Chicago destination elopement wedding photographer pandemic covid

So big party or small gathering, if you are someone who values EXPERIENCE, FREEDOM and CHOICES, you're already in the right place. Now we just have to figure out what kind of experience is for you!

Downtown Chicago Elopement

So wait, what's this Elopement thing?

There are still a lot of misconceptions around the what elopements are but I'm here to tell you that they are NOT secretive, NOT restrictive, and NOT sad and lonely. A lot of people still mistakenly think to elope means to run away and do it all alone (when you don't want to) or to "not make a big deal" of their day but it's EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE! Elopements are trendy, they're gorgeous, they're fun. and they're taking the industry by storm.

Couples who elope do so because they're just not into the "Big Wedding Thing" and that's okay. They do it because they want to spend their wedding day differently than one might on a wedding day. Maybe to them it sounds awesome to go hiking, or on a trip to Italy, or on a hot air balloon ride. Not the outdoorsy type? Maybe you wanna hit all your favorite neighborhood spots and keep it low key because you're just not into all the attention and all the high energy needed to entertain a large crowd. They do it because they don't mind investing in their day, but they want to invest in it a way that is meaningful to them. They do it because going down the path of a traditional wedding, when they think of that day? They don't get excited, they get bored, or they dread it, or feel really anxious. If any of that sounds like you, you might be an elopement couple! But the thing to realize it that it's not a consolation prize, it is still the day you MARRY each other, the day you will say vows to your best friend, and the day you will remember on your anniversary each year. It is YOUR WEDDING DAY.

you want an intimate experience

you want the whole family there + picturing your day without them makes you sad

you think traditions are super beautiful + nostalgic

the traditional wedding day ins't for you

you get super excited about all the aspects of a traditional wedding

you see it as the place where fun + memorable family stories get made

you wish you could spend your time that day differently

you want to share the happiness!

you want more flexibility + choices

YOU can't wait to have every eye on you as you walk down the aisle

you don't like a lot of attention on you

planning your wedding is actually super fun for you

the idea of planning a wedding stresses you out

you've been dreaming about it since you were a kid

you get bored when you think about / dread your wedding day

you think it's a rare chance to gather all the people you love in one spot

you think weddings are outdated

all the gifts! hello!

you're really having a wedding to please your family

you hear "cotton eye joe" again, you'll scratch your ears out

you can't wait for the big party! you have a dance number ready!

are you an elopement couple or a wedding couple?

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Hi, I'm Laëtitia

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There is no 'Redo' on your wedding day
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You can't redo your wedding day and who you hire to document it is a big deal. Cameras has become so affordable that it seems every other friend's cousin is now a "photographer." But here's what I learned the hard way, at the beginning, when I shot for free. You make mistakes when you're learning (we all did,) your gear malfunctions (and you don't have back-up gear yet,) and weddings & elopements, hell, they just throw curve balls at you! Nothing can replace experience. Don't hire someone who does this as a hobby. Hire a professional.

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"Photo sessions are usually pretty uncomfortable but we found ourselves laughing and having a great time the entire time. Our photos are spectacular and we received so many compliments for them."

"Laëtitia was so incredibly helpful throughout the entire process... Our pictures are flawless and her attention to detail was unprecedented... We LOVE her! And are so thankful we hired her!"

"Laëtitia puts her heart into every shoot she does... Her love of her art is obvious and anyone would be lucky to book her. Work with her once and you'll want to work with her again and again."

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