ST. EDMUND PARISH + CONCORDE BANQUETS CHICAGO WEDDING PHOTOS // concetta + steve

The house was filled with happy conversation sprinkled with Italian, English and lots of laughter. On the morning of her wedding, Concetta surrounded herself with friends and family who support and love her with all their hearts. A few blocks down, Steve put on his bow tie as he prepared to marry his best friend since junior high school. This day had been many years in the making, and everyone was delighted it was finally here.

Steve took Concetta’s hand as they stood together in St. Edmund Parish and professed his devotion to her. He promised to love, cherish, and honor her and glowing with happiness, she returned his vows. When they sealed their promise with a kiss, cheers and applause floated throughout the church.

Concetta + Steven – I am so happy the world has a couple like you in it. Your love is truly remarkable, and my heart overflows with love for you both. It was nothing short of amazing documenting your love and wedding day, and I am so grateful to have played a small part in a truly perfect day. With love and gratitude – Brittany

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The morning started off at Concetta’s childhood home with the prettiest of bridal details.

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Concetta’s father owns a salon, and Guiseppina from gino difranco salon ensured Concetta’s hair was flawless. Many thanks to Fancesca from makeup & hair artistry by francesca for the stunning makeup!

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Concetta’s mom and sister helped her dress.

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Her dad glowed with happiness and excitement when he saw his little girl for the first time in her wedding dress.

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Meanwhile, Kelly photographed Steve as he got ready.

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Steve and Concetta chose to marry at St. Edmund Parish in Oak Park, and it was a gorgeous church.

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Concetta smiled the whole time as Steve and her finally said I do.

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The first walk as Mr. and Mrs.!!!

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Concetta and Steve are well loved. Their wedding party was full of friends and family from all different times in their lives, and each person was a joy to be around.

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Dominican University was the perfect location for wedding photos.

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Concetta radiated with beauty on her wedding day.

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I could have photographed these two all day. I mean …. their love is so beautiful!

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I have known Steve since we were kids, so it was such an honor to photograph him on such an important day. He looked so handsome in his tux.

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Many thanks to northern greenhouses floral + event design for transforming concorde banquets into this gorgeous space.

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A beautiful entrance complete with sparklers!

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The reception was a blast and it started off with some lovely toasts.

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The newlyweds were overwhelmed with all the love and support from everyone there to celebrate their love.

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The day was full of many great moments like the first dance.

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And once the dance floor open, jojo + gizep kept the dance floor packed.

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The reception was seeped in tradition … including Greek dancing!

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A huge thank you to all of the team members who created the perfect day for Concetta + Steve.

CHURCH : st. edmund parish

VENUE : concorde banquets

FLORAL : northern greenhouses floral + event design 

BRIDE’S DRESS : jasmine

BRIDE’S HAIR : gino difranco salon (giuseppina trupiano)

BRIDE’S MAKEUP : makeup & hair artistry by francesca (francesca ortale)

DJ : jojo + gizep

ESCORT CARDS + PROGRAMS + INVITATIONS : tolu inc.

PHOTOGRAPHY ASSISTANT : kelly mccue

PHOTOGRAPHY : brittany bekas 

CHICAGO ENGAGEMENT // amy + sam

Nestled on a couch inside Wormhole Coffee in Wicker Park, Sam sat anxiously waiting for Amy, a girl who had sparked his interest many months ago yet the timing wasn’t quite right for them to date. When she walked in, he instantly noticed her big, beautiful eyes and was smitten with her smile. Over a cup of coffee, the two connected over their love of Chicago, and minutes of casual conversation turned into hours of deep connection.

Months later, among moving boxes, Sam asked Amy to unpack just one box before heading to bed. Inside was an engraved jewelry box with her favorite quote “love is the one safe home we all dream about,” a beautiful diamond ring, and the promise of a lifetime together.

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We started their engagement session at Wormhole Coffee in Wicker Park which is where their first date was. It is one of their favorite places in Chicago, and I totally understand why.

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Amy and Sam adore Wicker Park, so we strolled along Milwaukee and documented their love.

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Just stunning ….

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They were complete naturals in front of the camera … I mean … look!

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Amy fell for Sam’s warm heart and his kind spirit. He is the perfect match to her bubbly personality.

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Just as the twinkle of the city lights was starting to sparkle, we soaked up the last bit of light for photos around the Chicago River Walk.

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It was a beautiful Chicago evening and it only highlighted Amy and Sam’s love.

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The couple will marry in March in Lake Geneva, and I am so excited to document their first day as husband and wife.

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CHICAGO ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION WEDDING // candy + brian

Over looking Millennium Park, Candy and Brian wed at the Chicago Athletic Association surrounded by their friends and family. They promised to make each other better, to love each other unconditionally and to always take bike rides together. Hand-in-hand, they reaffirmed what those surrounding them already knew – that their relationship is beautiful and that they found the love of their lives in each other.

Glasses were toasted, hugs were shared, and one epic hora was enjoyed in honor of their love. They danced the evening away as husband and wife as fireworks sparkled in the Chicago night sky.

Candy + Brian – I can’t begin to express my appreciation for documenting your first day as husband and wife. You are both rare gems, and I feel incredibly lucky to have played a small part in a truly amazing day! I hope the tapas, sangria and beauty of Barcelona was just the icing on the cake and the start of a lifetime of love, happiness and new adventures. Much love and gratitude – Brittany

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The afternoon started in a beautiful suite at the Chicago Athletic Association. These beautiful Jimmy Choo shoes were the start of Candy’s wedding day design, and I can see why.

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Candy wore her grandmother’s diamond necklace which only added to her beauty.

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Candy’s sisters ensured she looked flawless in her custom made wedding gown.

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Brian patiently waited for his bride to arrive at the Art Institute Gardens for their first look.

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And with one look at her, he knew the day was going to be perfect.

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The gardens at the Art Institute only highlighted the beauty of Brian and Candy’s love.

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Candy looked simply stunning …

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Brian and Candy wanted their wedding to have a twist. Guests were invited to join them for cocktail hour before the ceremony, and then were invited to settle into their table for the ceremony.

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Candy’s parents glowed with excitement as they walked her down the aisle.

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The couple wrote their own personalized vows which were eloquent, loving, and beautiful.

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The moment just before their first kiss as husband and wife!

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Because guests were already seated at their dinner table, following the ceremony … the reception began.

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Their parents shared fond memories and their love for Brian and Candy.

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Brian and Candy were so thankful that their friends and family shared in their wedding day.

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The first dance …

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The city of Chicago glowed as nighttime arrived to get the party started.

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The day wouldn’t be complete without one epic hora.

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Friends and family celebrated on the dance floor …

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Complete with glow sticks!

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Candy and Brian spent the rest of the evening dancing the night away, surrounded by the love from friends and family…

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A huge thank you to all of the team members who created the perfect day for Candy + Brian.

VENUE : Chicago Athletic Association

FLORAL : Anna Held Florist

WEDDING COORDINATOR : Christine Janda Design + Events

BRIDE’S DRESS : custom made

BRIDE’S HAIR : Studio 110

BRIDE’S JEWELRY : Vintage, bride’s grandmother’s

DJ : Toast and Jam

MUSICANS : Robyn Vitson

ESCORT CARDS : Gloria Northcutt Calligraphy

CAKE : Chicago Athletic Association

INVITATIONS : All She Wrote

PHOTOGRAPHY ASSISTANT : Nicole Morisco

PHOTOGRAPHY : Brittany Bekas 

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