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Stephanie and Nathan's relationship is rooted in the Grand Canyon, so it seemed only fitting that they would choose to begin their married life together there as well.  These two were married on September 6th, 2014 at Shoshone Point.  It was still monsoon season and in true monsoon season fashion, rain danced around the canyon throughout the afternoon.  By the time guests began arriving, umbrellas were a must and it looked as though the couples' ceremony might be washed out.  At that moment the canyon put on an astonishing show as the sun peaked through, spotlighting the canyon below ... and in answer to your soon-to-be question, yes, the full double rainbow in the photo below was real!!  It left everyone speechless!!  No words could truly describe the sight.  It was one of the most beautiful moments we have ever witnessed in nature.

So, as the ceremony began, the rain cleared away and Stephanie and Nathan had their beautiful wedding on the rim of the Grand Canyon!  After, the canyon continued to dazzle as it changed colors from orange to red and finally to a lovely, soft pastel pink as the last light of day faded away!  What an amazing and memorable wedding day for these two!

Thank you Stephanie and Nathan for having us as your wedding photographers!  We had such a great time being part of your big day!!

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We are always so excited when one of our images when a Fearless Award in Fearless Photographers!  They are very hard to get and it is always an honor and on top of that, the photo is one of our all time favorites from one of our all time favorite couples, Allyson and Eric :-)!  This photo was taken during their first look and it is such a sublime moment

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Mary Jo and George, Ahhhh, where to begin?!?  Let me start from the beginning.  It was March, 2013 when I opened up my first email from Mary Jo inquiring about our services for her upcoming wedding in Chicago.  Mary Jo lives in Chicago so we scheduled a time to talk on the phone and after talking extensively about her plans and details for her perfect day, I asked how she heard about us.  Here is the great part :-).  Turns out Mary Jo had a friend who was a bridesmaid in a wedding we photographed in California ... in 2009!!  Wait, what, huh?!  I couldn't believe it!  She had held on to our information for 4 years and has been following us throughout that time!  Needless to say, I was speechless.  That someone would like our images so much that they would keep track of us for that length of time was a true compliment and it meant a lot.  I knew from the first phone call that this couple and their wedding was going to be a special one for us!!  Indeed it was!!

Fast forward 14 months to Memorial Day weekend 2014 and Mary Jo's dream wedding had arrived!  As soon as we met Mary Jo and George in person, we felt as though we were among old friends.  They are so sweet and easy to get along with!  We started the wedding day with Mary Jo at her parent's beautiful home.  Mary Jo's mom decorated the arbor in the front yard as a surprise for her and it brought her to tears early in the day.  Another special point about getting ready at the family home was that Mary Jo's precious pup, Dolce, was able to watch her get ready and pose with her for portraits once she was finished.  Every detail was amazing!  Her Valentino dress and cathedral length veil was gorgeous, oh and the shoes ... those awesome pink lace Valentino shoes ... LOVE!!  To top off the look, she wore a stunning diamond necklace and set of diamond earrings belonging to her mother.  Did I also mention that I became slightly obsessed with the two little flower girls?  Well, I did!  They were beyond precious in their adorable feather dresses and matching feather headbands ... soooo cute!!!

The ceremony was held at St. Vincent De Paul Roman Catholic Church in downtown Chicago.  What a stunning church!  It is on the campus of DePaul University which is very special to Mary Jo and George because that is where they first met.  They were given special permission to take a few photos in the classroom where they met.  What a great idea.

From the ceremony the entire bridal party loaded into a party-bus-style limousine to get the party started.  Get the party started it did!  On the way to the reception site the group let the alcohol flow and had a great time, making a few stops along the way to take some fun shots in the city.

The reception was held at the Bridgeport Art Center which is in a really awesome old industrial-looking building.  You know you are in for a treat when you have to take a huge freight elevator decorated with a classy white couch and a magenta-lit, art-deco style bar serving glasses of champagne with raspberries to the Skyline Loft where the event is taking place!  Once the couple's guests stepped off the freight elevator, they were not disappointed.  The Skyline Loft is a huge space lined in brick, with unparalleled views of the Chicago skyline.  The decor was nothing short of opulent!!!  We could go on and on about this space and the way it was decorated, but we will just let the photos say the rest.  Just be prepared to be wowed!  The couple danced the night away, guests had  the time of their lives, and Mary Jo and George ended the night with a perfect day they will never forget!!

Mary Jo and George, thank you both so much for having Kevin and I as your wedding photographers!  It was such a joy being a part of your special day, getting to know you both and seeing how all your plans came together with such style and beauty.  And Mary Jo, from me (Tina) to you, thank you so much for keeping our information all those years.  It really did touch my heart that you cared that much :-)!  Enjoy the sneak peak :-)!!!  xoxo, Tina & Kevin

We want to give a special thank you to our good friend and fellow photographer, Daniela, for helping out with the photo booth and we cannot say enough about Sharokina Pazand and her team at Citygirl Weddings & Events for doing such a superb job coordinating this spectacular event!!

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Mary Jo and George, Ahhhh, where to begin?!?  Let me start from the beginning.  It was March, 2013 when I opened up my first email from Mary Jo inquiring about our services for her upcoming wedding in Chicago.  Mary Jo lives in Chicago so we scheduled a time to talk on the phone and after talking extensively about her plans and details for her perfect day, I asked how she heard about us.  Here is the great part :-).  Turns out Mary Jo had a friend who was a bridesmaid in a wedding we photographed in California ... in 2009!!  Wait, what, huh?!  I couldn't believe it!  She had held on to our information for 4 years and has been following us throughout that time!  Needless to say, I was speechless.  That someone would like our images so much that they would keep track of us for that length of time was a true compliment and it meant a lot.  I knew from the first phone call that this couple and their wedding was going to be a special one for us!!  Indeed it was!!

Fast forward 14 months to Memorial Day weekend 2014 and Mary Jo's dream wedding had arrived!  As soon as we met Mary Jo and George in person, we felt as though we were among old friends.  They are so sweet and easy to get along with!  We started the wedding day with Mary Jo at her parent's beautiful home.  Mary Jo's mom decorated the arbor in the front yard as a surprise for her and it brought her to tears early in the day.  Another special point about getting ready at the family home was that Mary Jo's precious pup, Dolce, was able to watch her get ready and pose with her for portraits once she was finished.  Every detail was amazing!  Her Valentino dress and cathedral length veil was gorgeous, oh and the shoes ... those awesome pink lace Valentino shoes ... LOVE!!  To top off the look, she wore a stunning diamond necklace and set of diamond earrings belonging to her mother.  Did I also mention that I became slightly obsessed with the two little flower girls?  Well, I did!  They were beyond precious in their adorable feather dresses and matching feather headbands ... soooo cute!!!

The ceremony was held at St. Vincent De Paul Roman Catholic Church in downtown Chicago.  What a stunning church!  It is on the campus of DePaul University which is very special to Mary Jo and George because that is where they first met.  They were given special permission to take a few photos in the classroom where they met.  What a great idea.

From the ceremony the entire bridal party loaded into a party-bus-style limousine to get the party started.  Get the party started it did!  On the way to the reception site the group let the alcohol flow and had a great time, making a few stops along the way to take some fun shots in the city.

The reception was held at the Bridgeport Art Center which is in a really awesome old industrial-looking building.  You know you are in for a treat when you have to take a huge freight elevator decorated with a classy white couch and a magenta-lit, art-deco style bar serving glasses of champagne with raspberries to the Skyline Loft where the event is taking place!  Once the couple's guests stepped off the freight elevator, they were not disappointed.  The Skyline Loft is a huge space lined in brick, with unparalleled views of the Chicago skyline.  The decor was nothing short of opulent!!!  We could go on and on about this space and the way it was decorated, but we will just let the photos say the rest.  Just be prepared to be wowed!  The couple danced the night away, guests had  the time of their lives, and Mary Jo and George ended the night with a perfect day they will never forget!!

Mary Jo and George, thank you both so much for having Kevin and I as your wedding photographers!  It was such a joy being a part of your special day, getting to know you both and seeing how all your plans came together with such style and beauty.  And Mary Jo, from me (Tina) to you, thank you so much for keeping our information all those years.  It really did touch my heart that you cared that much :-)!  Enjoy the sneak peak :-)!!!  xoxo, Tina & Kevin

We want to give a special thank you to our good friend and fellow photographer, Daniela, for helping out with the photo booth and we cannot say enough about Sharokina Pazand and her team at Citygirl Weddings & Events for doing such a superb job coordinating this spectacular event!!

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What a beautiful wedding!

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What a great wedding this was!!  Sabrina and Adil held their South Asian wedding event in Chicago at the Holiday Inn Skokie and the Glenview Jamatkhana June 13th and 14th and it was a stunner!  When they hired us as their wedding photographers, they asked to have four photographers to ensure proper coverage.  They also asked for an assistant for the evening of their Sangeet.  With that, Kevin, Angie and I boarded a plane bound for Chicago, Illinois, where we met up with my good friend and fellow wedding photographer, Daniela Cardili, and our fantastic assistant, Christina, and the "team" went to work enjoying and capturing the festivities, rituals and emotions of a spectacular weekend!

The first day consisted of two parts.  The Mehndi Party was held during the morning and afternoon and the Pithi Ceremony and Sangeet were held in the evening and into the night.  Sabrina and Adil are very interested in nature and the night sky and they came up with an outstanding concept for the ballroom decor!!  The large room was divided into two sections with an entrance between them.  In one room, there was white draping on all the walls, lit in yellow and pink hues to mimic "day" near sunset.  The second room was draped all in black with cool blue lighting set throughout the room, on the tables, and illuminating the focal point of the room - a large crystal-encrusted tree, which I adored by the way.  The drapery on one wall had small holes with twinkles of white light shining through to mimic the stars.  This was the "night" room.  The effect of the two rooms combined was a real showstopper and wowed everyone that walked through, including all of us "seasoned" photographers!!!  Honestly, we have never seen a concept like this before and it really did come together flawlessly!!

The end of the first night was special as well and couldn't have been more well suited to the couple, for this was the night of the first full "honey" moon on a Friday the 13th in almost 100 years.  Due to it's proximity to the earth, it's height in the sky and atmospheric conditions, the full moon took on an amber or "honey" hue.  This will not happen again until 2098, so it was very special indeed.  At the end of the night we stepped outside to get a few photos with the couple and the "honey" moon :-)!

The second day was the day of Sabrina and Adil's wedding ceremony.  Sabrina looked gorgeous in her custom-designed dress that she had made in Pakistan.  When I say custom-designed, I mean Sabrina designed the dress herself and spent almost two weeks in Pakistan making sure the dress was put together just right.  It was well worth the effort because it was a stunner!

The Nikkah Ceremony was held at the Glenview Jamatkhana and was lovely to watch, though no photography was allowed outside of Sabrina and Adil's entrance.  After the ceremony everyone headed back to the Holiday Inn Skokie for more rituals, fun and food.  As is the custom, Adil had his shoes stolen and had to pay a steep price to get them back :-).

Sabrina and Adil, we are so happy we got to be a part of your special weekend and are honored that you would choose us (Adil is a great photographer himself!!)  We have found that we have so much in common with you both and we love spending time talking with you.  Hopefully that will continue in the future and we can spend some time doing photography together, perhaps even in Kenya :-)!!  We wish you both all the best!!  Enjoy the sneak peak!

We want to send a special thank you to Neha and Naleena of Belle La Vie Events for doing such an outstanding job coordinating this stunning event!!

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Wedding Venue: HOLIDAY INN CHICAGO NORTH SHORE SKOKIE
Ceremony Venue: GLENVIEW JAMATKHANA
Wedding Coordinator: NEHA AND NALEENA, BELLE LA VIE EVENTS
Wedding Photographer: SIERRA BLANCO PHOTOGRAPHY
Wedding Videographer: BOLLYWOOD WEDDING VIDEO
Hair/Makeup Day One: BRIDAL BEAUTY CHICAGO
Hair/Makeup Day Two: MEHWISH KHALID
Mehndi/Pithi Setup: DREAM OCCASIONS
DJ: DJ DAMANIAC
Dance Entertainment: BOLLYWOOD GROOVE DANCE GROUP
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