I first met the bride Katie while I was a vendor at Indie Wed last year. We immediately hit it off and she told me she was going to have an Old Hollywood themed wedding. I told her she had to contact Olivia Hwang for her bridal gown.
When Katie followed up with me a bit later, she had met with Olivia and was having the dress of her dreams made. She then requested we meet and over some coffee we agreed to work together. I loved her vision and knew exactly who her beauty team should be. Suzy of Hairspray Revolution and Leatrice and Mollie of Gemini Bride.
I got to meet the groom Craig at their engagement photo shoot. Katie warned me that he hates having his photo taken.... challenge accepted! We went near their condo to the Riverwalk, on some bridges and by the Chicago Theater. Craig is awesome and I know he secretly loves having his photo taken ;)
When Katie and I met at Stan Mansion to go over the details and plan the shots, I knew her wedding was going to be everything she dreamed it to be. She was worried about weather, so we came up with a rain delay plan just in case.
We could not have asked for better weather on April 1 and we were able to ditch the back up plan. My second shooter Tony and I arrived to the venue and we fell in love with the bridal suite. If every place every bride gets ready in has that quality of light, I would be in Heaven.
The guys started to arrive and Tony made sure they were ready for the celebration! I photographed Katie and the ladies and was in awe of what the beauty team did as always. I sent everyone away so I could capture Katie and Craig's adorable first look.... Craig followed directions perfectly and I loved being a part of that sweet moment.
We hopped on a trolley, hit Giordanos for some pizza and made our way to the museum campus for some photos with the skyline in the background. The light was insane on their big day!
Their ceremony was short, sweet and meaningful with their dog serving as one of the ring bearers. An April Fool's Day joke played by Craig's Dad who was also a Best Man when it came to finding the rings. I even fell for that one.
The bridal party and immediate family met in the bar for a champagne tower. Craig popped open a bottle of champagne celebrating the Cubs World Series win and Katie had a blast pouring it onto the tower.
The decor was gorgeous, the food was delicious, the music was perfect.
It was such a pleasure being a part of their special day and I was so happy Tony and I were able to capture the moments throughout the day. Katie and Craig, your family and friends are welcoming and fun. They made us feel like we were part of the crew.
I wanted to share some of my favorite images I took on their day.
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Lori K Sapio Photography
I'm a mother, who is also a Photographer who specializes in Portraiture, Family, Kids, Newborns, Boudoir, Fashion, Glamour, Pinup. On location or in my Chicago photography studio.