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Aniebiet and Damien were married in a stunning two-day long traditional Nigerian wedding last May. The second day of their event consisted of the traditional White Wedding and was held at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona. The couple looked amazing and the wedding wowed the crowd, especially when Aniebiet was ushered in to the ceremony on a beautiful horse and carriage. She looked like she stepped right out of a fairy tale! Aniebiet and Damien, thank you so much for having us as your wedding photographers! It was very special and we loved being a part of it!

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Aniebiet and Damien had an amazing two-day Nigerian wedding event last May. The first day was held at the gorgeous Chateau Luxe in Phoenix and was dedicated to the traditional Nigerian wedding. It was full of surprises, including fireworks and the bride being symbolically brought from a far distance with her arrival by helicopter ... simply stunning. It was an honor to be chosen as Aniebiet and Damien's wedding photographers and we loved being a part of such a festive and beautiful event!

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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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VENDORS:

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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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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VENDORS:

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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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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VENDORS:

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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