Wedding day portraits in Evanston, Wilmette and the North Shore

If your wedding will be in Evanston, Wilmette or other North Shore towns, check out this list of nearby locations that provide the most beautiful backdrop for your wedding day portraits. I got married in Evanston and included the spot where we took our photos. Other ideas are courtesy of couples I've worked with and their talented photographers. Also, ask your photographer for location ideas. They will likely have locations not mentioned here.

My husband and I at the Lighthouse Beach | Photo by Jeremy Lawson

My husband and I at the Lighthouse Beach | Photo by Jeremy Lawson

Haley and Jonathan at the Charles Gates Dawes House | Photo by Ed and Aileen

Haley and Jonathan at the Charles Gates Dawes House | Photo by Ed and Aileen

Denae and Brendon at Shakespeare Garden | Photo by Christian Wilson

Denae and Brendon at Shakespeare Garden | Photo by Christian Wilson

Ronit and Jonathan by Lake Michigan | Photo by Becky Brown

Ronit and Jonathan by Lake Michigan | Photo by Becky Brown

Natasha and Derrick at Northwestern University | Photo by Cassie Anna

Natasha and Derrick at Northwestern University | Photo by Cassie Anna

Dawn and Mark at Bahá'í House of Worship | Photo by Oh So Lovely Photography

Dawn and Mark at Bahá'í House of Worship | Photo by Oh So Lovely Photography

Flowers for your junior bridesmaids and flower girls

Planning on having a flower girl or a junior bridesmaid in your wedding party and not sure what kind of flowers they should have? There's no right or wrong answer. Like a lot of wedding traditions, it's completely up to you whether you want any part of it! Here are some options I suggest to couples during their floral consultations: a mini version of the bridal bouquet, a flower crown and a basket of rose petals.  

Photo by The Collagrossis
Photo by Kathy Davies

Photo by Kathy Davies

Photo by Maddie Blecha

Photo by Maddie Blecha

Greenery for your wedding

With St. Patrick’s Day on the horizon, I’m paying homage to one of my favorite colors—green. It’s a great hue to add to your wedding color palette. After all, it represents new beginnings. Adding lush greenery gives your wedding decor a natural, organic vibe. And it's on trend too with Pantone announcing it as 2017's color of the year. Here are some ways past brides and grooms I’ve worked with have incorporated green into their wedding color palette.  

A bundle of seeded eucalyptus tied to church pews (photo by Katie Ricard)

A bundle of seeded eucalyptus tied to church pews (photo by Katie Ricard)

On the left is a garland of Italian ruscus and roses over the welcome sign (photo by Kathy Davies). On the right is a simple, three-tier cake accented with olive branches (photo courtesy of Keren Sarai). 

On the left is a garland of Italian ruscus and roses over the welcome sign (photo by Kathy Davies). On the right is a simple, three-tier cake accented with olive branches (photo courtesy of Keren Sarai). 

The left is a ceremony arch draped with chiffon fabric and garlands of eucalyptus and roses (photo by Cassie Anna). On the right is a mantle adorned with a simple garland (photo by Roots of Life).

The left is a ceremony arch draped with chiffon fabric and garlands of eucalyptus and roses (photo by Cassie Anna). On the right is a mantle adorned with a simple garland (photo by Roots of Life).

A lush runner of seeded eucalyptus with minimal accents of orange roses decorating the head table (photo by Roots of Life). 

A lush runner of seeded eucalyptus with minimal accents of orange roses decorating the head table (photo by Roots of Life). 

A centerpiece of books and candles is enhanced with a minimal pop of greenery (photo by Christian Wilson)

A centerpiece of books and candles is enhanced with a minimal pop of greenery (photo by Christian Wilson)

Reception chair decorated with eucalyptus and roses (photo by Oh So Lovely) and a bridal bouquet featuring mostly camellia foliage (photo by Roberta Smi). 

Reception chair decorated with eucalyptus and roses (photo by Oh So Lovely) and a bridal bouquet featuring mostly camellia foliage (photo by Roberta Smi). 

How do you plan to add hints of green to your wedding?