Oh, this day! This day was just fantastic. 12 hours flew by with the greatest of ease, including a stop of the entire wedding party to have a casual lunch upstairs at Kristen and Scott’s neighborhood P J Clarke’s. The ceremony was held at the amazing Saint Michael’s in Old Town. This was my first time shooting here, and it is just a stunning space (with blessedly few photography restrictions!). I would highly recommend it if you are looking for a unique and beautiful Catholic church in which to marry. And the Terzo Piano wedding reception followed at the Modern Wing, one of my favorite spacea to shoot at in the entire city. I just can’t say how much I enjoy shooting here; I feel continuously inspired here and am looking forward to capturing more weddings here next year.

Kristen and Scott’s wedding was quite intimate—right around 100 people. Kristen and Scott dated for many years and both hailed from New Jersey, the combination of which created such an incredible feeling of intimacy and familiarity at their celebration, with guests laughing openly at little inside jokes very few people would notice at other weddings. All in all it felt like such a relaxed, emotional and joyful party celebrating one of the most laid-back and enjoyable couples I had this year.

I’d also be remiss if I didn’t give it up to Kristen for selecting the most amazing, couture bridal look I’ve ever seen! I told her that just a few days before her wedding, I was talking with a colleague about how you can look at photos from brides in New York wearing more fashion-forward, couture styles, but in Chicago that we rarely see such fashion risks. Kristen completely did it up, though, in an amazing Oscar de la Renta gown with a removable peplum, horse hair flower corsage, Oscar heels, a classic veil and a necklace that converted to a belt at the end of the night. Completely bananas; I loved it.

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Vendors | Ceremony Venue: St. Michael’s in Old Town | Reception Venue: Terzo Piano : Modern Wing at the Art Institute | Dress: Oscar de la Renta via Ultimate Bride | Printed Materials: Smock Paper + Spark Letterpress from Magnificent Milestones | Floral: Hello, Darling | DJ: Style Matters | Day of Coordinator & Calligrapher: Marilyn at Honeybee Weddings | Makeup + Hair: Sonia Roselli