Sarah and Matt’s Loyola wedding in July was my last of the season (thanks to Baby Rose, who made her arrival last month) and what a high note to end on!
While the ladies were having fun, the gents were prepping at the Hampton Inn in Skokie. Once the guys were ready, they boarded the trolley and headed to the Courtyard Marriott to pick up the rest of the bridal party and family.
Sarah and Matt’s first look took place in the hotel and you can see the happiness radiating from these two!!
Loyola made the perfect backdrop for the photos taken by SecondPrint Productions! The campus was so beautiful and you can’t get any better than having the lake as a background. And look at the beautiful bouquets by Westgate Flowers.
After gallivanting around campus for more photos, the ceremony began at Madonna della Strada. The chapel is stunning and the bride and groom looked radiant. The music was incredible…just check out this amazing organ.
When the ceremony was complete, guests headed to Piper Hall for the outdoor cocktail reception. In the weeks leading up to the wedding, we were worried about having to move everything indoors due to the crazy heat wave. Luckily, it turned out to be a gorgeous day with perfect temperatures.
Sarah and Matt chose some special touches to their reception which made the wedding feel very special. For their guest book, they had river stones for each guest to sign. These stones went into a container and will be displayed in Matt and Sarah’s home as a token of the day.
Their favors were “brides” filled with buckeyes after Sarah’s home state of Ohio and “grooms” filled with bourbon balls after Matt’s home state of Kentucky.
Matt and Sarah even had a special “get to know you” activity for the dinner tables that included pictures of all the guests in attendance.
After dinner, Matt and Sarah shared their first dance (doesn’t her dress look amazing?!) followed by a combination Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dance.
Once the special dances were complete, the band kicked up the energy and guests danced the night away to the sounds of the Dan Hayes Orchestra.
Sarah’s flower girl was one happy camper when she “happened” to catch the bouquet!
It was a wonderful day and one of the calmest weddings I have ever been a part of. Best of luck, Sarah and Matt–we wish you many years of happiness!