Kristy and Brendan’s wedding was the definition of a classic downtown Chicago wedding. The two of them got ready in the morning at the JW Marriott in downtown Chicago. Everyone was relaxed, having drinks, and hanging out and getting ready for the day. Kristy even gave me a ring box and ribbon to go along with her wedding colors! Talk about a prepared bride!!
The guys ended up in a presidential suite and it made for the best spot for getting ready photos. Lots of windows, clean neutral colored walls, the works! Kristy and Brendan had the best, personal, kind and fun bridal party a bride and groom could ask for.
Their wedding ceremony was held at Old St. Patrick’s Church, which is Chicago’s oldest church. It is absolutely beautiful inside. My favorite part of the ceremony was the fun and sweet glances that Kristy and Brendan would make with each other, with their brother and sister (who are like a mini Kristy and Brendan) and with their guests seated out in the audience.
Since it raining, we took the trolley with their bridal party over to Union Station to do their portraits. We got there JUST in time before herds of other bridal parties arrived. Can we talk about how great everyone looks?! Never underestimate a good black tie tux. And their bridal portraits are some of my new favorites! Kristy and Brendan just make the most adorable, joyful couple and I could photograph them all day!
We finished with enough time for everyone to enjoy the trolley they rented. We drove around Chicago while they sang Alanis Morrisette, 90s pop, today’s hits and drank beers and enjoyed each others company.
Their reception was back at the JW Marriott in their grand ballroom. It looked so pretty and the food was amazing! For Kristy and Brendan’s entrance, they came in with bagpipe players. Kristy’s dad, John, gave a heart-warming and lighthearted speech that didn’t leave a dry eye in the room when he talked about the couple, how great Kristy was, and his wishes for them both.
This group was such a fun group. Once speeches were over, everyone was heading to the bar, dancing on the dance floor or up and about chatting with friends and family. It truly was an amazing day.
Kristy & Brendan, you two are amazing! You’re both so kind, fun and are absolutely perfect for each other. I’m so honored I was the photographer for your amazing day. I wish you two all the happiness in the world!