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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

Create a gorgeous wedding with a French inspired theme!

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There’s something inherently elegant and timeless about the French – so why wouldn’t you take these features and bring them into your wedding theme? What does it take to plan a superb French inspired wedding? What are some of the best ideas with regards to this?

We have some tips for you – so read on to find out more.

 

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  • The table setting. The French style is effortlessly elegant – so don’t over-analyze every detail on your guests’ tables. Miss-matched plates look really wonderful with this wedding theme – and so do the glasses as well.

 

  • The table décor. Your French inspired wedding should be really sophisticated – but that doesn’t mean you should spend more than what you have. Some simple, white table linens, with napkins decorated with your wedding monogram – this is the kind of simplicity everyone loves!

 

  • The drinks and the food. A bottle of wine and a carafe of water should be on every table, always. This way, you don’t risk that anyone takes a seat at a table where he cannot be served. As for the foods, don’t be afraid to go all-French and organize a delicious cheese and fruit combination. This idea would be healthy and it would definitely satisfy your guests.

 

  • The background. You may not be able to travel to France to have the French appeal – but you can definitely choose a space that resembles it as much as possible. Choose an awe-striking location for the wedding and your French-themed wedding will be memorable!

 

Allusion Photography can help you capture all the adorable, candid and romantic moments at your wedding. Come visit us, take a look at what we usually do as photographers and book us for wedding pictures that are flawless, creative and truly stunning!

 

 

05/16

Flowers are gorgeous! But there are some things you should know about them when planning your wedding.

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Undoubtedly, flowers are a very important part of the wedding – especially since they set the celebratory feeling of the day. What are some of the essential things every bride-to-be should know about flowers when planning her wedding? We have gathered them right below – so read on to find out more.

  • Your flower proposal will sound like a poem. Really, it will be written beautifully and it will be almost as melodious as a poem and as romantic as a fairytale. Don’t get too carried away, though! Read attentively, focus on the details and make sure you clear out any confusions now, before you sign on the dotted line!

 

  • Not to make you feel anxious, but you will most likely not see your flower arrangements until the big day. This is perfectly normal, considering you want your flowers to be fresh and vibrant – not withered and “sad”. Find a reliable wedding florist and trust her expertise – your flowers will look absolutely gorgeous!

 

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  • There will be at least one detail that will really stress you out. Your florist may not find the blooms you wanted or the shade you wanted. Your chosen flowers may be in off-season and too expensive for your budget. Whatever it is, rest assured that a good florist will help you find solutions that work excellently for you. In the end, you will love the “replacements” just as much (if not more!) than what you originally had in mind.

 

Searching for a wedding photographer who will immortalize the beauty of your wedding in a truly unique, candid and professional way? Contact Allusion Photography and we will be there to make your big day stay alive forever in our amazing wedding photos!

 

 

 

03/16

Be unique when creating your signature wedding cocktails!

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Your wedding should reflect who you are, what your style is and what your love story is all about. From the colors you choose to the flowers that decorate the Big Day, everything about this event should be about you – and your cocktails make no exception from the rule.

To help you serve excellent cocktails at your wedding (and make your guests happy), we have gathered some of the most delicious and unique ideas right below – so read on and find out more.

  • Popsicle cocktails. Perfect for a summer wedding, popsicle cocktails are fun, unique and really tasty. Basically, any cocktail can be turned into a playful popsicle – so whatever your favorite drink may be, you can definitely pull this off. Your guests will love the idea!
  • Vintage cocktails. Planning a vintage-inspired wedding? Make sure your cocktails are inspired by the old times too! For example, a cocktail inspired by the Prohibition era can be a really tasty surprise for your guests.
  • Craft beers. If you plan on having a more casual wedding, don’t be afraid to replace the more traditional cocktails with beer. Serving a good variety of delicious craft beers is guaranteed to satisfy your guests’ tastes.
  • Ice tea. If you don’t want to serve alcohol at your wedding (or if you want to provide all of your guests with non-alcoholic options too), ice tea is a very good idea. It is delicious, refreshing and it allows you to provide your guests with a wide range of options to choose from.

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Allusion Photography can capture the beauty and grace of your Big Day in a way that’s truly special and candid. Contact us, find out more about our services and photography style and we will make sure to provide you with amazing wedding photos!

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!

 

02/16

Do you know how to breakdown your wedding budget? Take a look:

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We may not like this, but money does make the world go around. And while they have no connection whatsoever with true love, the truth is that you will need money to plan the perfect big day. This is precisely why planning a suitable wedding budget is so important – especially when you want to make sure that your dream wedding doesn’t come with a high cost for your finances in the first year(s) of marriage.

How do you do it? How do you plan and breakdown your wedding budget? Here are some tips to consider:

  • First and foremost, understand that different locations practice different prices. It may be shocking, but the difference between a wedding in one part of the US and one in another part of the country can go as high as a few tens of thousands of dollars. Sure, it depends on what you want for the big day, but it is more than important that you research prices at your chosen location before you do anything else.
  • Also, you should know that while there are no standard ways to breakdown the budget, there are some expectations you should have. For instance, the venue will most likely cost something around 40-50% of the entire wedding budget. Flowers will cost 10%, music will cost 5-10%, a planner will cost 10-15%, and so on.
  • It is also extremely important that you leave some “cushion” in your budget as well. In general, it is advisable that you leave at least 5-10% of your total wedding budget for unexpected expenses (such as having to pay extra hours for your band or DJ, for example).
  • Here’s a basic breakdown of what you can expect to pay:

Reception: 48-50 percent

Ceremony: 2-3 percent

Attire: 8-10 percent

Flowers: 8-10 percent

Entertainment/Music: 8-10 percent

Photography/Videography: 10-12 percent

Stationery: 2-3 percent

Wedding Rings: 2-3 percent

Parking/Transportation: 2-3 percent

Gifts: 2-3 percent

Miscellaneous: 8 percent

  • To avoid stress, allot 5 percent of your budget for a “just-in-case” fund.
  • Use sites like Wedding Wire and The Knot to help. They both have free budget calculator and forms to make this process a stress free one.

Searching for a photographer who will capture the gorgeousness of your big day in a creative and candid way? Contact Allusion Photography and hire us for your wedding! We will preserve your beautiful memories in a way that will bring you tears of joy!

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!

02/16

Your guests will surely adore these thoughtful wedding ideas

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None of your guests will come to the wedding with the sole purpose of eating, drinking and dancing. They will be there because they care about you and because they are genuinely happy for the huge step you’re making in your life. They will be there to celebrate your love, your commitment and your beautiful story!

It is precisely for this reason that you will also want them to have the time of their lives while at your wedding. How to do it? How to ensure they leave the Big Day with some really nice memories in their “luggage”? We have gathered some really thoughtful ideas to inspire you – so read on and find out more.

  • The games. Regardless of what age your guests may be, they will definitely love a good, old-fashioned game. Plan some wedding-themed Mad Libs or even a wedding piñata, bring in some oversized board games or organize some drinking/social games to make sure all of your guests have fun – it will be worth all the effort, trust us!
  • The food and the drinks. You don’t need the most expensive caviar and wine brought from France to make people happy. You need fresh, well-cooked and good-looking food that’s aplenty. From mac and cheese variations to tomato soup and grilled cheese shots, there’s a myriad of delicious and budget-friendly foods you can include in the menu, so don’t be afraid to get a little creative with it!
  • Welcome baskets. If you have out-of-town guests, make sure to greet them with some thoughtful welcome baskets. Include a plan of the wedding, a map of the location and some nice treats (such as cookies, lip balm and other small items guests will love).

Want a true professional to capture this really special day in your life? Contact Allusion Photography and leave your wedding album into our experienced, creative and talented hands! You won’t regret it!

02/16

Your dad is so special, make sure to include him in your wedding!

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Your father is one of the most amazing people in your life. He raised you and offered you the best life. He taught you to always believe in yourself, be strong and provided his shoulder in the time of need.

And here he is, ready to walk you down the aisle, with tears in his eyes and a huge smile on his face.

Your dad loves you and you love him. Naturally, he deserves you to include him in the big day, so make sure you do this in a truly special way. Here are some ideas to inspire you:

  • Something Old. Does your father have a favorite tie? Or maybe a favorite shirt? Does he always wear that one special watch? These items can be beautifully included in your wedding. Start with the “Something Old” part. A small patch of his tie can work wonderfully for the bouquet wrap, for example. His favorite accessory can become your good luck charm for the big day too. Use your creativity and make your dad’s favorites a truly special part of your wedding day!
  • Have a first look with your father. Want to ease off the pre-wedding anxiety? Have a first look with your father and ask your photographer to capture this beautiful and emotional series of pictures. You will both love it!
  • Have your dad do a reading at the ceremony. Who else could be better at giving marriage advice other than your dad? Who else in the entire world is better at knowing what’s best for his little girl? Your father will pull off an amazingly sensitive and beautiful reading if you give him this task, so you should definitely do it!

If you have started your wedding planning, Contact Allusion Photography and let’s talk about your photos! Together we can create a package that will be perfect in highlighting each of every aspect of your beautiful big day…bring along your father too and involve him in this aspect of the planning!