It’s my honor once again to present this year’s collection featuring the Best Wedding Photography, Engagement Sessions, Event Photography, Family Portraits and Marriage Proposals of 2019!
2019 was my busiest year ever over the past 15 years! I traveled to 6 states and the Caribbean island nation of Jamaica photographing 21 Weddings, 19 Family Sessions, 16 Engagement Sessions, 13 Proposals, 6 Executive Portraits, 4 Special Events, and 1 Holiday Party for a total of 68 clients! Thank you to every single person who trusted Jason Kaczorowski Photography this year to document the most incredible moments of their lives! Here’s a look back at 219 photos that made 2019 so incredible!
Kevin & Keely shared their First Look at the Palmer House Hilton
Keely & Kevin kissing on Lake Street in front of their 1959 Rolls Royce
Yulia Bjekic, candidate for Mount Prospect Village Board
Rachael Rothrauff, District 57 School Board
Mary Beth Canty, Arlington Heights Village Trustee
Maria & Hernan – ZED 451
I photographed my former wedding client Petros Papantoniou and his family for the cover of Estiator Magazine – The National Magazine of the Greek American Food Industry.
The Papantoniou Family founded the $30 Million Dollar Gyro empire, Olympia Foods.
Scott pulled off his proposal in a center of candles arranged to create a heart beneath the Chicago skyline at North Avenue Beach
Lindsey & Jon’s rehearsal dinner at the Kaya Heb House in Drax Hall, St Ann Jamaica. Kaya became the country’s very first legal cannabis dispensary.
Lindsey & Jon were married at the Firefly Estate which was home of British playwright, artist, actor and musician, Sir Noël Coward.
Sharing a First Kiss above the town of Port Maria, Jamaica at the Firefly Estate.
Kiren & Faiz release doves on the morning of their Nikkah.
Kiren & Faiz at their Mehndi on Friday, April 26, 2019
I love this portrait I created of Faiz and Kiren reflecting their wedding decor created by Siblana Event Design
Stunning wedding decor by Siblana Event Design
Kiren & Faiz at their Valima at Cog Hill Country Club in Lemont
I spy Susan & Justin in front of Anthony Lewellen’s 4,000 SF mural located at the intersection of Lincoln, Ashland and Belmont.
Kelley & Mike embracing their gorgeous Spring Engagement Session at the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool
Stephanie requested only one thing for their engagement session: pictures with their cats. Sounded purrfect to me!
Hayley & David commissioned me to capture their 1st Year Wedding Anniversary photos while visiting Chicago from their home in Hawaii.
Erin and Mike were blessed with incredible sunlight and gorgeous weather during their June 1st sunrise engagement session in Chicago
(above | below) Ryan surprised Dana by proposing at Coopers Hawk Winery in Wheeling surrounded by friends and family.
Daniel planned the perfect proposal at the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool in Lincoln Park but unfortunately Mother Nature had other plans.
June was a big month for Proposals. I captured 5 proposals within 4 weeks including this one at the North Pond Restaurant in Chicago
Jack planned the perfect sunrise proposal but cloud cover obscured the Chicago skyline. Fortunately the sun came out and we captured portraits (below) of the couple at the South Pond Nature Pavilion afterwards.
Christina and Jerry chose to host their ceremony and reception at Elske Restaurant in Chicago’s hot West Loop which seemed entirely appropriate as Elske means “love” in Danish. The Michelin Star restaurant was named #2 Best New Restaurant in America in 2017 by Bon Appétit. The couple planned their wedding day from New Jersey where the two currently live.
I love the perspective on this pose captured in Lurie Garden, a 2.5-acre garden located at the southern end of Millennium Park in the Loop area of Chicago.
The Board of Trade is always a staple in locations to capture wedding portraits in Chicago
The LondonHouse Cupola, located 23 stories above street level at the LondonHouse Hotel in Chicago, can be rented for $1,000 for a marriage proposal. The rental price includes a private VIP elevator escort to the top, a bottle of Dom Perignon and a discount on a wedding, should the couple choose to celebrate nuptials at London House.
(above | below) Some of my clients value their privacy. I’m always pleased to offer a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) to anyone interested in preserving their privacy. I am fortunate that this special couple permitted me to share these highlights which obscure their identities.
After winning her seat on the District 57 School Board, Rachael Rothrauff commissioned me to capture her family portraits.
(above | below) The Rothrauff’s family pet, Joey, passed away just a few weeks after I captured these photos proving how important it is to savor ever moment with those you love.
Is this not the most epic photo of Maureen & Andrew at the The Palace Of Fine Arts in San Francisco?
(above | below) Lauren & David couldn’t have asked for a better morning for their sunrise Engagement Session in Chicago’s Millennium Park
Stacey & Adam brought the sun in sunrise Engagement Session!
Ping Tom Memorial Park Engagement Session Chicago
Calm, Cool and Collected: Kyle & Meg were wed at the Ravenswood Event Center Saturday, June 29th
The John Paris Band brought the energy needed to hoist Kyle & Meg up during their reception at the Ravenswood Event Center
(above | below) Phish fans Angela & Reade were wed in the Boston Public Garden and hosted their reception at a Phish concert that evening at the home of the Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park, where Phish performed a two night run July 5th & 6th
Angela, Reade and Phish artist, David Welker
(above | below) Phish performing two sold out nights at Fenway Park in Boston, MA.
(above | below) While in Massachusetts to photograph Angela & Reade’s wedding I also attended and photographed the Rolling Stones – No Filter Tour at Gillette Stadium.
Debbie & Greg were wed at Temple Sholom and hosted their reception at Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago
(above | below) Rain and 93° temperatures brought heat index values well over 100° during Amanda & David’s backyard wedding in Evanston but the couple managed to stay cool the whole day!
Stephanie & Matt making muralove in front of the Doze Green Rogers Park Business Alliance street art
The Mayne Stage Theater is an Art Deco gem located in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood
(above | below) Matt reunited to perform with his band during the couple’s wedding reception at the Mayne Stage Theater
Magen & Mario – August 17, 2019
What a cool reflection of Stephanie & Jeff during the engagement session at North Avenue Beach!
(above | below) I can’t wait to also photograph Lindsey & Hamet’s wedding this Memorial Day weekend at The Rookery
Laura & Matt – Bloomingdale Country Club
Kara & Zachary on the shore of Lake Michigan in Michigan City, Indiana.
(above | below) Stephanie & Tomas were kissed with perfect sunlight during their sunrise engagement session
(above | below) Katie & Cassie’s brunch wedding at The Redfield Estate located at The Grove within the Glenview Park District
2019 was the year of “the show must go on” proposals. Scott did his best to stay dry while popping the question at the Garden of the Phoenix in Jackson Park.
This was the second wedding I’ve captured for the Unterberg family at St Isaac Jogues in Hinsdale and the Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort.
Betsy was a stunning vision on her wedding day
Ain’t no party like an Unterberg party! The High Society Orchestra rocked the reception all night!
The Hersh Family Fall Portrait at The Grove in Glenview
(above | below) These two photos of Martin and Anne’s engagement session express how much I love photographing couples in Chicago!
The Anderson family showing off their sports rivalry during their Fall Family Portrait Session.
It was great seeing Jean & Lance again and meeting their son, Theo. I photographed the couple’s wedding last year at the Chicago History Museum.
It’s been seven years and two kids since I’ve photographed Jen & Brandon’s wedding at the Ravenswood Event Center. Here the family looks like it’s ready for a Patagonia ad.
I photographed Bridget & Scott’s wedding 12 years ago in 2008 and continue to photograph the couple and their son Colin every year.
I laugh looking at this photo because it’s one of those cheesy photos I would normally never pose but I love this family cause they’re always up for anything – even ridiculous photos like this!
(above | below) Madiha & Umar – Engagement Session – The Grove
Is this not one of the most incredible Engagement Photos you’ve ever seen!?!
I made the trek up to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin to capture Molly & Riley’s Engagement Session and can’t wait to return to photograph their wedding this September.
(above | below) Catherine & Dom couldn’t have asked for better cloud cover during their colorful sunrise engagement session!
Fall is my favorite time of year for Engagement Sessions in Chicago
Maureen & Andrew – October 19, 2019
Friend and former Hell’s Kitchen contestant, Brian Merel, opened Papa Willie’s BBQ in Highwood. Get some pressure-fried, broasted ribs!
How cute is the Bray family in this Fall portrait!
(above | below) I photographed Marcela & Abraham’s wedding 4 years ago in Miami. Fortunately the couple moved to Chicago and trust me to continue capturing their growing family.
I photographed Kim and Ted’s wedding 8 years ago in 2012 and am so blessed to reconnect to photograph their family this Fall.
(above | below) I first photographed the Kaye family last year when their daughter was born and loved continuing the tradition this year!
I photographed the Van Hout’s wedding 12 years ago in 2008 and continue to document their boys each year
Sister ♥ Brother
The Bjekic Family | The Grove | Glenview, IL
Dennis & Ashley’s Fall Engagement Session was all about puppy love
(above | below) I traveled to Kansas City to capture Stephanie & Ben’s Engagement Session.
(above | below) Smaranda & Jeremy’s ceremony at Fourth Presbyterian Church and reception at Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago
Kramer Family Portrait at the North Shore Country Club
Varun & Vidhi at Garfield Park Conservatory
(above | below) Varun & Vidhi wedding at the Art Institute of Chicago during the Andy Warhol special exhibit
November and December are also very popular months for Proposals in Chicago. Here Gavin proposes at the Lincoln Park South Pond Nature Pavilion November 27, 2019
(above | below) Incredible sunset for post-proposal portraits along the Chicago lakefront
Shilpan asked Krupa to marry him at the spot of their First Date along the museum campus near the Adler Planetarium
Shilpan & Krupa followed their proposal with portraits at The Rookery Building
Each year I’m excited to photograph the annual IHMA Holiday Party with the incredible team at Weddings & Events by Kristin.
This year’s IHMA Holiday Party at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel even included a surprise marriage proposal!
(above | below) Joe asked Brittany to marry him in front of the Chicago Theater on State Street in Chicago
(above | below) Greg got down on one knee to ask his girlfriend to marry him along the Chicago River Walk.
I love that I get to continue photographing so many of my previous wedding clients growing families! This year Alyssa & Juan welcomed Sebastian Sunday, June 23rd at 7 lbs 9 oz and 20 inches.
Kevin popped the question 2 days after Christmas at the Lincoln Park Zoo’s South Pond Nature Pavilion.
I rang in 2020 photographing Kelley & Michael’s New Years Eve wedding at The Rookery Building in Chicago
The Oriel Staircase, designed by architect John Root, is a must-have location for wedding photos at The Rookery in Chicago
(above | below) The Art Institute is a wonderful location for indoor wedding portraits in Chicago to escape the cold in Winter.
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