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Marisela and Chris’ lovely wedding day!

by Jae

It was a perfect day for a wedding… Marisela was on her beautiful white ‘princess-like’ wedding dress to marry the love of her life, Chris. Chris was also getting ready for the ceremony, checking his phone. A little bit nervous and excited, couldn’t wait to see his beautiful bride, Marisela. They were carefully planning this day for months and months, and that day finally came! The day to celebrate their love and commitment to each other with the family and loved ones! Feel free to take a peek on their joyous and super fun wedding day!

For more photos of Marisela and Chris, check out our Facebook page;)

Waiting for the spring to come…

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I love Chicago weather in Spring and Fall. The cool breeze and warm sunshine falling on my skin…. Yesterday, I went outside to get a scone and I realized that it was too warm to wear my winter jacket. 58 degree on March? When I came back home, I couldn’t stay inside. It was perfect weather to grab my camera and snap some photos walking around the city! Time to enjoy the great weather and the freedom to walk around without freezing by butt!! It was time for me and my camera to got for a mini trip! I could walk around the city anywhere I wanted and take photos of whatever I felt like. Who cares if it’s not well composed, who cares if it’s blurry!~ It was purely for my won enjoyment, and when I brought back those images home, whenever I look at them, I remember how I felt when I took those photos… The sunshine and breeze and freedom and excitement that I felt about the great weather after the cold winter. The very simple magic of photography…. I think that’s why people love taking photos themselves.

Olive park. One of my fav park in downtown Chicago. Not many people goes to this park so it’s not too busy.

A father and a son… sweet moment…

Girl Scout Cookies

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Have you ever sold or had the girl scout cookies? My niece is a girl scout 😀 and she was selling the girl scout cookies this year. Believe it or not, I’ve never had the girl scout cookies in my life! (I grew up in Korea…) We ordered 5 boxes, two Thin Mints for my husband (I don’t like mint cookies or mint chocolate), and two boxes of Savannah Smiles, and a box of Tagalongs. Love these cookie names… If you want to order the girl scout cookies, you know who to ask now~!!!! Call me next year, I will hook u up with some cookies!

Like Ross said, “Cookie Duuuude!”

If you want to meet the GS cookies, visit the official GS cookie page here! Thx, Genna!

Sarah and Josh’s Lovely Wedding

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It was a hot summer day when Sarah and Josh got married in front of God and the people who love them. They looked so happy and I was able to feel the love in the air. Enjoy!

Check out more photos of their wedding at my Facebook Fan Page!


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Do you like vintage items? I do!! I was walking down on State St, and found this super cute small vintage shop next to the grahamwich called P.O.S.H. in River North, Chicago.

P.O.S.H. sells “vintage and unique finds for your home”.

I remember seeing this place from HGTV Urban Oasis Giveaway – Chicago Trump Tower episode but I didn’t know this place was so close to my place!

I wonder if this small tin is for tooth fairy. What do you think??

Pancakes does make people happy… 😀

“Talk to the hand….”

They also have many many plates and cups and other vintage china and glasses for your home.

For more information about this place, please visit


by Jae

Have you ever tried a sandwich from the grahamwich? It’s a sandwich shop by famous Chef Graham Elliot at River North area in Chicago downtown. Francis and I wanted to have a nice late lunch on Friday, so we decided to take a walk to grahamwich. We saw Chef Graham Elliot on TV before, so we were really exited but did not want to have too high hopes since we wanted to be a fair on judging the taste of the food. :)

It’s not a fancy restaurant. It’s a hip sandwich shop… We ordered southern bbq sandwich and pastrami reuben sandwich with lemon-lime soda and Hot Choco.

I wanted to eat some ice cream but I was too full. 😀

They have more seating area at the back.

I really like these lightbulbs hanging down from the ceiling and the chalk board wall menu as well as white black yellow interior…<3


They only open from 8 am to 5pm, 7 days a week. For more information about this place, please visit Let me know how you like them!


by Jae

I like to bake. Well, I should say I like to bake them so I can eat them. Who doesn’t? For about a week, Francis and I got a cold and we were coughing in harmony all day. We’ve been eating this big pot of the same chicken soup that I cooked couple days ago and we wanted to eat other foods like regular people. 😛 So we decided to pick up some Indian food (Yum!)  and cupcakes for dessert.

I told Francis and I’ve never bought the fancy cupcakes but I really wanted to try this time, so we drove to the local cupcake place called ‘More’. Yum!

Flavors: strawberry cheesecake, white velvet, red velvet, bacon maple…. crazy huh?

Maybe I can bake some cupcakes next time… Got any good cupcake recipes?


Amanda and Dan’s Museum Campus engagement session

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It was a beautiful late summer afternoon when I met Dan and Amanda for their engagement portrait session. Amanda had her heart set to have engagement session by the Museum Campus area. It worked out great since her beautiful blond hair looked so pretty in lake breeze and Dan was holding her to make sure she stays warm. I can’t wait to photograph them on their wedding! Aren’t they so cute? :)

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Tiffany and Matt Engaged

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It was a sunny and breezy day when I met Tiffany and Matt for their engagement session at the Kinzie street bridge, one of the best location to take photos. Tiffany and Matt said they are little nervous but excited. I told them it will be fun! We walked all the way from the Kinzie street Bridge to the Trump Tower and to the Corner Bakery on Wacker Dr. Along the walk, we found so many little cute places on every corner for the street photo shoot, and I was really surprised how short that walk felt like. Tiffany looked beautiful with Matt while sunshine beaming around her face. They couldn’t stop smiling… As I primised… It was fun… :)

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Ashley and Gabriel’s Garden and Downtown Wedding

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 When Gabriel met Ashley for the first time, he knew she would be the love of his life. However during the wedding ceremony, it was Ashley who couldn’t stop the tears.. tears of joy to share the rest of her life with the love of her life, Gabriel.. It was a garden ceremony in the early afternoon, and then we head to downtown Chicago fashionably in black limo for some fun wedding portrait photos followed by the beautiful reception and, of course, money dance… :) Congratulations to the beautiful couple, Ashley and Gabriel!

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