Dark & Moody Loft Lucia Wedding

Cory popped the question to Marlene by planning a role playing game with friends and family, as they often did. He had a ring crafted especially for Marlene, and called out play cards designed especially to lead up to the question - surprising her with a final card that depicted the very ring he had for her. 

Cory + Marlene integrated their love of Cosplay into their fall wedding - a fusion of fun nerdery and dark elegance. Marlene was dressed in a white gown (complete with pockets) and embellished with dramatic black accessories - her ladies in mauve. Cory and his boys were accented with feathered boutonnieres, golden stags, and Cory wore a black skull ring. 

They said their “I Do’s” on the rooftop at dusk, with their shiba dog, Hiro, as their ring bearer. The table settings were each themed with various anime and cosplay characters, with anime projected on the dance floor wall. The black textured cake with golden trim highlighted the room, while guests toasted and laughed together. 

Cory was presented with a golden pinata, which he busted open to release lots and lots of glow sticks for all, beginning the danciest of all dance parties until late into the night!

Venue:  Loft Lucia

Florist:  Gowder

Wedding Cake:  Sugar Fixe

Caterer:  Tamale Spaceship

Bartender:  Fusion Vino Premier

Fun & Dapper LGBT Low Res Studio Wedding

Nate + Zach got ready together at The Wit in Chicago’s own Theater District. Their baby blue and sea foam green suits were adorned with matching bowties, suspenders, and colorfully-patterned button-downs. 

Their colorful reception at Low Rest Studio featured smokey margarita cocktails, intricate charcuterie platters, a couple’s duet, Do-Rite donuts, the danciest of folk, and a surprise Drag Show that rocked the socks off of the entire place!!

Quirky Fall Wedding at Cheney Mansion

I had the pleasure of photographing friends, Evelyn + Sam’s early fall wedding in the picturesque Oak Park neighborhood. I met Evelyn and close friends and family at the Bishop’s Hall Bed and Breakfast to get ready for the ceremony, while Sam and his boys spent the morning prepping on their own.

Having lived in Oak Park for several years, Evelyn became involved in the Grace Episcopal Church’s choir, adopting a close-knit circle of friends, and they wished to incorporate her love for her choir mates into the wedding. The choir sang during their ceremony, and she invited her fellow church friends to an afternoon cake cutting and pre-reception celebration in the church hall. 

We traveled a short distance to the stunning Cheney Mansion, where Evelyn and Sam took a private stroll in the garden - barely able to keep each other from laughing. The playful couple reunited with their guests, dining and spending the rest of their night in the scenic courtyard, toasting, laughing, dancing and beating the heck out of a pinata. Friends and family were gifted a jar of barbecue sauce that Sam crafted on his own - a special treat from a near-pro barbecue master.

Getting Ready Location: Bishop Hall Bed and Breakfast

Ceremony Venue:  Grace Episcopal Church

Reception Venue:  Cheney Mansion

Hair/Makeup:  Patti Komar

Catering:  La Cuisine

DJ:  Backthird Entertainment