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To me, wedding photography is more than taking beautiful photos; it's about capturing a feeling and preserving that feeling forever.

In my past career, I designed, printed, and installed ads that wrapped around city buildings. I like to bring that same level of expertise and precision to every print I make for my clients.

I've been photographing weddings for over 10 years and I'm continually inspired by the amazing people I photograph. They are what make every wedding so unique and exciting to me. No two stories have ever felt the same.

Simply put, I love what I do. From the personal connections, to the story telling, to designing albums and framing the prints, I feel blessed to call this my career. If you are planning a wedding, I'd love to hear from you! 

Meet Ashley Biess

If I find myself downtown in the evening, I love ending the day with a nightcap at Volume 39 inside the Kimpton Gray Hotel. Their inventive Old Fashioneds are to die for. I highly recommend the Brandy or Cognac. 

Night Cap at Volume 39

From the Riv to Orchestra Hall, I'm all about live music. I've been a band nerd my entire life, so it's safe to assume that most of the concerts I attend are of the orchestral variety. Plus, I perform with a local symphony, so when I'm not shooting weddings, you can usually find me on stage playing the French Horn.

Catch an Evening Concert

Chicago makes my food loving heart so happy. There's no shortage of good restaurants, but the two restaurants I keep going back to over the years are Gather and The Warbler in Lincoln Square. Oh, and Scooter's Frozen Custard for dessert is a must.

Dinner in Lincoln Square

If you aren't ordering Bunny's Banana Daiquiri you are doing it wrong. That is all.

Tiki Drinks at Lost Lake

I will never, ever, ever tire of these tours. Chicago is ever evolving and I try to take an architectural tour at least once a year. Plus who doesn't love spending Chicago summer on a boat?

Architectural boat Tour

Days spent at the Art Institute are always my favorite. I could sit and stare and Georgia O'Keeffe's Sky Above Clouds for hours. Taking photos here isn't too bad either. ;) 

Visit the Art Institute

I photographed a small brunch wedding here years ago and to this day, The Bristol is still one of my favorite brunch spots. Order the Chilaquiles, brunch potatoes and/or duck fat fries and you won't be sorry.

Brunch in Bucktown

When I lived in the city (I'm in the nearby suburbs now), I started every morning with a run along the lakefront. Starting and ending at Montrose Harbor, I'd always spend some quiet time taking in those skyline views.

Morning Run Along the Lakefront

Growing up, my dad acted as my personal tour guide around the city. We'd drive in early on Sunday mornings and he'd walk me around as I'd take pictures. Sometimes I'd require that he chase the pigeons for me so I could get *just* the right shot. He was always a good sport. I've loved Chicago nearly my whole life. Below are some of my favorite ways to spend my time.

My Perfect Day in Chicago