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Newest NewlywedsWe all get lucky once in a while. (You’re feeling that way right now as you think about your partner to be, right?)

But you don’t want to leave things to chance when it comes to your wedding photographs. When the fanfare and wonder of the big day is over, your photographs will remain. Over time, they become your memories.

So on your one special day, it’s important to choose a photographer who’s already been down the aisle numerous times. Pick someone who’s prepared for (and even thrives on!) the pressure that comes with the just-happening-once joy of a wedding.

After years of photographing ceremonies and receptions of all sizes and styles,  Ocken Photography has the knowledge, creativity, and quick-thinking poise under pressure to make sure your memories and one-of-a-kind moments are expertly captured, without disrupting the emotion and flow of your celebration.

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YOU ALL are so awesome, and WE are extremely grateful.  Thanks for helping us prove to the world what you already know. For over 20 years we work hard every weekend to create timeless treasures for generations of your family to see. You have trusted us to capture the most important moments on your wedding day. We love what we do for you, we love to see your joyful faces when we show you the photographs.  And we love to create the perfect wedding album for you to share with your children, and watch your grandchildren flip through.

We love to show off what we do, so please take some time and visit our galleries and Facebook pages for Arkansas and Chicago.  And be careful, we are totally doing the happy dance right now as we type!

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Jon Lee and Chelsey Thompson married June 9, 2012

Left Bank JewelryWhen not working with brides, we really like to join forces with great partners like The Left Bank Jewelry, a wonderful little wedding boutique on Webster in Lincoln Park. Susan Metropoulos has a great collection that includes just about every bridal accessory you might dream of—and probably some you haven’t!  And all with a wonderful French flair. Check out her lovely ad, featuring an Ocken Photography photo, in the current CS Brides on page 275. Then finish the job by paying her a visit, and heck—why not check in with us too? We’d love to take some photographs for you as well!

 

 

Ocken photography is looking forward to meeting all the newly engaged couples and help with their wedding planning. You know we make the most amazing wedding photographs, but did you know we also have the best wedding vendor referrals? Like Shelia Vaught is a great consultant, Becky Clements has some of the best floral designs, Joe Snell really knows how to rock with Central Arkansas Entertainment.  Lets us know how we can help.  A conversation is only a click away!

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Erin Dalpini and Jay Strybis Wedding in Valparaiso, IN.  Photos by Chris Ocken and Mona Luan

http://fivegrainevents.com/blog/gabby-and-chads-delightful-wedding-at-the-south-shore-cultural-center-06-16-12

Photographer: Ocken Photography (Chris Ocken + Mona Luan) / Ceremony + Reception: South Shore Cultural Center / Wedding Planner: Five Grain Events (Sara Balsom) / Dress: Pronovias (purchased at Wedding Belles) / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Groom’s Attire: Joseph A. Bank / Invitations: Fitzgerald’s Fine Stationery / Cake: Sugar Fixe Patisserie (Oak Park) / Desserts: Food for Thought / Flowers: Life Made Pretty (Adrianna Amarei) / Caterer: Food for Thought / Music: Dynasty

First Dance Fever

Put a little spring in your step — it’s time for the first dance! Be sure to check out page 418 (digital page 420) of the latest Chicago Style Weddings magazine to see our photograph sprawled out all over. This shot is one of my favorites and was taken at the Wilder Mansion outside Chicago. Click here to see if your wedding date is open.

Yet again, Chris Ocken was quoted in Chicago Style Weddings magazine on page 396 (398 in the digital version) in a story about top photography trends this year.  “It’s essential to make photos viewable on iPhone and iPads and to allow brides access to smaller versions of their images for Facebook, Twitter, and emailing,” Chris said. “In our immediate society, brides and everyone else have come to expect quick and easy access to images from just about anywhere.”

Who knew Chris was so quotable? That could even be him on the cover. (It’s not.) Click here to see if your wedding date is open.

Chicago Style Weddings talked with Chris for an article in their current issue about how to hire a photographer. It’s on page 376 (378 in the digital version). “It is also very important that a couple know what style they want — traditional, journalistic, commercial, or a style that combines several elements, like my own fine art documentary approach,” Chris explains in the story. At Ocken Photography we pride ourselves on letting your day unfold while we make wonderful photographs without getting in your way. Click here to see if your wedding date is open.

We are featured in the new Arkansas Bride magazine. Check out our photograph in the “Photographer Favorite” section. Guess which photo Bob took?  Hint –  it’s the classic and timeless one. We think it’s very “Town and Country”.