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Wedding and Reception in Lincoln Park, Chicago – Roy and Kass

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We love Roy and Kass, not just because they’re a great couple, but also because they have the distinction of being the first couple we have photographed from ‘Yes!’ to ‘I Do!’

Roy first contacted us when he was planning his surprise proposal to Kassidy – he had an elaborate plan devised and wanted us to help capture her reaction.  Kass had no idea, and was certainly surprised when Roy dropped to one knee in front of A New Leaf and offered her a stunning solitaire engagement ring from Tiffany.  Joshua, posing as the typical Chicago tourist, captured everything from his post across the street.

Almost a year later, we all gathered again at A New Leaf to celebrate their marriage.  We’re so glad Roy and Kass chose to hold their wedding and reception here – A New Leaf is quite possibly one of the coolest (and most fragrant) venues we’ve been to in downtown Chicago.  They offer not only exotic arrangements and flowers by-the-stem, there’s also a room with cacti and succulents, a wall packed with a rainbow of candles, and a second building where we found everything from driftwood and river stones to vintage tile.  Nestled between the two buildings is a small courtyard filled with antique plant stands, small sitting areas, and seemingly a thousand terra cotta pots.  We were a little sad to hear that they would be closing for 2013 for renovations, but we can’t wait to see the improvements they make!

Roy and Kass picked the Hotel Lincoln, just around the corner from A New Leaf, for their wedding preparations.  The vibe at the Hotel Lincoln is a mix of eclectic and vintage 1950’s cool, making us feel like we were on a set of Mad Men.  There were a number of great locations inside the hotel for photos, and we made sure to take advantage of the gallery wall on the staircase for Roy and Kass’s first look.  The second floor featured an almost empty lobby full of period furniture that we also couldn’t resist.

Despite the rain, Roy and Kass decided to do a quick photowalk to take photos at some of their favorite Chicago locations.  Roy carried the 1950’s vibe through the photoshoot, channeling Gene Kelly in ‘Singin in the Rain’ for what was my favorite image from the day.

Back at A New Leaf, Roy and Kass’s closest friends and family gathered upstairs for the ceremony.  Love, support, and happiness filled the room, warming the wood floors and exposed brick walls.


While we were upstairs witnessing Roy and Kass’s union, the team from Corky’s Catering was downstairs putting the final touches of yellow and gray to the reception décor.  BomBon Bakery provided the gorgeous tiered cake that featured delicate petals cascading down the sides.

We have heard nothing but great things about the DJ Roy and Kass selected, Toast and Jam.  (And also, isn’t that the cleverest name for a DJ ever?)  They are a girly-girl company (even the lone male DJ), and they spun some of the best sets we’ve ever heard at a wedding.  We were also very pleased with the music direction Roy and Kass gave – can you still remember the lyrics to Salt n’ Pepa’s ‘Shoop’ too?

At the end of the night, Joshua still hadn’t gotten all of those terra cotta pots out of his head, so we stole Roy and Kass away for a few quick shots in the courtyard before we said our goodbyes.

Roy and Kass, we are so humbled that you chose us to document your relationship from proposal to wedding.  We’ve gotten to know you both so well and we’re so pleased to be able to call you our friends.  We hope to see you again soon!

If you are looking for a wedding photographer in Chicago, or Northwest Indiana, to capture the memorable moments at your wedding, and interested in our availability and pricing, please drop us a line using the online inquiry form here.


  • June 7, 2012 - 1:57 am

    Rachel - Yay!! I having been waiting for these! They were all breathtaking!! And totally captured the love from that day…can’t wait to see the rest!ReplyCancel

  • June 7, 2012 - 12:19 pm

    Kaye - Awesome and classical pictures — I love the way Joshua and his team captured the day for my beautiful daughter and her very handsome Roy!ReplyCancel

  • June 7, 2012 - 12:22 pm

    Amy - Beautiful pictures!ReplyCancel

  • June 7, 2012 - 12:44 pm

    Crystal - The pictures tell a beautiful story!ReplyCancel

  • June 7, 2012 - 1:16 pm

    Nathan - Look great. Can’t wait to see the rest!ReplyCancel

  • June 7, 2012 - 2:28 pm

    Maria Ayala - The pics were amazing!!! The photographer was AWESOME!!! Can’t wait to see the album!!! Looking at the pictures you can actually feel the love of you both!

    God bless!!!ReplyCancel

  • June 7, 2012 - 2:35 pm

    Kassidy - I LOVED everything about this day 🙂ReplyCancel

  • June 7, 2012 - 3:01 pm

    Betsy - Breathtaking photos! I felt like I was reading Vogue magazine or Architectural Digest. The most creative placement of rings, settings and lighting. The best wedding photos I have ever seen!ReplyCancel

  • June 7, 2012 - 3:09 pm

    Adele Prass - Loved the photos and the story. Looks like it was a beautiful wedding.ReplyCancel

  • June 7, 2012 - 3:53 pm

    Crystal - STUNNING!!!! I loved them all:)ReplyCancel

  • June 7, 2012 - 4:11 pm

    Dorelia Rivera - Truly amazing day! Love the pictures! Congrats!!!ReplyCancel

  • June 7, 2012 - 5:08 pm

    Tory Larsen - These look great!ReplyCancel

  • June 7, 2012 - 5:15 pm

    necole mills - Kass and Roy, Your photo’s look like living art work work! You look absolutely beautiful Kass! (I wonder who did your Makeup!!! 🙂 )ReplyCancel

  • June 7, 2012 - 6:32 pm

    chuck - Great pictures.ReplyCancel

  • June 7, 2012 - 8:20 pm

    Kantner/Chubeck - Joshua..!!!!! You absolutely continue to amaze me!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • June 7, 2012 - 10:20 pm

    Roy - Happiest day of my life!!! Great job, Joshua!!!ReplyCancel

  • June 7, 2012 - 10:28 pm

    Laura Heredia- Masterson - So incredibly beautiful! Your photographer did an amazing job of telling the story of your love. Very moved by these photos…..Congratulations Kass and Roy 🙂ReplyCancel

  • June 8, 2012 - 12:41 am

    Andrea - Super cool! Unique artistic touch.ReplyCancel

  • June 8, 2012 - 12:55 am

    Ken - These photos captured the very special connection between Kass and Roy.ReplyCancel

  • June 8, 2012 - 3:22 am

    Geri Ellis - Oh My Goodness! These pictures are so beautiful! An outstanding job was done capturing such a joyous event. I look forward to seeing these a few more times, they are so easy on the eye and very enjoyable. I can see clearly in these pictures the love Roy and Kass have for each other! I am soooo happy for them.ReplyCancel

  • June 8, 2012 - 2:38 pm

    Kristine Ponta - The pictures are beautiful!!!!ReplyCancel

  • June 8, 2012 - 5:17 pm

    Rubani - Beautiful. I’m happy for you two!ReplyCancel

  • June 8, 2012 - 11:05 pm

    Darnell - VERY Beautiful PICSReplyCancel

  • June 8, 2012 - 11:10 pm

    albena - Beautiful photographs of your special day!ReplyCancel

  • June 9, 2012 - 3:05 am

    Maria Ellis - BEAUTIFUL!!!ReplyCancel

  • June 11, 2012 - 4:02 am

    Cindy Smith - Love the pictures! Cannot wait to see more.ReplyCancel

  • June 11, 2012 - 6:20 pm

    Mimi Dobovsky - BEAUTIFUL pictures of a beautiful couple celebrating their special day! Really lovely!ReplyCancel

  • June 11, 2012 - 10:07 pm

    Maria - These are the most beautiful wedding pictures I have ever seen-including Very unique and special. Have a wonderful happy life together.ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2012 - 4:33 pm

    Tsenia - Absolutely beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2012 - 6:27 pm

    Julie - ABSOLUTELY BREATHTAKING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2012 - 6:41 pm

    Sue - Terrifc pics – glad you shared themReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2012 - 6:42 pm

    Kylie - I love these pics! Beautiful!!!!ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2012 - 6:43 pm

    Brittany Siller - Beautiful pictures Kass! So happy for you and Roy 🙂ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2012 - 6:52 pm

    Tarannum - So gorgeous!! Beautiful pictures.ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2012 - 6:57 pm

    Lynn - Can I get a copy of Roy dancing in the rain?ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2012 - 7:04 pm

    Ruth - I very much enjoyed the special nuances of the celebration that were so perfectly captured by the photographer. The photos are stunning and will make cherished keepsakes for generations to come! Congratulations!!ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2012 - 7:20 pm

    Kelli - Most unique and beautiful wedding pictures I’ve ever seen.ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2012 - 7:23 pm

    sandra - Beautiful Pictures! You guys look great! Love them! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2012 - 8:29 pm

    rocio - I enjoyed viewing the pictures. The black and white pics were amazing!ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2012 - 8:31 pm

    Leonor - These are priceless memories – great pictures with a storyline in between.ReplyCancel

  • June 13, 2012 - 2:21 pm

    Jennifer J - Fantastic photos!! They capture the beauty of Kass and Roy’s special day!ReplyCancel

  • June 13, 2012 - 3:17 pm

    Abby - Beautiful photos! Congratulations!!!ReplyCancel

  • June 13, 2012 - 8:50 pm

    Jessica - Beautiful!!! I can’t wait to see the rest!ReplyCancel

  • June 13, 2012 - 9:01 pm

    Kathleen Malee - Truly beautiful photos—looks like a magical day!

  • June 14, 2012 - 12:31 am

    sandy - Wonderful! Such beautiful photos of their special, special day!ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2012 - 3:24 am

    Shrutika - awesome pics! awesome day! awesome couple 😛ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2012 - 2:49 pm

    Becky - The pictures are absolutely beautiful! The uniqueness of each photo captured the special day!ReplyCancel

  • June 15, 2012 - 12:30 am

    Anne Farmer - Beatiful. The colors look so sharp, but I always love the black and whites best!ReplyCancel

  • June 15, 2012 - 12:32 am

    Anne Farmer - oops. Beautiful not beatiful!ReplyCancel

  • June 15, 2012 - 3:13 am

    Babs Martin - The pictures are so beautiful. The emotions that are captured in these images are priceless. Thanks so much for sharing them.ReplyCancel

  • June 15, 2012 - 3:27 pm

    Patty Gross - Beautiful pictures. It was a wonderful night and I am so happy for the couple.ReplyCancel

  • June 15, 2012 - 4:32 pm

    Jaclyn Janoski - Absolutely stunning!! Congrats!!ReplyCancel

  • June 15, 2012 - 4:34 pm

    Michael-Alice Moga - Wonderful pictures. They encompass everything from the “standard” wedding photos to capturing the special moments (some before people may have realized how special they would be). Bravo!ReplyCancel

  • June 15, 2012 - 7:29 pm

    Turiya - These pictures are so fantastic! The pictures really captured the beauty of this special, memorable day!ReplyCancel

  • June 18, 2012 - 2:02 am

    Katy - I love the photo-journalistic style, capturing the emotion!!ReplyCancel

  • June 18, 2012 - 2:47 am

    Jennifer Bales - The pictures turned out beautiful. I’m so glad I got to be a part of this special day!!! Much love and happiness to come!!ReplyCancel

  • June 20, 2012 - 12:56 am

    Pam Chamberlin - Blessings coming your way for a long loving marriageReplyCancel