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Summertime Romance at Lake Katherine: Steven & Lindsey’s Wedding

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

I’m so thrilled to share with you today the beautiful wedding of Steven and Lindsey — one of the most darling couples I’ve had the privilege to photograph. When I met these two lovebirds last summer for their engagement session, I was struck by what a perfectly balanced couple they are. She’s so fun and bubbly — a “pie-in-the-sky” dreamer with big ideas; he is a thinker and a planner — patient, quiet and oh so steady. And together they are the ultimate definition of kindness and grace.

They started their day surrounded by family and friends as they prepared for their nuptials. The mood was light and fun, and the air was filled with a sense of anticipation as these two looked forward to saying their “I Do’s.”

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I just loved this little ringbearer who looked so dapper in his miniature tux…so stinkin’ cute!

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Lindsey and Steven opted to keep it traditional and waited to see each other until the ceremony, they got ready at separate locations. While I was with the ladies, my second shooter Kelsey spent some time with Steven and the guys at his mom’s home before heading to the beautiful Lake Katherine for the ceremony.

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Lindsey and her dad shared an emotional “Dad’s First Look” when they arrived at Lake Katherine.

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And then finally, after what I’m sure felt like an eternity to both Lindsey and Steven, it was time for the ceremony. The location was picturesque, with the sun shining brightly and not a cloud to be seen in the clear blue sky, and the ceremony was simple but poignant.

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Following the ceremony, we spent a bit of time exploring the Lake Katherine grounds before heading over to the reception. I just can’t get enough of the way Steven and Lindsey adore each other!

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Steven and Lindsey chose the amazing Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora to host their reception.  The space was beautiful and the staff were wonderful. Steven and Lindsey, along with their family and friends, danced the night away — and at one point, were even serenaded with a beautiful lip sync number. What a blast!

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Steven and Lindsey, thank you so much for inviting me to document such an important moment in your journey together. I wish you nothing short of a wildly happy and fulfilling life! Lindsey, keep dreaming big…the world is yours for the taking, and luckily, I think you found the perfect partner in Steven! Cheers!


A special thanks to all the vendors who helped to make Steven and Lindsey’s day so very special:

Ceremony Venue: Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens, Palos Heights, IL
Reception Venue: Two Brothers Roundhouse, Aurora, IL
Hair: Josette Pisaraki
Makeup: Karianne Gannon at Pin Me Up Chicago
Wedding Gown: Jamie at Bella Sposa, Tinley Park, IL
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Men’s Tuxes: Dominic at Diamond Formalwear
Florist: Delynn at Bella Fiori
Cake: The Cakery
DJ/Entertainment: Electric Blue Entertainment
Videography: Wynn Films
Second Shooter: Kelsey Rundle


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And The Winner Is…

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Are y’all wearing green, drinking green beer, and enjoying the last few college b-ball games before they announce the tournament brackets? (Yay for March Madness!)

I had intended to announce the winner of our Target Gift Card Friday evening, so I apologize for missing my self-imposed deadline by, well, a lot. (The last couple of days were just  was just one of those days, you know?) So without further ado, congratulations to our winner:

Doreen Lucadamo!

(Doreen, drop me a note at with your address, and I’ll get your gift card mailed to you right away!)

A big thank you to everyone who participated in our inaugural blog giveaway. I had so much fun reading all your comments, and we can’t wait to visit all the great places in St. Louis y’all suggested. In fact, this was so much fun, I think we’ll make blog giveaways a monthly “thing” around here, so stay tuned for the next giveaway announcement!

Also, if you haven’t done so yet, it’s not too late to sign up for our “On the Farm” Mini-Sessions on April 6th. I have a few session openings remaining (both am and pm), and I’d love to see your smiling face. What’s a mini-session? Here are the details, and feel free to check out my recent post on WHY mini-sessions are PERFECT for families!

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Cyber Monday Sale Starts NOW!

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

Pair of skates for Bobby…check! Sled for Suzy…check! Yellow, blue and red picture book for Nellie…check! And then there’s Mom and Dad, Grandma, Aunt Janet, Uncle Bill…and the list goes on.

Add a personal touch to your holiday gifts when you share your captured moments from the past year with your friends and loved ones. And there’s no better time than NOW to make it happen, because it’s time for the super-duper Cyber Monday sale at Christa Donald Photography! 

  • 50% off Standard Prints
  • 50% off 2011 Portrait Collections*
  • 50% off 2012 Sessions and Portrait Collections*
  • 50% off Gift Certificates**
  • 30% off Canvas Prints
  • 25% off Custom-Designed Albums & Brag Books
  • 25% off Custom-Designed Storyboards

To take advantage of amazing, once-a-year savings on everything from stand-alone prints to fine art canvases and custom-designed albums, all you have to do is log into your gallery. Discounts have already been applied to all sale items and will be reflected right in your cart…no code required!

Expired gallery? No worries…all client  galleries from the past year are being reactivated, so you’re good to go!

No gallery? No problem! Gift certificates make great stocking stuffers! And photo sessions are a wonderfully thoughtful gift for the extra-special people on your list. While you’re at it,  grab a gift certificate for your 2012 session and a portrait collection to go along with it. ALL GIFT CERTIFICATES ARE HALF-PRICE*…just click on the “Gift Certificates and 2012 Portrait Sessions” gallery!

Whether you’re a past, current or future client, head on over and start saving!

Happy Holidays!


*The ‘Modern Luxe’ Portrait Collection is 30% off.

**Gift certificates are valid for one year from date of purchase and are not valid for use toward wedding collections.

The Blog Is Here!

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

Hello, World! Welcome to Christa Donald Photography’s blog, where I’ll be keeping you up to date with the happenings of my business, showcasing my amazingly awesome clients, and even sharing some “behind the scenes” info with you about what my crazy life is like as a wife and mom to two super-cute and super-energetic little girls.

Here at Christa Donald Photography we offer you a unique opportunity to capture a moment in your family’s story to keep and treasure. Custom photography goes beyond the cookie cutter department store experience to provide you with customized, high-end service and products, and I’m so grateful each and every time I do a session to have had an opportunity to get a glimpse at the real connections between people and see the “moments between the moments” — moments that just don’t happen in the “manufactured” department store setting. If you’re interested in learning a bit more about the philosophy behind custom photography, head on over to, where my colleague has put together a wonderful resource for consumers who are considering a custom photography session.

I’m looking forward to sharing this journey with you! Cheers!


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