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Civil Union Photographers Chicago, IL

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We at Jolie Images are photographers that do not differentiate between same sex weddings and opposite sex weddings…

Love is Love,

– and  we have been photographing commitment ceremonies for the gay and lesbian communities since we first opened our studio doors years ago.

To put it lightly, we are THRILLED that Illinois is now going to be one of the wonderful states to recognize civil unions and same-sex marriages!  (It’s about time ;-). June 1st, 2011 is the date the proposal goes into full effect and already we are being contacted by couples that are planning their civil union ceremony and reception. This is a big step in the right direction. Today the first same sex couples were allowed to take their legal vows and recieve their Civil Union license. Many Chicago area lesbian and gay couples are now planning not only their civil union ceremonies but their receptions as well. Our photographers are not only comfortable with these types of events but eager to photograph same sex couples on their special day.

We are also getting calls from our gay and lesbian customers that had us photograph their commitment ceremonies before this landmark legislation was passed- they are now re-taking their vows to be legally joined so that they may have the same rights as their married counterparts.

We are the Chicago area’s most affordable, top rated, award winning photographers and we would be honored to photograph your civil union. Give us a call at: 1-866-922-3961 or email us at

Gay couples are now allowed to legally be joined in civil unions in the state of Illinois. This couple had photos taken at Peterson Park in Chicago after their commitment ceremony vows.

To celebrate this victoriou legislation , throughout the entire month of June, we will be giving a $50 discount on all 10 hour commitment ceremony/civil union packages that start at $595.  After that celebratory discount, we will no longer be offering that because as we said, we do not differentiate between same sex weddings and commitment ceremonies. Please mention promo code: 601FINALLY when booking your civil union photography package.  If you are interested in viewing some gay and/or lesbian wedding photo galleries and or sample photos, just let us know and we can give you the gallery login information.

More about our photography:
We shoot a beautiful blend of traditional, photojournalistic, contemporary and artistic styles. We are the area’s top rated studio and have tons of reviews and testimonials that we are proud of. We are licenced, insured and always have backup photographers/equipment “just in case”. Engagement portraits, either on-location and in-studio are also available.  Save the date cards are a great way to celebrate both your engagement and the June 1st recognition of civil unions for same sex couples.

Instantly check if your date is still available on our website.

Affordable Naperville Wedding Photographer

Posted in Ceremony & Reception Locations, Our Wedding Photography

Looking for an affordable and reliable Naperville Wedding Photographer? Look no further!

Jolie Images- Your Naperville Wedding Photographers

Jolie Images Photography and Video offers brides’s and grooms super affordable Wedding Packages that start at only  595 for a full 10 hour day!
If your wedding will take place in the Naperville area, consider us to photograph your special day.

Our photographers love photographing weddings in this area because there are so many beautiful venues/banquet halls and they all make for gorgeous wedding photos (both photojournalistic and traditional). From larger halls like  White Eagle Golf club, to the Naperville Country Club  to Maggiano’s Little Italy- Naperville offers a sleuth of  wedding venues that make for a great photographic backdrop. If you want gorgeous outdoor wedding photos,  consider McDowell Grove Forest Preserve or Greene Valley Forest Preserve (for smaller weddings). Centennial Beach facilities and parks and the Naperville Riverwalk in the downtown area also make for artistic wedding photographs that you will be sure to cherish forever. If your wedding will be held in the downtown area, you will have no shortage of amazing places to take wedding photos at.

There used to be a small  travel charge for us to photograph weddings in Naperville but since we love going out there so much, there are no longer any travel fees for us to go to there so you are guaranteed to get your wedding photography package at the  low price that you see on our straightforward pricing page here.

Often we get brides and grooms that have their ceremony at Naperville’s Millenium Carrillon  in Moser Tower. If it is a nice day, the ceremony is held right in front of the awe inspiring, 253 step tower. This16 foot  tower commemorating the dawn of the new millenium,  is complete with a 72 bell instrument that chimes on the hour so TIP: plan your vows inbetween the hours!   If the bride and groom are up to it (our photographers always are!), they can climb up after (or before) the ceremony and get some beautiful photographs overlooking the spectacular view. On very clear days you can even see the Chicago skyline from higher up.  You can also take the elevator and get some photos on the Gallery Level Observation Deck.Make sure that you contact the tower staff through their website to book your ceremony as you will need permission and a reservation. After the ceremony, take some time to get some beautiful photos by the other picturesque spots within walking distance. this includes the Riverwalk near Rotary Hill in the Heart of Naperville and Centennial Beach and beautiful woodsy areas.

Please feel free to browse our gallery of some recent weddings that took place in Naperville, IL.

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More Info about Naperville, IL:
If you are considering a nice town to hold your wedding in Naperville may be your town! This charming and photographic town offers over 2 dozen amazing wedding venues to hold your wedding ceremony and reception.  It was voted one of the best places to live in 2008. Having out of town guest at your wedding? They will love making the trip out to Naperville. This town offers everything that an out of town guest would want. From dining, to  shopping, to spas, to accomodations your guests will love coming out there to celebrate your special day. You can find out more information here:
No travel fees to Naperville zipcodes 60540, 60563, 60564, 60565, 60566, 60567

Venues / Banquets / Reception Halls in Naperville

White Eagle Country Club at:  3400 Country Club Drive, Naperville, IL  60564
(630) 983-0012

Naperville Country Club at:  25W570 Chicago Avenue, Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 355-6015

Maggiano’s Little Italy at:  1847 Freedom Drive, Naperville, IL 60563

Hotel Arista at City Gate:  2139 City Gate Lane, Naperville, IL  60563
(630) 579-4100

NIU Naperville Conference Center: 1120 East Diehl Road, Naperville, IL 60563
(630) 577-9101 ‎

Award Winning Joliet Wedding Photographers

Posted in Ceremony & Reception Locations, Our Wedding Photography

Jolie Images Wedding Photography and Video is now traveling to Joliet, IL for weddings for *no additional travel fee! Limited Time.

With award winning photography packages from $595 for 10 hours, we are the perfect match for a bride and groom on any budget.

Why do we love photographing weddings taking place in Joliet? Because the banquet halls and reception venues in Joliet make for beautiful photography and that is what we love to do… Making beautiful photographic memories at a price that any bride and groom can afford.

While we do not have a physical studio location in Joliet, we photograph dozens of weddings in the Joliet area even though it is about an hour from our Wheeling location. We do charge a small travel fee  of $50 to travel out to that area, but now it is like our second studio and we are waiving the travel charge for a limited time. Just mention that you OFFER  CODE: JOLIET BLOG to have your travel charge waived. Offer expires 1 year from this posting.

The Joliet Union train station makes for very contemporary and artistic wedding photos that you can display on your wall like fine art. If you are lucky and time it just right, you can get some great motion shots with a train whizzing by. This is very symbolic  in an artistic sense of the exciting whirlwind of emotions that will be happening on your very special wedding day.

Some of our favorite Joliet Wedding Venues  include:

The Patrick Haley Mansion on 17 South Center St.

The Grand Ballroom at Joliet Union Station on E. Jefferson Street

Jacob Henry Mansion Estate on S. Eastern

Below is a gallery of  wedding photographs taken in Joliet, IL. If you have time before or after your ceremony, we highly recommend strolling around the train station to get some photographs both posed and unposed in this area.  Not only will it be a memorable experience but you will have beautiful photographs to keep forever.

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Serving the Joliet Area ( 60431, 60432, 60433, 60434, 60435, 60436)

Just mention that you OFFER  CODE: JOLIET BLOG to have your Joliet travel charge waived. Offer expires 1 year from this posting.

Jolie Images Photography Reviews – 5 out of 5 Stars

Posted in Our Wedding Photography

At Jolie Images Photography, reviews are very important to us.  Our good reviews have helped win us Wedding Wire’s Bride’s Choice Award two years in a row. Wedding Wire brides and grooms voted Jolie Images a coveted 4.9 out of 5 rating for both 2010 and 2011. This year we also won the highly coveted award for “The Knot’s” Top Pick Award. You can find even more reviews on Project Wedding, Martha Stewart Weddings, The Wedding Channel and Wedding Bee.

Here are 5 reviews that we recently found online. At the Jolie Images Studio, we have hundreds of reviews on our photography in the form of  letters. We have begun the hard process of putting these into albums so that our brides and grooms that come into the studio can see them on display. We LOVE getting our reviews from our brides and grooms and we look forward to reading them  every time we receive one. We forward it on to each other and smile because we love what we do and we love when brides and grooms recognize our amazing value and work.

We encourage you to come by our studio to read more of our thank you letters and testimonials. We are proud of them and we really think that it helps show just what we at Jolie Images are all about.

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Thank you to our brides and grooms who left us these wonderful reviews. We can’t get enough of them, we read them often and we appreciate you! Also check out our Facebook page at to see our most recent reviews.

Allen Williams Events in Chicago at Dynasty Banquets in Hammond, In

Posted in Ceremony & Reception Locations, Wedding Planners, Wedding Vendors

We recently photographed the wedding of Enid and Reginald. Their wedding was on October 30th 2010 and they used Allen William Events as their wedding planner and coordinator. Their wedding was beautiful and elegant and pretty in pink! Congratulations to Enid and Reginald and way to go Allen Williams Events! The wedding was held at the beautiful wedding venue Dynasty Banquets in Hammond, Indiana.

Here are some photos of the details of their wedding. For more about Allen Williams Events, see below.

Click on the images to view full size

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About Allen Willams Events From Their Website

Nicole has been planning weddings and special events since 2005.  As a result of her love of event planning, Allen/Williams Events was born.  Nicole’s eye for style and elements of design paired with organizational skills will make planing your event pure bliss!  Her entire team has extensive event planning experience and are all committed to meeting your needs.

If you are in the Chicago Area and you wish to contact Allen Williams Events, here is their contact information:


Dynasty Banquets located in Hammond, Indiana is a great wedding venue that is conveniently located not too far grom Chicago. It is a beautiful and large hall with 89 guest suites.  We love photographing wedding their because their picturesque gazebo and their glamourous stair case makes for beautiful wedding photos. To see more of Enid and Reginald’s wedding photos please contact us.

If you are interested in having your wedding at Dynasty Banquets, visit their website at:

4125 Calumet Ave.
Hammond, IN

Yanni Design Studio Wedding Photographs At Astoria Banquets

Posted in Ceremony & Reception Locations, Wedding Vendors

We love photographing weddings where Yanni Design Studio has done the the decorating. They always turn whatever wedding venue they are at into a magical place. They are literally geniuses at transforming a room into a wedding wonderland. From amazing  lighting, to lucious flowers, to elegant linens to their unique indoor fireworks system, Yanni does it all.  They have been beautifying weddings in the Chicago area for over 10 years and they have the experience that allows us to highly recommend them to our brides and grooms. Like Jolie Images,  Yanni Design Studio works with your individual preferences and budget to create your unique and breathtaking wedding.

Yanni Design Studio is located nearby our photography studio in Wheeling.  If you are a bride and/or groom and you are looking to create your perfect wedding, you can contact Yanni Design Studio at 847-419-9999 or visit their new website at or email them at Join their mailing list to get updated on other recent events that they transformed. It is always so fun to look at.

If you are interested in contacting Jane Allen Events, please read more about her here.
If you are interested in holding your wedding at Astoria Banquets in Buffalo Grove, IL , click here for more information.

Please click on the below wedding photographs to view the full size images.

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Weddings By Karolina Recommended by Jolie Images

Posted in Wedding Planners, Wedding Vendors

On October 2nd, 2010, we photographed Amanda and Jeff’s wedding.  Their wedding planner was Karolina of Weddings By Karolina. She did an amazing  job coordinating and planning their special day. It was a gorgeous wedding, on a gorgeous autumn day in Chicago and we feel very lucky to have photographed this Amanda on Jeff’s wedding.

Great job Karoline and congrats to Amanda and Jeff! It was a beautiful wedding for a beautiful couple.

If you are in the Chicago area and you are interested in having Karolina plan your special wedding day, you can find her contact information below.

Here are some of the photographs from their wedding. Please click the below thumbnails to see the full frame.

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To Contact Karolina:


Colorful Wedding Photographs Taken At Floryan Banquets, Des Plaines, IL -G.E.S Events

Posted in Ceremony & Reception Locations, Wedding Planners

Ibitayo and Oluseyi had their wedding on August 14th 2010 at the beautiful Floryan Banquets in Des Plaines, IL.

Erica Siafa of G.E.S Events was the wedding planner of this wedding and she did a FANTASTIC job. The creative  use of flowers, candles and colors created a fun and colorful- yet elegant wedding. Our photographer had a blast photographing this fun couple at their gorgeous wedding. The wedding color theme was a rainbow of bright colors. Whoever said that wedding colors had to just be one or 2 colors will be amazed to see how the use of so many colors created a breathtaking reception.  The bridal party was as colorful as the flowers- with  dresses and vests to match the beautiful floral arrangements which included bright pink  hydrangeas, colorful carnations, elegant white roses,  fancy feathers and fun beads among other items.

If you are looking to plan a colorful wedding at a beautiful banquet hall in the Chicagoland area, we highly recommend that you contact G.E.S events and consider the beautiful Floryan Banquests in Des Plaines.

Please click on the below photo gallery to view some of the gorgeous wedding photographs that our photographer Boris took there. Below the gallery you will find more information about Floryan and G.E.S Events.

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More about Floryan Banquets:

Floryan Banquets is conveniently located in Des Plaines, IL  near I-90 just minutes away from O’Hare airport. It  accomodates anywhere from 50-400 guests, has free parking, special amenities and years of culinary experience and professional service.  For more information, please contact them.
1730 Elmhurst Rd.
Des Plaines, IL 60018
Reservations (847) 758-8225

About G.E.S: From Erica Siafa
G.E.S. EVENTS is a full service design house which specializes in creating a lifestyle for our clients. We are able to transform any major event in your life to reflect your personality and vision. The team at G.E.S. consists of young fashionable designers that believe entertaining should be done with style.  If it’s a wedding, party, or house viewing from the moment a guest enters your space till the last toast has been made every moment should entice both their emotion and senses; starting with memorable pictures seen throughout during a cocktail hour to sweet smells of one of a kind custom made floral arrangements.  Create a lifetime of memories with G.E.S

You can reach them at:  1-847-769-1460

Music To Go DJ Service At Myers Castle In Dyer, IN

Posted in Ceremony & Reception Locations, Wedding Vendors

The following photos are from the wedding of  Nicole and Mike which took place on August 20th, 2010 at the amazing Myers Castle in Dyer, Indiana. Meyers Castle is a beautiful setting for both gorgeous ceremonies and receptions-  and when you combine it with the lighting and music services of Music To Go DJ Service,  the result is an elegant and fun wedding that will be remembered forever.

We were honored to photograph Nicole and Mike’s special wedding day. The room was elegantly lit and the entire group had the  time of their lives!

Please click on the below thumbnails to view the images larger.

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If you are having a wedding in the Chicago area and you are  interested in using Music To Go DJ Service, here is their contact info:

Chris Florek
owner, DJ

If you are interested in having your wedding at Myers Castle, here is the contact info:

1370 Joliet St.
Dyer, IN 46311

219 . 865 . 8452 ( Indiana )
773 . 646 . 5613 ( Illinois )


A Wedding By Jane Allen Events, Professional Bridal Consultant at Astoria Banquets

Posted in Ceremony & Reception Locations, Wedding Planners, Wedding Vendors

Jane Allen Events is a Jolie Images highly recommended wedding vendor. It is a wedding photographers dream to photograph a beautifully coordinated wedding that is the perfect combination of elegant and fun.  If you are looking for a truly professional bridal consultant that will help make your day a picture perfect day with your own unique flare, we suggest contacting Jane Allen Events.

On August 20, 2010, we had the privilege of photographing Quinette and Jerry’s wedding at the beautiful Astoria Banquets in Buffalo Grove. The outdoor shots were shot at the Chicago Botanic Gardens in Northbrook which is not far from Astoria right before the reception.  As you can see from the below slideshow, Jane Allen did an amazing job. The wedding ran smoothly and effortlessly and it shows in the photographs. If you are interested in hiring Jane Allen to help create your dream wedding, her contact information can be found below.
Click on any of the below thumbnail images to see the full photo and/or a slideshow.

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More About Jane Allen

Jane Allen not only has an excellent eye for detail but has the experience and passion to help create your dream wedding.  Jane received the designation of Professional Bridal Consultant ™ through the Association of Bridal Consultants.  As Founder of Jane Allen Events, Jane believes that a flawlessly executed wedding is a must and prides herself in spending time ensuring that every event gets the personalized attention it deserves… “because in your dreams, every detail matters”

If you are interested in having Jane Allen coordinate your wedding, here is her contact info:

If you are interested in having your wedding at Astoria Banquets, here is their contact information:
1375 West Dundee Road
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

Tel: 847.392.7500
Fax: 847.392.7577