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Chicago Engagement Photography: Pauli and Chris

One of my greatest joys is connecting with clients so much that I’m constantly laughing around them.  Pauli and Chris are such a couple!  We met on a hot and steamy Chicago afternoon, ducked under an overpass while dodging a torrential thunderstorm, danced around fresh puddles of rainwater, and they didn’t stop smiling!

Their love story is so unique and romantic that it resonated with me about true love and its definition.  They are each other’s first loves, and the thought of marrying your first love made me a little misty eyed while editing their photographs, but I’m a sucker for romance!

I asked Pauli to please write a few words about their love story:

How many firsts have we had in our lives? Plenty. However, how many people can say that they are marrying their first? Not many. In a few a months, I will be marrying my one true love, my very first boyfriend.

This is not only special because of this, but also because in my mother’s side of the family, the women married their first boyfriends. The story lives on through me because evidently, my fate was just the same. Fate brought us together and looking at him, I know I did something good in my life.

Chris and I would always say, we are each other’s good karma. For all the good things we have done, our reward was to spend the rest of our lives with that person who we know have touched us in ways that we can’t fathom. With us, there is no need to understand. The best things are those that we cannot explain and our love is one of them. Ask us how much we love each other? Chris would always tell me, “I love you more than life itself”and I would always say, “My love for you is enough for the both of us”. To many more firsts…………….”

Thank you both, so much, and I am looking forward to your wedding!  Please enjoy your blog post!


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Meggie Lumauig Guizar - Lovely photos! Congratulations on your engagement, Chez and Chris! I’m so happy for both of you! Best wishes! Besos!!!

Jose M. Osorio - Awesome set of photos Candice ! A very cute couple to work with.

Kate McElwee - Ooooooh my goodness, these are awesome! Amazing use of light, and they look SO sweet and so FUN. <3

Anish Saran - Love the photos and the location

Anish Saran - Love the photos and the location

Anish Saran - Love the photos and the location

Chicago Pritzker Pavilion Millennium Park Wedding Photography: Miriam and Brad

I’m so pleased to share Miriam and Brad’s wedding photographs from one of Chicago’s most unique venues… the Pritzker Pavilion right in Millennium Park!  With the Cloud Gate and Crown Fountain in our back yard, along with the rest of Chicago, Miriam and Brad’s wedding was one that will certainly be remembered!

A very special thank you to Linda Bouvilom from Liven It Up Events and Genevieve Lauren for second shooting with me (her images are of Brad getting ready).

Thank you so much, Miriam and Brad, for including me in your day!

I am in love with the brilliant blue hand-painted heels Miriam scored on Etsy!  Hello, gorgeous!

Miriam’s vintage dress looked lovely inside the equally authentic Hotel Burnham Chicago.


Another fantastic Etsy find for the groom:  customized cufflinks with your wedding date!

Who doesn’t love a conga line??

Brad gives his daughter a twirl!

Wedding Planner:  Linda Bouvilom from Liven It Up Events

Florist:  Stems Chicago

Caterer:  Blue Plate Chicago

DJ:  Dustin from Toast & Jam

Hair and Makeup: RC Beauty

Hotel:  Hotel Burnham Chicago

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Katia - Yes, yes…SI!Beautifully captured Candice. Love every single one.

Kate McElwee - Holy goodness Candice, these are SPECTACULAR. Wow. Wow wow wow.

Stacy Squires Photography - fantastic photos :-)

ISPWP Spring 2014 Award

ispwpI’m honored one of my wedding photographs was selected for an award by the ISPWP -International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers Spring 2014 Contest.  This international contest is full of inspiration, jaw-dropping photographs, and quite a few of my friends!   Check out the amazing wedding photography here:

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Chicago Courthouse Wedding Photography: Grace and Don

Grace and Don contacted me to document their elopement at Chicago City Hall, and I am honored to have been part of their special day.   After a short ceremony, we ventured to the Picasso sculpture downtown and then to the  Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum for some photographs.

Thanks so much, you two, for including me in your big day!   Very best wishes to you both!


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Liesl Diesel - You are so talented. These compositions are so tight, and the timing of the moments is unbeatable.

Katrina Wallace - I love these!

Lee Balgemann - Kudos!

Fotografia Ślubna Gdańsk - I must agree with previous comment. Indeed. Good job!