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 

 

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 

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