I shouldn’t be one to complain about the winter. I mean for those of us living in Chicago, we know that we got off pretty easy this year! We had days in February of all months that were upwards of 80! But then the weather dipped back down for some cooler than desired temps in late-April! Slowly we’re steadying out with the temps and they’re becoming a little more predictable. I, for one, am so stinking excited about the warmth <3 Come summer, the skyline, our skin tones, just everything is warmer and healthier looking!

Last weekend was beautiful!! I met up with Nicole + Chris for their engagement session, starting downtown to take in that Michigan Avenue feel and ending all snuggled up at North Avenue Beach. Absolutely in love with their engagement session. And unbelievably excited for their wedding laster this fall at Greenhouse Loft!!

January 3, 2016

Hawai’i has always held a special place in my heart. Something about the vibe there. The culture. It’s peaceful. And calming. It’s like all your stress goes out the window. Shortly after I first met Jake, his parents were so kind to take us to Maui. I hadn’t been there before, nor had really traveled to anywhere like that before so I didn’t know what to expect. We stayed in their family’s villa in Kapalua. There’s something about staying in a house instead of a hotel that makes you feel at home. Like you live there. And like you belong. It takes that “tourist” element away. I fell deep in love with Maui on that trip! I could go on about all the ways I love it <3 Since that trip, we’ve returned numerous times. And every single time, it feels like home. It feels like where we belong. So when we got married, it was a no-brainer where we were going on our honeymoon – Hawai’i. Fast-forward to last summer, Jake and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary #whoopwhoop! We had always planned to go back to Hawai’i on our big anniversaries! This time being extra special because we had Landon, who had just turned 1 a month before. We couldn’t wait to have him experience the place that we love so much. And little did I know, Jake had planned a big surprise (#foreshadowing). We stayed for 2 weeks, again in his family’s villa, and just took everything in. The relaxation. The beauty. Spending lots of time at our favorite beaches. Disconnected from social media. It was mellow and just amazing <3  So here you have it. Post 1 of 3 of our Hawai’ian adventures <3

Extar 100 film shot on a Contax 645 — scanned by The Find Lab 

Where do I start with these two? I’ve known Annie for awhile. I met her back in college at U of I! Her brother is best friends with Jake and lived literally right next door (as in the door one foot to the right) – from now on to be referred to as the Lucky 7 and Ocho. Fast-forward to 2016, I run into her AND her (new to me) boyfriend Nick at Kristin + Phil’s wedding. Immediately knew this dude was awesome. I mean, he was in a sweet pinstripe suit and was killing it! Jake got to meet him at their engagement party, which I wasn’t able to be at because I was shooting a wedding. After a few inside jokes from that day, Nick immediately became “the perfect fit” for Annie and has ever since been one of my favorite people! So when they asked me to shoot their engagement, I was crazy excited. And then when they asked me to shoot their wedding next year at St. Francis Winery in Sonoma, CA? Well I about jumped for joy. K, let’s be honest. I did jump. A lot. Here’s to you guys… and Walter <3

When one of your favorite people (Kristi Helm) asks you to shoot her BFF’s wedding and tells you that she’s the wedding coordinator, you thank your lucky stars and immediately say yes! The first time we met was over a FaceTime date. Almost immediately, I could tell that Amy + Chandler were my people. They got my humor :) And they were sweet as ever. And oh so trusting <3

This has been a wedding that I’ve been looking to ever since that day! When you really connect with someone, it becomes more than just being their wedding photographer. You develop this love for them. An excitement for their wedding. To see them marrying their best friend. It’s like shooting your friend’s wedding. You become so invested in everything, which for me is what makes good photography. That genuine connection <3

Their February wedding at Journeyman Distillery was just so beautiful and full of so much emotion and love! Journeyman, alone, is seriously an awesome place – so if you’re planning your wedding, go check it out! It’s not far from Chicago and literally has everything in one spot – from getting ready all the way to the reception! And did I mention whiskey? Yea, lots of whiskey!

The entire day had me in tears. The look on Chandler’s face when he saw Amy at their first look? Tears of laugher (and bitter cold) during their portraits. Total laughter with their awesome bridal party who braved the frigid temps! And their ceremony. Babes, their ceremony was everything! Listening to each ceremony’s message is one of my favorite parts. I find myself getting sucked in. And shedding a tear because how beautiful love is! I wish I could relive this wedding every day! Congrats, Amy + Chandler <3

Photography — Jenna Marie Photography Wedding Planning — Kristi Helm |  Getting Ready + Ceremony + Reception Venue — Journeyman Distillery | Florist — Flowers for Dreams | Hair Stylist + Makeup Artist — Hannah Bonham Blackwell + Amorena Shaver | Invitations — Lauren Rosario Cake — Jenny Thornton | DJ — John Norman Music | Videographer — Nick Haddad | Catering — CK Catering | Bridal Dress — Wtoo by Watters | Bridesmaid Dresses — Azazie Groom + Groomsmen Attire — Combatant Gentlemen

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