Cassidy and Adam’s summer Griffin Court and Terzo Piano wedding at the Art Institute was a delight. This venue is one where I shoot at often and it is one of my favorites in the city. And although Cassidy & Adam’s day had a few little snafus—preparations took a little longer than planned, it rained literally all day long, our original portrait plan had to be adjusted on the fly. While these sorts of unexpected things can make for a stressful day, on some level, I find that a few hiccups can help to really exhibit what is important at the wedding. I find that after the stress of those types of things melts away, the emotion of the couple and the joy of the celebration shines through even more and really helps to confirm what the wedding is all about. Cassidy and Adam were certainly this way—their beautiful ceremony in Griffin Court featured a moving tribute to Adam’s father, along with emotional and tearful vows. This was followed by a gorgeous reception in Terzo Piano, where they held one of the most fun and spirited receptions I’ve done this year—full of many truly hilarious toasts and some serious shenanigans on the dance floor.

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Venue: The Modern Wing/Terzo Piano at the Art Institute of Chicago | Coordinator: Catherine Gatto at Birch Design Studio | Band: Larry King Orchestra | Floral: Christine Noelle