When my cousin Elise got engaged a few months ago I know that my Mom’s house would make for the perfect setting for a Mokena Winter Engagement Session.  For as long as I can remember Elise has always said that she wanted to be a December bride and get married in a winter wonderland.  So of course when she got engaged a few months ago she said to wanted Christmas engagement photos and lots of snow.  I’m not going to lie, I was very skeptical about the snow part actually happening since we haven’t really gotten any before Christmas the last couple of years.  But, we went ahead and picked a December date that worked for everyone and crossed our fingers.

My Mom has the most beautiful Christmas decorations and together her and my Aunt got to work early on getting the house decorated in time so we could have some fun set ups inside too.

When the day finally arrived all of our praying for snow paid off!  It started snowing the night before and it was the most perfect snow ever – beautiful, fluffy white snowflakes continued to fall as we stepped out for pictures that blanketed the evergreens picture perfectly.

Elise couldn’t have been styled any better, she brought along the most amazing outfits.  She was a glowing bride!  Her and Mike’s love for each other was so amazing to see and it made their images even more priceless.

I’m so, so happy for you guys and cannot wait until you get the winter wonderland wedding of your dreams!

Nicole ~ Mokena Winter Engagement/Gina Cristine Photography

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You can’t have a winter session without a snowball fight!

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My sweet Caleigh will also be making her second debut as a flower girl!  She’s so excited and wanted to be included in some pictures too.  Now to see if I can find a picture from when I was a flower girl in my Aunts’ wedding at her age…

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I think I decided that 6 months is my favorite milestone as a Frankfort Milestone Photographer, well maybe until I take A’s 9 month pictures!  You may remember those deep baby blues from his newborn session and I can say they’ve only become even more amazing.

Lucky for me he thinks I’m pretty hilarious and is always full of gummy grins, his Mommy always has him perfectly styled too.  I’ve also decided that for as much as I love shooting newborns in buckets, 6 month olds look just as adorable!  Who am I kidding, this kid looks pretty darn cute anywhere I stick him.  Can’t wait to see him again for his 9 month session, we already have something pretty special planned!

Nicole ~ Frankfort Milestone Photographer/Gina Cristine Photography

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As an Orland Park Family Photographer, I know I’m in for a fun shoot when they K family is involved.  This time instead of a milestone shoot we got together for a surprise Mother’s Day present for Grandma so their equally adorable cousin joined us too!

How stinkin’ cute are the girls coordinating outfits??!!  I just love those little belly’s.  And I loved the location we shot it, there were so many fun areas to check out and for the kids to explore and have fun.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Nicole~ Orland Park Family Photographer/Gina Cristine Photography

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Chicago, IL

W City Center Wedding

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Bridey and Jim were married on a December day at the W City Center during a beautiful and intimate candlelit ceremony. Friends and family then walked across a gorgeous hall to the reception room filled with greenery, cranberries, and candles. It was so stunning and inviting. Bridey had the girl’s wear classic black with a little sparkle to set the winter mood. And Bridey’s dress…it was to die for! She looked like a dream.

The whole day was incredibly warm despite the winter weather. Bridey and Jim are totally in love, and all their friends and family adore them with all their hearts. Tom and I had constant smiles on our face knowing that two amazing people have found true love. Extra bonus that the maid of honor is a past GCP bride, and it is always so nice to catch up with our couples!

Bridey and Jim we wish you nothing but your happily ever after! So much love,

Gina + Tom

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This gorgeous day was perfect thanks to the following creative team:

Ceremony + Reception: W City Center

Wedding Coordination: Laura Patterson Ideal Day

Florals: Fleur De Jour

Cake: Alliance

Band: Velocity

Photography: Gina Cristine Photography

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As a Manhattan IL Newborn Photographer I couldn’t get enough of Mr T.  He was just the sweetest little squish with the best cheeks and pouty lip!  He was nice and sleepy. He cooperated so well and was happy with however I posed him.  I achieved all of the shots his Momma was hoping to get.  I hope they are as happy with the outcome as I am.

T is for sure going to be a heartbreaker when he grows up!

Nicole~ Manhattan IL Newborn Photographer/Gina Cristine Photography

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