You all are in for a treat with this blog post! Angie and Eddie’s summer wedding in Chicago, Illinois has so much going on in the most perfect way. After photographing Angie’s sister’s wedding a couple years ago, we knew that Angie’s wedding would be nothing short of spectacular. You should probably revisit Matt and Melissa’s wedding to recall how Pinterest worthy it was. Did you check it out??? All those details! Guess what? You won’t be disappointed by Angie’s details either! Angie is from central Illinois, Eddie’s family is from Mexico, and the couple lives in Chicago. Angie and Eddie wanted to plan a wedding that showcased who they are, represented all that mattered in their lives, and treat guests to an amazing evening. I say their wedding day did just that!

We began our day with Angie in a beautiful suite at the Hilton Chicago overlooking Lake Michigan. The suite was the perfect place for Angie and her tribe to get ready as it provided lovely views, gorgeous natural light, and plenty of room to spread out for hair and make up. I had so much fun styling all of Angie’s pretty wedding attire details. Check out her shoes – what a work of art! And her custom clutch? Completely on brand for the day. Narrowing down what photos to share with you was tricky as there were so many to choose from!

After Angie was ready to roll, we strolled down Michigan Avenue to the first look. When we met with Angie, she had it in her mind to do the first look on the terrace of Venue Six10 and it’s easy to see why. The terrace not only gives you sweeping Lake Michigan as a backdrop but some awesome architectural details. I’ll probably say this at least once more, but one of my favorite photos is of Angie and Eddie kissing on the terrace with the lake sparkling in the distance.

We then walked down Michigan Avenue to the ceremony site for some formal portraits, which produced another one of my favorite photos. I absolutely adore the photo of Angie and Eddie walking over the cross walk with bouquet in hand and the Chicago architecture creating the perfect image. If I were Angie and Eddie, I would take that image and make a giant canvas of it! We stopped in briefly to the Hilton Chicago do a few formal photos in the lobby. When you have a train on your dress like Angie did, it’s only right that you find somewhere you can showcase that train. Though the wedding day had more of a modern vibe, I love the formality of Angie’s dress on the elegant stairs of the hotel.

We wrapped up portraits in time for the ceremony at the 8th Street Fountain of Grant Park on Michigan Avenue. Angie donned her mother’s wedding veil (which her sister also wore) and it was time to exchange vows. The ceremony was a lovely mix of things important to the bride and groom. Musicians who are also loved ones of the bride and groom performed during the ceremony, including the father of the groom. With many of Eddie’s relatives coming from Mexico for the wedding, parts of the ceremony were done in English and Spanish. And to end the ceremony, the couple were draped in a wedding lasso rosary. The large rosary was placed on them by Eddie’s parents and is a symbol of unifying the couple together in marriage. The lasso rosary also is a figure eight, representing the symbol for infinity – no beginning and end. It was such a cool way to bring together two families, two cultures and two lives into one.

Angie and Eddie exited the ceremony into a waiting pedicab! They took a quick trip around downtown Chicago as husband and wife, while guests headed over to the reception for cocktail hour. Amazing appetizers and specialty drinks greeted guests, as well as a red carpet, custom step and repeat backdrop, and our GIF Booth! Many took advantage of our J. Kelley GIF Booth and received images perfect for posting to all social media platforms.

Cocktail hour led into the main event, where more details awaited. There was a custom neon sign, a churro wall/station, and floral arrangements swoon worthy. Following toasts, the happy couple welcomed the surprise Mariachi band. Many guests were up dancing to the band and singing along. Then the night really got started! The DJ had the floor crowded and guests refueled on churros! What more could you ask for? How about fireworks? Every summer Saturday night in Chicago, Navy Pier puts on a fireworks show. The floor to ceiling windows of Venue Six10 are perfect for watching the show. Angie and Eddie snuck out to the terrace where we captured another one of my favorite images. What a perfect way to end an already amazing day.

Thank you, Angie and Eddie, from the bottom of our hearts for trusting us to document all the love, laughter, and details of your wedding day. It was such an honor to be entrusted with capturing everything that matters to you on such a special day. We hope you love your photos as much as we do!

Piper & Justin

A special thanks to all the vendors who made Angie and Eddie’s wedding day perfect:
Dress: Justin Alexander
Make up: Eliora Jares from We Only Do Pretty
Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux
Accommodations: Hilton Chicago
Ceremony: Grant Park 8th Street Fountain
Reception Venue: Venue SIX10
Coordinator: Marcia Basolo with Bev Stevens
Catering: Blue Plate
DJ: Palma Entertainment
Churros: Churro Factory
Florist: Pistil & Vine
Invitations: Eddie Navarro

I’ve already wax poetically in Michelle and Jared’s engagement session blog post from last fall about how much we loved the connection of Michelle to our past bride, Rachel. Spoiled alert (if you haven’t read the blog post), Michelle is Rachel’s sister! I’ll say it once more, there is no better compliment than a referral, especially when that referral comes from a family member. After Michelle and Jared’s picture perfect fall session, we knew that their wedding day would blow our mind. And they did not disappoint.

We started the wedding day at the most charming, quaint church in Flint Hills, Missouri. We’ve had the privilege of photographing weddings in so many Mid-Missouri churches and St. Theodore Catholic Church was darling. Michelle and her bridesmaids got mostly ready at a family member’s house, so when they got to the church all we had to do was focus on Michelle’s final touches. I don’t know if you know this about me but I am wedding photography detail junky! I love all the little things brides incorporate in their day. And I love taking the time to put all those details together so we can photograph them. Michelle had no shortage of amazing details. Check out those blue shoes! So, that sister who referred us to Michelle? Yeah, Rachel couldn’t be there to celebrate with the family. She was busy waiting to welcome her third child into this world! So, we tried our hardest to keep Rachel included in as many things as possible. This included a bit of Facetime when Michelle was in her dress! Though she wasn’t there in person, Rachel was there in spirit via technology!

Once everyone was ready to, we headed over to the chapel for the ceremony. Though the church wasn’t big, it was filled to the brim with love for Michelle and Jared. Their priest had a lovely homily that talked about the commitment that these two have for one another. And as they were surround by loved ones, they became man and wife. Some of my favorite photos are from Michelle and Jared taking a moment by themselves following the ceremony. Guests gave them a few moments to soak in being a married couple and to enjoy the quietness before we started in on portraits.

Here’s the thing about this wedding day – it was hot. Like, beyond hot. You walked outside and immediately started sweating. We tried our hardest to not do too many pictures outside if we could help it. After a few portraits at the church, we headed to Boulevard Park in Lake Saint Louis, Missouri. Luckily we didn’t have to go far to find a little walking bridge and a pond with some trees for shade! Michelle and Jared were pros. We moved through the outdoor photos with efficiency and ease.

We escaped the heat with the reception at The Loft Banquet Center in O’Fallon, Missouri. This relatively new banquet center is a perfect spot for a reception. It’s a simple space, just waiting for a couple to put on their own touches. Check out their cake topper! Michelle designed it and I think it was such a special touch on their wedding day. Though the décor wasn’t super elaborate, Michelle and Jared did a nice job focusing on what matters – good food, a great DJ, and a photo booth! Their family and friends kept our photo booth and the dance floor busy all night long! All in all it was a spectacular day.

Thank you, Michelle and Jared, for trusting us to capture all the memories from such an important day. We loved being part of the family once again.

Piper & Justin

When we met with Jessie and Tyler last year to discuss their summer wedding, they couldn’t wait to tell us about their venue. A new venue was being built north of Columbia, just outside of Macon, Missouri, called Emerson Fields. Jessie and Tyler toured the property during the construction phase and knew that it was the place where they wanted to get married. And we are so glad they made the leap of faith because Emerson Fields was absolutely beautiful.

After Jessie and Tyler’s fall engagement session, we knew we were in for a good time on their wedding day. We started off with Jessie and her bride tribe in the bridal room. This space is the perfect place for a bride to gather with her closest friends and get ready. There is plenty of space for everyone to spread out and a ton of natural light pouring in. I had so much fun pulling together all the pretty, little details Jessie had! It was too hard to narrow down which pictures to showcase, so there’s lots of detail shots. Everything was perfect and coordinated together so nicely. Check out their wedding stationery suite – it was gorgeous. Once the bride was ready, we did a few portraits of just her. We then checked in with the groom for a few quick pictures before the ceremony.

The weather provided lots of sun but it was also super hot. Guests took advantage of the shade the patio provided while listening to Jessie and Tyler exchange vows. I love the depth of emotion Jessie felt while pledging her love to Tyler. I think there were quite a few teary eyes amongst the guests during that moment. Before we knew it, vows were exchanged and they were married!

Following the ceremony, we explored the grounds of Emerson Fields. There are so many picture perfect spots at this venue, you can’t take a bad picture! I love the pictures of Jessie and Tyler right next to a tree line on the property. It was the perfect spot for a few photos of just the bride and groom. When we wrapped up portraits, we headed inside for the reception. Jessie took time to think through all the details of her decor and it showed. It was details upon details everywhere you looked. I could list out every detail that I loved but that would basically be all of them! After everyone was fed, the cake was cut, and toasts were made – it was time to party! Guests danced the night away and celebrated the newlyweds!

Thank you, Jessie and Tyler, for letting us be part of your wedding! We had such a wonderful time capturing all the love, laughter, and memories of your special day.

Piper & Justin

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A special thanks to all the vendors who made Jessie and Tyler’s wedding day perfect:
Dress: Allure from Dala’s Bridal Boutique
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Make-up: Ming Hsieh with Polished
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Savvi
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Emerson Fields
Coordinator: Karah Naughton
Catering: Noland’s Catering
DJ: Dave McCorkell
Cake: Lana McQuitty
Florist: D-zines by T
Invitations: Vista Print
Favors: “Best Match Ever” match books from Picture Perfect Papier
Cupcakes: Linda Mason

This past spring, we aligned ourselves with amazing vendors to create what I dubbed Artful Collaboration. As I shifted through inspiration, I kept coming back to the idea of doing a photo shoot within an art gallery. I was immediately drawn to the idea of geometric shapes, succulents, neutral tones, and geodes. In Columbia, Missouri we are blessed to have Sager Braudis Gallery. Their gallery space is elegant, modern, and light filled. I knew immediately I wanted to collaborate with them but that I didn’t want to detract from the gorgeous artwork Sager Braudis would be featuring. I knew that in order to make this vision come to life, we needed to bring together a dream team of vendors.

Sager Braudis Gallery was the perfect location for this styled shoot. We had the pleasure of staging this photo shoot when their Cuban Contemporary Exhibit was on display. There were several pieces I fell in love with and desperately wanted to take home with me. I knew that while I could bring a vision to the table for this shoot, I knew I couldn’t coordinate it all. We turned to Anne Churchill of Annabelle Events to help bring together the vision and the vendors. We have worked with Anne on several photo shoots before and we’re never disappointed with her and the Annabelle Events team.

Sager Braudis was basically a blank slate, waiting to be filled to showcase the artwork. We turned to our good friends at A1 Party & Event Rentals to help fill the space. They had just gotten in marble salad plates and I knew those needed to be on display. I also love the Jupiter glassware we used for water. Their inventory had the just right balance of modern with classic. Check out those clear Chiavari chairs! And those plates, oh those plates! I’m trying to figure out how many more events I can get away with using those plates for!

With the artwork as the main decoration for this photo shoot, we needed to keep the tables fairly clean and simple. Christy with The Ink Café produced some amazing pieces of work for this photo shoot. When I told her I was in love with agate slices and geodes, she ran with it. How beautiful are those agate place cards??? I could go on and on about the beauty Christy creates. To complement not only the artwork on the wall but the artwork on the table, Tiger Garden kept it simple. I love the simplistic beauty of the orchids paired with succulents in the terrariums. And Tiger Garden was able to bring to life this idea I had for succulent terrarium favors for guests. It fun to send all the guests away at the end of the evening with a succulent of their very own!

You can’t plan an event without food and drinks! With being downtown, we turned to The Broadway Hotel for catering and specialty drinks. There was nothing that they brought that wasn’t enjoyed thoroughly by guests. Do yourself a favor and when you’re scrolling through the pictures, stop and really enjoy the photos of the food. Trust me when I say this food was divine. Also on hand to provide libations to guests was Craft Beer Cellar. It was so nice to be able to offer guests both beer and sprits to enjoy as they savored the artwork, good food, and fellowship. To cap off an wonderful evening on a sweet note, guests took home custom sugar cookies made by Kiss Me Cookies.

When putting together a styled shoot, you put your vision in the hands of so many creative minds. I was beyond blown away with how perfectly this group of vendors brought together the vision we had for a sophisticated art gallery photo shoot. We hope that you enjoy the photos and it was our pleasure to work with this spectacular team of local vendors.

Photography: J. Kelley Photo
Venue: Sager Braudis Gallery
Coordinator: Annabelle Events
Rentals: A1 Party & Event Rental
Calligraphy, Stationery, Signage: The Ink Café
Floral Design: Tiger Garden
Catering & Specialty Cocktails: The Broadway Hotel
Beer: Craft Beer Cellar
Custom Sugar Cookies: Kiss Me Cookie

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