Edyta Szyszlo Photography

August 24, 2011

Youna & Tim’s Serendipitous San Francisco City Hall Ceremony

Photos: Edyta Szyszlo

Youna, Tim and I started our serendipitous portrait adventure in the charming Hayes Valley neighborhood just before their SF City Hall ceremony. Pretty pastels, pops of fuschia florals and a lime green bow tie highlighted their soft and charming personalities. It’s really nice photographing a petite wedding (1 of 2 weddings for Youna & Tim) because they tend to be more relaxed and care-free. Youna even showed me one of her skilled talents of piggybacking Tim (Youna, don’t worry I didn’t include that photo here)! Big shout out to Natalie Bowen Designs for the as-always chic florals! Enjoy the sneak!

August 8, 2011

Rachel & Andrew’s Real Summer Fog in the Berkeley Hills Wedding

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Photos: Edyta Szyszlo

Pretty sure this lovely wedding will cheer up your Muuuundays right up! Rachel and Andy were full of giggles and laughter! With such easy-going and outgoing families, the day was a photographer’s dream :) We embraced the cool Bay Area summer temps and thick fog to make the day as magical as possible. From custom gray bridesmaids dresses, bright pops of colors and her one shoulder wedding dress, you’ll agree it’s quite the charming event. Enjoy this sneak! And as always, vendors listed at the end. 


Venue: Brazilian Room in Tilden Park Berkeley, Catering/Cake/Floral: Culinary Excellence, Hair/Makeup: Nickolas Vidutenko, Dress: Coan Couture, Bridesmaids’ Dresses/Mother of Bride & Groom: Eel & Ermine, Bridal Shoes: Madden Girl, Invitations: MagnetStreet, Ceremony Music: Ryan Parsons (cousin), DJ: Michael Santillan of Fog City Entertainment.

July 27, 2011

Mylinh & Patrick’s Real Modern Chic Cleveland Wedding

Photos: Edyta Szyszlo

A lovely, modern chic sneak of a wedding to share with you! I had the pleasure of flying out to Cleveland (1st time staying overnight) to photograph these two lovebirds’ modern diy day. We laughed, toured the city trolley style with family and explored hidden gems (the tour guide thought I was crazy for wanting to take them to the warehouse district!). The charming Chicago duo were extremely gracious and their families were beyond sweet. It was quite the change-up from my list of outdoor weddings this year, but I can see why it was indoors! (hot & humid) Big thanks to my 2nd photographer Josh! Enjoy!

Colors of the day: light pink, grays, whites and black.

Dessert/candy bar! Yummies like popcorn balls, marshmallow lollipops, rock candy, custard-filled pastries and more!

A little fun in the alley at East 4th Street.


Venue: Hyatt at the Arcade, Coordination: Kirkbrides, Cake: Wild Flour, Music & Photobooth: RTH, Flowers: Prestige Floral, Hair: Marengo Spa & Salon, Makeup: Becky Brown (Chicago), Officiant: Ray Munoz, Linens & Chairs: Event Source, Transportation/Tour: Lolly Trolley Tours

June 23, 2011

Michelle & Jacob’s Real Whimsical SF City Hall and Bar Jules Wedding

Photos: Edyta Szyszlo

Oh my goodness. This wedding is nothing but whimsy delight. Michelle and Jacob shared their big day with just 15 close family and friends. We started at the magical San Francisco City Hall and continued onto Hayes Valley to enjoy a beautiful lunch at Bar Jules. Fresh and local foods, pretty flowers and lots of romantically quirky details made my heart flutter! I expected nothing less from these creative folks ;) I was more than excited to join them in a photo celebration and you will be too. The end of the post has the most charming wedding announcement in the world! Enjoy!

Fun personalized ad lib place cards – guaranteed good time for friends and family! Eclair puffs instead of cake!

Front and back of their wedding announcement!


Ceremony: SF City Hall, Reception: Bar Jules, Dress & Cardigan: Rebecca Taylor, Hair Piece: Lo Boheme, Shoes: Kate Spade, Groom Attire: J. Crew suit/Paul Smith Shirt, Tie, Socks., Flowers: Lila B Design, Makeup: Sean Anthony, Hair: Amy Yang (Joseph Cozza Salon), Paper Ad Lib: August Press, Pencils/Tags: BHLDN, Paper Signs: Funny Side of Life, Just Married Letters: BHLDN, Bride & Groom Forks: BHLDN, Eclair Puffs: Pacific Puffs, Announcements: Hello! Lucky

June 14, 2011

Amanda & Joel’s Real Rustic Elegance Wedding

Photos: Edyta Szyszlo

Hello hello! I feel like it’s been work work and not enough sharing. So I’m extra excited to finally show you one of the several shoots in my production que. Meet the amazingly beautiful Amanda and Joel! I had the pleasure of flying to Springfield, MO to rekindle memories and photograph one of my college friend’s big day! Super sweet, kind, easy-going and playful doesn’t even begin to describe these two. Despite the Midwestern humidity and threat of storms, Amanda and Joel’s celebration went off without a hitch! I had so much fun exploring, ooo’ing over everyone’s gorgeousness and capturing nothing but smiles. Big thanks to my second photographer Adie for all your creativity! Hold on to your seat, there’s a lot to see in this rustic meets elegance sneak peek!

Green skies during their 1st look had me a bit scared!


Who needs birdseed, confetti or sparklers when you have a guest tunnel exit?!

To old campus stomping grounds.

Each groomsmen was given a typewriter key tie clip with their initials. Joel wore a tie from his grandfather’s collection and a pocket watch from his great-grandfather. Amanda wore her grandmother’s fabulous cocktail ring (rectangular gold with diamonds, given to her grandmother from her grandfather for their 39th wedding anniversary).

Dessert table with cake pops (made by Amanda and 2 friends can you believe it?!) and cupcakes instead of cake! Baby’s breath bundles in bottles, try that one. Locally grown and bottled olive oil bar!

Fun fact: Joel was one of the architects behind the newly designed reception space. One week before the wedding, Joplin (1 hour away) was hit with severely damaging tornados. Amanda and Joel held a donation style dollar dance and matched the donations for the victims and their families.

So good to see your smiling faces! What a good time and fantastic memories to have! Wishing you lifelong love and laughter!


Ceremony: Creamery Arts Center (Springfield, MO), Reception/Photobooth: The Savoy/Affinity Ballroom, Floral: Artistry in Bloom, Cupcakes: Amycakes Bakery, Cake Pops: made by bride & 2 friends, Planner/Rentals: Aflair Events, Bluegrass Band: Ben Miller Band, Trolley: A-1 Limousine, Make-up: Marissa Whitley, Hair: Hannah Short at A Valeria Boss Salon, Dress/Veil: Karl’s Bridal, Bride’s Reception Dress: Etsy Nostalgia, Bridesmaids Dresses: Etsy Nostalgia, Junior Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew, Groomsmen Vest: Ebay, Groomsmen Tie Clips: Etsy Keys & Memories, Favors: wheat beer made by groom, Invitations/Save the Date: Wedding Paper Divas, Centerpieces/Decor: craft, thrift stores and family collection.

March 7, 2011

Terri & Adam’s Handmade Book Themed Winter Wedding

Chicago,Edyta's Real Weddings — Edyta @ 4:31 AM

snow confetti wedding

Photos: Edyta Szyszlo

Terri and Adam – what can I say?! Incredible energy and just plain FUN! Remember their urban engagement session here? It’s not often that I hope for snow in Chicago but this time I begged mother nature and nada. At least my flight to Chicago was without delay, but it was sad to see all the snow from Snowpocalypse melted. It’s not everyday you have a couple that wants to play in the snow on their wedding day :) So instead we threw confetti, enjoyed Montrose Harbor and continued our adventure in the nooks and crannies of Architectural Artifacts antiques! Thank you Amy for your creative eye. Now let’s dive into this periwinkle blue and red color goodness wedding!

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periwinkle red bridal party

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paper bouquet boutonniere

bride and groom heart umbrella

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bride and groom architectural artifacts

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book themed wedding centerpieces

DIY save-the-dates made from paperback romance novels cut into postcards.

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In addition to a photobooth, DIY stand-in cutouts of Terri and Adam for the guests to photo play!

diy bride and groom cutout photobooth

FYI their wedding website is ROCKIN! See link below.


Catering/Macroons: J&L Catering, Venue: Architectural Artifacts Chicago, Wedding Dress/Purse/Veil: David’s Bridal, Feather Headband: Bethanylorelle on Etsy, Flowers: WhetherPaperworks on Etsy, Paper for the Flowers: McSweeneys, Bride’s Hair/Makeup: by the maid of honor, Kelly Greco of House-Call Hair, Bride’s Shoes: Vivienne Westwood, Jacket/Bolero/Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Chicago-based dressmaker Jess Audey, Girls’ Boots – Target, Heartstring Umbrella: Luggagepoint, Jewelry: Alyse Ziede, Groom’s Suit: Gibson London, Grooms’s Cufflinks/Bride’s Ring: Bookity on Etsy, Engagement Ring: custom design by Kay Jewelers, Wedding Bands: Fabuluster on Etsy, Ringbearer Pillow & Flowergirl Sack: Catnapcottage on Etsy, Centerpieces: DIY, Photobooth: Magnolia Photobooth Co., Officiant: Stephen Stocker, DJ: Cory Ingle, Wedding Website: DIY (http://www.sittin-in-a-tree.com/), Transport: Chicago Trolley Co., Lifesize Stand-in Cutouts: DIY

October 29, 2010

Karen & Dan’s Real Classic & Modern Gallery Loft Wedding

Chicago,Edyta's Real Weddings — Edyta @ 8:44 AM

chandelier wedding

Photos: Edyta Szyszlo

Happy Friday and GO Giants! A wonderful fall wedding sneak peek today. Meet Karen and Dan. Lovers of food, family and a classy good ole time. A fabulous way to end my wedding season for 2010 in Chicago. Crisp air and crispy leaves ;) Big thanks to Amy for keeping me photo company. I know I’ve somewhat abandoned the blog, but I promise in the next coming months to catch up with more posts about work, trends and charming things! Thanks for your patience! Enjoy the sneak!

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I loved that their wedding bands had each other’s fingerprints engraved! Classic and clean color palette of grays, purples and ivories.

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Time to play! Studio AG provided the charming chandelier and violet chair for us to glam things up!

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Tis October…

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Dan had a great cool-man leaning pose, love it!

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Kids and polka dots!

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gallery 1028 wedding ceremony

The day’s illustration by Karen’s niece.

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Let the good times begin…

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Karen and Dan – a sweet way to end the season, thanks!

Vendors: Getting Ready Hotel: Elysian Hotel, Wedding Venue: Gallery 1028, Hair/Makeup: Karen Marie Salon, Floral/Rental: Studio AG, DJ: Fig Media, Cake: Take the Cake, Ceremony Strings: Elle Musique, Dress: Amsale from Belle Vie Bridal Couture, Sash Pin: H.W. Schmidt797 via Etsy, Suit/Tie: Hugo Boss/Calvin Klein, Invitation Suite & Menu: Minted

October 8, 2010

Kristen & Gene’s Real Modern Wedding with a Retro hint

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Photos: Edyta Szyszlo

Happy almost weekend! You remember Kristen and Gene’s Sunday Stroll? Their recent and lovely downtown Chicago wedding was a classic elegance with a hint of retro. Thankfully, the big chance of rain never happened (thanks mother nature!) but the wind gusts took over. But if that was our biggest challenge, fashion wind with a plush veil…well I’ll take it! Super sweet couple with incredible charm! Big thanks to my right-hand photo lady Amy. Enjoy the sneak!the wit getting ready photos

Marilyn M. meets Scarlett J. Kristen – simply gorgeous! She had some inspiring pictures of Marilyn for her hair and makeup stylist to reference. I couldn’t believe the similarities!

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Gene was simply speechless when he saw her for the first time. And our wind adventure begins!

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Kristen wore a charm bracelet and attached to it was her late grandparents wedding rings along with a custom engraved charm of their initials. Gene’s cuff links (a gift from Kristen) matched her charm with their wedding date engraved on one link and the other with their initials.

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The theme of their invitations was the Chicago Theater sign…which you could also see through the window during their ceremony.

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A change of hair accessory, red lipstick and a vintage brooch pin for her halter strap – gorgeous! Let the party begin!

the wit reception retro

the wit wedding first dance

Their wedding took place 2 days after the official start of fall – warm apple cider, caramel apples and white pumpkins! My favorite was their handmade, brewed beer as favors – Hitched Ale! I enjoyed one afterwards and it was YUMMY!

the wit wedding dancing photo booth

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Such a classic day, thanks for allowing me to share it with you Kristen and Gene!

Vendors: Planning & Day-of Coordination: Kristen Quinlan & Jeff Davis, Venue: Dan Jack at The Wit Chicago, Officiant: Bruce Otto of Spirited Weddings, Florist: Lynn Fosbender of Pollen, Hair/Makeup: Colee at Black Hearts, Cake: Take the Cake, Ceremony Music: Parkwest Strings, DJ: David Olivares of MDM Entertainment, Invitations: Amanda at Spilled Ink Press, Dress: Priscilla of Boston, Photobooth: Magnolia Photo Booth Co.,Hair Accessories: Veil – Priscilla of Boston , Feather Head Piece – I Do, I Do, Groom Tux: Ben Sherman

September 28, 2010

Caroline & Andres’s Real Dreamy DIY Beltane Ranch Wedding

beltane ranch wedding

Photos: Edyta Szyszlo

Dreamy, dreamy, dreamy!! Caroline and Andres’s wedding was simply that. All the elements of a perfect wedding day mashed together and  the best part – these two were just beaming at one another! Best yet, my dream of photographing at Beltane Ranch in Sonoma with the most fantastical couple came true. This handmade-with-love wedding will have you drooling over the gorgeous couple, family and friends along with the diy details. Big thanks to my lovely right-hand photo lady, Jenna! Enjoy the sneak peek!

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All the decor details were handmade by the couple and their friends & family. I love a group effort!

beltane ranch wedding lace invitations

Beyond in love with Sonoma Valley’s oak trees and the rustic, textured environments.

beltane ranch wedding horses

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The mix of wine country rustic and California cool. I dig it.

beltane ranch wedding vintage car polaroids

I’m such a huge fan of the blush/nude/cream colors! So feminine and pretty, not to mention so flattering on all skin tones! Good looking group, huh?

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beltane ranch wedding ceremony fabric flags

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So many incredible details! My favorite was Table #1 (the couple’s table) with Caroline’s grandmother’s vintage, floral china. Oh and another favorite (haha) was their initials + hearts on the dinner napkins! Caroline pointed out the double entendre for California love ;)

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beltane ranch wedding fabric flags

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beltane ranch wedding reception

Cute factoid: Andres is a twin and their (along with their sister-in-law) birthday was on the wedding day! So there was a surprise birthday song & cake blow-out! They 1st danced to a song written and performed by Andres’s sister, who is an extremely talented Chilean musician. Goosebumps! And apparently, table 12 was the table to be ;)

beltane ranch wedding dancing celebration

The night ended with “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond and lots of family hugging ;) Caroline and Dre – Thank you for such a lovely day! It was beyond perfection.

Vendors: Venue – Beltane Ranch in Sonoma Valley, Day-Of Coordinator – Karin Kamb of Clever Girl Consulting, Caterer – Elaine Bell Catering, Florist – Spiral Hand Designs, Hair – Robert Lupo, Makeup – Danmark Bantay, Dress – Jim Hjelm, Bride’s Shoes – Urban Outfitters embellished with Anthropologie hair pins, Groom’s Suit – Theory, Groom’s Tie – Urban Outfitters, Groomsmen Ties – purchased in Italy, Bridesmaid Dresses – Cream/Blush/Ivory from various retailers, Bride Hair Accessory – Untamed Petals, Officiant – Javier (Groom’s brother), 1st Dance music performed by Francisca Valenzuela (Groom’s sister), DJ – Nor Cal Pro Sound

Decor: Invitation Set – Bride & Groom w/ help from Kristen (friend), Ceremony Celebration Flags – Bride, Lace Heart Wish Board – Kristen (friend), Finger Painting Art – Leone (bridesmaid) & Eric (her husband), Escort Cards – Bride, Fabric Flag Garland – Bride’s Mother & Ring Bearer (nephew), Birthday Cakes/Dessert Table Sweets – Cakes by Bride’s Mother & Suzanne (her friend), Cupcakes by Tomiko (bridesmaid) & her mother Susanne, Cookies by Alaina (friend), Centerpieces – colored glass/vases & lace collected by Bride via antique fairs, estate & garage sales, thrift stores. Napkins – purchased at Ikea & stamped with initials & hearts by couple with friend Alaina, Table Numbers – house number tiles from Italy, Cake Stands: made by couple from thrift store plates and candlesticks glued together.

September 15, 2010

Hannah & Chris’s Just Married Session Down Memory Lane

just married session beach

Photos: Edyta Szyszlo

As promised, a sneak peek of Hannah & Chris’s just married session! Busy bees planning a wedding and trying to coordinate travel, we decided that instead of an engagement session that a just married session would be just as fabulous! The best part was that it also served as a tour of their favorites spots to hang out growing up. I feel privileged to become invited to share these memories with my couples. Ahhh, the gushies. Alright, enough chat! Follow me to their favorite teen hangout (they both hung out there but didn’t know it!), her father’s labor of love and a popular chit-chat spot for best friends.

just married session retro bowling alley

just married session retro bowling alley

just married session log cabin

just married session vinyl record prop

just married session picnic tables

just married session rustic forest

An ode to kissing…

just married session beach

just married session beach andronick chairs

So much fun! Btw, thanks for the drive by of the Home Alone house (probably for the 1001 time I’m sure ;) Winnetka, you sure are pretty.

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