Where do I even begin? I love these two! Jamie and Mike were a dream to work with and I’ve been looking forward to their wedding since their engagement session last year. As soon as I stepped foot into Hotel Arista and saw Jamie’s Hayley Paige Dori gown, I felt giddy with excitement. A dress like Jamie’s is the photographer equivalent to waking up to all of Santa’s gifts on Christmas morning. The purple-gray hue and luxurious beading was a showstopper for sure.
Mike and Jamie had a private moment together on the rooftop of Hotel Arista before departing to Chicago for their ceremony at Saint Clement’s. Saint Clement’s in Lincoln park is such a beautiful church. Words simply cannot describe. Friends and family gathered in the church as Jamie and Mike exchanged their vows to one another.
After the ceremony, Jamie, Mike and their wedding party headed to a very special location for photos: Lincoln Park Zoo. I LOVE when my couples pick locations with sentimental value for their wedding portraits. The happy couple have spent hundreds of Sundays walking along the beautiful nature boardwalk. It quickly became their spot. When it came to the proposal, Mike knew he had to propose to Jamie on the Kissing Bridge. Everyone’s eyes were on Jamie and Mike as we returned to the spot where he proposed. Heartfelt congratulations could be heard from every direction.
Guests joined the newlyweds at Hotel Arista for dinner, drinks and dancing. The ballroom glimmered in candlelight as Jamie and Mike danced the night away. Thank you both for such a wonderful day! Congratulations on your marriage and new life together.