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“Talk about decorating with distinctive personality. We are in love with Adam + Kim’s independent sense of style which they incorporated into their day. Often, we find we are drawing in engaged couples who are artistic and carry over their personal creativity into their planning. ( And we continually enjoy being hired on as those couple’s wedding photographers receiving the opportunity to shoot those fabulous, throughly planned out, and personalized styled events. ) For Adam + Kim’s Fall wedding, Kim created a style of romance with touches of victorian goth wedding elements in selecting the couple’s colors, clothing, jewelry, floral and in choosing her venues. Kim decorated with rich shades and dark colors with a mix of reds including bright red, burgundy and blood red, contrasted with deep purples. Impressive was even the emphasis and detail that was put into selecting their unique rings ( A+K had the most unique bands we had seen in 2010 ). Kim’s glistening diamond ring was set on an ornate victorian setting, while Adam’s black band displayed Celtic crosses.


Adam + Kim are another two of our amazingly talented and creative DYI wedding couples. Kim created by hand nearly every wedding detail for the bridal party, the Fall masquerade reception, and outdoor Chicago wedding ceremony. We captured photos at two locations inside and outside of the hotel at The Hyatt Lodge and Elmhurst wedding photography after the ceremony on the grounds of the Mansion. A formal garden is found a few steps away, along a paved walkway, from the Elmhurst Wilder Park Mansion. This is where Adam + Kim exchanged vows within the sunken garden outside of the Wilder Park Mansion. The formal garden is outdoor ceremony location which features a white tent space and is surrounded by towering pines, oak trees and exquisite landscaping with herb gardens, seasonal floral displays and sunken perennial flower beds. Outdoor ceremonies are our all time favorite to photograph, and we loved how the garden ceremony setting provided A+K with private picturesque setting surrounded by nature’s Fall ambiance.


The reception was epic and located within a castle at Royalty West Banquets in Willow Springs. The castle venue was a primary inspiration for Adam + Kim’s gothic vintage decorating style. Again, Kim another impressive job as the room with nearly all of the decorating, centerpieces and floral arrangements which were hand created were beautiful. Many congrats to you Adam + Kim! Thank you in hiring us, it was a pleasure spending the big day with you. Thanks for sneaking away from the reception A+K after dinner to capture the couple of night photos outside the castle. Some of our favorite shots from the day. Enjoy.”


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Kim added many beautiful, gothic vintage wedding DIY elements + hired these vendors:
Fall Outdoor Ceremony: Wilder Park Mansion and Formal Garden, Elmhurst, IL
Reception Site: Royalty West Banquets, Willow Springs
Couture Dress Designer: Kitty Chen Couture
Bridal Dress Shop: Eva’s Bridal, Oak Lawn
Bride + Groom’s Prep: The Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus, Oak Brook
Bridal Hair: Tiffany Mareno + Nina Strode ( family )
Bride’s Makeup + Hair Feathers: Custom created by the Bride Kim
Bridesmaid’s Bolero Jackets: Angelika Liv on Facebook or on ETSY at and
Groom’s Apparel: Suit from Savvi
Ceremony Accessories: Ring Bearer Pillow, Flower Girl Basket, and Flower Girl Wings all created by Kim
Flowers: Silk Flowers ( Boutineers, Bouquets, and Centerpieces ) by the Bride Kim
Cake: Oak Mill Bakery




Adam + Kim were a referral to us from their friend’s Derek + Jorie. Derek and Adam are both firefighters.
Revisit Derek + Jorie’s firefighter, nature and industrial engagement photography photo session from November 2009. Thanks for the referral D+J.