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Engagement photos: how to do them right!

Last week we shared some fantastic tips on how to propose.  Today we have some great tips from Husar Photography on engagement photos.  

Engagement photos are really important. This is not just because you need cute photos to put on your save-the-date cards or your custom guest book (although that is a fun byproduct). This is an important step because it allows you to get comfortable in front of the camera and get to know your wedding photographer.  I promise, you do not want your wedding day to be the first time you have a photographer capturing your every move. Other than your wedding planner, your photographer is the vendor you will be spending the most time with on your wedding day. Being comfortable around them and making sure they know your personalities and how you interact as a couple, is absolutely imperative. 

We were so enamored with our clients, Caitlin and Melissa’s, engagement photos that we simply had to share them with you. We also asked Chad to share his tips on making the most of your engagement shoot.  

Lesbian engagement photo's Chicago

Let’s talk engagement photos! When choosing locations for your engagement photos we encourage you to select spots that are truly special or meaningful to you. If you don’t have any specific spots in mind give your photographer some general guidance about things you like to do as a couple, favorite places to visit, restaurant’s you enjoy etc… Let your photographer know what you love about Chicago (or whatever city you are doing the shoot in). Is it the neighborhood you live in? Being downtown? The grittiness of the city? The skyline, or maybe the parks? Allow your photographer to be your expert guide; they know all of the hidden gems in the area and can take you to places you never even knew existed.

Lesbian engagement photo's Chicago

When preparing for your engagement photo shoot we suggest you take the opportunity to buy new clothes. New clothes. Putting on a new outfit makes you feel awesome. A little pop of color looks really nice in photos. Try to coordinate with your partner – but don’t match!

We shoot full-length shots, so your shoes matter. There are a lot of things you can put on your feet that aren’t flattering. Flip flops are the most comfortable thing in the world, and I actually recommend you bring them because we’ll be doing a lot of walking during your shoot. But don’t wear them in the photos. Bring a few pairs of shoes. The newer, cooler and fancier they are, the better.

Lesbian engagement photo's Chicago

A lot of people get really nervous because they think they have to be something they’re not. They see other engagement photos and think, “I have to be like that, but I’m not like that.” We hear you and rest assured, you don’t need to worry about it. You don’t have to practice weird poses in the mirror before your shoot, because a photographer’s job isn’t just to take photos: it is to put you at ease and guide you in the moment, get you in the right spot, and in the most flattering light. Besides, it’s just you and the person you love the most having a good time together. There just so happens to be a photographer there to capture it. This will make you a lot more comfortable on your wedding day and will ensure we get the best photographs possible.

Remember, you’re getting married because you’re in love. Just be yourselves and have a great time – that is your job. I’m going to make you both look adorable – that’s my job!

Lesbian engagement photo's Chicago

 

Chad Husar

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Over the past decade, Husar Photography founder Chad Husar has photographed more than 300 weddings following a simple philosophy: the pictures should capture not just how the wedding looked, but how it felt. The result is thoughtful, artful and imaginative photography that reflects the candid personalities of his clients

Chad knew in high school that he wanted to be a photographer and began his career working on editorial and fashion shoots. After working in such diverse cities as L.A. and Milwaukee, in 2004 Chad rooted himself in his favorite city of all, Chicago!  He especially fell in love with wedding photography, because it allowed him to build relationships with real people and help tell the stories of their most special moments.

 

Julie + Laura: super epic funtimes wedding (to quote the brides)

Happy Brides

Sometimes couples walk in the door that we just know are meant for us.  That was the case when we first met Julie and Laura.  These brides had a flair for the creative. We knew the moment Laura insisted we hold all meetings in a bar that their fun and very big personalities would make the wedding planning process full of laughter and such a complete delight.  We were not disappointed. Even their first glance was full of fun and laughter.

First Glance

First Glance

First Glance

We not only had the opportunity to work closely with the brides but also their amazing families.  This wedding was truly a family affair.  Getting to know entire families and feeling like we were welcomed into the fold is one aspect of our jobs that is so unique and truly adds to the enjoyment of the process on our end. We also loved the “Party People” which is what the brides affectionately called their wedding party. We even had a Ring Bear (ala How I Met Your Mother, but this little guy was adorable and refused to wear the entire bear costume).

Wedding party fun!

Wedding Party Fun

Ring "Bear"

Invitations set the precedent for all things awesome.  In this case Courtney Callahan Designs created the perfect invitation set to capture the look and feel for the event but also truly managed to embody the spirit of the brides. The event was also peppered with fantastic signage throughout, including “thoughts to consider” on each table.

Custom Wedding Invitation Suite

Custom Wedding Invitations

Welcome to the party!

Custom Table Assignment Display

Menu Cards

Wedding Program

Speciality Cocktails

The perfect location for the big day was Ignite Glass Studios.  This little gem of a venue is nestled in the heart of the city and has a gorgeous roof top deck, perfect for a ceremony with a view of the city.  The cocktail hour was held in their courtyard which is a little bit like a secret garden.  Inside we decided to leave the garage door up, revealing the glass blowing studio beyond the band. We also added some really cool lighting from Chicago Lighting Design behind the band and cafe lights strung throughout the room.

Ignite Glass Studios

Outdoor Ceremony

Back down the aisle

Just Married!

Because the brides wanted to really warm up the otherwise very urban space, we used wooden farm tables and French industrial chairs (from Tablescapes), chevron table runners (from BBJ Linen) and warm floral. One of the biggest challenges we had during planning was Laura’s severe allergies.  We worked with the ever talented Kelly from Fleur to create the most stunning centerpieces that would really represent their style but not cause Laura to be miserable.  What Kelly created was perfectly breathtaking.

Brides sweetheart tableCenterpiecesIgnite Glass Studios evening view from courtyardTable DisplayIgnite reception at night

Dining Brides

When a super foodie couple walks in the doors it is always fun to work with a speciality catering company.  In this case, Boutique Bites really pulled out all of the stops. The attention to detail is outstanding, the food is unbelievably delicious, the bespoke cocktails were insane (the “Sofa King Good Whiskey Cocktail” and “Hakuna Some Vodka”), and the s’mores station was a massive hit.

s'mores station

S'more!

Speciality Cocktails

Everyone danced the night away to the sounds of Matt Lewis and The Union.  We knew this was a special bond when the brides first met Matt before a gig at The Green Mill while he was dressed as Doc from Back to The Future for a Halloween event. Matt was instructed to have the band dress in their most fun attire and bring their sense of humor.

View from behind the band

Dancing!

Brides dancing

Glow sticks, wine from a family winery and candles handmade by Julie capped off the night.

Glowing Bride

Glow Sticks

Family winery

Handmade candles

A giant thank you to Steve Koo Photography for making magic happen with his camera. Steve’s photographs show the extreme joy, happiness, love and over all insanely fun day.

I will bring this little love fest of a blog post to an end with the video from Smiling Toad Productions. They did an outstanding job.  Truly outstanding.

Laura and Julie from Smiling Toad Productions on Vimeo.

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank Julie, Laura and their families for allowing us to plan their super epic funtimes wedding with them.  It was one of the most fun events we have ever had the pleasure of planning.

Laura’s bespoke suit was made by Boris Powell and Julie’s beautiful dress was by Jesús Peiró.

Brides

Love is Love – Celebrating 1 Year of Marriage Equality in Illinois

Love is Love Logo

Last month we worked with an outstanding group of Chicago wedding vendors to plan and produce Love is Love, a celebration of 1 year of marriage equality in Illinois.  We had hundreds of people in attendance and it was quite the celebration!  It was such a delight being part of this event and we were thrilled to see many of our past and current same-sex clients in attendance as well.

That night, we all talked about how proud we were of Illinois and how awesome it was to see equal rights for all couples in love in our home state of Illinois.  Finally, we can say the same thing for the entire country!  We have celebrated and rejoiced for over a week now that the SCOTUS ruled in favor of marriage equality! We are seeing same-sex weddings happen all over the country, in cities and counties that some of us never dreamed would be a reality.  As a wedding planner who works with a lot of LGBT clients, my heart is overjoyed to see this wave of love wash over our nation.  This Independence Day we have something extra to celebrate.  While we know there is still a lot of work ahead for equality across races, religions, gender and sexuality, it is important to still take a moment to be thankful and celebrate our victories.  They may come slowly, but they are coming.  Our hard work and dedication to equality makes changes day by day, one step at a time.

I am delighted to share this beautiful video from my friend Keith at Poetic Productions.  He did a beautiful job capturing the Love is Love celebration for same-sex marriage.  We also have a really fun stop motion video from Doug and Doug McGoldrick Weddings.  It is a pleasure to share these beautiful pieces of art with you all.

love is from doug mcgoldrick on Vimeo.

I giant thank you to all of the outstanding vendors who came together to make Love is Love such an exceptional celebration.  Everyone at Greatest Expectations is thrilled and honored to work with each and every one of you!

Amy Beck Cake Design

Limelight Catering

J & L Catering

Entertaining Company 

Wolfgang Puck Catering

Modern Luxury Brides Chicago

ChicagoStyle Weddings Magazine

Lincoln Park Zoo

Halls Rentals

BBJ Linen

Revel Decor

Sound Investment

Greatest Expectations

SQN Special Events

Liven It Up Events

Emily Wheeler Custom Cakes

Rick Aguilar Studios

Doug McGoldrick Photography

Lofty Wedding Photography and Videography

Sprung Photo

Hendzel Productions

Poetic Productions

Beatmix Music

Okyne Medialab

Shutter Booth Chicago

KGA Garret Associates

Loft on Lake

Stand Up – Wedding Professional for Marriage Equality Chicago

All proceeds for Love is Love benefited Equality Illinois.

One Love Wedding Event

One Love Flyer

Everyone at Greatest Expectations is proud to be collaborating with the Chicago History Museum on the One Love Wedding Event being held on Thursday, April 10th . This one of a kind event is geared towards the LGBTQ community and features an extensive list of LGBTQ friendly wedding vendors including Egalitè Wines and Halsted Vodka who give 15% of their proceeds to the LGBTQ community.

Please join us for what promises to be an upscale, elegant and unique wedding event! Attendance is free but registration is required and space is filling up fast.  Please click here to register.

Thank you to all of the wonderful vendors participating in this exceptional wedding event.

Amy Beck Cake Design, Andie Cumber Make Up, Anita Weds, Berghoff Catering, Berghoff Beer, Blue Plate, Carmel Entertainment, Egalitè Wines, Flower Firm, Food for Thought, Fragrant Designs,  Glazed and Infused,  Greatest Expectations, Halls Rentals, Halsted VodkaIntercontinental ChicagoJewell Events, Julia Franzosa Photography, Katherine Anne Confections, Livia Caporale, Magnificent Milestones, Mini Cooper, Platinum Events, Poetic Productions, Private Label Linen, Revel Decor, Shutterbooth Chicago, Stemline Creative.

The event has been featured on WGN Midday News  and OUT CHICAGO.