Our wedding day was absolutely perfect! The girls met up at Starship Salon for coffee and curls before heading back to our condo in the South Loop to get ready. The boys enjoyed hot shaves and a hot brunch in Logan Square at the Longman & Eagle restaurant and hotel. A few hours before the ceremony, we had our first look at Clarke House, Chicago's oldest house, just steps from our home for the last five years. We read each others' letters and giggled that the day was finally here!

It was so much fun taking pictures around the park and at the planetarium since even though it was technically the first weekend of Fall, it felt like the last weekend of Summer. Jamie from GHL had such great ideas for our group shots to keep them fun and interesting. I especially love how she was able to capture our bold and bright color scheme on this hazy Chicago day.

Just before the ceremony we found out that there was an heirloom family veil on site. We rushed to get it attached as our guests were taking their seats. RJ's grandfather officiated our wedding and did an amazing job juggling humour, love, and three Metra trains passing by! Surprisingly our bearded collie flower girl was well behaved and even laid down during the ceremony.

Just after we were announced as a Mr. and Mrs. we spent a few moments alone signing our marriage license, spilling a cocktail, and taking some newlywed portraits. It was a nice time to get those must-have family photos in while most of the guests enjoyed their first drink. We still had time to enjoy a cocktail in the garden though before our entrance into the reception space.

Everyone enjoyed the toasts and unique Latin-inspired menu from Food for Thought and it kept getting better with four different pies à la mode from Hoosier Mama, a late night coffee stand, and empanadas served to the dance floor. It must have been the food that kept both the photo booth and dance floor fully operational all night.   - Joanna and RJ
 

Wedding Date: September 25, 2016