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    We want to thank you for visiting our photography blog! We have decided to start blogging on at our main website (www.joshuaalbanese.com). This will help streamline our blogging and create a better experience. Thank you for checking out our work.

Jewish Orthodox weddings have quickly become my favorite type of Chicago wedding to photograph – I strongly believe that EVERY wedding should include shtick because I’ve quickly learned that there is no better way to discover the true hidden talents of family and friends.   Combine the Jewish shtick with dark, dashing Persian good looks (like…

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  • August 13, 2013 - 9:13 pm

    Adina Rasekh - These are absolutely amazing!!! You out-did yourself! We couldn’t be happier!!!!! Thank you sooo much!!ReplyCancel

  • August 13, 2013 - 9:38 pm

    Shelley Dolitsky - BEAUTIFUL :) ReplyCancel

  • August 13, 2013 - 10:14 pm

    Eytan Rasekh - Amazing pictures! Can’t wait to see more!!ReplyCancel

  • August 14, 2013 - 7:53 am

    Samantha - Love them!ReplyCancel

  • August 14, 2013 - 8:06 am

    Erin - Adina! These pictures are awesome!!!!! I love the pics of CLW & SBG cutting the rug on the dance floor ;) You’re a beautiful bride!ReplyCancel

  • August 14, 2013 - 9:01 am

    Sara Schmerling - Love the pictures of the beautiful bride and groom. I especially love how fun and unique the picture of Ilan, Ari, Eytan, Oren and Igal showing off their socks!ReplyCancel

  • August 14, 2013 - 11:40 am

    Menucha - The pictures, as well as what you wrote, are stunning!!!!ReplyCancel

  • August 14, 2013 - 12:46 pm

    Shelly Rasekh - Love the pictures! They capture the the life and joy of the party. Rasekh crew …the socks are awesome!!!ReplyCancel

  • August 14, 2013 - 5:34 pm

    Jess Polin - These are so beautiful!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • August 15, 2013 - 9:17 am

    Ari - These pics are excellent! Can’t wait to see more…ReplyCancel

  • August 15, 2013 - 10:06 am

    Oren Rasekh - The wedding was so much fun! These pictures came out really well!ReplyCancel

  • August 17, 2013 - 9:18 pm

    Beth White - Beautiful pictures. We had the best time.ReplyCancel

  • August 24, 2013 - 10:28 pm

    Sarah Benji - So beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • August 25, 2013 - 10:38 am

    Emily Lawrence - Beautiful – can’t wait to see the hard copies!ReplyCancel

  • August 26, 2013 - 9:28 pm

    Melanie and Isaac Piha - Great photos and I agree, those socks are awesome!!!ReplyCancel

  • August 26, 2013 - 9:35 pm

    Stacey Saal - Thank you for sharing. Everything looks so beautiful. At the beginning I started scrolling down and didn’t recognize the kids, specially Adina. A while later I realized it was Ilan, so the woman had to be Adina. They looked so happy, so adult, so gorgeous!!!! I specially liked the socks the men wore (for the picture only, I hope…),ReplyCancel

  • August 26, 2013 - 10:19 pm

    Barbara Levy - Fabulous pictures! We had a wonderful time! Beautiful couple. Happiness always.ReplyCancel

  • August 26, 2013 - 10:24 pm

    Nahid Goldstein - Absolutely beautiful pictures, it looks like a royal wedding.
    Beautiful bride gorgeous handsome groom, the tables and more.
    May God bless you with a happy life and everlasting love together.
    Nahid Goldstein and family including my mom.ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2013 - 2:14 am

    Netta Maoz - Dear Adina and Ilan, Shelly and Igal,
    The pictures are amazing, they transfer the happiness and excitement of this beautiful wedding, The bride and groom are very beautiful.
    I wish you all fulfillment of you wishes.

    MAZAL TOV

    NettaReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2013 - 2:53 am

    Beth Kava - The pictures are absolutely fantastic. They truly capture the ruach. Enjoy reliving that beautiful day.ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2013 - 7:43 am

    tom and edna krausz - Beautiful bride. Handsome groom. How can the photos be anything but GORGEOUS!! The expression of joy is wonderfully captured for eternity. A keen sense of humor too. Love those socks, men!

    Adina and Ilan, may your mazal continue to shine on forever. Amen.ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2013 - 7:59 am

    ruth - I love the pictures.ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2013 - 1:54 pm

    Igal Rasekh - I love it, I love it, I love it……ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2013 - 7:43 pm

    Rivka Benhiyoun - Such a nice surprise to receive the email and to relive the wedding through the pics!!!
    I love the pics, the angles etc. They look so real and genuine, the Rassekh socks are terrific.
    Thank you again for sharing the pics. We should always share only simchos.
    RivkaReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2013 - 9:10 pm

    Vered Kagan - איזה יופי,

    מדהים

    כל כך מכובד כל כך יפה,

    מי יתן שיחיו חיים טובים ומאושרים

    שיהיה מזל טוב

    רוב אושר ושמחה

    אוהבים אתכם

    ורד צביקה והילדים.ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2013 - 9:12 pm

    Jane Dubro - STUNNING!!!! I love the wedding photos! Thanks for sharing!!!!!
    xoxoxo
    JaneReplyCancel

  • August 28, 2013 - 5:54 pm

    Jane Dubro - STUNNING!!!! I love the wedding photos! Thanks for sharing!!!!!
    xoxoxoReplyCancel

  • August 28, 2013 - 8:26 pm

    Devorah Levy-Haim - The pictures are amazing. I showed them to the whole family.
    It should be a beautiful beginning to a beautiful life together for the beautiful couple.ReplyCancel

  • August 28, 2013 - 9:42 pm

    Lynn Moore - Gorgeous bride and groom! Exceptional pictures! So sorry we missed your wedding, we would have loved to be there….ReplyCancel

  • August 29, 2013 - 6:41 am

    Giddi Kalimian - May God bless you with a happy life and everlasting love together.ReplyCancel

  • August 29, 2013 - 6:43 am

    Linda Harary - Pictures are beautiful as are the subjects!!! They make a gorgeous couple and should have much MAZAL and happiness always.ReplyCancel

  • August 29, 2013 - 10:12 pm

    Nahid Oberman - Dear Shelly and Igal, Adina and Ilan:

    What a beautiful wedding, bride an groom and all the in-laws. Wish you all at the best and a happy New Year. Thank you for sharing your simcha with us.

    Nahid, Jeff, Shireen and JasmineReplyCancel

  • August 30, 2013 - 4:37 am

    Yael kava - Nice picturesReplyCancel

  • September 15, 2013 - 11:18 am

    Tami Stalbow - Love the photos and the bride and groom. Mazal Tov!ReplyCancel

You know that feeling you get when you finally fall in love and you feel like the word ‘love’ isn’t enough to describe the magnitude of your feelings?  You realize that ‘love’ is one of the most commonly used and abused words in our language, but nothing else seems to have the resonance that it…

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  • August 2, 2013 - 7:00 pm

    Marisa Nasti - DYING! This is more than I ever hoped for! I called Eric trying to catch him before work to describe to him the detail and presentation you have given us in this blog. I was in tears. I kept say no one could have done this but Rachel and Joshua, not only because they are so incredible (yes I said incredible), but because they were the only ones with us throughout EVERY MOMENT OF THE DAY! Thank you so much for recreating this memory for us. We are ecstatic!ReplyCancel

  • August 2, 2013 - 7:27 pm

    Brigitte - Amazing!! What a great post and beautiful photos! In just a day you’ve captured what has taken all of us years to learn.

    You have decribed them perfectly. Thank you for your vivid and detailed observation of a most magical love.

    Yay!!ReplyCancel

  • August 2, 2013 - 7:36 pm

    Carol St John - I don’t have words to express what I felt as I scrolled through this wonderful account on your blog. I had tears in my eyes as I remembered that day and how very blessed I was to see my son so happy. I love Marisa so for her gentle, loving spirit but most of all because she loves my son so much. Thank you for this incredible reminder of this special event.ReplyCancel

  • August 3, 2013 - 1:06 am

    Rosemary Nasti - You left me speechless…you captured every special moment of Marisa & Eric’s Love, Celebration & Family. Your attention to detail is impeccable. Thank you Joshua for creating this timeless keepsake.ReplyCancel

  • August 3, 2013 - 2:27 am

    Dad Vince - Ahhhh Joshua, you take me back to that magical day!! Thanks for your insightful reflections. I truly believe the unification of soooo much family and friends’ energy and beauty ;channeled through all the shared experience of professionals like you and all our industry friends and my wife Rose and Pastor Rob and the Alta Villa staff and Taimane on that day with us ; yes that’s what culminated in that truly EPIC day in our lives. Marisa and Eric are blessed with a lifetime of memories. And for them and all of us; this preview is a heart and mind tickling sample of our shared experiences that Great Day. We remain sooo looking forward to the rest of your creative gift of hard work. (HaHa- no pressure Joshua ,just anticipation )
    Thanks again for imprinting our Moon couples beginning.
    Joshua Albanese Photography = true artists !ReplyCancel

  • August 3, 2013 - 10:47 am

    Eric Moon - I hate to be cliche, but it was the single most incredible night of my life. I was actually angry when it ended. It was something I wanted to last forever. Thanks to Joshua, I’m getting the next best thing in the form of all of these wonderful photos and video.

    I LOVE YOU MARISA, AND WE MADE THE RIGHT CHOICE!! THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING!

    Thank you Joshua. We truly chose wisely.ReplyCancel

  • August 5, 2013 - 5:29 pm

    Iman Myles - What a beautiful couple! The first look pictures are especially adorable :-) ReplyCancel

  • August 6, 2013 - 9:34 am

    Rose Holcomb - Words can not express except to say, Marisa and Eric’s wedding was beyond breathtaking!! It was a picture-perfect day, and I couldn’t be happier for them. I tried many times not to cry but what I realized was that I’ve never seen anything more beautiful! The way they looked at one another throughout their day was perfectly captured in these absolutely stunning photos. I can’t wait to see more!!!!ReplyCancel

  • August 9, 2013 - 9:31 pm

    Stephanie Furuta - Eric and Marisa’s wedding was incredible! It was an honor to be there on their special day. We flew in from Honolulu and expected a beautiful wedding, but were blown away by every single detail of that night and their thoughtfulness throughout our entire trip. We were sad when the night was over (and even sadder when we had to leave Chicago)! Your blog and photos captured the wedding perfectly. Beautiful!!ReplyCancel

When I drive up from Indianapolis to Chicago to photograph weddings with Joshua, the landmark that stands out the most to me isn’t the Willis Tower, the White Sox stadium, or even the elusive ‘Circle’ that I finally discovered about 3 months ago.  It’s Carnivale.  I loved that restaurant before I had ever sampled their…

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  • July 24, 2013 - 3:43 pm

    Iman Myles - The bride’s dress is so flattering on her, and the bouquet is so bright and gorgeous. Fits in perfectly with the decor (along with the rainbow of shoes). Awesome pictures – especially the one with the blue/yellow background. Love it, and I bet the food was off the chain!ReplyCancel

As I sat down to review Naitik and Anupa’s wedding images and begin this post, I realized two things – that this was our first time photographing a Hindu wedding in Chicago (although we did shoot an Indian engagement party at Brookfield Zoo), and that 2013 is becoming our year for learning wedding customs and…

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  • July 18, 2013 - 8:12 pm

    Iman Myles - Omg. This wedding is so insanely beautiful and vibrant. What a gorgeous couple. The outfits and florals are out of this world. Love, love, love!! One of my favorites, alongside Kannitha and Mario’s wedding. I guess I just love ethnic weddings. Keep up the amazing work.ReplyCancel

Let us just start off by saying that if we could design the perfect couple and use the same prototype for every Chicago wedding that we photograph, Iman and David would be our blueprint.  This couple met while waiting in line for a political event commemorating Howard Zinn at the Busboy and Poet restaurant in…

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  • July 14, 2013 - 1:02 pm

    Steven Myles - Job well done by all involved from the commitment made by David and Iman, to the reception dinner gathering, the captivating wedding, the timeless location, the flawless photography, dancing, the catering, the customized cake, the endearing comments shared by family of David and Iman, and the love that departed as the wedding concluded. i am blessed to have taken part in it all.ReplyCancel

  • July 15, 2013 - 10:29 am

    Iman Myles - I can’t express how beautifully you captured this wedding. I didn’t expect any less from such a talented photographer and blogger. As you may recall, I said that photography was one the most important elements in the wedding as photographs are all that is left once the festivities are over (aside from the memories). We can now share these pictures with those who attended, those who couldn’t make it, and those who aren’t even alive yet! Thank you again so much.ReplyCancel

  • December 17, 2013 - 5:23 am

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