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It's always nice to have friends! We have made connections and friendships with great people that can also help make your big day perfect. 


Tricia Koning is a studio and location photographer.   She is a Chicago-based, fine-art photographer with over 20 years of experience and a passion for documenting the love and rituals of weddings, the joy of children and families, and the celebrations and successes of events - personal or institutional.

Emily is a photographer with 15 years of experience who has been working with Tricia for 5 years. For the past few years, she has photographed the newborn babies in the hospital… over 500 newborns! In addition to newborn photography, she specializes in weddings, mitzvahs, portraits and events.

Citygirl Events creates an amazing wedding planning experience for you, they only offer full and customized planning and design services. This also includes coordinating your wedding day, of course.

  • Planning – Planning isn’t just finding vendors and making a timeline. – It’s about creating a beautiful experience from day 1 that allows you to feel at ease knowing someone is taking care of the process with you and for you from the start. No worries if you’ve already started planning and feel like you are lost – they can help

  • Design – Design is a feeling. – It’s about putting things together that feel right. From flowers to lighting to draping to stationery and more, they can work with their amazing design partners to create the experience that will leave your guests in awe from the time they receive the save the date to the time they leave your wedding.


Chicago Avenue Salon is an eco-friendly hair salon in the heart of West Town focused on exceeding your expectations for beautiful hair while staying true to sustaining our world. Opened in 2005 by Cheryl Jones, master stylist, our team of continuously evolving stylists are driven, extremely well educated, and at the forefront of all of the most recent trends.

Step through the doors of our West Town neighborhood salon and you will find yourself enveloped in our warm, welcoming atmosphere. Whether you request the latest from Pinterest or a classic, every day style, you can feel comfortable our diverse group of professionals will deliver just what you are looking for.


Cinematic. Genuine. Unique. These are the three words that we strive to make present in every shot we capture. Whether your event is in the Chicagoland area or an exotic international destination, those three elements of your day are considered every single time we take a shot.

We feel that your wedding day needs to reflect you as a couple first, and should only be enhanced with our professional touch of elegance. 

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