Being that both Nicholas and I are long time Chicagoans, when we decided upon a November wedding, we knew that the weather could be anything from snowflakes to sun. We decided to accept whatever mother nature threw at us anyway. That morning we were delightfully surprised and blissfully thankful to have the most gorgeously sunny skies and perfectly crisp fall weather. It was just the beginning of a truly wonderful day! I started off the day getting ready with my bridal party and family at the Holiday inn Merchandise Mart plaza while Nicholas and his groomsmen got ready at our apartment in Lincoln Square. Even though our Church was only a block away from our apartment, the fellas rode the brown line downtown for some fun photo ops and for our first look. We had our first look on the Franklin bridge right on the river. It was a moment we will never forget and we are so thankful the dynamic photographer duo,  Eric and Jamie were there to caputure it! After the first look, we met back up with our fabulously large wedding party (8 on the brides side, 8 on the grooms!) and took the party bus around town, stopping  at  millennium park for some beautiful pictures. The next stop on the party bus was Queen Of Angels Catholic Church where Nicholas and I, surrounded by our families and friends exchanged our vows in a traditional Catholic mass. Among the beautiful readings by friends and family, a gorgeous version of my grandmothers favorite song, of Ave Maria sung by a close friend and the heartfelt mass led by our priest, Father Jim, Nicholas and I were bursting with love.

After the bells rang and we were announced as husband and wife, we set out to our reception. We were both so impressed with the staff and vendors at Greenhouse! The room was set up so beautifully and the best part was how much attention to detail was given. We never had a doubt that it would look perfect. While our guest enjoyed cocktail hour and delicious appetizers from Big Delicious Planet, we enjoyed some newlywed photos with our families and bridal party. Once the party got started, we enjoyed delicious food (everyone raves still about the short ribs!) beautiful toasts from both of our fathers and a surprise slide show put together by Nicholas's father. The surprises didn't end there. My beautiful maid of honor gave the most heartfelt speech centered around both Nick and I's belief in love. Nicholas's best man took that theme of believing in love to a new level as he constructed a band made out of Nicholas's two bands he plays with (we had no idea!) and surprised us with a song written by him. It was a touching surprise that only added to the massive amounts of love Nick and I had in our hearts that night! 

With everyone full of love and delicious food the celebration continued! We had a surprise of our own in store for everyone as we broke out into a choreographed dance routine to Walk the Moon’s "Shut up and dance with me"  during our first dance. Speaking of dancing, the dance floor was packed all night with our fun and energetic DJ, Tim from Mike staff productions. Tim was fantastic to work with and knocked it out of the ball park as our MC for the evening! He knew exactly what to play to get everyone of all ages to boogie on down. Between dancing, delicious food and drink, filling up on our huge candy and cookie bar and taking pictures in the photo studio, we were confident that our beloved guests had an amazing night as well. We went with the Ultimate Photo Package that included everyone being able to take home a 5x7 print of the photo booth shenanigans as a party favor. Steve was super fun to work with in the photo studio. His sense of humor managed to bring out everyone's smiles through out the evening! Everyone still talks about those pictures and how much fun they had capturing the night. Nicholas and I were so glad we decided to go with that unique package! So worth it!

We couldn't have been more thrilled about how our wedding day went. From start to finish, our wonderful catering team at Big Delicious Planet and the wonderful staff at Greenhouse Loft made our vision a reality. We cannot thank them enough for helping create such special memories on our Wedding day!  ~

Wedding Date: November 14, 2015

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