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WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIOS OPEN DURING COVID-19 - Many couples don’t want to wait. They are planning to get married in the very near future, eloping, or rushing a small ceremony with their photographer, some close friends, and family but dispensing with or postponing the reception party. 

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Chicago small wedding and elopement photography by Aileen Ciesielski of Illinois
4000+ (USD)

Aileen Ciesielski

Ed & Aileen Photography
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Hey there! I am one half of a husband and wife photography team based in Chicago, IL. And we capture moments made by people madly in love all over the world. We strongly believe that life shouldn't be taken too seriously. After all, we're on this Earth for such a short period of time, and in the end, the only thing that matters is the story we leave behind.

I specialize in documenting wedding stories through a photojournalistic approach. Even after having the privilege of photographing more than 300 weddings, nothing excites me more than celebrating with couples who want to document their wedding day through candid moments. After all, the photo you’ll be framing won’t be of your monogrammed hanger or shoes, instead, it’s going to be the one of you belly laughing with your friends or wiping away those happy tears. Forget those stiff, awkward poses and Pinterest-perfect details - let’s just be real and spontaneous together.

I have been featured in Junebug Weddings, The Knot Magazine, Brides Magazine, Inside Weddings, Rock 'n Roll Bride, RuffledBlog, Martha Stewart Weddings, Offbeat Bride, and more!

9 Diamond Awards for Engagement Portraits

1 Awards from the Artistic Guild of Wedding Photojournalists

4 Client Letters

The following letters are from the clients of Aileen Ciesielski.

The Yale Club of New York City wedding photography of a couple crossing the street

Married: 1 year ago

Alicia & Pawel

Hoooollllyyyy smokes! Thank you so much for all the absolutely, positively beautiful wedding photos!!!! It's been so fun sharing them with our family and friends, and they've all been blown away by them. From our engagement session to our wedding day, it was so great working with you both. You made two photographically awkward people look very natural as if we get all fancied up on a regular basis. ;) Thank you for capturing our day so perfectly. It is one we will never forget, and it means the world to us to have so many beautiful pictures to reminisce over.

The Ivy Room Chicago, IL wedding day image in black and white of the bride and groom walking outdoors

Married: 1 year ago

Christine & George

Guys, OH MY GOD! I am projectile crying at my desk! I am so in love with all of these photos and it perfectly captures the day and the celebration! It is so fun to see all of our people hugging, toasting and dancing! I was 100% confident in my decision to use you guys, but this blew me away! George and I are over the moon! Thank you so, so much!

Hemlock Springs Kentucky Wedding image of the bride and groom laughing outside under the trees

Married: 1 year ago

Ginger & Paul

We LOVE our wedding photos!!! And so does our family!! A million thank yous are not enough! You two are absolutely amazing, and we feel so lucky that you captured our wedding! All the photos are so special and so beautiful and just so so good! Thank you!!!

Ovation Chicago Wedding image of the bride and groom dancing their first dance

Married: 2 years ago

Stacey & Geoff

Geoff and I had the absolute best day ever in large part to you. Aileen, you are seriously incredible at what you do. You can command a crowd when needed and then set up the most romantic shot seconds later. You were so calming, especially in the morning when I started to get a bit worried about the timeline. You know what it takes to get the job done and you're able to get everyone's attention and focus without being rude. You were a miracle worker with my nephews (they are quite the handful). I was so anxious the week of the wedding about being able to do our first look outdoors and take a couple pictures outside and you were so reassuring leading up to the day. And lo and behold - the weather ended up working out so well. Aileen, you were one of the first vendors we booked and we are so glad we did. Our wedding day was seriously the most special day of my life and it was great having you be such a huge part of it. It's incredible that you get to be part of people's most special day weekend after weekend. You and Ed run a fantastic business, you're able to be so professional and on top of everything and yet be so fun and natural to be around. Thanks again for all your work. You and Ed and your team are just so fantastic and we are so so thankful we had you as our photographer.