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 

NORTHWESTERN ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS // molly + grant

The campus buzzed with the excitement of the start of the year. It was the first week of school, and freshman were eager to blend into life at Northwestern University. As Molly settled into her seat at Harris Hall, she started chatting with a few people around her, one of whom was Grant. They became fast friends in a completely platonic way – even heading to the bookstore together on that first day of class.

Months later, Grant invited Molly to a party with a group of friends. That evening changed the trajectory of their relationship when Grant realized that both he and Molly had a crush on one another. He asked her out the following day. Their first date turned into a first kiss, which turned into years of growing together and the promise of forever.

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I met Molly and Grant at Northwestern where their relationship began. I like to call this location the secret garden because we had it all to ourselves (and it was insanely beautiful!)

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The summer sun had all the pretty flowers in bloom.

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Can we talk about how stylish these two are? When I saw them, I was giddy! And I need Molly’s whole look in my closet …..

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Love!

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Northwestern’s campus is beyond gorgeous … and it made for some beautiful photos as we wandered around.

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When I first met Molly and Grant months ago, we bonded over our love of travel. Together they have explored China and Nepal, and their bucket list is as long as mine.

 

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These two made my job VERY easy. They radiate with love and happiness.

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If I gave out awards to my clients, Molly and Grant would get the most prepared / organized award. Prior to our engagement shoot, Grant sent me a map of Northwestern with all the locations they wanted to stop at! Now as a type A planner, this had me thrilled. As a navigator … not so much … I may have gotten lost 2x during our shoot. ;)

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The view of Chicago from Northwestern is beyond gorgeous, don’t you think? I may have wanted to cuddle up on that bench and soak in the view just a bit longer.

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We had a perfect day! It was the perfect temperature, perfect light and two perfect people.

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Molly and Grant are getting married this September at Ravenswood Event Center, so until then, I will leave you with this photo because it is the precursor to how much fun their wedding will be!

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PATRICK HALEY MANSION WEDDING // marcia + toussaint

Toussaint stood with a huge smile on his face as Marcia walked down the aisle at St. Elizabeth Seton Church toward him. He fought back the urge to kiss her in that moment and instead embraced her in the tightest hug …. only letting go so he could wrap his hand around hers and pledge his love to her.

Marcia and Toussaint are magnetic and make people around them want to get even closer. In each other they found their best friend, true love and constant cheerleader. Their vivacious personalities only brighten their love and prove that they are better together.

As they promised a lifetime of squash matches and ukulele jam sessions, love radiated throughout the room. The evening was spent toasting, celebrating and dancing in honor of one of the happiest couples ever.

Marcia and Toussaint, I don’t even know where to begin … so I’ll just jump to it …  the world is better with you two in it. From our very first Skype date, I knew we would be fast friends, and I loved sharing in your day! Thank you for welcoming me into your Jamaitian family. You deserve the best, and I’m beyond thrilled to call you clients…and friends. Love and Gratitude – Brittany

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The day started off with a room full of amazing (and gorgeous) ladies who love Marcia unconditionally.

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As Marcia slipped into her dress, her bridesmaids cheered with excitement.

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Everyone took turns buttoning Marcia’s dress. But first let’s have a moment for this dress ….

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Marcia is a beautiful person inside and out. She exudes a quiet confidence, and she is always smiling.

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Simply stunning ….

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When Marcia and Toussaint started dated, they would de-stress from medical school with little ukulele jam sessions overlooking the Chicago skyline. I love that Toussaint played his ukulele on his wedding day to celebrate this.

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Many thanks to Nicole for capturing Toussaint as he got dressed.

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The couple wed at St. Elizabeth Seton church surrounded by their dearest friends and family.

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Toussaint glowed with excitement as Marcia made her way to his side.

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Throughout the ceremony, there was so much joy and laughter between Marcia and Toussaint.

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In addition to the traditional vows, Marcia and Toussaint also wrote their own vows to each other.

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Their families were thrilled to watch them become Mr. and Mrs.

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Toussaint and Marcia shared lots of hugs throughout the ceremony. There is no doubt that they completely adore each other.

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Officially husband and wife!

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Guests celebrated their love at the historic Patrick Haley Mansion in Joliet.

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Marcia is the type of person who has a TON of friends. She wanted to include as many friends into her wedding day, so in addition to the traditional bridesmaids, she also had “friends-of-honor” who wore blue and doubled as her something blue. All of the ladies were so wonderful to be around.

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Toussaint and his groomsmen were cool, calm and collected despite the 90 degree weather.

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There are so many words that I would use to describe Toussaint : kind, genuine, smart, outgoing …. but one of my favorites is fun. He knows how to make everyone around him laugh, and he has a zest for life.

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The Haley Mansion is gorgeous and it made for excellent wedding day photos for Marcia and Toussaint.

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A favorite!

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Toussaint and Marcia are best friends. He embraces her singing and her OCD personality … and loves her even more for both.

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I could photograph them all day … so we soaked up the last few minutes of golden hour, and I am so glad we did.

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Inside the reception, the joy and bliss continued.

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Marcia has three sisters and each one of them shared a beautiful toast with the couple.

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In a room full of hundreds, it was clear how loved these two are. They radiate positivity and joy, and it is impossible to not feel the same in their presence.

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Marcia and Toussaint choreographed one amazing first dance.

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It even had a few spins in it …

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… and lots of moments of complete laughter.

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Even the dances with both of Marcia and Toussaint’s parents were high energy and full of so much happiness.

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The dance floor was full of amazing fashion and dance moves …. which is my kind of party.

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As the newlyweds danced late into the evening, they remained at each other’s side which is exactly where they wanted to be.

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A huge thank you to all of the team members who created the best day ever for Marcia + Toussaint.

VENUE : Patrick Haley Mansion

CHURCH : St. Elizabeth Seton Church

FLORAL : Floral Events Chicago

BRIDE’S HAIR : Hadney Alexander

BRIDE’S MAKEUP :Noor Farhan

BRIDE’S JEWERLY : Pam Benson Antique and Jewelry

DJ : Sounds Abound

CAKE : Naples Bakery

INVITATIONS : Ron Jones II

VIDEOGRAPHY : Ron Jones II

PHOTOGRAPHY ASSISTANT : Nicole Morisco

PHOTOGRAPHY : Brittany Bekas 

 

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