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Lauren + Erik | Short Film


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Chicago, IL
Ceremony + Reception:
The Allerton Hotel

Stephanie + J | Short Film


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Chicago, IL
Ceremony + Reception:
theWit Chicago

Carolyn + Mike | Short Film


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Chicago, IL
Ceremony + Reception:
Cafe Brauer, Lincoln Park Zoo

Alison + Tony | Short Film


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Chicago, IL
Ceremony + Reception:
Sofitel Chicago Water Tower

Shara + Adam | Short Film


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Chicago, IL
Ceremony + Reception:
Salvage One

Justyna + Nick | “Coming Soon” Trailer


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Chicago, IL
Ceremony: Holy Name Cathedral
Reception:
Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago

Anna + Wade | “Coming Soon” Trailer


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Chicago, IL
Bride + Groom Prep: The Amalfi Hotel
Ceremony: Assumption Catholic Church
Reception: Floating World Gallery

Kris + Tom | Short Film


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Chicago, IL
Groom Prep: Hotel Lincoln
Ceremony: Lincoln Park Conservatory, Formal Gardens
Reception: Cafe Brauer

In addition to celebrating thier wedding day, Kris helped Tom celebrate his 50th birthday! The ceremony at Lincoln Park Conservatory Gardens, and reception at Cafe Brauer in Lincoln Park were beautiful.

Lauren + Erik | “Coming Soon” Trailer


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Chicago, IL
Bride Prep: Elysian Waldorf Astoria
Ceremony + Reception: The Allerton Hotel

Anne + Rick | Short Film


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Chicago, IL
Bride Prep: J.W. Marriott
Ceremony + Reception: The Rookery

Carolyn + Mike | “Coming Soon” Trailer


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Chicago, IL
Bride Prep: Villa D' Citta
Ceremony + Reception: Café Brauer (Lincoln Park Zoo)

Sam + Nate | “Coming Soon” Trailer


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Chicago, IL
Ceremony: St. Benedict Catholic Church
Reception: Salvage One

Alison + Tony | “Coming Soon” Trailer


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Chicago, IL
Ceremony + Reception: Hotel Sofitel (Chicago Water Tower)

Jessica + Travis | “Coming Soon” Trailer


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Lake Forest, IL
Ceremony + Reception: The Armour House (Lake Forest Academy)

Kathryn + Brandon | “Coming Soon” Trailer


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Chicago, IL
Bride Prep: Dana Hotel and Spa
Ceremony: Assumption Catholic Church
Reception: Grand Piazza (National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame)

Kris + Tom | “Coming Soon” Trailer


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Chicago, IL
Groom Prep: Hotel Lincoln
Ceremony: Lincoln Park Conservatory, Formal Gardens
Reception: Cafe Brauer

In addition to celebrating thier wedding day, Kris helped Tom celebrate his 50th birthday! The ceremony at Lincoln Park Conservatory Gardens, and reception at Cafe Brauer in Lincoln Park were beautiful.

Sarah + Ernest | Short Film


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Chicago, IL
Groom Prep: Swissotel Chicago
Ceremony + Reception: Chicago Cultural Center

Another stylish wedding film, with a good dose of "city." Sarah + Ernest let me know that they really wanted their film to be textured with the feel of our awesome city. So I went ahead and made Chicago a bit of a co-star in their wedding film. Then the city feel was offset by just the perfect amount of romance and elegance.

Anne + Rick | “Coming Soon” Trailer


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Chicago, IL
Bride Prep: J.W. Marriott
Ceremony + Reception: The Rookery

Anne + Rick have been faithfully checking out all my films. Each time I put out a new film, Anne would let me know how excited she was to see her wedding film. Well last weekend we filmed Anne + Rick's beautiful wedding...and now...here's a teaser of what their film looks like.

Bryan + Katie | The Proposal


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Chicago, IL
Proposal Location: Hotel Sax Chicago
Proposal Planner: Jenée Allan of Visions On Bended Knee Proposal Service

A surprise proposal by Bryan for his girlfriend, Katie, at Hotel Sax Chicago.

Preeya + Brian | Short Film


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Chicago, IL
Bride Prep: Hotel 71
Ceremony: Fourth Presbyterian
Reception: Chicago Cultural Center

As with many of XO Pictures' films, parts of this story have a really magical, almost surreal feel. I wanted to make the beginning of this one feel almost like a lucid dream. This was made possible by the emotion of the groom, and the wonderful speech delivered by the father of the bride.

Some of the feel of this piece was inspired by Preeya + Brian's decision to have a portion of Paulo Coelho's "The Alchemist" read during their ceremony. The line that stuck out to me most was, "When he looked into her dark eyes, and saw that her lips were poised between a laugh and silence..." This line helped me to understand the deep connection between the two.

Emily + Cameron | Short Film


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Chicago, IL
Bride Prep: Crown Plaza
Ceremony: St. Michaels Church
Reception: Salvage One

St Mike’s in Old Town, the Lily Pond in Lincoln Park, and one of my favorite venues...Salvage One. Both Emily + Cameron were a pleasure to film. Their wedding day story is full of warmth and perfectly reflects two wonderfully loving and down-to-earth individuals.

Aminah + Sarfaraz | A Picture of Us


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Shoot Locations:
Bahai House of Worship, Wilmette, IL
Grosse Point Lighthouse and Beach Front, Evanston, IL

Even though this portrait film I made for Aminah + Sarfaraz is a bit atypical from most that I create, it is still completely my style and was absolutely designed with my love for "story." The couple and their family are muslims and respectfully choose not to demonstrate outward signs of affection toward one another until they are married. This motivated me to emphasize the space between the two.

Sarah + Ernest | “Coming Soon” Trailer


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Chicago, IL
Groom Prep: Swissotel Chicago
Ceremony + Reception: Chicago Cultural Center

Ethereal. That's the best word I can think of to describe the feel of this teaser for Sarah + Ernest's wedding film. This "Coming Soon" Trailer is as magical and elegant as their day was.

Preeya + Brian | “Coming Soon” Trailer


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Chicago, IL
Bride Prep: Hotel 71
Ceremony: Fourth Presbyterian
Reception: Chicago Cultural Center

Here's a short Coming Soon Trailer I just completed for an awesome couple, Preeya + Brian. There couldn't have been a cooler city for their stylish wedding. I designed this Trailer with more of edge to it, in order to contrast the way that their actual Short Film will feel.

Elizabeth + Matt | Short Film


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Chicago, IL
Bride Prep: Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago
Ceremony: Saint James Chapel at the Archdiocese of Chicago
Tattoo: Chicago Tattooing Co.
Reception: Galleria Marchetti

This is one of my favorite short films to date. Chicago is home to some of the most fun people I have ever met. Elizabeth + Matt’s wedding day was different than any other, and this film was designed to tell the story of their unique day. Couples like Elizabeth + Matt make my job a blast! They were fun, good looking, stylish...what more could I want in a couple when creating a wedding film? If you haven’t ever been to Chicago for a winter wedding, this film is a perfect example.

Lauren + Brandon | Short Film


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Chicago, IL
Ceremony + Reception: Hotel Sax Chicago

Brandon proposed to Lauren on the Michigan Avenue Bridge, where they also had their wedding day "First Look." They then continued on to Hotel Sax Chicago where they exchanged vows and rings. There were really some tender moments in this film, for sure.

Elizabeth + Matt | “Coming Soon” Trailer


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Chicago, IL
Bride Prep: Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago
Ceremony: Saint James Chapel at the Archdiocese of Chicago
Tattoo: Chicago Tattooing Co.
Reception: Galleria Marchetti

This downtown Chicago wedding is one of my favorites because Elizabeth + Matt had some real fashion sense, and they were just plain cool to hang out with all day. We started at a penthouse suite in Trump International, had our ceremony at the Archdiocese of Chicago, went for a tattoo up north at Chicago Tattooing Co., and ended the night at Galleria Marchetti.

Lauren + Brandon | “Coming Soon” Trailer


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Chicago, IL
Ceremony + Reception: Hotel Sax Chicago

Just a small taste of what is soon to come in Lauren + Brandon's Short film. One of the things I like best about this Trailer is the tenderness that was able to be captured.

Amanda + Mike | Short Film


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Bride Prep: Eaglewood Resort, Itasca, IL
Ceremony: St George Church, Cicero, IL
Reception: Venuti's, Addison, IL

What a blast this wedding day was! Mike is Palestinian, so I knew I was going to have a fun day of filming...and eating! I spent all day with Amanda + Mike. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love orthodox weddings. The churches are some of the most beautiful in Chicago, and the ceremonies are so rich with tradition. So many gorgeous visuals for me to choose from when designing the film.
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