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Jolie Images Photography Partners With David’s Bridal Vernon Hills, IL & Norridge, IL

Posted in Announcements, Blog, Resource Links, Wedding Vendors on June 11th, 2010

We are proud to announce that we are the official photography partners of the David’s Bridal in Vernon Hills, IL and the David’s Bridal in Norridge, IL . We feel that David’s Bridal is a wedding dress company that is in line with our mission of  giving “more for less”. David’s bridal has always offered beautiful and affordable designer wedding gowns at a fraction of the price that other wedding dress stores do.  David’s Bridal is well known for their $99 wedding dress sale where you can get a beautiful wedding dress for only $99.  We at Jolie Images offer beautiful wedding photography for the full day for only $595 – Therefore we feel that we are a perfect match with David’s Bridal!

See our work on display when you visit either location. We will be there certain days for sales and special events so call so call or email us if you would like to meet us there! 1-866-922-3961

More about David’s Bridal

David’s bridal offers more than just wedding dresses, they offer bridesmaids dresses, veils, shoes and more.

David’s Bridal in Vernon Hills is located at 700 North milwaukee ave in Vernon Hills, IL 60061. Their phone number is 847-816-7663

David’s Bridal in Norridge is located at 4512 North Harlem Avenue Norridge, IL 60706. Their phone number is 708- 583-1740

Find  helpful wedding tips and more at their blog.

Unique Wedding On Halloween at Chateau Ritz Niles, IL

Posted in Blog, Ceremony & Reception Locations, Our Wedding Photography, Visit Our Website on November 13th, 2009

Wow we just did an amazing Halloween wedding this past Halloween. It is the most unique wedding we have seen this year. Even our photographers arrived in costume as the paparazzi. It is amazing that Anna and Jeff were able to pull it off. It is both haunting and in it’s own way…romantic. They had a fun wedding and stayed true to themselves. This was definitely not a cookie-cutter wedding. Everything from the guest wedding favors to the table settings to their bridal outfits came together in an awesome way. Way to go Anna and Jeff.

The reception was held at Chateau Ritz in Niles, IL. We have seen many weddings at Chateau Ritz and we have never seen the room decked out like this! We are posting these photographs so you other Chicago area brides and grooms can see how clever these two were!

Unique Bridal Shoes Photo

Unique Bridal Shoes Photo

Halloween Wedding Decorations

Halloween Wedding Decorations

Halloween Wedding Table Centerpiece

Halloween Wedding Table Centerpiece

Halloween Wedding Head Table Chateau Ritz, Niles, IL

Halloween Wedding Head Table Chateau Ritz, Niles, IL

Halloween Wedding Open Bar Chateau Ritz, Niles, IL

Halloween Wedding Open Bar Chateau Ritz, Niles, IL

Halloween Wedding Reception Room Chateau Ritz, Niles, IL

Halloween Wedding Reception Room Chateau Ritz, Niles, ILHalloween Wedding Guest Table Setup Chateau Ritz, Niles, IL

Halloween Bridal Photograph Chateau Ritz, Niles, IL

Halloween Bride Anna Chateau Ritz, Niles, ILHalloween Groom Jeff Chateau Ritz, Niles, IL

Halloween Wedding Cake Topper Chateau Ritz, Niles, IL

Halloween Wedding Cake Topper Chateau Ritz, Niles, IL

Halloween Wedding Head Table Chateau Ritz, Niles, IL

Halloween Wedding Head Table Chateau Ritz, Niles, IL

Halloween Wedding Cake...This is unique! Chateau Ritz, Niles, IL

Halloween Wedding Cake...This is unique! Chateau Ritz, Niles, IL

Halloween Wedding Guest Attire Chateau Ritz, Niles, IL

Halloween Wedding Guest Attire Chateau Ritz, Niles, IL

Halloween Wedding Bride & Groom. How appropriate! Chateau Ritz, Niles, IL

Halloween Wedding Bride & Groom. How appropriate! Chateau Ritz, Niles, IL

Anna & Jeff, we at Jolie Images were honored to do your wedding and we cannot wait to do your wedding album. That will be fun!

Reception Wedding Chicago, Illinois (outdoor ceremonies & receptions)

Posted in Blog, Ceremony & Reception Locations on November 13th, 2009

It seems there is a shortage of information available to brides in the Chicagoland area when it comes to selecting a nice reception hall that does nice outdoor ceremonies. Many couples are choosing to have their ceremony and reception at the same location and nothing beats an outdoor wedding ceremony on a beautiful day.
The following list is all in the Chicago area within a 60 mile radius. We have gorgeous photos from all these locations so be sure to call us at 1-866-922-3961 so we can show you sample wedding photographs from these halls. Our photographers are all very familiar and comfortable shooting at these halls so rest assured, when you get our $595 package, you not only get an amazing deal, you will get beautiful pictures that you will love!

Concorde Banquets Kildeer, IL
Wilder Mansion Elmhurst, IL
Patrick Haley Mansion Joliet, IL
The Odyssey Country Club Tinley Park, IL
Botanic Gardens Nothbrook, IL
The Cuneo Gardens /Museum Vernon Hills /Libertyville, IL (yes this is where My Best Friend’s Wedding with Julia Roberts was filmed!)
Chandler’s Banquets Schaumburg, IL
Kemper Lakes Kildeer, IL
Chevy Chase Wheeling, IL
Illinois Beach Resort Zion, IL (Very beautiful for outdoor ceremony – the photographs come out amazing!)
Seasons of Long Grove in Long Grove, IL
Chateau Bu-sche Alsip, IL
Bobak’s Signature events Woodridge, IL
Seven Bridges Country Club Woodridge, IL
The Narnia Estate Lemont, IL
Villa Olivia Bartlett, IL
Payton’s Roundhouse Aurora, IL
Meson Sabika Naperville, IL
Pheasant Run Resort St. Charles, IL
Mission Hills Northbrook, IL
Riverview Banquets Batavia, IL ( they have a nice gazebo to get married in ) see their images in our previous post!

We will continue to update you when we find more locations and venues. :-)

Do I Need 2 Wedding Photographers To Photograph My Wedding?

Posted in Blog, General Wedding Tips on November 8th, 2009

If you have been wondering if you need a second photographer you are not alone. Initially we would say absolutely not; but there are more factors involved that need to help you make this decision. Any good wedding photographer should be able to handle up to a 250-300 guest wedding easily. When we hire photographers, we make sure that they are very experienced in taking large weddings. If you get an amateur photographer, you cannot expect to get the wedding photo coverage you deserve.

A professional wedding photographer knows how to move around and get the different angled shots he needs. He or she also knows all of the important shots to get. This includes the wedding party group, the parents, the cake, the bouquet throwing, the garter tossing, alter shots, wedding ring shots, etc. The only time that we would really recommend getting a second photographer at your wedding, is if you are very concerned about the amount of guest coverage you will get. Remember, one photographer is only one photographer. He can’t be in two places at the same time. This does not mean that he can’t get pre-ceremony wedding photos of both the bride and the groom before the ceremony. If a bride is getting ready in a hotel in downtown Chicago, he/she will be there first to get the pictures of her getting ready as well as her shots when she is done. This is also the time when he will get pictures with her and her bridemaids and family. Then he will go over to the church or reception hall (wherever the ceremony will be held) and round up groom and the groomsmen and his family for pictures before the ceremony begins.

Our photographers will always prioritize getting the important pictures of the bride & groom and their wedding party first. This means that while he/she is focusing on you and your family and your wedding party, he won’t be off taking pictures of your guests. After he gets the needed shots and and knows that he won’t miss anything important, he or she  can go get more pictures of your wedding guests. Don’t get me wrong, you will always have  wedding photographs of your guests no matter what. Even if it is just one photographer. In fact our single photographers are great at getting guest coverage. The question is; do you want more? If you want tons of pictures of your guests, then we would recommend getting a second photographer. Otherwise, one of our photographers will be able to cover your wedding perfectly. At Jolie Images ( a Chicagoland wedding photography studio) we have a $595.00 wedding photography package. This includes one photographer for the full wedding day, however if you want a second one at your wedding reception, your price will jump up to $895.00. That is a $300 difference and we are the most inexpensive Chicagoland photographers around. Most other photography studios here in Illinois will charge you a minimum of $1700.00 for 2 photographers! What I mean to say is, in the end it is up to you. How important is it to you? Do you want to pay the extra amount?  Can you pay the extra amount? After all, this is your wedding, your day & your money!

Either way, we can handle it!  CLICK HERE TO VISIT  OUR WEBSITE  to see if you date is available!

Wedding At Riverview Banquets in Batavia, IL

Posted in Blog, Ceremony & Reception Locations on November 8th, 2009

Jennie and Bill got married on June 13th of 2009.  We wanted to post this wedding for any brides and grooms out there in the Batavia, Geneva area that are thinking of holding their wedding at either the Fabyan Forest Preserve or Riverview Banquets.  As their wedding photographers, we just finished their custom wedding album design and wanted to show you some pictures from both the ceremony location site as well as the reception site. We thing their photos came out great and if you are in the Chicagoland area you may want to consider having your wedding ceremony and reception at one of these locations.

Their beautiful outdoor ceremony was held at Fabyan Forest preserve in Geneva IL. Here is a page from their wedding album showing that ceremony. Just click on it to view it larger.

Fabyan Forest Preserve Wedding Ceremony Location Picture

Here is more outdoor cermony pictures from the Fabyan Forest preserves.

Fabyan Forest Preserve Wedding Ceremony Location Picture

Fabyan Forest Preserve Wedding Ceremony Location Picture

Their wedding Reception was held at Riverview Banquets
1117 N Washington Ave
Batavia, IL 60510

Here are some photographs from the album.

Riverview Banquets Geneva, IL wedding reception pictures

Riverview Banquets Geneva, IL wedding reception pictures

Wedding Photography Reviews from our Chicago Area Brides!

Posted in Blog, Our Wedding Photography, Wedding Vendors on October 12th, 2009

A big thank you to all our customers that took the time to post on WeddingWire.Com as well as all the other wedding vendor directories out there.

Thanks to you, we are the top listing in the Chicago, IL area on Wedding Wire. Your reviews on our wedding photography help other brides & grooms feel confident & secure in choosing us to photograph their weddings. Often when brides and grooms see our low photography packages prices, they feel that the service won’t be great. Thank you for letting us and our future customers know that low prices does not mean you will be sacrificing any photography quality – your wedding photos will be beautiful!. We were able to earn the highly coveted WeddingWire rated badge. Please click on the below badge to view our reviews.

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Photographers For Quinceanearas – (Quince Anos )

Posted in Blog on October 11th, 2009

Did you know that besides shooting beautiful  wedding photography, we shoot Quinceaneras and many other events? Our photographers are not only experienced in these types of events, we excel in them. Our photographers have years of experience in all types of events. Every event that we photograph is done in a beautiful blend of traditional, contemporary and photojournalistic shooting styles.

Our last quinceaneara was for Samantha at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Mundelein. Her mother just wrote us an email. We get many wonderful emails from our customers and we like to share this one with you.

“Yours has been one of the best companies I have ever worked with.  Our event was my daughter’s Quince Anos (the traditional Hispanic celebration of a 15-year-old girl’s birthday).  While it was a formal event and we wanted it to be done well, we did not want to be as extravagant as one might be for a wedding.  Leslie gave me all the information I needed, was focused on my needs and was tremendously reassuring.  Our photographer was a pleasure to work with, charming and – as at least one guest pointed out – was working the whole time.   While she asked me what I wanted, and got the shots I specifically asked for, she needed little direction and gave us some great photos.  I think that your prices are great, too.  Last year after my nephew got married on the East Coast, I went online to order some photos from their photographer and I was floored at the outrageous prices.  All this meant was that I ordered fewer photos (actually, just 1 – a 4×6 that cost $24.00!) and was not at all satisfied.  Your prices are reasonable and I am enjoying creating an album for my daughter from them (though it’s excruciating to choose!).  I hope that you are still in business when my kids get married.  I would use you again in a heartbeat and will recommend you without reservations.  Thank you!” – Terri B. Libertyville, IL

Thank you Terri for letting us know. We are honored you chose us to photography your daughter’s special day. She is a beautiful young lady!

Samantha dancing at her quinceanera.

Samantha dancing at her quinceanera.

Our mission is to give beautiful, professional event photography at an affordable price and we love to hear how we succeed at doing so!

Wedding Videography at Jolie Images!

Posted in Announcements, Blog on February 16th, 2009

It just so happens that being in the wedding photography industry so long, we know a bunch of talented videographers. We have been referring our brides & grooms to them for a while now but many of our brides & grooms have told us that they would appreciate booking their wedding photography and wedding videography through the same place. So.. we had a meeting with our videographers and worked out some amazing video packages that are just as affordable and amazing as our photography packages. Our videographers shoot in a journalistic style and have an amazing eye for capturing and editing weddings. Like our photography, our videography will have backup videographers incase of any emergencies and all our videographers will shoot with the finest state of the art video equipment as well as have backup equipment at every event.  We will be offering video services for weddings in Illinois, parts of Wisconsin as well as parts of Indiana. We look forward to providing you with the most amazing photography and now videography for your wedding!

Helpful Wedding Tips

Posted in Blog, General Wedding Tips on January 28th, 2009

Although we are first and foremost a wedding photography studio, we get asked for our opinion and advice on a lot of other areas because; well…we’ve seen it all! We are not just one aspect of the day, dropping of the flowers, selling you a wedding dress, baking your wedding cake.  We are there all day long. From the time you get ready to the end of the evening. We see every detail (because we must photograph it for you!) We notice from experience what works and what doesn’t. We know what photographs well, what is overlooked, and what doesn’t really matter that much. If you have questions, even if it’s not related to photography, you can and should ask us! We are so happy to share our expertise with you.

So at the risk of giving you unsolicited advice, we figured you may enjoy and benefit from a few of our top wedding tips (photography related and not):

1. Don’t wear glitter. I love glitter and it looks great in person, but in photographs it looks like little black and white dots, like pepper. It ends up all over the tuxes and looks like dandruff. Glitter does not photograph well.

2. Enlist the help of a bridesmaid (or any reliable person eager to help) and designate them to be the “make sure I get some of that” person.  The number one complaint we hear from brides and grooms is that they didn’t get to eat their cake, taste the appetizers, or take advantage of the full bar. This person should be on a quiet and easy mission to make sure that they get some of everything for you. They should make sure you get one of each appetizer (if the banquet hall fails to do so) and they should make sure that there is some cake and treats from the dessert table in a to-go box for you to enjoy later or the next day. Most importantly, they should make sure you always have a full drink nearby. So you don’t waste a single moment at the bar.

3. Be very particular with your roses. Roses are very beautiful and common but they wilt very quickly. We have seen countless pictures just after the ceremony where the rose boutonniere is hanging its head or has even completely fallen off! If you’re going to get roses (especially in the warmer weather) make it absolutely clear that you want them as fresh as possible and secured firmly on the bouquet and boutonnieres.

4. Make a list of important groups to be photographed and give a copy to the photographer and a reliable eager helper. Their job will to make sure the people listed don’t wander off near photography time. We like to take these ‘formal’ pictures as quickly as possible so you can get on with your day! But when Aunt Sarah is in the bathroom and Uncle Joe is taking a smoke break outside, the whole process is not only held up but they could even be missing from your pictures all together! Have your helper keep everyone around until after the formal group shots are completed. This is a very important job, so make sure you give it to someone outspoken and reliable!

5. Don’t tan too much before the wedding, the orange bride thing does not work well! Neither do tan lines, so keep that in mind when you’re out and about for the few months before your wedding. Also, if your groom is planning a last minute hair cut, beware of the “haircut tan line”.  This is the awkward white strip along the forehead and sometimes on the sideburns left behind when the overlaying shag is clipped.

More helpful tips to come! But until then, if you have any other questions give us a call or drop us an e-mail!

Visit our website

Posted in Blog, Visit Our Website on January 19th, 2009

Read our testimonials, view our prices and check if your date is available.