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{Caitlin+Brian: A Chicago Engagement}

{Caitlin+Brian: A Chicago Engagement}

Whether it was the excitement from the flag football game, or the drinks afterwards, Caitlin couldn’t help but notice her cute co-worker Brian. After a few weeks of playing on the team together, some harmless conversation and drinks with friends, they realized there may be more to it (she gave him a hug goodbye without even realizing the implication, it just seemed natural)… so Brian worked up the courage and asked Caitlin out. As they found their seats at a Chicago Blackhawks game she had no idea she was on her way to becoming a huge hockey fan, and he was sitting next to the love of his life. (Funny side note: she said there was no kiss on the first date because the Blackhawks lost!)
Now they are getting married!
We visited some fun Chicago locations to celebrate their engagement, and it just so happened to be Caitlin’s birthday! Before they departed for her birthday dinner (at the very restaurant where Brian first said “I love you”!) we walked along the beach and shared a bottle of champagne. Even though I spent most of the time running through sand and shrubbery with my camera, it was truly a lovely evening. I can’t wait to celebrate their wedding later this year!
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We made a quick stop at the J Parker for Moscow Mules!
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I love the waterfront area on Fullerton.
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We made it to North Avenue beach with a bottle of Veuve right as the sun went down.
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Thanks for a terrific evening Caitlin and Brian, I can’t wait to celebrate your wedding with you this summer!

 

{Alice & Matty: Feel Love}

{Alice & Matty: Feel Love}

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”
-Maya Angelou

Alice is a gorgeous woman and a die-hard romantic. The first time we met she saw my ring and asked a few questions, after learning of my New England elopement at the age of 20 she had know every last detail. She was pining for a whirlwind romance of her own, and wasn’t settling for just any guy. Not that there weren’t plenty to choose from! (she modeled professionally for Ford and tends to leave guys red-faced and tongue-tied) Funny enough Matty and I had worked together for a couple of years but he had just left for LA to stake his claim (he is kind of a big deal! Check him out here), so it wasn’t until he came back to Chicago a few years later that he would have the opportunity to meet Alice. With so many mutual friends between them it’s surprising it took as long as it did, finally one evening when she walked into the opening night of Bar DeVille a love story fell right into her lap. They locked eyes and the rest is history, I wasn’t there to witness the event but I can only imagine the sparks that were flying!
Fast forward a couple of years and they now have a beautiful little girl, buckets of amazing friends, and a pretty rad reputation around town. They decided to tie the knot at the Lincoln Park Conservatory with a killer reception at the very cool Sportman’s Club. Alice transformed the back patio with candles and foliage (she has just launched her new company and is a MEGA talented florist! Check her out here: Alice Hanson Designs), Pig Papa bbq’d a feast, and the drinks were flowing. This wedding was extra special because I was surrounded by so many dear familiar faces, and I got to witness two friends make their love story official and FOREVER. The fact that we were gathered under the glow of string lights, with their adorable 3 year old running around bare foot, AND that Alice and Matty are a stunning couple made it all the more outstanding, this night is burned into my memory for good. Congrats Alice and Matty, you set the bar high. Eat, drink, and be married!
Matty describes Alice in 5 words: Strong, Beautiful, Steadfast, Creative, Loving
Alice describes Matty in 5 words: Brilliant, Witty, Cerebral, Handsome, Assured

I met up with the girls at Benefit for some makeup.
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One of my favorite things of the day… Brad and Jason’s sign outside of Bar DeVille: “BDV will be closed today to bear witness to some amazing shit. We will reopen on Monday.”
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We stopped by a flower shop to grab a few more pieces for the bouquets and crowns.
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Little Hazel!
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The guys were enjoying some beers on the rooftop (J. Parker).
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Brad was very proud of his drink choice, and his shoes.
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Cutest flower girl photo ever!!
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Hazel’s shoes were too small, and Jesse’s entire heel feel off… so all the girls walked barefoot. It was perfect!
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The sun had set and we had about twenty minutes to take some portraits, so we made good use of this well-lit underpass on Fullerton.
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Congrats Alice and Matty, wishing you all the love!
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Hair and makeup: Benefit, Alea at Trio
Florist: Alice Hanson (worst idea ever!)
Ceremony location: Lincoln Park Conservatory
Reception location: Sportsman’s Club
Event Planner: Ashley, Midwestern Bride
Officiant: Nathan Ozug & John Manion
Cake: Katie Schuler (friend)
Caterer: Pig Papa
Invitations/Stationary: Alice and Matty
Dress: Nicole miller
Accessories: shoes Nine West, veil custom made by Miss Couture (tailor), earrings something borrowed (Matty’s mom, Mary Lou
Suit/Men’s accessories: Jcrew suit, Cole Haan shoes

DJ/Band: friends playing records
First Dance: La Vie en Rose, Louis Armstrong

Q&A with the bride and groom:
What was the most memorable moment of your day?
M: seeing Alice for the first time
A: same, we spent the night apart and didn’t see each other until the ceremony. One of the few very traditional moments that we wanted to have.

What was your favorite detail?
A: The way that all the girls went barefoot on accident, Hazels shoes didn’t fit, Jesse’s heel broke off right before the ceremony, so we all ditched our shoes. Also, how public spaces we were familiar with became “ours” for the day.

Close second favorite wasn’t actually that day, but we spent an afternoon at Rare Tea Cellars with Roderick Marcus making a bride and grooms blend of tea for our take a ways. Each blend came out being a reflection of each of us. It was really cool how he was able to ask us each what we were thinking and help is create the perfect “us” teas.

Funniest memory from your wedding day?
A&M: Hazel loudly brushing us off during our first dance when we asked if she wanted to join us, during the “Wall E” song. La Vie en Rose is on the soundtrack and thus made the perfect first dance not only because the lyrics are fitting but because Wall E is a favorite in our house. She also picked the song Alice walked down the isle to when given a short list of songs we’d narrowed it down to.

Any advice for future brides/grooms?
A&M: Relax. It will play out the way it plays out. Try to steal a minute or two alone between the ceremony and the reception.

If you could do it all over, would you change anything?
A&M: Would have eaten more food!

Where did you go on your honeymoon?
A&M: We will be going to Tulum, Mexico in Feb

Anything else worth mentioning?
A&M: Every single aspect of the day involved friends and family. All of our vendors, everything. Sportsman’s was the perfect reception venue, we were their first ever wedding. Alice’s family spent the year making 3 different home-brews for the reception. Friends helped to get booze donated, Ashley was a friend, Nate married the other couples in our circle, John was asked to co officiate as soon as he let it slip that he was ordained. Bethany, obviously your role as friend shows in the way you took the photos. It was literally a family affair. And it made all the difference, it felt very loving.

A little history…

How did you meet? (How long have you known each other?)
We met at Bar DeVille right when it opened through our expansive groups of mutual friends, so 6 years…we always have the bar’s birthday as a marker for us as well.

When did you know he/she was “the one”?
There wasn’t really an exact moment for either of us, we just started talking about the same things and making the same plans. It was very organic.

Describe the proposal.
We were at home and about to go on vacation with 4 other couples who were all married and kept teasing about it. The ring is a family heirloom, was Alice’s deceased mother’s wedding band, made by her paternal great great grandfather who was a jeweler in Minneapolis, very heavy meaningful stuff. Matty had been trying to get the three of us outdoors and on a hike or something to do it then, but Alice was getting over being sick. He asked in the living room, while Hazel toddled around, in our own space and element. It was perfect for us.

 

{Kelly & Steve: It’s You I Like}

{Kelly & Steve: It’s You I Like}

“It’s you I like.
It’s not the things you wear.
It’s not the way you do your hair.
But it’s you I like, the way you are right now, the way down deep inside you.
Not the things that hide you. …It’s you I like.”
-Fred Rogers

Kelly and Steve were introduced online by some mutual college friends and spent 3 months emailing back and forth before ever meeting in person. Sometimes words on a page (or email) can be so much more revealing than a handful of dates, in fact Kelly was convinced that Steve was her guy from the very first correspondence (but of course didn’t tell him until much later so he wouldn’t think she was crazy!). From the very start they were open and candid, even joking about their quirks and odd behaviors (like Steve’s love for rubbing Q-tips in his ears… I might get in trouble for posting that!). When the day finally came to see each other face to face they chose a neutral spot, the ticket booth at the North gate of the Brookfield Zoo. Hearts were pounding, they went for a stroll and after a few exchanged jokes by the Hippo pen they knew they were on to something.
Kelly and Steve go together like PB&J, they laugh with their whole face, they hold each other like no one else is in the room, and they even dance like it’s the best song they have ever heard. How fitting that they would get married in that same spot where they fell in love!
The Brookfield Zoo is a great setting for a wedding, you can’t resist a child-like fascination of the animals and the grounds are beautifully kept… a beautiful setting for a beautiful couple!
Kelly describes Steve in 5 words: Humble, gentle, brilliant, goofy, optimistic
Steve describes Kelly in 5 words: Intelligent, funny, sensitive, beautiful, tender
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The visitor’s center at a zoo is full of surprises!
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But no need to be too serious!
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The group arrived for some photos, first up were the sisters.
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Thumbs up from the wedding party!
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Then we took a ride around the zoo.
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Then the front gate where it all began!
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The groomsmen were feeling ferocious…
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Cocktail hour with the bears!
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Awesome groom’s cake!
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Kelly couldn’t resist… cake in the face!
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Congrats Kelly and Steve!
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Second photographer: Jamie Hartley

Hair and makeup: Justin Thompson (hair), Nina Sullivan (makeup)

Florist: Village Flower Shop – Plainfield, IL

Ceremony location: Brookfield Zoo

Reception location: Brookfield Zoo

Event Planner: Henry Garbers (onsite)

Officiant: David Rice

Cake: Lezza Spumoni & Desserts, Inc.

Groom’s Cake: Maggie Yontz

Caterer: Brookfield Zoo

Invitations/Stationary: Al Boardman (save the dates), Minted (everything else)

Dress: Diana’s Bridal – Skokie, Essence of Australia dress

Accessories:
· – Veil: Sara Gabriel
· – Earrings: Givenchy
· – Pearl bracelet was “something borrowed”
· – Shoes: Nina
· – Hair fascinator: EndlessFlowers on etsy.com
· – Rings: M & M Jewelers

Suit/Men’s accessories:
· – Suits: Vera Wang
· – Shoes: Converse

Bridesmaids’ dresses: J. Crew

DJ/Band: Admit One DJs

First Dance: “Can’t Fight This Feeling” by REO Speedwagon

Parent dances: “You Remind Me of You” by Jack Johnson

Q&A with the bride and groom:
What was the most memorable moment of your day?
Steve: The first look. It was really the one intimate moment we got to have together all day. It was the first time I saw Kelly and it took my breath away.
Kelly: The first look. It was wonderful to have a few quiet minutes just the two of us. Seeing him before the ceremony helped to calm my nerves, which let me enjoy everything thereafter that much more.

What was your favorite detail?
K&S: The groom’s cake, which was made by one of Kelly’s close friends. Steve loves Superman and Everton Football Club, so Maggie incorporated both into the decoration. She did an incredible job! We surprised Steve with it right before the reception. He loved it so much he had tears in his eyes.

Funniest memory from your wedding day?
Steve: One of my groomsmen, the one who introduced us, did a reading during the ceremony of “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss. Matt is a born performer, and his comedic timing was perfect for the reading.
Kelly: While we were waiting at the zoo before the ceremony, my bridesman, Charlie, walked into the room wearing an Easter Bunny head he had found in the hallway. It was hilarious!

Any advice for future brides/grooms?
K&S: Don’t make the planning process too complicated. You could go crazy with all of the options out there and all of the things you people say you have to do. Limit yourself to two or three options at most and go with your gut when you find something you like.

If you could do it all over, would you change anything?
Kelly: I would have had a videographer. It was all over before we knew it, as everyone said it would. If we had it recorded, I feel like I could take the time to absorb it a little more. The ceremony, in particular, was so beautiful and perfect that I wish I could see it as an observer.
Steve: I would try to make it three hours longer. Everything was perfect, but it was over too quickly. I would have liked to have been able to savor it.

Where did you go on your honeymoon?
K&S: We spent 10 days in Hopkins, Belize, which is so quiet and remote. Aside from one day snorkeling along the Barrier Reef, and another visiting Mayan ruins, we didn’t do anything but lie on the beach and drink Belikin beer. It was exactly what we needed!

A little history…
How did you meet? (How long have you known each other?)
We were introduced via Facebook (of all things!) by mutual friends almost exactly two years to the date of our wedding. As Steve lived in France at the time, we corresponded only by email for nearly three months until Steve moved to the US and we were finally able to meet in person. We met for our first date at Brookfield Zoo, so we couldn’t imagine having our wedding anywhere else. For the first year he was in the US, Steve lived in New York City, so we did a lot of travelling back and forth until he moved to Chicago in August 2013.

When did you know he/she was “the one”?
K: I knew I was going to marry Steve as I read the first email he sent me. Of course, I kept that a secret from Steve and my friends until after he proposed; I didn’t want to jinx anything. Or sound crazy. J
S: Our first date. It was so comfortable and easy. We had already gotten to know each other by writing almost daily for the past few months. We immediately clicked when we met face to face.

Describe the proposal.
K: We spent Christmas last year in Steve’s hometown in Northern Ireland with his family, and he planned to propose at Giant’s Causeway the second day we were there because the weather was supposed to be beautiful. That day, we drove up to the north coast to hike along the Causeway, but unfortunately, the weather forecast was wrong and it turned out to be cold, windy, and sleeting. We hadn’t dressed for the weather, so I (not knowing Steve’s plan to propose) ended up buying a big hat and mittens from the gift shop. To top it off, two buses full of really noisy tourists arrived, making the trails crowded and not exactly conducive to an intimate proposal. As we walked along, Steve waited for the right moment, but with the awful weather and all of the people around us it just didn’t seem right. We found a stairway that took us to the top of a cliff, which overlooked the ocean and the rock formations. Then the sun suddenly came out and we were away from all of the other tourists, so Steve finally proposed. He had been so calm and collected all day, per usual, that I had no clue what was happening and thought that he was asking me if I would hypothetically marry him. I – in my big, silly hat and mittens – answered, “Yeah, sure, I would!” Not until he pulled out the ring did I realize he was really asking me. And, of course, he couldn’t put the ring on me until I took off the giant mittens. It was a bit of a comedy of errors, but it was so perfect and so ‘us’ – I wouldn’t change a thing!

 

{Audrey & Nick: Married at RM Champagne Salon!}

{Audrey & Nick: Married at RM Champagne Salon!}

One afternoon I headed downtown to get a haircut from my lovely friend Teri, her friend at the salon had just become engaged and we struck up a conversation. After a few short minutes chatting with the bubbly and adorable Audrey I knew I wanted to had to photograph her wedding! Not only did she describe the sweetest wedding at RM Champagne Salon (oysters and champagne? yes please!), but Aud was also having her mom’s wedding dress re-made for the big day. A couple of weeks later (and a couple of Moscow Mules later) I met with her and Nick and the deal was sealed. There were absolutely no rules for their wedding… they hugged and kissed friends and family as they arrived for the ceremony, they exchanged vows and a ton of laughs surrounded by candles and loved ones, they partied in the outdoor courtyard and even had a psychic on hand to read everyone’s fortunes. And their first dance… “All Shook Up” by Elvis! Even though there were plenty of beautiful details and special touches throughout the space, they didn’t take things too seriously and the main event was definitely the love between them and their families. These two are beyond amazing, I left that night with sore sides from laughing and a camera bag full of incredible memories.

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We gathered the girls for a few quick photos in front of the Soho House.
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Aud was ready to greet the arriving guests!
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The RM Champagne courtyard looked amazing.
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The new Mr and Mrs!
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Fortunes were told…
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Audrey danced like it was the best night of her life… and it was!
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Congrats Audrey and Nick!!

Photographer: Bethany Fritz

Hair and makeup: Reva at Salon Buzz (hair), Joanna Bastermajian/Joanna B Artistry (makeup)
Florist: Audrey’s mom and Chris Pecorella
Ceremony location: RM Champagne Salon
Reception location: same
Officiant: Audrey’s cousin Mason Karrer
Cake: Nelcotte
Caterer: Nelcotte
Invitations/Stationary: Page Stationary
Dress: Audrey’s mom’s, redone by MJ Ernst (MJ Ernst Couturier/Mysterious Mannequin)
Accessories: head band BHLDN, and jewelry was all Audrey’s grandmother’s vintage pearls
Suit/Men’s accessories: Ted Baker

Band (during ceremony): Gussied

DJ: Okyne Media (DJ Dan)
First Dance: “All shook up,” Elvis

Audrey describes Nick in 5 words: spontaneous, hilarious, unique, sincere and perfect

Q&A with the bride:
What was the most memorable moment of your day?
Aud: After we said I do and Nick and I went into courtyard alone and took it all in

What was your favorite detail?
Aud: I think it would have to be the fact that I was wearing my moms dress and how special it really was to be in it on my wedding night!

Funniest memory from your wedding day?
Aud: The ceremony by far and praying to god nick didn’t go down!

Any advice for future brides/grooms?
Aud: Enjoy every second bc it sure does fly by like everyone says!

If you could do it all over, would you change anything?
Aud: Not a thing. My mom really did plan the royal wedding in my eyes! Was truly the best night of our lives

Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Aud: The great state of WI! Door county to our lake house

A little history…

How did you meet?
My brothers friend, and then roommate

When did you know he/she was “the one”?
The first night we hung out in a group and we talked all night. I laughed the whole time and just knew there was something. You really do just know!

Describe the proposal.
Old water tower under Christmas tree. Couldn’t of been more perfect.

 

{Becky & John: Love and Roses}

{Becky & John: Love and Roses}

“Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.” -Paulo Coelho The Alchemist

Sometimes love is so big your heart has to grow a few sizes to take it all in. I think that’s why some say your heart “hurts” when it’s full, it’s just experiencing growing pains. I am convinced that Becky and John’s hearts are at full capacity, perhaps even overflowing, and they give their love happily and freely to those around them. When I met them I instantly felt it, and I think my heart grew a size or two. They are something special! I was definitely looking forward to this wedding from the moment we parted ways after our first meeting, not only to spend more time with them but also because I knew I would be witnessing some amazing love-filled moments. And indeed I did! Love was in the details, from the roses in honor of John’s last name (and John’s late grandmother had grown prize-winning roses in her yard) to the sprigs of rosemary at each place setting for remembrance. And after all the heartfelt speeches were given and the delicious food was consumed (including pies from First Slice Cafe!) the dance floor erupted into a huge sweaty mess… they danced like there was no tomorrow! I can only hope some of these photos convey a small portion of the fun we had, or even a fraction of the love these two feel for each other. Becky and John… you had me at “hello.” :)
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Congrats Becky and John! Now let’s go get some Jeni’s ice cream. :)

 

Second Photographer: Jamie Hartley

John describes Becky as: She’s my most perfect person
Becky describes John as: Funny (really, really funny), thoughtful, driven, patient and kind

Hair and makeup:
Hair – Maggie Araque and Erin (Need to find her last name!)
Makeup – Emily Wolf Makeup Artistry

Florist: Steve Gierke and Jayson DeGeeter (Co-workers/friends of the bride) – Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects

Ceremony location: Queen of Angels Catholic Church

Reception location: Ravenswood Event Center – Industrial Ballroom

Event Planner:
Jen Anthony – Ravenswood Event Center
Day of Coordination – LuckB Events, MP Dvorak and Jaclyn Thomas

Officiant: Father Jim Kaczorowski

Cake: Pie! – First Slice Cafe

Caterer: Ravenswood Event Center

Invitations/Stationary:
Designed by Tracy Taylor (Bride’s Aunt)
Invitations were printed by: Vertallee Letterpress
Calligraphy: Christy Toney, CT Designs

Other Amazing Vendors:
Cake plates – Kelly Connolly, Nimble Well
Chalkboard Art – Miya Russell, Layers of Loveliness

Dress + Veil: BHLDN
Bridesmaids Dresses + Accessories: JCrew
Bride Accessories: Earrings (family heirloom), Bracelet (BHLDN)

Suit/Men’s accessories: Formally Modern Tuxedo

DJ/Band: Toast & Jam (DJ Ruby)

First Dance: “Be My Baby” – the Ronettes

Parent dances:
Father/Daughter Dance – “Daughter” by Loudon Wainwright III
Mother/Son Dance – “Stand by Me” by Ben E. King

Q&A with the bride and groom:

What was the most memorable moment of your day?

John: Like most grooms, I feel pressure to say it was the moment when she walked down the aisle…I rehearsed what I would feel and think for years and honestly, I went completely blank as she walked toward me. The most memorable moment for me was taking a few minutes to just ourselves on the balcony that oversaw our reception and we saw 175 of our favorite people all celebrating our union even without us in the room. It was like we created a tidal wave of happiness beneath us. It was surreal.

Becky: I couldn’t agree more – it was the first time we really got to talk to each other that day! Thanks to my brilliant matron of honor for making sure we got to have that moment together, it was the most special.

What was your favorite detail?

Becky: The flowers. They were such a labor of love and turned out more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. Each bouquet and arrangement was like a little secret love note from me to John: the Juliet Roses in honor of our last name, and John’s late grandmother who grew prize-winning roses back in the day, rosemary for remembrance, blue forget-me-nots, and hydrangea for “heartfelt emotions”.

John: My wife’s family provided a Colombian band that really kicked off a rocking dance party that continued all night long. It set the tone that this wasn’t going to be a traditional wedding but that there were going to be elements of culture and family that prevailed throughout. People were dancing with people they wouldn’t have normally and to songs they would have never listened to on their own.

Funniest memory from your wedding day?

Becky: Racing to the dance floor from the cocktail room with John to make sure that we didn’t miss “Shout!”

John: That moment when I handed out Blues Brother and Kanye glasses to the dance floor crew and everyone went invisible.

Any advice for future brides/grooms?

Becky: First, hire Bethany Fritz. ;) Second, remember to make decisions based on what makes you and your partner HAPPY. Third, spring for a day of coordinator.

John: Go on dates while planning. Put down the planner and the budget tools and take her out for a fancy drink, a taco, dancing, anything. Just don’t lose yourselves to the process. The journey is the actual destination.

If you could do it all over, would you change anything?

Becky: I would have eaten ALL of my dinner. The food was so, so, so delicious – and I was too excited to sit down for more than a few bites. In other words, I should have listened to my husband when he told me to sit down and eat

John: I would have tried to learn more about decor planning. I saw my wife pour over magazines, Pinterest and anything that would spark inspiration for our vision of what the wedding would look like. I realized that I have a decent eye for design and could have lent more constructive help to her in that area. Sorry honey.

Where did you go on your honeymoon?

Becky: Sigh….Paris…I miss it so much! And the only thing more romantic than Paris in June, is Paris in June with your new husband who planned. the.entire.trip.

John: My grade school French speaking abilities came back and found my groove around hour 7 there. In my mind I wake up every day and walk down to the local brasserie and come back with fresh baked goods and coffees to my wife. There’s no greater happiness in her eyes than the sight of warm, fresh French bread and cappuccino; I realized I can be good at this “husband thing.”

A little history…

How did you meet? (How long have you known each other?)

John: I’ll let her tell this one. She’s a better storyteller than I am.

Becky: The story is best told over beers…so the short version is that we met at work in 2009. I got very, very lost on my first day, and John navigated me back to the office. He was the very first person I met in Chicago.

When did you know he/she was “the one”?

John: I kissed her within the first 20 minutes of our first date. That was it. She came over. I had some cool drinks and sweet eats prepared and an irrational sense of courage from my 2nd beer. I kissed her. She kissed back. We’re married now. Don’t be afraid to make a bold move.

Describe the proposal.

Becky: John and I are both from Ohio – he asked me to marry him in Chagrin Falls, over Jeni’s Ice Cream and the ring in a blue mason jar. The man knows his audience.

 

{Julia and Shane are getting married!}

{Julia and Shane are getting married!}

Shane is a good friend of mine, not to mention a damn fine photographer. (Be sure to check him out: Shane Welch Photography) He proposed not too long ago to his gorgeous girlfriend Julia in Puerto Rico, the video is pretty epic (watch it here). We chatted about his wedding plans (after all the weddings we witness in our line of work, it’s always so interesting to see what a photographer chooses to do for his/her own wedding) and tossed around some names of awesome photographers he should hire to cover the big day. When he told me he had scored the unbelievable Jeff Newsom from CA I was thrilled, but when he followed that with a request for me to photograph his engagement session I can’t lie… I was really nervous! And then he gave me no input other than “do whatever you want.” So where oh where to begin?! Luckily Shane was willing to share some of his favorite places with me, he is an amazing location scout and prides himself on finding unique Chicago spots that are off the beaten path (but maybe not always legal). Our first location was a colorful gem, full of surprising nooks and crannies (don’t mind the broken glass!). And these two are head over heals for each other… all I had to do was aim my camera, they were so comfortable with hugging, laughing, and even some smooching- easy peasy! They brought their puppy Lily along for a few family pics, we had a blast taking these photos. Thanks Julia and Shane for bringing your A game, and for volunteering to be my models whenever I need you (I will be taking you up on this very soon!). You two rock!
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