I usually take on planning and designing photo shoots two to three times a year. They are big projects, but also a lot of fun. And each and every time something about the shoot excites me in a way my other projects I'm working on don't, which makes the endeavor totally worth it. This time, I loved getting to know the couple. Krystle and Alyssa are a real couple who bonded over language. Krystle is deaf and communicates through sign language, and Alyssa also knows how to use sign language. In addition to their shared ability to sign, they are both teachers.
Now, don't get me wrong, teachers of all subjects are wonderful. But I needed an extra twist to add to the shoot, so I decided they were science teachers... much to the chagrin of Krystle, who is actually a sign language teacher. Ha! We sprinkled the shoot with hints of science-related details. For example, the custom stationery suite included hexagons and other soft chemistry touches. Their first look was at a luscious botanical garden. The reception venue, Room 1520, has floating molecules hanging from the ceiling. The table numbers and escort cards used elements of the periodic table to inform guests of their seating.
The shoot took place in Chicago and started off at the photographer’s studio, Nomee Studio. There, the brides got ready and took portraits. The two ladies then headed to Garfield Park Conservatory for their first look and some pictures together amongst the greenery. Finally, the day concluded with the ceremony and reception shots at Room 1520.
Other incredible partners in this shoot include: Bakery - Arlyce Giudice, Accessories - Stiletto Boss, Florals - Blossom and Branch Designs, Floral Wall - Lil Epic Design, Hair & Make Up - Milian Bonillo, Hair & Make Up Assistant - Beauty by La'Yanna, Rentals - Blossom and Branch Designs, Stationery - Paper Love Club, Videography - Steve Miller.