Joel & Sarah’s Intimate Chicago Wedding

Joel & Sarah’s Intimate Chicago Wedding.

Joel & Sarah hired me to photograph their intimate Chicago wedding at Ms. Murphy & Son’s Irish Bistro  this past spring. It was a very meaningful and intimate day for them and their close friends and families!

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They chose peacock feathers as part of the decor, which set the tone for the colors of the day.

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Peacock feathers were incorporated into the boutonnieres, and even on Sarah’s ballet slippers!

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After a sweet ceremony on the private upper level of the restaurant, we headed to the beautiful downtown Chicago area. Of course it was cold but they braved it as we shot at Milennium Park, Navy Pier, The Field Museum and Adler Planetarium!

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Thank you once again for choosing me, and I hope you are enjoying your album as well as your new family!

Liesl Diesel

Elegant Evening Wedding Reception

Elegant evening wedding reception.

Adnan and Avni held their elegant evening wedding reception at The Meadows Club after a beautiful morning of ceremonies and rituals.

You can also view their engagement session, their Pithi Ceremony, and their morning portrait and ceremonies!

The two were dressed to impress, coordinated with their gold and purple evening theme!

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Cake, flowers and favors!

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A little toast with a little roast!

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Their romantic first dance!

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And their families and friends dance and celebrate with them all night!

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Congratulations to both of you, and thank you so much for choosing me to be with you for all of these events! I hope you are loving your new home together!

Liesl Diesel

Winter White Wedding Portraits

Winter White Wedding Portraits

Avni and Adnan had a mixed Muslim and Hindu wedding right at the end of winter (on my birthday, actually!), so for the first ceremony, the Nikah, they both wore all white and gold.

It was a March wedding, so a little chilly to go outside! I set up a soft light in the lobby at The Meadows Club to create some bright and elegant portraits for them.

You can also view their engagement session as well as their Pithi Ceremony!

Avni is so sweet, I feel like this very simple portrait shows off how beautiful and precious she is!

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And of course no portrait session is complete without the details that make each bride unique. Avni’s henna tattoos were so beautiful, and the jewelry and shoes she chose really accented her style!

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And of course we cannot forget the groom! Adnan had on an intricately detailed traditional sherwani suit coat. VERY stylin’!

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The couple sat on the stage during the Nikah ceremony.

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Then they added red to their white outfits and had the traditional Hindu ceremony directly after. I like how the priest did the 7 steps ceremony on the stool in front of them, and had them cross their feet over one another!

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After a sweet goodbye to her mother, the couple is on their way! Ready to prepare for a beautiful evening party, which I will be posting very soon!

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Adnan & Avni’s Indian Pithi at The Meadows Club

Indian Pithi Ceremony at the Meadows Club

Avni & Adnan held their Indian Pithi Ceremony at The Meadows Club in Rolling Meadows, IL.

Pithi is very significant as it represents the purification and preparation of the bride and groom for their wedding ceremony, it also gives their close family and friends to express emotions and share thoughts with them.

Avni’s beautiful henna tattoo!

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She is guided toward her seat of honor by her closest friends and family!

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The pithi paste gives them that special glow, especially Adnan, as his twin brother was careful not to miss a spot :)

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After their purification they cleaned up and enjoyed the rest of their evening of performances and dancing!

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Steve & Tea Tighten The Wrench

Moto Themed Wedding

Steve & Tea met doing something they love, racing motorcycles! So of course they had to have a moto themed wedding!

They “tightened the wrench” (tied the knot?) last December, and wanted a shot of the rings with a wrench, which made for some pretty shiny things, and I love pretty shiny things!

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and due to a small snafu with the dress, Tea was literally wrenched into her dress. I’m not sure how this played out at the end of the night . . .

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However, Once she was securely wired into her dress she was quite the model bride!

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Hair by Shear Elegance

Make-up by Butterfly Spa

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Their motorcycle tire cake! Designed and made by Karen Scobbie.

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Steve managed a completely “hands-free” garter removal!

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Thank you to both of you and all your family for hosting me for your fun and crazy wedding day! I am sure we will cross paths again (hopefully on our motorcycles, although yours will most certainly be faster than mine).

<3

Liesl Diesel

Miriam & Larry at Adat Shalom Synagogue

After their portraits in downtown Detroit,

Miriam and Larry held their ceremony at Adat Shalom Synagogue.

They had a beautiful and colorful Ketubah!

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Adat Shalom is a beautiful place to hold a wedding ceremony! They both look so excited walking down the aisle, full of energy.

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Miriam & Larry had gorgeous rose centerpieces at their reception, and they really stood out against all the white. It was very clean and elegant!

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Larry is so sweet and romantic, I love his face during the first dance.

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And I love Miriam’s face during the Hora!

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After some toasts, bread and wine the party got started!

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Love you both, we are definitely due for a date!

<3

Liesl Diesel

Miriam & Larry Detroit Wedding Portraits!

Detroit Wedding Photographer

Last December I got to shoot a destination wedding in Detroit at Adat Shalom Synagogue with an amazingly sweet Chicago couple, Miriam & Larry! You can view their engagement photos here!

You could NEVER guess from these photos that it was December in Detroit, Michigan! The sunset was to die for, and it was in the 60′s!

Miriam’s merengue layer dress from Demitrios was so elegant, and I wanted to show it off with some nice lighting.

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The coral color of the bridesmaids dresses was a perfect compliment to the sunset!

Miriam and Larry strike a pose in front of the Renaissance Center at General Motors Building!

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Beautiful rose bouquets by Breath of Spring Florist

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We also stopped by the Detroit Institute of Arts, and I must reiterate that the weather was UNBELIEVABLE!!!

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There are SO SO many photos I want to share, so I am breaking this wedding into a few blog posts so that the images will load faster in your browser. It will be worth the wait, more to follow soon!

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White Pines State Park Wedding

John & Hannah had their destination state park wedding at the beautiful White Pines Inn. Although the terrain in Illinois is known for being flat, there are some hidden canyons that provide a beautiful, natural back drop for weddings!

Fall is my favorite time of year, especially if I am able to travel somewhere where the trees are changing colors. Nature can be so elegant without any help from people!

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Hannah’s excitement was evident as she prepared in the bridal suite!

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Her Dog’s perspective on life! Hannah also made the flower girl’s dress!

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Hannah is really amazing. Aside from being a beautiful and talented ballerina, she made her own wedding gown, silk covered buttons and all. Anyone who has ever dealt with lace knows this was not an easy task! The lace was fitted perfectly and went so well with her vintage pearl earrings.

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And yes, she really looks like this. Red hair, blue eyes, swan white skin. So pretty!

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I loved shooting their portraits in the forest before their ceremony. It was dusk, and the quiet natural surroundings mirrored their gentle personalities.

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Rings by Green Karat!

This photo is just some rusted paint on an antique truck near the ceremony site. I loved the colors and took some photos that ended up making lovely background images for their wedding album!

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Sunflowers and cala lilies for a pop of color!

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Thank you both so much for choosing me to photograph your wedding!

<3

Liesl Diesel

Romantic Destination Wedding for Becky & Dustin

Becky & Dustin planned a romantic destination wedding in Myrtle Beach, SC! I am always honored to be flown in for destination weddings all over the globe, and I love that Becky & Dustin chose me for their wedding as they are not local to the Myrtle Beach area either.

Cynthia Swanson of Myrtle Beach Weddings, Etc referred them to me and she did an excellent job coordinating this beach destination wedding for them!

Their ceremony was at the Hilton and their reception was at Thoroughbred’s Restaurant.

Flowers by Flowers on Broadway

Music, sound and lighting by Scott Shaw Productions

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The Hilton in Myrtle Beach has a gorgeous grass lawn so your guests don’t have to get their toes sandy! Nature’s decor of palm trees sets a perfect beach scene.

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I love it when couples smile and laugh uncontrollably!

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Orchids and roses made such a beautiful and natural looking bouquet for Becky.

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I was very impressed with the staff and service at Thoroughbred’s, I highly recommend this venue.

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Becky & Dustin chose golf balls and Tees for party favors! “Fore better, Fore Worse!”

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Thank you both so much for choosing me, I am so happy for you and your new life together!

<3

Liesl Diesel

Devil’s Lake State Park Wedding

Chris & Christiana hired me to come to Devil’s Lake State Park to photograph their gorgeous fall outdoor destination wedding ceremony and picnic reception! Devil’s Lake State Park, WI is a beautiful destination that was very meaningful to them.

Venue – Devil’s Lake State Park

Wedding Gown – Wolsfelts

Table/Linens – Baraboo Tents

Catering/Pig Roast – Exceptional Catering

I started at this quaint rustic cabin with Christiana.

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These two were so laid back and easy going, we were able to hike around the park to some beautiful spots! I started with them by these fallen boulders because The shade makes PERFECT portrait light and I loved the texture of the rock, moss and ferns.

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Fall is one of my favorite times of year, and you can see why below. Sweet gentle light, perfect weather, and colorful trees! I wasn’t the only one admiring Chris and Christiana, hikers had a hard time keeping their eyes off of them!

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And of course no state park destination wedding is complete without hiking to the top of a cliff for a nice overlook right? SO we hiked up the mountain, YES he did this in a full suit and YES she did this in her wedding gown! And yes, I did it with two camera bodies, 3 lenses and 2 flashes but at least I had proper clothing and shoes for it! The walk was well worth it. The overlook at Devil’s Lake state park is absolutely stunning, and even more so in Autumn.

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The scene for their ceremony could not have been more perfect. They were married right on the shore of Devil’s Lake!

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 Vows by the water!

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Picnic and pig roast!

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And my last series of the day, candid silhouette of Chris in his cowboy hat against the fall mountain background. Love it!

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Congratulations Chris & Christiana, I hope you are enjoying your album!

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Liesl Diesel