Mileleari Wedding #LOVEWINS Humboldt Park Chicago, IL


I was so excited to be the photographer at the Mileleari wedding.  It was a beautiful summer day on the 24th of June.  There was a slight overcast, but that’s a photographer’s dream, right?  Well, at least it’s mine.  The overcast allowed for crisp, bright, beautiful photos capturing their lovely wedding colors of coral, mint, navy blue and gold.  How awesome is that color palette!

I met Baletica and Kiara at a customer service job in the burbs 20 miles south of Chicago.  We were “cool” from day one.  When they announced their engagement and inquired about photography services, I was ecstatic!  They were a perfect fit for me.  Also, they were so laid back and the sweetest couple.  

Although I am a somewhat traditional, I love first look photos.  It's a popular trend that allows the photographer to capture pure, raw images of the surprise and delight a couple experiences seeing each other for the first time shortly before their wedding.  It also helps to get rid of a couple of those pre-wedding jitters.  We captured these gorgeous images at the Humboldt Park Boat House.  

The wedding ceremony and reception was held at The Living Room.  It's an intimate space for family and friends to gather and celebrate together.  It is a spacious, comfortable venue that provides a “homelike” feel.  It was perfect for this event.  

 To Baletica and Kiara:

I rarely cry at weddings, but you made me tear up at yours.  I can’t believe it!  This was truly a beautiful day!  The love between you shines brightly.  The name that you selected: Mileleari, Swahili for Forever Awake, describes your relationship.  The love and appreciation you show for each other is clear and emanates to everyone around you.  

It was a pleasure- Chante

#FollowMe Feature Deola Gaiter

Name: Deola Gaiter 

Business Name: Skin So Sweet 

Years in Business: 3 years

Location: Chicago, IL

Type of business: Body lotion business

Small or large Business: Small business 

What areas do you serve: Primarily the Chicagoland area and nationally where requested

Contact info(for clients): or 773-941-9408

What products do you offer: Sweet scented body lotion and bath gel

Price range of products: $6-$10 

Are your products customizable: No

What makes your business unique: 

My goal was to create something special to uplift youth girls and create a product that will help them feel good about themselves. So Skin So Sweet is unique because it caters to young girls as well as young ladies with sweet fruity fragrances.  My products are also designed to inspire them with inspirational words of encouragement on each label.

Facebook page:

Twitter: Skin So Sweet 

Instagram: Skin So Sweet Products

Anything you want to add:

I also take pride in promoting and encouraging girls and young ladies who are building their own businesses as well. The first Girls Entrepreneur Expo was launched last year with anticipation of the 2nd annual expo to take place this fall.

Skin So Sweet products has been rebranded and an Official Launch Party is scheduled this summer!

Look for more details coming soon and feel free to contact me if anyone know any girls looking to promote their businesses! 


Learn.Collaborate.Flourish is a collaborative networking group on Facebook.  I've met some amazing women who are as inspiring as they are helpful.  Maria Bayer is the creator of the group.  She is the best business coach I've ever seen.  She's helped so many creative women grow their business.  

I decided to do the 5 day "Book Clients with ease" challenge in Learn Collaborate and Flourish.   The grand prize was an awesome Yves Saint Laurent lipstick.   Guess who won??!!  ME!  I LOVE lipstick.  I picked the Rouge Pur Couture lipstick named Orange Seventies.  So, when the lipstick arrived I decided to do a little photo shoot.  Don't you just love receiving a package in the mail?  I mean, how gorgeous is this?  It definitely deserved a shoot.  I cant wait to wear it!  Of course there will be pictures of that as well...stay tuned.

Hampton Wedding at the Chateau Bu-Sche, Alsip

I was able to photograph a lovely wedding on a beautiful summer day.  It was absolutely Golden.  From the ruching on the dress to the the floral arrangements the details were gorgeous!  Yellow magenta and navy blue complimented the gold details.