To say I’ve been excited about this wedding for awhile would be a giant understatement. I was there when Brian proposed back in January of last year, lurking nearby trying not to let Jackie see me. We’d met a couple times through mutual friends, so I was terrified she’d spot me even though I had on like 25 layers of clothing since it was so cold! Obviously she said yes and I was thrilled when they asked to shoot their wedding as well. So yah…. definite excitement!
I met up with the ladies as they were getting ready downtown at the Omni where the ceremony was going to be held. I’ve shot a lot of weddings and this group was so relaxed and chill, which always makes for a fun day! After a few pre ceremony photos it was time for the “I do’s!” I knew if Brian cried that I would cry. I cried. I hid behind my camera.
From there we headed a few blocks away to a park for some photos. And in true Chicago fashion Jackie hailed a cab in her wedding dress to get us there! Since we were right off Michigan Ave some middle of street shots were in order. We even snuck back out later for some night shots which are my favorite!
And then it was off to the Chicago Sports Museum for the reception! This is a newer venue downtown and such a cool space. While the guest were at cocktail hour they got to check out all the Chicago sports memorabilia, see if they could jump as high as Jordan and several other fun interactive games. The reception room is decked out with jerseys and even a basketball hoop!
The dance floor was rocking all night! And the Tamale Guy even made an appearance!! (Only the Chicago people will understand the excitement of the Tamale Guy showing up. Basically he roams around bars with a cooler full of homemade tamales that are delicious. Seeing him walk in when you’ve had a couple drinks is basically the best thing ever. No one knows his name. He’s just “The Tamale Guy”)
Congrats again to Jackie & Brian! Here are some highlights!
Ceremony Venue: Omni
Reception Venue: Chicago Sports Museum
Wedding Planner: Urban Allure Events
DJ: Brad Mamo
Hair & Makeup : Fab Faces
Wedding Dress: Eleganza Gallery
Cake: Oak Mill Bakery