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I had been wanting to photograph a couple here all year long, but the right circumstances never arose. Caitlin and Michael were married on a rainy Friday afternoon, making the perfect excuse for indoor photos, and I insisted we spend a few minutes at the MCA, an appropriate choice considering they had one of their first dates there many moons ago.
Five minutes with one of the most amazing couples I have ever met + the beautiful work of Martin Creed + a little romance + lots of playing = one of my favorite little sets in recent memory.
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, of course, the reception was held at my favorite, Terzo Piano at the Modern Wing. I just can’t say how much I enjoy shooting here; I feel continuously inspired here and am looking forward to 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.
Ceremony: St. Michael’s in Old Town | Reception: 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
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I was shooting all over this winter and spring, so it was wonderful to kick off my Chicago weddings with Nate and Sandra’s incredible wedding at one of my favourite venues, Prairie Productions. Nate and Sandra also deserve a gold star, as they planned this wedding in about three months, start to finish, and really truly put together one of the best days with one of the best vendors. It was wonderful to get to know their kind and fun families and also see them looking so glamorous; Nate looked incredibly dapper in his suit and Sandra was beautiful in a Vera Wang gown accentuated with a beautiful assortment of gorgeous crystal pins in her modern updo and art deco earrings from Steve Quick. Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your wonderful wedding!
Other great vendors involved in the day: DJ: Max at Style Matters // Strings (just beautiful!): Parkwest Strings // Florist: Kloeckner Preferred Flowers // Cupcakes: Luscious Layers Bakery // Officiant: Bruce Otto // Catering: Food for Thought // Dress: Vera Wang // Venue: Prairie Productions