furniture and fixtures for an industrial yet cozy and warm atmosphere, and countless other details make it all so perfectly unique. When they invited us out to their taproom this past weekend we couldn’t pass up the chance to shoot some video and capture the rabbit hole filled with so many of our friends’ smiling faces and happy hearts. We have to admit that the new Ironica IPA is our new favorite beer! So the next time you’re looking for a relaxing way to spend a weekend afternoon, grab your friends and head down to the 5 Rabbit Cervezeria in Bedford Park for a brewery tour and tasting. You won’t regret it!

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