Hello again! It’s been a while. A long while actually. Instagram has allowed me to show work through single images and with its immediacy and ease, I slacked a lot on blogging. I’ve never been great at posting here but I’m a work in blogging progress:) So expect to see a lot more on my site!

First up, Marissa and Jeff’s Columbus Park Refectory ceremony, pre-reception cocktails at Sportsman’s Club, and reception at The Herbarium.

Marissa told me early on in the planning that this would be a longer day as they would have three venues versus one or two. The main room at Columbus Park Refectory was where the couple would have their ceremony along with portraits around the building’s exterior turquoise framed windows and doors, then they would swing over to the Sportman’s Club where Jeff is co-owner (he also co-owns other bars you’ve likely heard of if you’re a Chicagoan- Estereo, Ludlow Liquors, and recently opened Young American). Sportman’s is where Marissa and Jeff spent a lot of time earlier in their relationship so they definitely wanted it integrated into the day. After cocktails with a group of family and friends, they would head over to the larger reception at The Herbarium in the West Loop.

Some things to note about this wedding. These two are¬†suuuper easy going and really enjoyed their day. I hope you can see that through the photos– Jeff making a drink at his bar, a visit from their pup, some time spent together mid-wedding day chatting in a booth. It was awesome that they slowed it all down a little. A wedding day doesn’t have to go at a crazy pace. You get one day. Enjoy it! Also, Marissa has great taste.¬†She went with a bold earring that complimented her unadorned dress and I LOVED the modern version of a veil– the wings that attached at the shoulders of her dress for the ceremony. And finally, Jeff’s photo at Sportsman’s is probably my fave groom portrait to date. It’s easy to work with people that trust you and collab on creative images. A huge thank you to this lovely pair for having me there to document it all!

Below are my selections from their day.

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Getting Ready Venue – St. Jane Hotel
Ceremony Venue – Columbus Park Refectory
Bar Venue – Sportsman’s
Reception Venue – Herbarium at Bad Hunter
Make-up and Hair – Goldust Woman
Floral – Asrai Garden
Caterer and Cake – The Herbarium
Bride’s Earrings – Ranjana Khan
Wedding Dress – Alyssa Kristin at Honey Bridal in Chicago