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Super happy about this Engagement Photo Session. Love shooting next to my girl! 📸
Super happy about this Engagement Photo Session. Love shooting next to my girl! 📸
We're obsessed with this new arrival! Book your appointment to try this gorgeous gown on today! ✨
We're obsessed with this new arrival! Book your appointment to try this gorgeous gown on today! ✨
Bridal show at the Paramount Theater.  @the_complete_wedding_expo .
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#chicagodj #chicagowedding #chicagoengagement #chicagophotographer #chicagoband #wedding #sayyestothedress #shesaidyes #engaged #sing #love#fun
We’re excited to share Bill and Rachel's #engagementphotos on the blog. Check them out: link in profile!
We’re excited to share Bill and Rachel's #engagementphotos  on the blog. Check them out: link in profile!
• love is a promise; love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear •
~ john lennon
• love is a promise; love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear • ~ john lennon
So excited to spend today with these two to document their wedding! I will most likely be a puddle of sweat and a hot mess at the end of the day but it will be fun! 😊#thefindlab #hp5
So excited to spend today with these two to document their wedding! I will most likely be a puddle of sweat and a hot mess at the end of the day but it will be fun! 😊#thefindlab  #hp5 
I love Chicago. I love Sunsets.
I love Chicago. I love Sunsets.
When you tell me "I'm really awkward" I pretty much know you're gonna be really cute.
When you tell me "I'm really awkward" I pretty much know you're gonna be really cute.
One of my favorite moments to capture on a wedding day 😭 *cue the tears*
One of my favorite moments to capture on a wedding day 😭 *cue the tears*
The Honeycomb is a relatively unknown #Chicagolandmark in #LincolnPark, which is about a mile north of downtown. Link in profile!
New Tardis. New characters. New story lines. Action, chaos and time travel. Mostly just cute dorks who got married recently though.
New Tardis. New characters. New story lines. Action, chaos and time travel. Mostly just cute dorks who got married recently though.
Heading to Chicago on the train. I still remember this gorgeous shoot. What was supposed to be a 2 hour shoot ended up being almost 5 hours including dinner. It was like spending the day with old friends. Miss you guys!
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#lovemycouples #chicagowedding #chicagoengagement #chicago #lovethis #utterperfection #lakegenevaweddingphotographer #lakegenevawedding #midwest #midwestbride #chicagobride #isaidyes #isaidyes💍 #imengaged
#glampingatemersoncreek 
Location: @emersoncreekevents 
Model: @xostephmorgan 
Gown and accessories: @victoria.sdoukos.couture 
Hair: @hairbydorthi 
Makeup: @alana_ameliacandco 
Florals/decor: @ashaddevents / @rjpdesigns
#glampingatemersoncreek  Location: @emersoncreekevents Model: @xostephmorgan Gown and accessories: @victoria.sdoukos.couture Hair: @hairbydorthi Makeup: @alana_ameliacandco Florals/decor: @ashaddevents / @rjpdesigns
These two lovebirds are getting married today! Can’t wait to capture it! We’re gonna #beattheheat and have a great time! Definitely didn’t think my first official fall wedding would be on a 90 degree day!!! //
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#chicago #chicagolakefront #northavebeach #chicagoengagement #engagementsession #greenweddingshoes #huffpostido #lillerphoto #lookslikefilm #love #lxc #milwaukeephotographer #stylemepretty #tribearchepelago #photographer #photography #portrait #engaged
These two lovebirds are getting married today! Can’t wait to capture it! We’re gonna #beattheheat  and have a great time! Definitely didn’t think my first official fall wedding would be on a 90 degree day!!! // . . . #chicago  #chicagolakefront  #northavebeach  #chicagoengagement  #engagementsession  #greenweddingshoes  #huffpostido  #lillerphoto  #lookslikefilm  #love  #lxc  #milwaukeephotographer  #stylemepretty  #tribearchepelago  #photographer  #photography  #portrait  #engaged 
Chi town “the Windy City” #chicago
Chi town “the Windy City” #chicago 
• some of the most important conversations i've ever had occurred at the dinner table • ~ bob ehrlich
• some of the most important conversations i've ever had occurred at the dinner table • ~ bob ehrlich
We are excited to share Bill and Rachel's #engagement session from @lincolnparkzoo. Link in profile!
We are excited to share Bill and Rachel's #engagement  session from @lincolnparkzoo. Link in profile!
I know it's late in the day and you've all probably got some weekend plans you're getting to, BUT I'd just like to recommend you pause for one quick sec and check out this wedding that just hit the blog!! Ashton and Dan's wedding was truly one of my favorites (if you couldn't tell from how much I've been posting from it). Start your weekend off with these two by clicking the link in my bio. ✌🏻#danandashton
I know it's late in the day and you've all probably got some weekend plans you're getting to, BUT I'd just like to recommend you pause for one quick sec and check out this wedding that just hit the blog!! Ashton and Dan's wedding was truly one of my favorites (if you couldn't tell from how much I've been posting from it). Start your weekend off with these two by clicking the link in my bio. ✌🏻#danandashton 
Happy first day of...Fall? Leave it to Chicago to have mixed feelings about starting a new season. With these 90+ temps, it's more like the beginning of Summer. Whatever the weather, we can all agree to be happy it's Friday and a new weekend is hours away. I'll be venturing all around the city for tomorrow's wedding. Guess I better bring the sunscreen huh? 😎 #firstdayoffall #friyay
Happy first day of...Fall? Leave it to Chicago to have mixed feelings about starting a new season. With these 90+ temps, it's more like the beginning of Summer. Whatever the weather, we can all agree to be happy it's Friday and a new weekend is hours away. I'll be venturing all around the city for tomorrow's wedding. Guess I better bring the sunscreen huh? 😎 #firstdayoffall  #friyay 
I love everything about Fall; bonfires and hoodies, pumpkin spice lattes, chili cook offs, crockpot cooking, Halloween and Thanksgiving. I know it’s 90 degrees out there but happy first day of Fall! 
#heatherbrulezphotography #engaged #engagement #chicagoengagement #engagementsession #inlove #flashbackfriday #fall #ilovefall #ilovefall🍁 #chicagoartinstitute
Although the seasons are changing, we enjoyed one of the last days of summer exploring the Chicago Art Institute’s South Gardens with Catherine + Jeremy. Check out their engagement session on our blog! Swipe for more!
Although the seasons are changing, we enjoyed one of the last days of summer exploring the Chicago Art Institute’s South Gardens with Catherine + Jeremy. Check out their engagement session on our blog! Swipe for more!
#glampingatemersoncreek 
Location: @emersoncreekevents 
Model: @officialgabija 
Gown and accessories: @victoria.sdoukos.couture 
Hair: @visionsfortheartofhair 
Makeup: @wendycityfaces 
Florals/decor: @ashaddevents / @rjpdesigns 
Airstream generously provided by the O'brien family (THANK YOU!)
#glampingatemersoncreek  Location: @emersoncreekevents Model: @officialgabija Gown and accessories: @victoria.sdoukos.couture Hair: @visionsfortheartofhair Makeup: @wendycityfaces Florals/decor: @ashaddevents / @rjpdesigns Airstream generously provided by the O'brien family (THANK YOU!)
“If you can’t stop thinking about it, don’t stop working for it.” I absolutely LOVE what I do. I love the industry, the people, the art, trends, the vibes that surround a wedding day 💕 all of it just feels like this is exactly what I’m supposed to be doing 💖
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#bbhairandmakeup #followyourdreams #bridalhair #chicagowedding #chicagoengagement #bridalmakeup
Ladies and Gentlemen, this is my "boyfriend" @rjpdesigns 
Love you Ramsey!! Location: @emersoncreekevents 
Florals - Ramsey himself!! (Plus Veronica from Ashland Addison) 
Makeup - @alana_ameliacandco 
Airstream kindly loaned by the O'Brien family
Ladies and Gentlemen, this is my "boyfriend" @rjpdesigns Love you Ramsey!! Location: @emersoncreekevents Florals - Ramsey himself!! (Plus Veronica from Ashland Addison) Makeup - @alana_ameliacandco Airstream kindly loaned by the O'Brien family
So much love ❤️
So much love ❤️
#LincolnPark is so beautiful in the #fall. Check out Bill and Rachel's #engagement photos on the blog! Link in profile!
• all, everything that I understand, I only understand because I love •
~ leo tolstoy
• all, everything that I understand, I only understand because I love • ~ leo tolstoy
Something tells me these two won't need all these layers tomorrow! It will feel like night and day from their engagement session in chilly temps to a high in the 90s tomorrow… Certainly not something you anticipate for a September 22 wedding! But what I love about these two so much is that they already emailed about how excited they are and that they are just going to roll with it with these temperatures and have the best day tomorrow!!! We agree!!! Cannot wait!!!!! 🙌🏼✨💛 #ctpcouples #christytylerphoto
Something tells me these two won't need all these layers tomorrow! It will feel like night and day from their engagement session in chilly temps to a high in the 90s tomorrow… Certainly not something you anticipate for a September 22 wedding! But what I love about these two so much is that they already emailed about how excited they are and that they are just going to roll with it with these temperatures and have the best day tomorrow!!! We agree!!! Cannot wait!!!!! 🙌🏼✨💛 #ctpcouples  #christytylerphoto 
We're so happy for our beautiful bride @amandataste! She chose a gorgeous @catherine__deane gown and @jennyyoonyc overskirt. We LOVE her style!
We're so happy for our beautiful bride @amandataste! She chose a gorgeous @catherine__deane gown and @jennyyoonyc overskirt. We LOVE her style!
SNEAK PEEK // jen + tyler's engagement session hits the blog soon! check back tomorrow for the link to see more of these babes that I'm lucky enough to call my friends.
SNEAK PEEK // jen + tyler's engagement session hits the blog soon! check back tomorrow for the link to see more of these babes that I'm lucky enough to call my friends.
It may not feel like it this week but it’s fall engagement and portrait session season. Book your session now for October 2017 and receive a bonus large print with edited files. 📧 or DM for rates! // #mikefanphotography
It may not feel like it this week but it’s fall engagement and portrait session season. Book your session now for October 2017 and receive a bonus large print with edited files. 📧 or DM for rates! // #mikefanphotography 
#glampingatemersoncreek 
Location: @emersoncreekevents 
Models: @officialgabija and @whitman_johnson 
Gown and accessories: @victoria.sdoukos.couture 
Whit's attire: Personal collection
Hair: @visionsfortheartofhair 
Makeup: @wendycityfaces 
Florals/decor: @ashaddevents / @rjpdesigns 
Airstream generously provided by the O'brien family (THANK YOU!)
#glampingatemersoncreek  Location: @emersoncreekevents Models: @officialgabija and @whitman_johnson Gown and accessories: @victoria.sdoukos.couture Whit's attire: Personal collection Hair: @visionsfortheartofhair Makeup: @wendycityfaces Florals/decor: @ashaddevents / @rjpdesigns Airstream generously provided by the O'brien family (THANK YOU!)
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As they looked into each other's eyes they knew they'd be ok, as the city burned. (He didn't propose [yet] but I'm hashing it because I am booking)

#couplegoals #couplegoals #happy #love #engagement #lover #soulmates #together #chicagophotographer #chicagoengagement #destination #chicago #portrait #memories #one #lincolnpark #cuff #iloveyou #weddingseason
Such an amazing week over on the blog! These two and one gorgeous Chicago Skyline just hit the blog!!! {link in profile}
Such an amazing week over on the blog! These two and one gorgeous Chicago Skyline just hit the blog!!! {link in profile}
candid captures are my favorite 🖤 #carolinetaafephoto
Always good to have that simple portrait 📸
Always good to have that simple portrait 📸
🎶 Do you remember, the 21st night of September... This time next year, I'll be capturing Angela and Pete's amazing wedding at the stunning @lemeridienhotels in #philly! Cannot wait to see them enter their reception as a new Mr. & Mrs. to one of my favorite songs!! Ba de ya de ya de ya 🎶
🎶 Do you remember, the 21st night of September... This time next year, I'll be capturing Angela and Pete's amazing wedding at the stunning @lemeridienhotels in #philly ! Cannot wait to see them enter their reception as a new Mr. & Mrs. to one of my favorite songs!! Ba de ya de ya de ya 🎶
Quick tip - If you're looking for a cool spot to get ready in, check out @airbnb !! For Ashton and Dan's wedding, not only did Ashton get ready here but they also just had the wedding in the backyard. Awesome alternative to a traditional venue. Just sayinnn. 😉 #erikambridalguide  #danandashton
Quick tip - If you're looking for a cool spot to get ready in, check out @airbnb !! For Ashton and Dan's wedding, not only did Ashton get ready here but they also just had the wedding in the backyard. Awesome alternative to a traditional venue. Just sayinnn. 😉 #erikambridalguide  #danandashton 
Engagements are #allthefeels - super exciting, so sweet & we believe that how you handle this special time together paves the way for your married lives together✨ We 💕 this shot of Jenna + Ketan from @lillyphoto 📸
Engagements are #allthefeels  - super exciting, so sweet & we believe that how you handle this special time together paves the way for your married lives together✨ We 💕 this shot of Jenna + Ketan from @lillyphoto 📸
With Chicagoland temps in the 90's, you would never know it's the first day of fall here in the Midwest! 😳But to get my gallery into the autumn mode, here's a throwback to the historic @hoosiergrovebarn  #fallwedding #styledshoot with @mariamolaphotography and the beautiful @chloeboelter 💐🍂🍁 Chloe's #bloomsnblissfloral #fallbouquet included rust/burgundy-hued "coffeebreak" roses, dahlias, rose-hips and teal hydrangea. Other friendors featured: @completebridal1 and @elementspreserved (vintage wine barrel 😍) Swipe left for more moments from this gorgeous #fallbride #styledshoot ! 🍂🍁
With Chicagoland temps in the 90's, you would never know it's the first day of fall here in the Midwest! 😳But to get my gallery into the autumn mode, here's a throwback to the historic @hoosiergrovebarn #fallwedding  #styledshoot  with @mariamolaphotography and the beautiful @chloeboelter 💐🍂🍁 Chloe's #bloomsnblissfloral  #fallbouquet  included rust/burgundy-hued "coffeebreak" roses, dahlias, rose-hips and teal hydrangea. Other friendors featured: @completebridal1 and @elementspreserved (vintage wine barrel 😍) Swipe left for more moments from this gorgeous #fallbride  #styledshoot  ! 🍂🍁
#glampingatemersoncreek 
Location: @emersoncreekevents 
Model: @xostephmorgan 
Gown and accessories: @victoria.sdoukos.couture 
Hair: @hairbydorthi 
Makeup: @alana_ameliacandco 
Florals/decor: @ashaddevents / @rjpdesigns
#glampingatemersoncreek  Location: @emersoncreekevents Model: @xostephmorgan Gown and accessories: @victoria.sdoukos.couture Hair: @hairbydorthi Makeup: @alana_ameliacandco Florals/decor: @ashaddevents / @rjpdesigns
I love exploring new neighborhoods with my couples. Getting a glimpse into their everyday, the spots the drive or walk by in their daily lives together getting incorporated into an engagement session always makes me happy! Exploring Jefferson Park with these 2 was absolutely delightful - it was fresh and new, a much needed inspiration boost in busy season!! #elleroseengagement
I love exploring new neighborhoods with my couples. Getting a glimpse into their everyday, the spots the drive or walk by in their daily lives together getting incorporated into an engagement session always makes me happy! Exploring Jefferson Park with these 2 was absolutely delightful - it was fresh and new, a much needed inspiration boost in busy season!! #elleroseengagement 
Your guestbook is just one of many things that can be untraditional - we loved how these brides used a favorite childhood book to preserve memories from another special day in their lives.⠀
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Your guestbook is just one of many things that can be untraditional - we loved how these brides used a favorite childhood book to preserve memories from another special day in their lives.⠀ ⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ Photos by @benelsassphoto • Floral by @fleurinc⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ #shesaidyes  #gettingmarried  #engagedlife  #gws  #theknot  #smpwedding  #thedailywedding  #weddingideas  #weddingdetails  #weddinginspo  #stylemepretty  #midwestbride  #weddingtrend  #midwestwedding  #brides  #weddingplanner  #chicagobride  #chicagoweddingplanner  #chicagoengagement  #isaidyes  #marriageequality  #chicagogram  #twobrides  #fallwedding  #guestbookideas 
Lady in red ♥️ #carolinetaafephoto
ICYMI: We've got a super fun giveaway going on right now! 2 other amazing Chicago boss ladies and I are teaming up to give you a fabulous portrait experience 🙌🏻 See below for details and rules!!
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Prize:

1. FREE portrait session with me (engagement, anniversary, or couples session).
2. $60 towards an outfit from @shopivycastle .

3. FREE makeup for your session done by @bsansostiartistry .
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Rules:

1. FOLLOW @nicolejansma @shopivycastle & @bsansostiartistry .

2. LIKE this photo.

3. TAG 3 friends in the comments.
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Couples from out of state are welcome to enter, but will be responsible for travel expenses.
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Contest ends 11:59pm CST 9/29/17. Winner will be announced 10/2/17.
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This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram. The prize cannot be transferred or exchanged for monetary value. Session will take place in Chicago in November or December 2017.
ICYMI: We've got a super fun giveaway going on right now! 2 other amazing Chicago boss ladies and I are teaming up to give you a fabulous portrait experience 🙌🏻 See below for details and rules!! . Prize: 1. FREE portrait session with me (engagement, anniversary, or couples session). 2. $60 towards an outfit from @shopivycastle . 3. FREE makeup for your session done by @bsansostiartistry . . Rules: 1. FOLLOW @nicolejansma @shopivycastle & @bsansostiartistry . 2. LIKE this photo. 3. TAG 3 friends in the comments. . Couples from out of state are welcome to enter, but will be responsible for travel expenses. . Contest ends 11:59pm CST 9/29/17. Winner will be announced 10/2/17. . This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram. The prize cannot be transferred or exchanged for monetary value. Session will take place in Chicago in November or December 2017.
As promised, more from my time at @the_realworkshop is up on the blog! Link in bio.
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Alsooo, if anyone wants to elope in Petit Jean State Park I'd gladly fly out there to be your photographer. 😉 Such a gorgeous place! #ontheblog #erikamattinglyphoto
As promised, more from my time at @the_realworkshop is up on the blog! Link in bio. - Alsooo, if anyone wants to elope in Petit Jean State Park I'd gladly fly out there to be your photographer. 😉 Such a gorgeous place! #ontheblog  #erikamattinglyphoto 
NEW BLOG POST // meghan + tim's engagement session at @mortonarb is on the blog! this one reminds me of camping in the Rockies - so I especially love it! click the link in my bio to see more!
NEW BLOG POST // meghan + tim's engagement session at @mortonarb is on the blog! this one reminds me of camping in the Rockies - so I especially love it! click the link in my bio to see more!
A small preview of Travis and Melissa’s perfect summer wedding
A small preview of Travis and Melissa’s perfect summer wedding
These loves are on the blog today! Link in profile. #northavenuebeach #chicagoengagement #scoringbassetts
Monday was a day to remember & mainly because of the dream team I got to work alongside of! 🌹✨ Dresses: @simplyluxebridal Model: @marilynbass Hair: @tamaraholdenhair Makeup: @jcostaartistry Venue: @wanderingtreeestate Styling: @danadianee Photographer: @carolinetaafe #carolinetaafephoto
Monday was a day to remember & mainly because of the dream team I got to work alongside of! 🌹✨ Dresses: @simplyluxebridal Model: @marilynbass Hair: @tamaraholdenhair Makeup: @jcostaartistry Venue: @wanderingtreeestate Styling: @danadianee Photographer: @carolinetaafe #carolinetaafephoto 
All moved in! Our year-long property search has finally come to an end. This journey has had many unexpected bumps in the roads which had left us disappointed, displaced, and myself, at times, doubting the Lord's promises. 
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We lost our very first realtor, Elliot, last year at the start of our journey due to senseless Chicago violence. We spent the next 7 months searching & putting in offers on several properties only for deals to fall through due to poor guidance from our advisors. In July we thought we'd found our home. We had packed up our apartment (which I loved) and moved our belongings into the new place only to have the deal fall through at the eleventh hour. In a weeks time, we found ourselves pregnant & displaced. We moved our entire lives into a storage unit and moved in with family members. Soon after, I began having complications with my pregnancy which left me hospitalized & incapacitated for weeks at a time. Not to mention the stress of having to meet deadlines during wedding season when I could barely even stand, walk or sit-up for extended periods of time. To be frank, at times, I had given up hope. And was struggling to understand why the Lord had brought us into what seemed like the wilderness. 
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But through it all. Through all the pain, sorrow, discomfort, doubt, anger, and did I mention pain (yeah, cos a sista is still in pain), the Lord had allowed His grace to cover us. Even when my heart was hardened, I couldn't help but recognize His faithfulness in how He was working everything out for our good. He lead us to a new realtor, Christy Dukes, who found us our home on our first day out with her. Christy has been a God-send. Not only is she extremely knowledgeable, resourceful and hardworking, but she will advocate for her clients until the very end! Christy cared for us and truly advocated on our behalf every.single.day. This was a long, tiresome and, at times, disappointing journey for us with the previous realtor we were working with, but the moment we began working with Christy everything seemed to just fall into place. I mean, this woman was passionate about helping us after all we'd been through and she delivered... [con't below]
All moved in! Our year-long property search has finally come to an end. This journey has had many unexpected bumps in the roads which had left us disappointed, displaced, and myself, at times, doubting the Lord's promises. ___ We lost our very first realtor, Elliot, last year at the start of our journey due to senseless Chicago violence. We spent the next 7 months searching & putting in offers on several properties only for deals to fall through due to poor guidance from our advisors. In July we thought we'd found our home. We had packed up our apartment (which I loved) and moved our belongings into the new place only to have the deal fall through at the eleventh hour. In a weeks time, we found ourselves pregnant & displaced. We moved our entire lives into a storage unit and moved in with family members. Soon after, I began having complications with my pregnancy which left me hospitalized & incapacitated for weeks at a time. Not to mention the stress of having to meet deadlines during wedding season when I could barely even stand, walk or sit-up for extended periods of time. To be frank, at times, I had given up hope. And was struggling to understand why the Lord had brought us into what seemed like the wilderness. ___ But through it all. Through all the pain, sorrow, discomfort, doubt, anger, and did I mention pain (yeah, cos a sista is still in pain), the Lord had allowed His grace to cover us. Even when my heart was hardened, I couldn't help but recognize His faithfulness in how He was working everything out for our good. He lead us to a new realtor, Christy Dukes, who found us our home on our first day out with her. Christy has been a God-send. Not only is she extremely knowledgeable, resourceful and hardworking, but she will advocate for her clients until the very end! Christy cared for us and truly advocated on our behalf every.single.day. This was a long, tiresome and, at times, disappointing journey for us with the previous realtor we were working with, but the moment we began working with Christy everything seemed to just fall into place. I mean, this woman was passionate about helping us after all we'd been through and she delivered... [con't below]
These two blue-eyed blondes are having a celebration this weekend and I'm so ready for it! @berly0919 @bromino621 @lyssadanielle1 can't wait to spend the whole day with you ladies!! #ZagataHaveLove
These two blue-eyed blondes are having a celebration this weekend and I'm so ready for it! @berly0919 @bromino621 @lyssadanielle1 can't wait to spend the whole day with you ladies!! #ZagataHaveLove