Maricel Cruz Photography Chicagoland Wedding and Portrait Photographer

May 30, 2012

Karla & John | Chicago Riverwalk Engagement

Filed under: Engagements — Maricel @ 12:00 pm

Have you ever walked the Chicago Riverwalk? If you haven’t, it’s definitely something you should explore. Karla & John live off the river so they asked if we could take the Esession photos along the Riverwalk. It was a beautiful day, perfect weather if you ask me (cloudy and high 60’s, yes please).

We started on the north end of the Riverwalk and walked over to the Kinzie Bridge. This bridge seems to be a hot spot for photos, but to me this is the bridge I crossed 4 days a week when I parked by Blommer’s Chocolate Factory to get to school. After the bridge photos, we walked around the corner to get some train shots. We had pretty good timing cause a train passed by while we were there and we managed to get that shot. Karla & John were so much fun to work with, we laughed and had a great time exploring the beautiful Riverwalk. I look forward to their Galena Wedding this Friday!

Here are some photos from their Esession!


May 24, 2012

Sue & Tim | Loyola University Wedding

Filed under: Chicago,Weddings — Maricel @ 12:53 pm

Congratulations to my very good friend Sue and her new husband, Tim! Sue was probably the most relaxed bride I’ve ever worked with. Maybe after knowing her for over 20 years (YIKES!) I just thought she would be a bit more…well not Bridezilla, but antsy. I was probably more antsy than her, making sure we were on schedule. I look at my watch at least 10 times an hour, constantly providing a time check when we it is starting to look like we are running late.

We started the day at the Kim Sun Young salon in Niles where they did an amazing job on her hair and makeup. Sue looked absolutely stunning and was certainly glowing, that was just hair and makeup. Afterwards we headed to Loyola Campus to get ready for some photos and the ceremony. Tim looked handsome in his tuxedo, these two are a good looking couple! After a short ceremony, which ended with a bagpiper, we used the campus as a backdrop for their portraits. Their reception was held at Chateau Ritz in Niles, tastefully decorated in pink, along with the cutest cake topper I’ve ever seen, a Hello Kitty Lladro figurine.

Sue & Tim, thank you for letting me capture your day!


May 16, 2012

Blair & Shanti | Navy Pier Engagement

Filed under: Chicago,Engagements — Maricel @ 12:47 pm

Blair & Shanti was a referral from an old co-worker of mine, Sharon, owner of Simple Perfect Peace Events. Thanks Sharon! After booking their August wedding, we scheduled their engagement session on a pretty chilly April day. They were brave enough to withstand the chilly lakefront wind, but I think it was certainly worth it! We decided to go to Navy Pier which allowed us to get the feeling back in our limbs from freezing our butts off. I cannot wait to photograph their wedding! They were so much fun to work with, they have such a wonderful connection and the camera absolutely loves them.

Congratulations Blair & Shanti on your engagement! Here are just a few samples from their session.

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May 9, 2012

Iveliz & Eric | Chicago Engagement

Filed under: Engagements — Maricel @ 12:00 pm

I love shooting engagement sessions. Most couples have never had professional photos taken, together. There is always a little awkwardness and I love seeing how it eventually goes away and love takes over.

That’s pretty much how this session started. We went to North Park Village Nature Center for their session. We took a couple of family photos for a quick warm up and then we started their session. Iveliz was a little nervous, but once I told them to enjoy each other they almost forgot I was there!

Here are just a few samples from their session that day. You can definitely feel the love…


May 8, 2012

Claire & Jason | Chicago Engagement

Filed under: Chicago,Engagements — Maricel @ 12:46 pm

Claire and I met at work where she assisted my team and I in a 4000 person move. Of course after working closely for 8 months she found out I was a photographer and said to me “When I get engaged, you’re hired!” Ok, not sure if those were her exact words, but that was the gist of it. One day, I walked into work (I’m always the last one there) and said my good mornings. Claire tells me that she might have a wedding lead for me. I quickly turned around, looked at her finger and saw the rock on her finger! She kept her word and hired me for their wedding!

Here are some photos from their engagement session. Congratulations Claire & Jason, I’m looking forward to your wedding in August!


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