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 

WILLOW HARBOR VINEYARDS WEDDING // stephanie + billy

The clouds hung low in the sky as the Lake Michigan waves crashed in to the shore. The possibility of rain left the air sticky, but it couldn’t deter Stephanie’s excitement for her wedding day. Nestled along the beach, Billy stood anxiously waiting to see his bride. As she walked up behind him, Stephanie hugged him tight and waited for a moment… not wanting the moment to be swept away so fast. When Billy turned to see her, they fell into each other’s embrace … only pulling away to show Billy her wedding dress.

They invited their friends and family to share in their wedding in Michigan where they became husband and wife overlooking a beautiful vineyard. Stephanie and Billy promised to make each other better, to perfect the process of loving each other, and to always support each other in their quest for their dreams. Their love left Michigan better than they found it.

Stephanie and Billy – I think you are something kind of wonderful. What I want to write is a billion words to express my gratitude, but for the sake of time, I hope a simple thank you will suffice. I feel blessed to have been such an important part of your day, and I wish you all the happiness in the world. I hope you are savoring all of paradise in French Polynesia!

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Stephanie got ready at a lake house in New Buffalo …

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and had lots of sparkling accessories …

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Her sister and her mom helped her dress … ensuring everything was perfect.

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Billy and Stephanie opted to see each other before the ceremony so they could enjoy cocktail hour with their friends and family.

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Billy was clearly excited to see his future wife.

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Stephanie looked gorgeous all day long …

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Stephanie and Billy surrounded themselves with an amazing group of friends (and one amazing, pup, Zoey). I had a blast hanging out with them.

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Oliveti Events designed all of the beautiful floral.

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The guys were full of laughter and jokes all day …

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And this is the sweetest / cutest flower girl, Alexa!

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Stephanie and Billy set aside ample time for photographs around the Willow Harbor Vineyards for photos in this beautiful location.

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A personal favorite ….

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Zoey wanted to be right at her parent’s side ….

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Willow Harbor Vineyards is so picturesque. I never wanted to leave.

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Zoey, the couple’s rescue pup, was a part of the wedding, and she sat in the front row watching her parent’s marry.

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Many thanks to Kelly, my assistant, for snapping this photo of Stephanie and her dad!

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Stephanie and Billy are the type of people who put the needs of those around them first. It was no surprise that they have amassed the most amazing group of friends and family to witness their love.

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Sweet vows for an even sweeter couple …

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So much love ….

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The moment their marriage is official!

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Billy made sure their first kiss was memorable.

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Stephanie and Billy snuck away for a few moments so we could document their love among the beautiful vineyards.

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The light was simply perfect …

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Guests enjoyed Harbor Valley’s own pinot noir during cocktail hour as they enjoyed the beauty of the venue.

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Stephanie envisioned a romantic spring wedding with elements of mixed metals.

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Stephanie and Billy heard some of the most heartwarming speeches … and Steph willed herself not to cry during them.

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The first dance …

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It is one of my favorite parts of the day to photograph … and this is why.

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…. so much love and so much happy!

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…. and then it was party time .. complete with lots of dancing and fun!

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… and lots of fun!

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As the sun set, guests enjoyed a perfect May evening in Michigan.

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

VENUE : Willow Harbor Vineyards

WEDDING COORDINATOR : Lauren, Oliveti Events

FLORAL : Oliveti Events

BRIDE’S HAIR + MAKEUP : Le Roc Salon (Ashley + Melissa)

DJ : Music Host Entertainment

MUSICIANS : Gaska Quartet

CAKE : Wild Flour

INVITATIONS : Wedding Paper Divas

VIDEOGRAPHY : Lexoria Wedding Videography

PHOTOGRAPHY ASSISTANT : Kelly Mccue

PHOTOGRAPHY : Brittany Bekas Photography

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