There is so much hype built around finding your soulmate and getting married. We are a Wedding Photography + DJ company - weddings are our livelihood. But, weddings are not our couple's lives. One of our photographers once said, "The love story doesn't end at I Do", and our photography services don't either.

We believe that every milestone deserves the same celebration as the wedding day. Life moves quickly, maybe not in the time of COVID-19, but things change and relationships grow. It is so important to document these life moments! 

Like many couples, Andi and Julie are returning clients. We have had the honor of first photographing them for their engagement session in 2014. Those photos ended up in the New York Times, announcing their engagement.  Then we photographed their beautiful wedding at Osteria via Stato in 2015. Two years later in 2017, Julie and Andi adopted their baby girl, Mari. And guess what? We photographed their first family photos too!

From proposals and engagements, elopements and weddings, to anniversaries, family reunions, and the start of your own family - we are here for every step. Your marriage is a life-long adventure. Your story deserves to be captured and we could not be happier to see all of these love stories unfold!

Thank you Andi + Julie (and Mari) for trusting us to document your happiest moments.

C&A Photographers: Shelley Anderson + Eva Ho

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click here for Wedding Blog Post

Jess and Chanse had a gorgeous, intimate wedding in the woods of California. The venue was secluded in nature yet had everything you needed for a magical wedding. They had their first look right on the cliffs of California overlooking the ocean!! Truly a photographers dream. The ceremony was held in front of hundred foot trees with beautiful natural light and floral arrangements. Their dance floor was decorated with hanging cafe lights in the forest, they had signature cocktails, and outdoor games for their guests. 

Jess and Chanse just wanted to marry each other, surrounded by their closest family and friends, in a breathtaking location. We won't get to photograph weddings for quite some time, but we wanted to show our readers that intimate weddings are incredible. The fuss of the day is taken away when you set up a great wedding day with one purpose - the company of your loved ones -  something we are absolutely craving right now. Enjoy!

C&A Photographer: Shelley Anderson as second shooter for IxiPhotography (@shelley_anderson + @ixiphotography)

PlannerThe 530bride (@530bride)

Venue: Bodega Bay Secret Garden (@bodegabaysecretgarden)

Rentals: Grapevine Party Rentals 

On April 3, 2019 we hosted a styled photo shoot for the Cage and Aquarium photography team at Wicker Park Inn. Although we have kept this styled shoot a secret for almost a year, we thought now would be the best time to release it. Chicago couples are postponing their weddings, several are being forced to search for different venues or vendors. Some are considering elopements until they can have their full reception, or are opting for an intimate ceremony altogether. Wicker Park Inn is the perfect place to do just that, it has: 9 guest rooms, a retro-inspired full functioning kitchen, commons spaces, the best wallpapers you will ever find, and gorgeous light fixtures!

We were so lucky to collaborate and work alongside so many talented vendors. Our photography team captured this entire style shoot. Every single one of them brought their own personality and flair, a new perspective, a different angle, and endless amounts of direction and laughter for our lovely models. The photographers had a blast spending quality time together, something we don’t often get to do with our busy schedules! We ate, we drank, we partied, we danced, we collaborated, and we created – together.

Now is the time for artists to be supporting artists, so we wanted to showcase all the talents Chicago has to offer! These local Chicago vendors are listed below, their name links you to their website, and their handles link you to their Instagram. Give them a follow, make a friend, find a vendor. You're welcome. :)

PHOTOGRAPHED FOR: Cage and Aquarium - @cageandaquarium

VENUE: Wicker Park Inn - @wickerparkinn

PLANNING: Joy Jones Planning - @joyjonesplanning

FLORALS: Angilily Flowers - @angililyflowers

BACKDROP: Scenic Backdrops - @scenicbackdrops

RENTALS: Dish and Decor Vintage Rental - @dishanddecorvintagerental

HAIR/MAKEUP: Heather Busulovich Artistry  - @muaheatherb

INVITATIONS/STATIONARY: Too Chic Little Shab@toochiclittleshab

MODELS: Cynthia and Michael Rodriquez - @cinchi_mon + @djmykol

C+A PHOTOGRAPHY TEAM MEMBERS:

@shelley_anderson

@jadehullphoto

@hadassahbphoto

@evahoweddings

@kristinberniceparra

@hannaonlove

@ajabelmanphoto

@thaislovesstories

@garberophotography

@frozenframephotos

 

As promised, this is part II of Anu + Andy's wedding day, but trust us you still want to see part I if you missed it!

They had a Hindu ceremony the morning of May 25, 2019. Afterward, they served lunch for their family and friends at the venue. The groomsmen then traveled to the Renaissance Hotel to get ready, while the girls got glammed up in their second outfits in the bridal room at Artifact Events. Andy and the guys proceeded to Milton Lee Olive Park for some groomsmen portraits. When Anu arrived, and they shared their *second* first look on the bridge over the water. After giving them their special moment, we photographed the wedding party in their new attire! 

The Honeycomb Structure at Lincoln Park Zoo was Anu and Andy's second stop for location portraits, and their wedding party loved it. They started climbing all over it and it made some really fun portraits! The last stop was at the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pond - a hidden oasis near Lincoln Park Zoo that is sooo romantic. When we arrived at the venue after all the locations, they had a friend bring their dog, Sprout, to the venue. Sprout is the prettiest girl and has ice blue eyes, she's an angel, and we couldn't get enough puppy kisses! 

Artifact Events is located in the Ravenswood neighborhood in Chicago. It's a four-floor industrial antique space and has a beautiful courtyard. The antiques often change, making it totally unique for each and every wedding. Several floors allow for very creative wedding party introductions, as well as tons of different perspectives for your photographers! You can pick and choose which spaces you will use for your wedding, so no ceremony or reception is the same! We adore working at Artifact Events and they did such a great job setting up multiple ceremony and reception spaces for this lovely couple.

After their cocktail hour and wedding party introductions, Anu and Andy were welcomed into their reception. The groomsmen and bridesmaids lined the stairs. When Anu and Andy reached the bottom of the grand staircase, they shared their personal, handwritten vows in front of all of their guests and sealed it with a kiss and a tender hug. It was the perfect way to kick off their party! Dinner was served and many speeches were given, these two are so so loved.

Andy danced with his mom first to Never Grow Up by Taylor Swift. Anu's brother stood in for all the fatherly duties, after they lost their father a couple years prior. They danced with together to You've Got a Friend in Me from Toy Story. It was the cutest thing in the whole world!

Andy and Anu choreographed their first dance. They took the floor underneath the all the twinkly lights and danced to Rewrite the Stars from The Greatest Showman soundtrackIt was so perfect that their guests flooded the dance floor immediately afterward. Guests enjoyed cocktails, dessert, tunes from the DJ, and the photo booth until everyone gathered in the middle of the dance floor for a "good night" portrait. A must-have wedding photo if your venue allows for it!

Right now we wish we could relive this day for all it's beauty and togetherness. We are so thankful for all the vendors that made this day possible, and to one of our favorite couples - Anu and Andy. Stay safe, stay healthy, and check back in next week for a new blog post!

VENDORS:

Cage & Aquarium Photographers: Jade Hull + Gina Garbero

Wedding Planner: The Simply Elegant Group - Ashley Carpenter

Venue: Artifact Events

Hotel: Renaissance Hotel

Hair + Makeup: Kate Johnson Artistry + Be Glammed

Bride's Dress: BHDLN - The Sanders Dress

Bride's Shoes: Rebecca Simpson (Mimosa Heels) - BHDLN

Bride's Jewelry: Olive + Piper

Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie

Groom's Suit: Indochino

Wedding Rings: Cartier + Rebecca Zemans

Florist: Trablume Floral Studio

Transportation: Windy City Limo

Linens: F&S Linens

Stationary: Etsy + Minted + Zazzle

Decor/Lighting: Art of Imagination

Caterer: Mantra

Cake + Desserts: Sweet Mandy B's

Cage & Aquarium DJ: Justin Ferranti

Photo Booth: Concept One

Videographer: Our Wedding Movie

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