Shelby and Ben first met in high school during a student council leadership retreat. The groom admits that ever since sophomore year of high school he knew Shelby was the one. Throughout the length of their ten-year relationship the couple talked about marriage frequently.
Ansel Adams observed, "Photography is an investigation of the outer and the inner worlds. The terms “shoot” and “take” are not accidental. They represent an attitude of conquest and appropriation. Only when the photographer grows in perception and creative impulse does the term “make" define a condition of empathy and understanding."
On our new website, under Inspiration, we have tucked away a secret little section. If you click on “we believe…” you will see a bunch of red boxes. These boxes contain words that are meaningful to us. When you click on a box, you will get a glimpse of what moves us, inspires us, and brings joy to our lives.
"We Believe... in the simple pleasures of life, the kindness of a genuine smile, and karma."
Strong Chicago ties, a beautiful ceremony at Holy Name Cathedral, and sophisticated fun at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago. Lauren and Luke were excited to celebrate their wedding with family and friends in their Sweet Home Chicago. In order to make their wedding more intimate, they invited a close family friend to preside over the ceremony.
We feel fortunate to live and work in the beautiful, Chicago neighborhood of Logan Square, among many talented artists and entrepreneurs. We believe in the beauty of blending historic with modern. Built in 1916, our European style live-work building, is land-marked by the city of Chicago, full of character and modern style. It is a dream come true to have a charming studio, surrounded by beautiful boulevards, as the foundation of our creative endeavors.
"It is a pleasure to get to know our couples, become part of their inner circle, understand their connections, and hone in on what matters most. Every celebration has its own personality, vibe and feeling. To interpret and translate the feeling, love and joy, we look for the split-second glances, tender touches, belly laughs and genuine smiles. Emotionally connected, we sense magical moments; one must first feel, and then see to be able to interpret. This is the foundation of our creative process."
"Inspired by all art forms: paintings, architecture, fashion, cinema, music and food, we incorporate our sensibilities into everything we do. Blending emotional imagery with a modern and elegant viewpoint is how we tell very personal stories in a nuanced way. We do this so that you may savor your celebration, long after it ends, and remember those feelings forever. It would be our privilege to interpret your unique story."Heather KingenSmith ×