Thursday, March 8, 2012

Courtney + Erik: Part 1

I met with Courtney right before she and Erik moved to the East Coast for Courtney to start grad school. She was trying to get as much planning done as she could before launching into the rigors of grad school, and I was very excited at the end of our meeting Courtney shared that she definitely wanted to work together. The plans for her wedding sounded gorgeous: Chicago Cultural Center, Holy Name Cathedral, Vera Wang. Need I say more?

I wasn't able to meet Erik until the rehearsal, but I could tell immediately that he and Courtney were a perfect match for one another. Both are incredibly kind, a lot of fun to be around and close with their families. I had so much fun being a part of their day!


Bartenders: Food Evolution
Cupcakes: Molly's Cupcakes
Ceremony: Holy Name Cathedral
Caterer: Restaurant Michael
Florist: Botanicals
Groom's Cake + Cupcake Cutting Cake: Bittersweet
Lighting: Frost
Limo Bus: Windy City Limos
Videographer: Blu Couture

All photos by Danielle Aquiline.

Courtney and her bridesmaids got ready in the Vice President Suite at the InterContinental Hotel. It was a gorgeous room and perfect for the hustle and bustle of a wedding day!



Korena from Sonia Roselli made sure everyone's hair was perfect for the day!


Sana was set up doing makeup in the upstairs portion of the suite - it was a quiet little spot away from the chaos. Her work was gorgeous!


veryone couldn't help but swoon over Courtney's amazing Vera Wang gown.


And, of course, her sparkly Jimmy Choo slingbacks!


It's such an exciting part of the day when it's finally time to get the bride dressed.


Loved how fluffy and floaty Courtney's dress was.


While Courtney's bridesmaids were helping her with the final details...


...Erik and his groomsmen were in another room at the InterContinental Hotel getting their bow ties perfectly straight. I think everyone was relieved that one groomsman was an expert at tying bow ties!


Courtney was cool, calm and collected as we headed over to Holy Name for the ceremony.

Before we knew it, Courtney and her father were walking down the aisle. It was time to get married!




With a kiss, Courtney and Erik were finally husband and wife!



The rainy day didn't stop the couple - they had a great attitude and were ready to head out for photos with their wedding party before the reception!


Up next I'll be sharing photos of the wedding party around the city and Courtney and Erik's gorgeous Chicago Cultural Center reception!

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