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
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!
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
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
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
🎶 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
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 ! 🍂🍁
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
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!!
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 .
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.
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
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.
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]