Brandy and Alex’s Downtown Chicago Wedding at Saint Clement Church and Hyatt Magnificent Mile

Brandy and Alex’s downtown Chicago wedding ceremony was at Saint Clement Church and the reception was held in the Hyatt Magnificent Mile. The weather was perfect on this spring day for some creative portraits on the lake front at Milton Olive park near Chicago’s Navy Pier.

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Brandy Dao - June 20, 2013 - 4:22 am

You guys rock! Happy day for us Daos, and beautifully memorialized by the Crafts!

Dangerous Proposal (We Are Not Alone) – Brian & Lori

Brian loves Lori very much.  He also loves vintage video gaming, one of his favorites being Tecmo’s Ninja Gaiden. Brian has been building up the courage to propose to Lori and practices by putting the ring on his Power Glove.

On many nights Brian spends time with Lori in the game room.  He even turns down the volume on the 8 bit soundtracks so that she can read her beloved stories.

On other nights Brian’s close friend Foad encroaches on their special time together and an aggressive competitive side of Brian comes out.

Brian has worked up the courage to propose.  He walks with her down a path behind his home.

They spend a few moments embracing on the trail. Their hearts are full of love and Brian’s is also full of anticipation. Brian has never felt so alive.

He knows that he has no choice but to ask Lori to marry him. He now knows that he’s not alone in this world. That takes on new meaning in the forest preserve today.

They arrive at a favorite park – the place where Brian will propose to Lori. He produces the ring from his rump pocket.

“Lori, will you marry me?”

“Oh yes Brian, I will marry you!”
“What’s this?! How have I been found?!” Brian asks himself. It is the evil brown belt ninja known as Foad.  Their feud too ancient to recall how it started.

“I will defend you Lori!” Brian declares. “Keep the ring.  If anything happens to me I want you to wear it to remember me!”

Brian is ill prepared to take such blows. The the evil brown belt ninja known as Foad is strong.

Brian gathers himself and returns a deadly and heart-stopping blow.

The brown belt ninja is no match for a heart full of love and vigor. 
It’s the power of love.
There are many ways Brian can propose when he’s ready.  Maybe tomorrow.  Sleep prince.  Sleep.

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Brian Langeland - July 14, 2013 - 9:54 pm


Lori Van Beveren - July 14, 2013 - 10:58 pm

heck yes!

Victoria Sprung-Hendzel - July 14, 2013 - 11:10 pm


Nick Edwards - July 14, 2013 - 11:13 pm

Sweet! This is very fun… great shoot!

Alyssa Sandoval - July 15, 2013 - 12:21 am

Super cute.

Alexander James Goreham - July 15, 2013 - 1:58 am

There are great! Very creative!

Bryon Partis Landerman - February 17, 2014 - 12:34 am

He went to Jared!

Spring Wedding at Cantigny Park & Gardens

Cantigny Park & Gardens have always been one of our favorite locations for a picnic, a walk, or a family photo session. We were thrilled to have Kristen & Nate ask us to photograph their wedding at Cantigny’s Le Jardin. We knew that Spring would be an ideal time to shoot there and it didn’t disappoint with Magnolia trees in full bloom! They were married on the East Lawn which is my favorite ceremony spot at Cantigny for its vast view from above and a stately look from down the hill.

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