OAK HILL GALENA WEDDING // cathleen + mark

Inside her elementary school yearbook was a circled photo of him. Cathleen developed a crush on Mark when they were fourth graders learning about the solar system, multiplication, and geography. Years went by and as they grew up, they lost touch and navigated through the unknown path of adulthood … each separately entering careers that help people (Cathleen is a nurse and Mark is a firefighter / paramedic).

Over a decade and half later, a message appeared in Cathleen’s Facebook inbox from Mark. He loved that Cathleen cheered for the Chicago Cubs, listened to country music and drank whiskey. Slowly they began to talk and spend more time together which deepened their relationship and made them fall in love. On Mark’s favorite holiday, Christmas, he dropped to one knee with the promise to spend their lives together forever.

They married at Oak Hill Farm in Galena nestled along the rolling hills and country air. Cathleen and Mark pledged to support each other, to love one another unconditionally and to put their family first. It was a perfect day for two even more perfect people.

Cathleen and Mark, thank you for inviting me into your lives to share in your wedding day. Your wedding was fantastic in every way … from the beauty of Oak Hill to the outpouring of love from your friends and family. May your love grow and continue to shine over the years. Much love and gratitude – Brittany

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Cathleen is a timeless beauty, and her wedding details only highlighted her classic beauty.

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Cathleen chose to dress at the barn house at Oak Hill, and I was delighted as the space is perfection.

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Cathleen’s mom was there to help with all of her finishing touches.

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Madison, Cathleen and Mark’s daughter, beamed with happiness when she saw Cathleen dressed in her wedding gown.

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Cathleen and her dad share a very special bond, and they shared an more special moment when they saw each other for the first time on her wedding day.

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Simply gorgeous …

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Before the ceremony, Cathleen and her bridesmaids took photos around the property.

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Hyvee designed all the beautiful flowers.

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Cathleen and Mark kept their day traditional so for the sake of time, we scheduled all of their photos with their bridesmaids / groomsmen before the ceremony to ensure we had plenty of time for bride and groom photos after the ceremony.

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Mark has one amazing group of guy friends (who made me think their names were completely different than they actually were).

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The outdoor ceremony overlooked the beauty of Oak Hill Farm.

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Madison rode down the aisle in style with Mark.

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… and Cathleen followed. Anxious to stand at Mark’s side.

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Cathleen took Mark’s breath away as she made her way to his side.

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They stood in the sunshine as they promised to spend forever together.

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It was a beautiful day for an outdoor ceremony.

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Officially Mr. and Mrs.

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Cathleen’s dad is an extremely talented musician and he sung during the ceremony.

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How sweet are they?!?!

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The grounds at Oak Hill are stunning and they were the perfect backdrop for Cathleen and Mark’s first photos as husband and wife.

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Complete happiness!

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Guests were delighted to when Cathleen and Mark entered the reception.

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The evening continued with hilarious speeches …

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… a heartfelt words ….

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…. but so much laughter!

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Golden hour at Oak Hill is my favorite, so during dinner, Cathleen, Mark and Madison snuck out for a few photos and some time alone.

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The light was as beautiful as their love.

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A favorite!!!

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After a few moments outside, Cathleen and Mark headed back in for their first dance as husband and wife.

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They kept their eyes on one another and soaked up the beauty of this moment.

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And when the dance floor opened, guests were right there to have FUN!

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There was even some singing …

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… and lots of laughter on the dance floor.

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And no dance party is complete without a throwback to NSYNC’s “Bye, Bye, Bye” …. complete with choreographed dance moves.

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Cathleen and Mark were surrounded by their closest friends and family all night long … and they wouldn’t have had it any other way.

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A huge thank you to all of the team members who helped create such a perfect day for Cathleen + Mark.

VENUE : Oak Hill Weddings

CATERING : The Rafters

FLORAL : Hyvee

WEDDING PLANNER : Wedding Days Exclusively, Debbie Esplin

BRIDE’S MAKEUP + HAIR : StoneDrift Salon, Eagle Ridge

OFFICIANT : Pastor Don Erickson

BAND : The Acoustic Generation

PHOTOGRAPHY ASSISTANT : Nicole Morisco

PHOTOGRAPHY : Brittany Bekas 

BUTTERFIELD COUNTRY CLUB WEDDING // trisha + joey

It was at medical school when Trisha first noticed a tall, dark and handsome student named Joey. His shoulder-length, curly hair and his go-to look of comfort (i.e. sweatpants) intrigued her, and soon her and Joey were carpooling to class regularly. They shared a love of fast cars, Irish car bombs and the South Loop.

As they navigated medical school and a long distance relationship, their pasts became intertwined with their futures, and they decided to spend forever together.

On a perfect summer day in Chicago, Trisha and Joey stood together and professed their commitment to one another. An outpouring of love and excitement surrounded them as they became husband and wife and friends and family celebrated their love.

Trisha + Joey – Thank you for trusting me to document your first day as husband and wife. Your care and compassion for others and your love for each other is remarkable. I wish you only the best as your love continues to grow. Love + Gratitude – Brittany

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On a gorgeous summer day, Trisha prepared in a suite at the Palmer House hotel which was a perfect start to the day.

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Trisha loves all things “sparkly” so it was no surprise that her wedding day shoes were covered in sparkle.

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The bride’s friend, April, designed her beautiful jewelry for her wedding day. All of Trisha’s bridesmaids also wore April’s gorgeous pieces.

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Trisha and Joey married at Old  St. Mary’s Church in Chicago.

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Trisha took Joey’s breath away …

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…. and had him in tears.

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Friends and family traveled near and far to be present for Trisha and Joey’s vows.

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And they sealed their promise to each other with a kiss.

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Following the ceremony, we headed to Buckingham Fountain for some photos.

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You can tell Trisha and Joey are LOVED. They had a huge wedding party, and everyone was so much fun!

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Trisha envisioned a day full of color, and the bridesmaid’s bouquets from Phillip’s Flowers delivered on it.

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Now this is something rather beautiful, don’t you think?

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Trisha and Joey will likely spend more time apart than they will together as the complete their residency in two different states, but on their wedding day, they spent every moment they could together.

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Trisha, you are radiant and you glowed with beauty, inside and out.

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I love capturing my groom playing with his wedding band, and this is why.

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Trisha and Joey had the most perfect Chicago day. The day was sunny and warm and the light only highlighted their love.

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Friends and family celebrated the bride and groom at Butterfield Country Club.

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Amy Beck Cake Design designed the beautiful cake that was inspired by Trisha’s wedding dress.

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Trisha’s dad gave the most heartfelt speech ….

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that was intertwined with lots of laughs.

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The couple was beyond thankful for all the love and support from their friends and family not only on their wedding day but for their whole lives.

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Before dinner ended, Trisha and Joey played the newlywed game, and it kept everyone laughing and entertained.

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The first dance!

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And it ended with a beautiful kiss.

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And then the party really got going ….

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The dance floor was packed …

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and full of amazing dance moves.

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But Joey and Trisha stayed at each other’s side … soaking up their perfect wedding day.

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A huge thank you to all of the team members who helped create such a beautiful day for Trisha and Joey.

VENUE : Butterfield Country Club

CHURCH : Old St. Mary’s Church, Fr. Paul Hensing

FLORAL : Phillip’s Flowers

BRIDE’S MAKEUP + HAIR : Brittany Mescolotto

BRIDE’S JEWERLY : April Soderstrom

DJ : A Class Act, Andy Fuzak

CAKE : Amy Beck Cake Design

INVITATIONS : Inclosed Letterpress Co.

PHOTOGRAPHY ASSISTANT : Nicole Morisco

PHOTOGRAPHY : Brittany Bekas 

THE MURPHY WEDDING // loie + domenic

It is their differences that made them a match. Her love of cooking. His art of perfecting an espresso. Her detail-orientated personality. His impeccable listening skills. Her preference to stay in. His inclination to go out. Loie and Domenic blended into each other’s lives filling the voids seamlessly ensuring a perfect match together.

On a beautiful day in Chicago, they vowed to always support one another and to make forever a reality. So often they give to others, but on their wedding day they were the center of attention. Their love shined brighter than the summer sun, and their friends and family celebrated their commitment, love, and promise to each other filling the day with even more joy.

Loie and Dom – Since our first meeting last October, I have been smitten with you two. You are beyond sweet, kind and loving, and the world is far better with you two together. Thank you for trusting me to document your first day as husband and wife. I wish you the best as you fall deeper in love and navigate the years ahead hand-in-hand!

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The morning started off at the Intercontinental Hotel Chicago where Loie and her bridesmaids hung out. L Brown Design & Paperie designed the beautiful invitations.

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Loie had the prettiest of bridal details including a vintage clutch that was her grandmother’s.

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Loie’s bridesmaids ensured she was flawless … including tying the perfect bow.

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Loie’s three younger sisters were smiles all morning and they helped Loie with her finishing touches.

 

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Loie and Domenic married at Saint Clement Parish in Lincoln Park.

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Their guests traveled from across the continent  from Canada to Portland to New York and more to be present for their ceremony.

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Mr. and Mrs. ….. or Dr. and Dr.!

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Their guests cheered and celebrated the newlyweds.

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Following the ceremony, the wedding party and bride and groom hung out at Union Station for some photos.

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I was completely smitten with the bouquets that Christine Janda Design and Events created.

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Dom and his friends looked extra handsome in their bow ties and tuxedos.

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The bride and groom were surrounded by an amazing group of friends that made the afternoon even better.

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My heart melts around these two. They are beyond sweet to one another and so in love.

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Loie and Dom completed medical school just a few weeks before their wedding. They were excited to celebrate not only their marriage but also their match on their residency at Northwestern.

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Dom is originally from Canada. He moved to the U.S. to attend undergrad at Cornell, and then medical school at Northwestern. While Canada will always be his home, Chicago is the place where he fell in love and married Loie.

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Chicago, you are beautiful!

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Dom has been fascinated by architecture since he was a child. His father shared that many years ago, on a family trip to New York, Dom was practically giving an impromptu tour to tourists as he spouted off facts about the buildings and their histories. It was this love, that made him fall in love with the Murphy for their reception venue.

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Christine Janda Design and Events transformed The Murphy into a springtime garden in Chicago.

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Loie and Dom originally wanted to get married in a garden … so they had Christine bring the garden to them.

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Dr. and Dr. …

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Their families and friends celebrated their love and toasted beautiful toasts in their honor.

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Loie and Dom fell into each other’s arms during their first dance …

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Sway had guests jumping out of their chairs to hit the dance floor.

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Loie and Domenic’s friends and family had some amazing dance moves.

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No party is complete without a conga line.

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The newlyweds remained by each other’s side all night long …

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… and even snuck away from the party for a few kiss outside.

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A huge thank you to all of the team members who ensured the best day ever for Loie and Dom.

VENUE : The Murphy

CHURCH : Saint Clement Parish

WEDDING PLANNER : Christine Janda Design and Events

FLORAL : Christine Janda Design and Events

BRIDE’S MAKEUP : Morgan Marie Beauty

BRIDE’S HAIR : Ramsay Marston

BAND : Sway

CATERING : Food For Thought

INVITATIONS + PAPER GOODS : L Brown Design & Paperie

VIDEOGRAPHY : Mirar Productions

PHOTOGRAPHY ASSISTANT : Nicole Morisco

PHOTOGRAPHY : Brittany Bekas 

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