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03/18

Oak Brook, IL Wedding Photographer Ranks 6 In World

Wedding Photographer, Sherry Hagerman, of Oak Brook, IL Ranks 6 In World

You can imagine her surprise as Allusion Photography’s very own, Sherry Hagerman, opened up “The Best Of 2017 Photographers Book” to find out she has ranked #6 in the world! “It was an amazing surprise. I have won several awards through the years regarding my wedding photography but had no idea that this was waiting for me.”

Wedding Photographer, Sherry Hagerman Of Oak Brook IL Ranks 6 In World

Wedding Photographer, Sherry Hagerman top wedding photographer, Oak Brook IL

Sherry Hagerman of Allusion Photography began her wedding photography company fifteen years ago. With a fresh start and two small boys, she knew she was aware of the risks and dangers of starting a new business with no safety net. All of her hard work and dedication paid off in early 2018 as she is now ranked the number six top  photographer in the world out of 170,000 photographers.  https://oneeyeland.com/book/best-of-the-best-photographers-2017/sherry-hagerman

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“When I opened Allusion Photography in 2005 most small photography companies were closing due to the financial crisis. I had no option but to make this work for my children.” Sherry (not looking toward failure but only for success) began seeking out some of the best mentors in the industry. She spent most of her money and time learning from some of the top photographers and business people.

“I started looking for mentors that I could learn from. I would attend conventions and breath in as much information not only about photography but also how to run my business.”

Allusion Photography ranks #6 in World, Wedding Photographer

Wedding Photographer, Sherry Hagerman Ranks #6 Photographer In The World

Allusion Photography has continued to be a 5 star company and prides their success on the remarkable care they give to each and every client. “This day only comes once for my clients, they deserve the best treatment along with the best memories.”  http://allusionphotography.com/gallery/wedding-photography-gallery/

Sherry is a strong believer in giving back to her community. She teaches over 30,000 wedding photographers a year how to run their business and photograph weddings properly across the United States.

In 2008, Allusion Photography and Sherry Hagerman won her first award as “Best In The Midwest” by The Knot.  She has since won this same award every year for the last 10 years. For the past two years, Allusion Photography was awarded “Best In The United States” for excellence in wedding photography and customer service.  This year Allusion was ranked #6 in the Nation by One Eyeland, the number one source for famous photography. http://allusionphotography.com/about/

According to One Eyeland they started with, “170,00 submissions. We filtered out the work and distilled it down to 155 spectacular shots clicked by 94 stellar photographers from across the globe.”  https://oneeyeland.com/book/best-of-the-best-photographers-2017

Allusion Photography is currently rated as one of the top wedding photography companies in the Midwest. http://www.allusionphotography.com                                                                                1010 Jorie Blvd, Oak Brook, IL 60523                                                                                              630.560.5684

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06/16

Your bridal bouquet should be stunning! Make sure you are aware of the latest trends

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Your bridal bouquet is not just a bunch of flowers. It is the bouquet you carry down the aisle as you make the first steps of the rest of your life. It is an accessory that should reflect who you are and what you believe in, as well as what your love story is all about too.

Of course, you want your bridal bouquet to be stunning from all points of view! But how do you do that? What are some of the latest trends in the wedding florals’ world? We have gathered some tips for you – so read on to find out more.

  • Foliage and greenery. You don’t have to have a bouquet with actual blooms. If you want a bouquet that looks natural, beautiful and really unique, you can opt to have a bouquet made out of greenery 100%. This will be really gorgeous and it can save you some serious money too, as greenery and foliage tend to cost a lot less than actual blooms.
  • Fruit and foodie “treats”. Another great trend in the floral world is that of incorporating edible elements in the bridal bouquets. Thus, herbs and fruit have become a stunning part of the bridal bouquets we have seen this year – and this can make for a really nice addition for a bride who wants her bouquet to be vibrant and joyful.
  • Flowers as accessories. Don’t want to wear a bouquet? Or maybe you want to accessorize it with matching beauties? Flower crowns, flower garlands and even flower bracelets are a trend right now and they look amazing on brides!

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Allusion Photography can help you capture the romanticism, beauty and magic of your wedding! Contact us, see what we offer and hire us as your wedding photographers! You will not be disappointed!

05/16

Make sure you and your bridesmaids have fun getting ready on your wedding day

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Your wedding day is going to be quite hectic – so you really need to give it a good head start by gathering with your bridesmaids and having a bit of fun as you are getting ready for the big moment ahead of you.

How to sprinkle everything with a bit uniqueness and excitement? We have gathered some cute ideas you and your bridesmaids will love – so read on and find out more.

 

  • Sporty tank tops. Are you and your ladies the kind of girls who really like being comfortable? Get some color-matched tank tops for you and your bridesmaids and accessorize them with delicate bows for an adorable and fashionable effect. It will look so great in the pictures!
  • Silky bathrobes. They always work and they always have the power to put a smile on a lady’s face – so they will surely make for a more than welcomed gift for your bridesmaids. Choose bathrobes that match each other in style and color, so that you all look fabulous in the pictures!
  • Flannel shirts. For a comfy and tomboyish effect, buy flannel shirts for your entire wedding party. Make them color-coordinated for your bridesmaids and choose a shirt that’s a bit different for you, so that you create a nice and stylish effect for the “Getting Ready” photos.
  • Personalized makeup or emergency kit bags. Offer your bridesmaids something they will use again – such as a unique makeup bag or an emergency kit that contains everything they may need in case of an emergency (such as if the dress gets torn or stained, for example). They will be more than appreciative of your gesture!

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Allusion Photography knows exactly how to capture the emotion, excitement and amazingness of a wedding day – so if you’re searching for someone experienced and talented, we are the ones. Contact us and find out more about our services!

 

04/16

Spring has arrived! And what better way to celebrate than incorporating it into your wedding?!

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As one of the most beautiful and most loved seasons, spring is an all-time favorite among brides of all kinds – and if you’re one of the ones who have chosen to tie the knot in this splendid season, you know very well why it makes for the perfect option.

How to incorporate the delicacy and elegance of spring into your Big Day? Here are some ideas you will love:

  • Flowery ceremony. Your wedding ceremony is one of the most important moments of your life – so you will surely want to create a décor for it that speaks about the importance of this event. For an awe-inspiring ceremony décor, we suggest you go wild on your florals: lush bouquets to line up the aisle, flower-decorated chuppahs and even flower petals for the aisle make for wow décor pieces everyone will love.
  • Low-rise centerpieces. Of course, tall centerpieces are still an elegant choice – but why not make your wedding centerpieces a bit more unique by going for the low-rise ones? The secret to creating elegant low-rise centerpieces is to choose arrangements that are very opulent and generous.
  • Special chairs. Your wedding reception décor is not consisted of centerpieces only – so make sure to bring spring into every detail of this special party. For example, chairs with floral prints on them will look extremely beautiful when paired with simpler table linens and flower centerpieces that go with the prints on the chairs.

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Allusion Photography can help you capture all the minute, delicate and candid details of your Big Day – so, if you are searching for a fantastic, talented and dedicated photographer in Illinois, you will definitely love our services. Contact us and let’s talk about your wedding and how we can immortalize it in the most beautiful way!

04/16

Being the mother-of-the-bride is a big deal! Make sure you are aware of your duties

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As a mother, you want your daughter to be happy – and, on her wedding day, you want to make sure she feels like the true princess she is. What are some of your duties as the mother-of-the-bride? What are some of the things you are expected to do before and during the wedding? We have gathered some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

  • Help with the wedding registry. Since your daughter shouldn’t include wedding registry information on the invitations, it is up to you, the groom’s mother and the couple’s close friends to spread the news. This way, guests have the opportunity of buying something the bride and the groom will truly love.
  • Walk her down the aisle. In traditional Christian weddings, the father is the one to “give the bride away”. However, if he cannot be there or if the bride chooses to honor you as well, you might be expected to walk down the aisle with her.
  • Be part of the receiving line. Traditionally, the mother-of-the-bride is the hostess of the wedding – so she is also the first in the receiving line. Be there with a warm smile on your face to help your daughter receive the guests and make them feel truly welcomed!
  • Be a very good friend. You love your daughter more than anyone else in this world – and more than anyone too, you also know what she’s going through. Be her support, her friend and her shoulder to cry on as the big day unfolds – you will both remember these moments as some of the most candid and sentimental ones you have ever had!

Allusion Photography can help you capture precisely these moments: the seconds of wordless emotion that will sprinkle your big day with tears of joy. Contact us, find out more about who we are and hire us for your wedding!

03/16

These lighting techniques will create a beautiful atmosphere for your wedding

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Wedding lighting bears a huge importance when it comes to creating a very beautiful atmosphere for this very special event. What are some of the techniques you should know of before you decide on anything? We have gathered some tips to help you navigate the sometimes confusing lighting lingo – so read on and find out more.

  • Fairy lights or festoon lights. Usually used as interchangeable terms, fairy lights and festoon lights are more or less the same type of lighting – with the exception that the first are usually used indoors, while the latter are used outdoors.
  • Gobo lights. If you want to personalize your wedding with a projected monogram, you are looking for Gobo lights. Unique and modern, this type of lighting works especially with elegant, contemporary weddings.
  • Pattern projections. Want to make a simple wedding venue look more elegant and intricate? Hire someone to project beautiful flowery patterns or arabesques at your wedding. Doing this will instantly change the décor!
  • Up lighting. In general, up lighting refers to colored lights that are arranged in a way that emphasizes different areas of the venue (e.g. the dance floor, the corners of the walls, and so on). With modern technology at your disposal, you can choose pretty much any color you want for your up lighting.
  • Pin spotting. If you want to make your wedding centerpieces really stand out, use pin spotting lighting. This will project a very thin beam of light right through the center of your table, so that it makes the centerpieces look brighter and more elegant.

Searching for a photographer who will know how to capture the magic of the Big Day regardless of what type of lighting you choose? Contact Allusion Photography and we will bring in our experience, our talent and our true creativity!

 

03/16

Have you chosen a date for your wedding yet? Take a look at some lucky days, and days to avoid!

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Choosing a wedding date is one of the first and foremost important steps in planning a wedding. How to make sure you choose a really lucky date, though? What are some of the myths and superstitions surrounding wedding dates? We have gathered them right below – so read on if you need a bit of inspiration.

  • According to the Jewish tradition, Tuesdays are considered to be suspicious when it comes to weddings. Furthermore, they also say that a wedding should take part after a new moon, which will also grant luck and blessings to the newlyweds.
  • In astrology, the beginning of the month is also considered to be quite lucky – so you might want to heed this tip of advice and settle yourself wherever you feel best.
  • 8th of August. Planning a summer wedding? Have it on the 8th of August, then! In some Asian traditions, the number “8” is associated with prosperity and good fortune. So, August 8th may be a great choice for your wedding date as well.
  • Depending on your religious denomination, you might not be allowed to have your wedding during certain religious holidays (or the fasting period preceding them). Before you type out the Save the Date cards, make sure to double check with your ceremony officiant and see for sure.
  • While Christmas is considered the most wonderful time of the year, and 4th of July is full of excitement, they may not be the best days to choose for your wedding. With many holidays throughout the year, choosing your wedding date around them may be better than on them, as many people usually have plans already made.
  • Last, but not least, don’t choose a wedding date because someone else suggests it, but because it makes sense to you and your love story. Regardless of what date you choose, know that your loved ones and friends will be there to enjoy your big day.

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Searching for a truly dedicated photographer who will shoot this very important day of your life? Contact Allusion Photography and have us shoot marvelous photos at your wedding! You will definitely love your wedding album!

02/16

Make sure your groomsmen look sharp on the big day by knowing how to dress them!

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Your groomsmen are some of the most important people at the wedding – and you will definitely want them to look really great (and feel equally amazing too). How do you do that, though? How do you make sure your groomsmen look sharp on the big day?

We have gathered some tips to help you dress them really well – so read on and find out more.

  • Mismatched is OK. Long-gone are the days when everything at a wedding had to match 100%. Same as bridesmaids’ dresses, the groomsmen’s attires don’t have to match either. In fact, they will look a lot more stylish this way.

 

  • Mismatched, but with style. If you decide to allow your groomsmen to wear mismatched suits or tuxedoes, please make sure you do give them some rules at least. For example, sticking to three colors or simply to variations of the same color will be a very good idea.

 

  • Different silhouettes for different bodies. Your groomsmen look different – so it is only natural that you allow them to dress in tuxedoes or suits that are different too. This will help them choose something that suits their bodies and their personal style – and, consequently, it will also help them feel better throughout the entire wedding day.

 

  • Coordinated details. If you want your groomsmen to look great together even with mismatched attires, focus on coordinating the details – such as the lapels, the bow-ties, the shoes or the boutonnieres, for example.

 

Searching for an amazing photographer for the Big Day? Contact Allusion Photography and allow us to be part of your wedding! We will capture its essential beauty, we will preserve the most romantic moments and we will make sure this special day is immortalized forever!

02/16

Do you know how to choose your bridesmaids for your wedding?

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Choosing the wedding party is one of the most important Big Day-related tasks. While most brides-to-be have many friends, making the choice for the bridal party can honestly be a daunting ordeal.

How to choose your bridesmaids? How to make sure nobody’s feelings get hurt? Even more, how to make sure the ladies standing by your side at the altar are happy? We have gathered some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

  • Whatever you do, remember that this is your Not your mom’s, not his aunt’s and definitely not your sister’s. It is your wedding and you choose who your bridesmaids are. Don’t let anyone tell you what to do when it comes to this.
  • You might actually want to include in-laws. Yes, you read that right. You may not be very close to them right now, but you will be. Soon enough, they will be part of your family and you will be part of theirs. And while friends may move to other states and relationships may cool, family will always be there – including in-laws. Start on the right foot by including your future sister(s)-in-law in the wedding party.
  • Also, you might not be able to include everyone you want. We mean this. You may have lots of friends who might not make it to the wedding party, but that doesn’t mean you cannot assign them important tasks for the Big Day. Some of them may play a song or have a reading during your wedding ceremony or reception. Others may have a beautiful toast to dedicate to you and your spouse. Whatever you choose for them, it will surely make them feel really special in your life!

Searching for a talented photographer to capture your Big Day’s most beautiful moments? Contact Allusion Photography and we guarantee you will not regret having chosen our services!

01/16

Have you considered a Cinematographer for your wedding? If not, you definitely should!

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Your wedding day – oh, how marvelous and beautiful it will be! From the flowers you have chosen to the way your bridesmaids will be dressed, everything about this day is about you, about the love you have for each other and about the great moment you are celebrating!

Hiring a cinematographer can help you capture the magic of this day in a truly special way. How so? Why is hiring a cinematographer a great option? We have gathered some of the best reasons to convince you – so read on and find out more.

  • In a recent survey it has been found that more brides are opting for both videography and photography for their wedding day. Commemorating your precious day in a video of your is a way to bring back those special moments for years to come. Imagine 15 years from now sharing the live footage of you walking down the aisle with your children. Listening to your family members talk and being able to see and hear all the guests that attended your wedding. A video is a way to not only bring back the memories but also make the day come alive once more.
  • A new type of videography is called a highlight reel. A highlight reel, although much harder to edit, is an awesome small 5-10min edit of the best parts of your day. A Highlight reel is much easier to share with guests who couldn’t be there. Regardless of what their reasons may be, guests who couldn’t make it to the wedding will be more than happy to receive a video of it. This way, they will feel as if they were part of your Big Day.
  • Because this is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of event – and it deserves everything. More than that, you and your future spouse deserve to become the stars in your own movie. Make this day even more special by hiring a videographer who will know exactly how to capture the most beautiful and heartwarming moments and put them together in a video that truly shows off your amazing love story.

Searching for a great wedding videographer in Illinois? Contact Allusion Photography and allow us to be there for you on the Big Day! Your wedding photos and videos are going to be absolutely spectacular!