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The Alexandra Lee Journal - A home for stunning weddings, romantic engagement sessions and helpful, insightful tidbits.

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I am thrilled to highlight one of my favorite venues today – the Ivy Room in Chicago, Illinois. I love getting to shoot events here – it’s a great space for any type of event! So why should you host your event there? My top 4 reasons for hosting? Read on to find out. Beautiful […]

Venue Highlight | Ivy Room Chicago, Illinois

The bride and groom are pictured in formalwear at their wedding at the Ivy Room in Chicago.
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Your wedding album is your first family heirloom. This is the first item in your family that will be treasured and will be passed down from generation to generation. Your favorite wedding photos deserve to live outside of your iPhone or computer. In 60 years from now, you don’t want to pull out your old […]

Benefits of an Heirloom Wedding Album

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Aren’t we all ready for some summer sun and outdoor fun? Lana + Davis are on the blog today bringing back some summer wedding memories to get us all ready for the upcoming season with their Summer Peninsula Hotel Wedding in Chicago.  A Little Background They truly had the most beautiful weather for a June […]

Summer Peninsula Hotel Wedding Chicago

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This week I am excited to share with you part one in a recurring series, Venue and Portrait Location Spotlights. I am going to be highlighting various portrait and wedding locations around the city of Chicago. Today, we are starting with the Wrigley Building portrait location. Architecture Originally built in 1920 as the headquarters for […]

Portrait Location | Wrigley Building Chicago, Illinois

A bride and groom kiss in a wedding portrait at the Wrigley Building in Chicago.
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I am so excited to introduce you to Emily and Andrew – they are both so sweet and fun! Fun fact –  all three of us actually went to the University of Iowa! Go Hawks! I had such an incredible time with them at their engagement session. We had the perfect early fall Chicago weather. […]

Formal Wrigley Building Engagement Session

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I often get asked why someone would want to hire a photographer for rehearsal dinner coverage. There are honestly SO many reasons why couples want this, but I wanted to share with you MY top 5 reasons to include the rehearsal dinner in your wedding weekend coverage. The Most Important People Traditionally, the most important […]

5 Benefits of Rehearsal Dinner Coverage

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One of the many questions couples ask themselves when planning a wedding is; should we hire a planner? (Pst…the answer should always be yes!) Then the second question is, should we do a wedding coordinator or a full wedding planner? This week, I teamed up with the lovely Nicole Hensley, owner of Storybook Weddings and […]

Full Service Wedding Planning Explained | Storybook Weddings and Events

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There’s something magical about taking engagement photos in a place with meaning for the couple. Take Julie and Joe, for example. She grew up right by Glencoe beach, AND it’s where he proposed. It was actually showing tons of rain for that night. But Julie had a good feeling it would pass and she was […]

Fall Glencoe Beach Engagement Session

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One of the biggest compliments that a couple can receive on their wedding day is that it felt like “them,” that each detail was unique to the style and preferences of the couple in such a way that their friends and family felt invited in to knowing them on a deeper level. As a photographer, […]

5 Ways to Personalize Your Wedding

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I feel like due to COVID, everything has shifted in the wedding industry, and definitely in photography. All of our processes and mindsets have changed, and we have to get creative with solutions. With that said, COVID also brings about some beautiful opportunities. Take this engagement sessions with Ali and Erik, for example. I shot […]

Lurie Garden Engagement Session

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