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Mary & Jeff’s Wedding

December 25th, 2012

Amy and I were thrilled to go to Chicago to photograph my cousin Mary’s wedding. We photographed Mary’s sister, Katie’s wedding a few years ago—that was the first time we met Jeff. We knew right away, he would be a great fit for Mary, and a strong source of encouragement and joy to her. Mary is a writer, and loves quotes and movies. Jeff is a comedian and is great at giving her new quotes to hang onto. He seems to put a smile on Mary’s face whenever we see them, and always has us laughing.

When we set out to photograph this wedding, we had all sorts of expectations, and our personal timeline in preparing for our trip to Chicago with our family of 6. However all that was shot down when we both came down with the flu the week of the wedding. I don’t think we have ever been so nervous about weather we would be able to photograph a wedding before. However, with lots of answered prayer, we were able to travel down to Chicago, and felt much better the day of the wedding.

Mary and Jeff were married at Saint Nicolas Church, in Evanston, IL (near Chicago), during the month where they celebrate All Saints Day, otherwise known as the Day of the Dead. There is a large hispanic population that attend the church and this is a month-long time of celebration/prayer time in remembering those who have passed away. In honoring the deceased, people bring in photos of their loved ones to display on any flat surface available in the church. They light candles and say prayers for them. While these traditions were quite new to us, it was neat to learn about, and the decorations, provided a nice colorful backdrop within the church.

Another interesting tradition at St. Nick’s was to “visit with the Virgin” which goes along with the unity candle, during the wedding ceremony. Off to the side was this very beautiful painting done by one of the Hispanic parishioners of roses tumbling from Our Lady of Guadalupe to the people around her. Look for those photos in the slide show. The art work and symbolic detail is amazing.

With so much family coming in from out of state, there was a great vibe at the Prairie Moon of family being reunited even though many had met for the first time. This couple was surrounded by many who were thrilled to come, and we truly feel blessed to not only witness, but to participate in some small way to making this day special. Congratulations, and Jeff, welcome to the family!

Bride and Groom on bench
detail of wedding bouquet and ring
Detail of Wedding ring & earrings
Bride in preparation looking out window and getting buttoned up.
Father adjusting groom's shirt
Groom getting ready next to wooden church cabinets
Bride under arched doorway
Bride and maid of honor
Bride walking down aisle with parents
Photo of groom reacting to bride coming down the aisle and a wide angle shot of ceremony in historic St. Nicholas Church in Evanston, IL
Wide angle of Catholic church with wedding ceremony
Bride placing ring on grooms finger and the first kiss
Bride and groom embracing in arched doorway
Groom kissing bride under arched doorway of St. Nicholas Church in Evanston, IL
Mini cupcakes at wedding reception and bride and groom by wedding cake
Reception area at Prairie Moon restaurant in Evanston, IL
Kids with fake mustaches
Bride reacting to Maid of Honor's toast
Reception fun

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  1. December 26th, 2012

    Robyn L. Says:

    Beeeeautiful photos!

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