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We serve brides who desire a stress-free, streamlined & joyful engagement & wedding by providing an experience that allows our couples to fully enjoy this special season & receive jaw-dropping, joy-filled photos they'll pass down for generations to come!

Hey, friend! We are Caitlin and Luke.

... joyful, classic and authentic, and though she is planning the wedding of her dreams, she and her fiancé value their marriage and the legacy they’re founding more than they value their actual wedding day. Her wedding details matter, but she’s most excited to spend forever with her best friend.

The Caitlin & Luke Bride is... 

The Caitlin & Luke Bride values her people above all else, and the moments she’s most looking forward to on her wedding day involve them.

... more than photographers.

We are caitlin and luke, a husband and wife photography team serving illinois and destination couples since 2011. We love serving our couples by being

If you’re looking for photographers who feel more like long-lost best friends than just another vendor, you’re in the right place!

We’re best friends and a married couple who can usually be found spending time together… with our doodle Oliver, of course! When we aren’t home as a family, we’re probably working in our cozy office {with a Capri Blue candle burning!} or traveling to photograph our Caitlin & Luke Couples! We also love dinner dates, whether we’re dressing up for tacos & a margarita at our favorite restaurant, or cooking at home with Ben Rector playing in the background. We are asked often if we like working together full-time, and the answer is 100%, YES! We're also deeply passionate about our faith; we'd be nowhere without Jesus.

We’ve had the honor of being a part of over 100 wedding days together, and we couldn’t be more grateful! We travel all over Illinois, the Midwest and beyond for our couples. No matter if we’re photographing at a favorite local venue where the vendor team feels like family or jumping into a totally new venue for the weekend, we can’t get enough!

Our photography style is completely centered around you! This means that, although we adore the tiniest details of your wedding (I mean, that ring you can’t stop staring at is pretty gorgeous!), we’re most passionate about celebrating who you and your fiancé truly are through photos that LOOK the way each tender moment FELT! Our goal for your wedding day is to go above and beyond the must-have, magazine-quality wedding photos you’re daydreaming about… but also to freeze time during the most intimate moments you’d never remember if it weren’t for your wedding photographs.

It’s true that we live for those special, fleeting moments- but we also want to ensure we’re photographing you two & your love in the most authentic way possible! No matter your personality, our ultimate goal is to ensure that who you two truly are is what shines through your images the most… and to help you feel 100% comfortable the entire time. It brings tears to our eyes to think of how your images will not only grace your walls & carry you through your decades together, but will also be what your children & grandchildren cherish one day. Imagine them thumbing through your wedding album one day & saying, “Look how in love they were then… & how much more in love they still are now!”

We’re for the bride who believes joyful, authentic, & enduring love is worth celebrating.

to you

... from the moment you inquire with us, and we make it our mission become lifelong friends with each Caitlin & Luke couple we serve. To this day, we're still in touch with dozens of our 100+ past Caitlin & Luke Couples!

We'll be there from inquiry through image delivery for questions, timeline assistance, vendor suggestions & anything else you need along the way. Everything about what we do is centered on how much we care for you!

"Our entire experience with Caitlin and Luke from start to finish was more than anything we could have asked for."

- Lauren + Dean

Our Promise

Our #1 priority is making sure you feel loved, known and cared for...

CAITLIN

I’m a hopeless romantic who looks for any excuse to celebrate & still cries at each wedding! I'm an obsessed dog mama who adores peonies, Kate Spade, statement earrings, my 20+ succulents, and decorating our home! I believe no day is complete without Jesus time and Starbucks coffee, and I dream of living in Charleston, South Carolina one day.

Your Photography Team

meet caitlin, luke... and oliver!

OLIVER

Our Cockapoo Pup

Our Cockapoo fur baby and the most friendly, people-obsessed pup you’ll ever meet! He's our little team mascot and makes our life so much sweeter... we don't know what we ever did without him as a part of our little family.

Photographer & Bride Experience Manager

Luke

I’m a positive, down to earth guy who loves to connect with people. I’m an early riser, and I start every morning with a workout and Bible time so that I can have a peaceful start to my days. In my spare time, I enjoy flying my drone & reading business books. As an extrovert, I'll jump at any chance to spend time with our couples, family & friends!

Photographer, Videographer, Business Manager

The c&L Photography timeline

Caitlin started our business in high school- at the age of 15, to be specific! 

2011

We're college sweethearts! Within just weeks of knowing each other, we knew we’d found our best friend & the one God had chosen for each of us. {This is our first photo together!}

2014

We started shooting weddings together & got engaged on 8.2.15!

2015

6.18.16  | Our Wedding Day! We've photographed hundreds of love stories, but ours is our favorite.

2016

We look forward to sharing your love story. You are so much more than just a bride to us, and we promise to be so much more than just photographers to you.

2020

Feel the joy as you exit your ceremony to confetti and cheers, finally a wife. Can you tell we’ve been in your shoes recently? You are where we were just 4 years ago. I remember the feeling of the dress that was made for me. The weight of my mom’s pearl bracelet on my hand. The veil resting on my shoulders as I smiled into Luke’s eyes while he promised forever to me. I remember every person we loved most in the world in one room, for the only time ever. And most of all, I remember it being over far too fast. It was like the blurriest, best dream I ever had. Friend, after your sparkler exit & you squeeze your mama goodbye before hopping into your getaway car ...

a personal note from caitlin and luke

Stare at that new sparkle on your left hand, and picture the moment the doors open and you walk down that aisle towards your teary fiancé.

... all you’re left with are your wedding photos & film. That’s it.

Your day one of forever deserves celebration. Take it from some newlyweds: your wedding day will fly by in a second. It’s just a fact. That’s why we’re here- to ensure you get to be present in your day, filled with peace knowing the tiniest moments won’t be forgotten. We got you. Because we’ve been where you are, we infuse our experience as a bride in groom into our effort to pour our entire hearts & souls into the day ahead. We vow to give you everything we have, from the moment you first inquire! When we leave wedding days, it’s to teary goodbyes with our couples-turned-friends. We fall into bed that night exhausted- empty of ourselves, but with full hearts after leaving nothing on the table. We’ll be here swooning over your proposal story, laughing together at your engagement session, giving you a massive hug on your wedding morning, ensuring you have nothing to stress about on your wedding day, and wiping away the tears as you dance with your daddy. (Yes, Caitlin still cries at each wedding day we shoot!!)

We create joyful, authentic, and enduring images and films that will fill the walls of your home, make you smile whenever you see your iPhone wallpaper, and bring tears to your eyes when you browse your heirloom album on each anniversary. No matter what it looks like, we’re here to make wedding photography the most joyful, simple part of your wedding experience. Because when the photography experience is peaceful, the entire wedding day is more joyful. By your wedding day, we're dear friends- and after almost 100 weddings together, we can't imagine running our business any other way. Let’s get the journey started!!

We shot our first wedding together on Caitlin’s 20th birthday!

We always planned to work together full time!

We completely redid our home during the middle of our busy wedding season!

We practically have the same personality type, to a T!

We are early risers and love starting our day early!

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We shot our first wedding together on Caitlin’s 21st birthday!

We always planned to work together full time!

We completely redid our home during the middle of our busy wedding season!

We practically have the same personality type, to a T!

We are early risers and love starting our day early!

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It was such a sweet way to celebrate, and we’ll never forget getting to work together for our first wedding ever. We’ve photographed well over 100 beautiful wedding days ever since!

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We shot our first wedding together on Caitlin’s 20th birthday!

We always planned to work together full time!

We completely redid our home during the middle of our busy wedding season!

We practically have the same personality type, to a T!

We are early risers and love starting our day early!

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When we met, Luke was in nursing school and Caitlin was the only one running what’s now our business. God had different plans in store, and we’re so grateful!

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We shot our first wedding together on Caitlin’s 20th birthday!

We always planned to work together full time!

We completely redid our home during the middle of our busy wedding season!

We practically have the same personality type, to a T!

We are early risers and love starting our day early!

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This is true- and we still don’t know how we made this happen during our busiest time of the whole year!  We love our home, and all that hard work was so worth it.

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We shot our first wedding together on Caitlin’s 20th birthday!

We always planned to work together full time!

We completely redid our home during the middle of our busy wedding season!

We practically have the same personality type, to a T!

We are early risers and love starting our day early!

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If you’re familiar with the Enneagram, Luke is an 8, and Caitlin is a 2! Luke is also much more of an extrovert than Caitlin is, so we like to say we balance out each other well.

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We shot our first wedding together on Caitlin’s 20th birthday!

We always planned to work together full time!

We completely redid our home during the middle of our busy wedding season!

We practically have the same personality type, to a T!

We are early risers and love starting our day early!

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We are awake at 5:00 am almost every single morning… even if Caitlin wouldn’t say she “loves” being awake for those first few minutes! We love getting an early start on our days.

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let's have a little fun!

His and Hers...

(always! Though, we do have our differences!)

Hers:

Starbucks order

Iced Cinnamon Dolce Latte

His:

Coffee? No thanks!

Hers:

next binge session

Gilmore Girls or Friends

His:

Crime Documentaries

Hers:

"Honey? Oops. I went over the budget at..."

Target -  gets me everytime!

His:

Amazon... on business books!

Hers:

always wearing

Lots of Kendra Scott jewelry

His:

Jeans - never sweatpants!

Hers:

dream vacation

Definitely Paris, France!

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New Zealand or Australia

Get in Touch

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Cue the confetti! We've officially received your wedding inquiry, and we couldn't be more excited to start this journey with you.

Here's when you can expect to hear back from us, based on when you submitted your inquiry:

∙  MON - FRI BETWEEN 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | You can expect a response within 24 hours.
∙  AFTER 5:00 PM MON - THURS | You can expect a response the following morning.
∙  WEEKEND | You can expect a response when we're back in the office Monday morning.

In the meantime, please enjoy resources we've created just for you by clicking here. Congratulations on your engagement!!!

Get in Touch

Bride and groom's full names*

email Address*

Phone Number*

Your wedding date*

Message to caitlin & luke*

SEND

Cue the confetti! We've officially received your wedding inquiry, and we couldn't be more excited to start this journey with you.

Here's when you can expect to hear back from us, based on when you submitted your inquiry:

∙  MONDAY - FRIDAY BETWEEN 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | You can expect a response within 24 hours.
∙  AFTER 5:00 PM MONDAY - THURSDAY | You can expect a response the following morning.
∙  ON THE WEEKEND | You can expect a response when we're back in the office Monday morning.

In the meantime, please enjoy resources we've just created for you on our blog by clicking right here. We cannot wait to start this journey with you soon!

Congratulations on your engagement! Talk to you soon.