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Chelsea & Matt | New Buffalo Beach Engagement Session

Now that our entire family is feeling better - I can bring you some of the photos from Chelsea and Matt’s engagement session! Chelsea reached out to me as soon as she got engaged to talk about photographing her wedding! She has been following us since 2014 when I photographed one of Matt’s family members weddings. Which feels like SO long ago! From our first phone chat, to our meeting at The Stray Dog - we all just connected.

They are super down to earth and easy to talk with. And we have so much in common! We even listen to the same podcasts. It’s unreal!

They decided on doing their session in New Buffalo because it holds a special place in their hearts. They spend a lot of time up there together and knew it would be the perfect place to have their engagement session since they decided to get married in Matt’s hometown of Streator, Illinois!

We can’t wait to be a part of their day and are so excited to get to know them more.

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Mr. and Mrs. Brady | Odyssey Country Club Wedding | Chicago Wedding Photographer

Ashley and Jordan met in high school, 10 years ago. They met through mutual friends and starting to hang out more and more. The relationship turned into more when Ashley asked Jordan to go to their winter formal together. And as they were dancing to “Amazed” by Lonestar, Jordan asked Ash to be his girlfriend. Ashley couldn’t really hear him and Jordan jokes that it was the longest 3 minutes of his life. But she did say yes and they have been together through college, an after graduation move to Richmond, Virginia and then back closer to home to Chicago in 2017.


Jordan proposed a week before they moved away from Richmond. He planned a surprise date for Ash which is normally an odd thing but she always bugged him about doing cute things so she didn’t think much of it in the moment. Jordan took Ashley to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Virgina which has so many trails, lakes, and flowers around. She loved that he took her there since they both love exploring new places together, especially the outdoors. They walked around the gardens and stopped to sit at a gazebo that overlooked the water. They both sat, cuddled up, in silence for awhile just taking in all the nature and water. Jordan then got up and asked Ashley to take a picture; he stopped a perfect stranger to take their picture. They took a picture as normal and then he got down on one knee and asked her the question she had been waiting so long for.


And their wedding was a true celebration of the love they have for each other and the two families that have been connected for so long. Ashley planned everything perfectly. Her dusty blue garden theme with a smaller wedding party was the perfect low key, non stressful wedding day. We even watched the Notre Dame game as the girls got ready that afternoon. I joked (but was totally serious) that I am so thankful for her because it was the first fall wedding that the bride not only okay’d football being played on her wedding day, but insisted on it! And if you don’t know because you’re living under a rock - I am Gold and Blue through and through! And just before she walked down the aisle she saw the game clock turn to zero for a big Irish victory against Vanderbilt.


I am so excited to share these amazing photos with her. Ashley’s vendors did such an amazing job helping her create the vision she wanted. And The Odyssey Ballroom - can we just take a moment to appreciate that they have WHITE MARBLE DANCE FLOORS?! Take note wedding venues - DO THIS! Thank you so much for letting us be a part of your big day Ash and Jordan, we loved EVERY second of it!


Photography: Cat Alkire Photography
Florist: Kio Kreations
DJ: Sound FX DJs
Ceremony Musician: Jim Perona 
Cake: Cakes by Bee
Cupcakes: Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery
Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Odyssey Country Club
Stationery: Lined Goods
Hair and Make-up: Niki Moon Salon
Wedding Dress Bought at: Gina's Bridal Boutique
Wedding Dress Designer: Beloved by Casablanca
Bridesmaids Dress Designer: Kennedy Blue
Groom/Groomsmen: Formally Modern Tuxedo
Officiant: Brides's Uncle- Michael Tichenor Sr.

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