By their own estimation, the photographers, video editors, lighting technicians, and other staff at Chicago-based Complete Music And Video are involved in more than 13,000 weddings each year. They cover five major facets of wedding and event production: Using DSLR cameras, their photographers take a candid, photo-journalistic approach, which allows them to capture intimate details, such as fingers gently touching over a tablecloth, or large-scale ones such as horses bursting out of the wedding cake. Similarly, their videographers can preserve the best moments—or an entire evening—using state-of-the-art HD cameras.
Meanwhile, the DJs work with clients to craft evening announcements as well as toe-tapping playlists. Lighting technicians, on the other hand, use overhead lights, monograms, lighted tables, and other elements to conjure any atmosphere you desire. Additionally, Complete Music And Video will let you and your party guests take memory-capturing into their own hands with enclosed photo booths, each of which contains a selection of playful props.
Outside of the packed theatre, a sleek sedan glides its way to the curb. An expectant hush falls over the gathered masses as the door opens to reveal the car's famous passenger. There is a pause, and brief silence, before frenzied cheers are punctuated by a flurry of popping flashbulbs. Scenes like this, common in entertainment capitals all over the world, are what the photographers at Photo Booth of the Stars seek to replicate on a small-scale at private event engagements throughout Chicagoland. Their brand of memory-making has proven especially popular at weddings, where reception guests can pose in front of backdrops that celebrate matrimony with pictures of hearts, rings, and the best man giving a thumbs up.
With Club PhotoBooth’s interactive photo sessions, the backdrop is more like a blank canvas. Subjects take their photo in front of a digital screen that displays the photo immediately once it's snapped. The uploaded photo then becomes a touchscreen, with pop-up tools that people can select to spray-paint colorful mohawks or add vintage-style glasses. This high-tech equipment is indicative of Club PhotoBooth’s style—their booths include custom-designed photo strips, a live monitor that shows subjects how they look, digital copies of all photos, and special printers that can turn photo sessions into flipbooks. Like an opera-singing crossing guard, these modern details have grabbed some major attention from media outlets including Brides.com, ABC-7, and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
Photographer Peter Furla sees a potential shot wherever he looks. To him, the "L" stop at Randolph and Wabash is a backdrop for an engagement photo. One of Chicago's old, time-worn buildings is the perfect spot for a newly married couple—still clad in tuxedo and gown—to pose for their wedding photos. Or maybe the photographer stays in-studio, allowing himself complete control over every shot. It's in the studio that he often creates portraits for children and families.
Peter Furla developed a creative eye at an early age thanks to his father, who originally opened Furla Photography in 1945—a family owned operation in business for two generations. Peter started working alongside his father in 1978, and he hasn't stopped snapping photos since. His work has led to numerous awards and features in well-known publications.
As a complement to Peter Furla's photography, Chris Chibucos runs FurlaVision, the studio's video arm. Mr. Chibucos and his team—who have won their own fair share of accolades—shoot and edit high-definition footage of weddings and special events. The result is a finished product as stylish and panoptic as a documentary film.
From their vast catalog of music, AShah Entertainment’s DJs pluck original cuts and radio edits to spin at parties, complementing jams with optional music video mixing. But the entertainment company’s services extend beyond audio. Their team also supplies special events—from weddings to Indian gatherings—with artful lighting and photo booths, which document revelry more effectively than an undercover reporter posing as the host’s long lost geometry teacher.