Free Guides and Planning Tips for Couples

I know planning a wedding is a big task, and that’s why I’ve assembled these resources to help you have a fun and stress-free process. Have more questions, like how to plan your wedding day photography timeline, finding the best location for your engagement session, or recommendations for the perfect vendor team?

These are questions I help couples with all the time, so get in touch today and we’ll set up a time to chat by Zoom or phone to answer all of your questions and make sure I can be the right wedding photographer for you. Once you’re officially booked, we’ll partner together to plan your perfect wedding day!

Wedding Planning Resources

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How to plan a First Look

On the fence about doing a first look with your partner? Consider these four reasons why a first look might be right for you, and tips on how to make the most of your time together.

Bridal Portraits 101

Learn about the origins of the traditional bridal portrait session, and how a bridal portrait session can set you up for success on your wedding day.

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Wedding Day Details

Want to create luxurious, editorial-inspired detail photographs on your wedding day? If you answered, “Yes!” then this guide is for you.

How much does a wedding photographer cost?

Learn about the different types of wedding photography studios, the average cost of a wedding photographer in Chicago, and important considerations when choosing your wedding photographer.

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The BEST wedding planners in Chicago

A guide to my favorite wedding planners in Chicago to help execute your wedding vision.

Wedding Venue Guides

I’ve put together these guides about some of the most popular wedding venues in Chicago and Milwaukee, as they’re some of the places I photograph most often. All of these venues were selected because they align with my artistic vision AND provide an amazing experience for couples.

Engagement Session Guides

Want to plan the perfect engagement session? These guides will help you find the best locations in Chicago, as well as how to dress your best, and even tips on bringing a furry friend to your session.