Maureen (or, Mo, as she’s affectionately called) was one organized bride! With a thickly tabbed wedding binder full of ideas and goals for the wedding of her dreams, she was rarin’ to go on the planning front. Having grown up in the Chicago area, Mo and Nick wanted a cozy and intimate wedding that represented the city they loved, while still being able to include their large group of friends and family. With that vision in mind, it was an honor and joy to help this wonderful couple pull together the event of their dreams.
In her parents home, Maureen and her girls got an early start to their day with hair and makeup done by stylists, Maritiza and Milian from Bride Style Beauty.
Meanwhile, Nick and his groomsmen were downtown at Hotel Allegro, hanging out and putting on their dashing gray suits and plaid bow ties! Shane Welch Photography and his team were there to catch every moment.
Once the gentlemen were ready they boarded a limo bus provided by Windy City Limo to head up to the bride’s parents’ home. Maureen’s mother and I helped the bride-to-be into her gorgeous gown to prepare for their first look! There were cheers all around for the beautiful bride!
It was finally time for Maureen to see her handsome groom. Nick waited paitiently on the front lawn of her home as Mo made her way down the steps. Anyone looking on could see just how excited they were to see one another, and even more thrilled to spend the rest of their lives together!
After their first look, the wedding party loaded into the limo bus for a fun photo shoot around the city. They made sure to hit up some of their favorite city locations including a red line “L” stop.
Maureen and her bridesmaids’ carried gorgeous bouquets created by the talented Tony Gaudin, a friend of Mo’s family.
The wedding ceremony was held at St. Gertrude’s Catholic Church. Despite the lack of air conditioning on a hot summer afternoon, the joy and excitement of the day was truly palpable as the couple’s friends and family gathered to witness the union of this wonderful couple.
During the ceremony the sky outside grew darker and darker. When the mass ended, we had planned a send-off for the newly married couple. We prayed that the rain would hold off long enough to let the guests cheer the new couple on the church steps–and it did! As soon as the bridal party had departed for a few more photos and the guests had loaded onto busses headed for the pre-reception gathering at Uncommon Ground, the monsoon began. If any of you had tickets to Lollapalooza this year you’ll remember this day: they actually had to shut down the outdoor festival!
Mother Nature was definitely on our side: the rain stopped just as it was time for the reception at Misericordia to begin! Arriving guests were treated to jazz tunes and delicious cocktails and hors d’oeuvres thanks toFood for Thought. As we opened the ballroom doors for dinner, the fresh summertime palate of bold blues and bright greens mixed with multi-colored florals was revealed. A nod to their Chicago theme were their table names: Chicago street signs!
Once the guests were seated for dinner it was time to announce the new Mr. and Mrs into the room. Mo and Nick’s entrance set the stage for this high-energy crowd, and they headed right into their first dance: You and Me by Dave Matthews Band.
The Father of the Bride welcomed the guests who were treated to an amazing dinner by Food for Thought (andouille sausage-crusted pork loin or scallops for dinner at a wedding?? Yes please!). Throughout dinner, Maureen and Nick were honored by toasts from Father of the Groom, Maid of Honor, and the three Best Men. Everyone spoke (or, in the case of one of the Best Men, sang) with such energy about the couple, and how perfect they are together in every way!!
After dinner Maureen and Nick thanked their guests for being a part of their special day, and then they cut the delicious cake made by Swedish Bakery. I loved the simple Chicago skyline cake topper–a fabulous etsy find!
Once dinner was complete, DJ Michael Lavelle (another friend of the family) got the dance floor hopping and guests of all ages were out on the floor having fun!
Sadly, Nick’s mother was unable to be physically present at the day’s festivities due to a hospitalization. Mo and Nick decided to secure a videographer at the last minute (just a week or two before the wedding!). Thank goodness EVP Videography had someone available. Just check out this amazing short film of their wedding day.
It was a fantastic night! There was such a great energy of excitement and celebration for Mo and Nick, and believe me, they deserve it! I do love this quiet moment captured by Shane Welch Photography of the two of them together as they soaked it all in, they were finally married!
Mo and Nick, thank you for including me in such an important moment in your lives. Let’s stay in touch!