Mr C is certainly turning into a handsome man.  We decided to head to Eaton Preserve in Plainfield for his session because they have a super cute barn and gorgeous field that always photograph great.  We had fun just exploring the area and throwing in some poses along the way.

Nicole ~ Plainfield 3 Year Session/Gina Cristine Photography

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Chicago, IL

Wedding at Bridgeport Art Center

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Kristy and Dan had a gorgeous, romantic, and elegantly rustic fall wedding. Filled with stunning shades of pink and purple blooms and candle light. The chandeliers and strung lights helped the intimate vibe of the wedding.

Kristy and Dan chose a private ceremony with immediate family followed by a reception with friends and family.

As you will tell from the photos, family means everything to Kristy and Dan. I have known Kristy forever and she still to this day had a smile that will light up any room. Her kind heart and outgoing personality is contagious to everyone around. It was no wonder she caught Dan’s eye and he was not letting her get away.

Kristy and Dan, we are so grateful to have been a part of your dreamy day. We wish you nothing but a happily ever after!

So Much Love!

Gina + Tom

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This gorgeous day could not have been possible without the following creative team:

Ceremony and Reception: Bridgeport Art Center

Wedding Design, Lighting, and Drapery: Art of Imagination

Florals: Jim McGuire

Furniture: Classic Party Rentals

Band: The Walk-Ins

Cake: Orland Bakery

Wedding Coordination: Caroline Bastidas

Photobooth: Admit One

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Booking for January thru end of May 2017 is now open!

Please email Amy@GinaCristinePhotography.Com to reserve your session.

Gina will have very limited weekend dates open. Also Gina is doing Spring Family Mini sessions in May in four different locations around the area: Mokena, Chicago, Hinsdale, and Warrenville. These are all to book fast so please email Amy ASAP.

As for newborns we always like to know early, we reserve you due date to ensure we have enough flex room in our schedule in case babies come early or late. We only reserve so many due dates per month.

Thank you for your support and loyalty in 2016 and we look forward to working with you in 2017!

So I just have to share my favorite idea this year from Kelly of Enjoying the Small Things. This post has inspired me to do the same this year for Ava and Owen. We have a great holiday book collection to begin with, and we keep them packed away withe the holiday decor so they are exciting to see every year. I only needed a few to add to the collection, so I used Kelly’s idea of the used books on Amazon to purchase some new books (HELLO $0.01 books!). I also used her book list of suggestions of her favorites to add to ours.

Some of our favorites are Auntie Claus, The Jolly  Christmas Postman, Polar Express, Fancy NancyOne Winter’s Day (an excellent story to teach compassion)….

Who are we kidding, we love every single one, and we can not wait to read the new additions!

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Ava and Owen are so excited to start unwrapping and reading the special instructions each day. My paper is not as pretty as Kelly’s and my handwriting can use some serious help, but the kids can not wait.

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The extra twist to this advent countdown, is the special instructions every day. Kelly has some absolute fabulous ideas on her blog post. Some things our family are doing: make hot chocolate to drink while we read, get flashlights and read the book outside, read at Grandma and Grandpas house, Facetime and read to friends and they will read a book back, make a fort to read in, read the book then watch the movie, read in Ava’ s bed, read with candy canes, and more.

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Thank you Kelly for sharing and please visit her blog for her  list of 24 favorite books, her ideas for adding a twist onto each day, and ways she suggests you can have a new book every day without breaking the bank.

Drury Lane Wedding

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You know when you meet  people and you instantly like them? as if you should have been friends already. Ashley and Matt made Tom and I feel that way. We loved getting to know them over the past year and see their love for each other, their family, and friends first hand. These two set a perfect example of having what it takes for a great marrage.

The wedding day was nothing short of stunning. Shades of blush, romantic flowers, and sparkle. Ashley was gorgous and glowing the entire day as well as all her lovely girls.

Scroll on through to see Ashley + Matt’s perfect wedding day.

Ashley + Matt, we could not be more honored to have been a part of your wedding day. We loved every minute and know you two are a perfect match. We wish you nothing but your very own happily ever after! So much love, Gina + Tom

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Ashley + Matt’s day was perfection thanks to the following creative team:

Wedding Coordinator: Gina One Fine Day

Ceremony: Wilder Gardens

Reception: Drury Lane

Makeup and Hair: Sonia Roselli

Photography: Gina Cristine Photography

Cake: Groom’s Grandmother

Florals:  An English Garden Kim