Monday, February 25, 2013

One Treasured Day: Life's a Beach

We had a three-hour break in between our ceremony and reception, which gave us plenty of time to take photos around the city. Adam and I put a lot of thought into which parts of our beautiful city would provide the best backdrops for our wedding photos. My #1 location was North Avenue Beach, which is where we started out, because I think it has one of the best skyline views.

We got off the trolley and headed over to the water. If you want to attract a lot of attention, gather a group of people wearing tuxedos and gowns and parade around the beach on a warm, sunny Saturday afternoon.

We started off with photos of the wedding party.

Then we split up and got guy pictures...

...and girl pictures.

It was really hot in the sun, so while the boys were taking photos, I took the opportunity to cool off by lifting my dress up all lady-like.

The photographers were excited by my blue shoes.

Evidence of the sunny weather. I wanted to dive right into that water.

After I cooled down, we made sure to take individual photos with our wedding party members.

Adam and I got some solo shots...

...before combining forces.

Friday, February 22, 2013

One Treasured Day: Trolley Time

Once we finished taking formal photos on the altar, it was time for even more photos. We had three hours between the end of the ceremony and the beginning of cocktail hour to take photos around Chicago. If you'll recall, we hired a trolley for the occasion.

We made our way out of the chapel and paused for a few photos in front of the building.

Then we loaded up and drove away to begin my favorite part of the day. My nerves melted away once we boarded the trolley. The ceremony was finished and there were no guests to entertain. I got to hang out with my best friends and siblings and roll through my favorite city on a gorgeous day. Simply heavenly.

We popped a bottle of Champagne...

...and made our way through Chicago while rocking out and having a dance party.

Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy...
"So I put my hands up, they're playing my song!"

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

One Treasured Day: We Are Family

Family formal posts are a little boring, so I'll try to speed through it.

After the ceremony ended and we walked up the aisle, we immediately turned back around and headed to the altar for family photos. We had 15 minutes to get them all in, so time was of the essence.

We started out with a formal shot of the newly married bride and groom.

Then my parents joined in...

...followed by the rest of my siblings.

Then Adam's parents and brother joined us.

Next up were the grandparents. Adam's grandparents couldn't make it, so it was just mine.

Next was my uncle and our amazing officiant. He married my parents, baptized me, and now he's also married me.

Then we got a shot with our littlest wedding party member, my godson B. He was so excited to finally have a godfather.

Then we got a photo with B's grandparents, my godparents.

Our wedding party got in on the formal action. There are many more of them, but this is the only one with the bridesmaids, groomsmen, and little B.

Finally, our photographer got a shot of me in all my bridal glory. I like that you can see the lace trim on my veil.

And with that, we were off to take photos around the city.