Nicole and Jerry are literally the sweetest people ever and their wedding day was so beautiful. They were married at the National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe at Marytown a few weeks ago.  Nicole and Jerry received special permission to be married there as they don’t usually allow weddings at the shrine. But because of their family ties to St. Maximilian they were allowed to be married there which is pretty unique! They celebrated their reception at the stunning Cuneo Mansion which is the same venue where My Best Friend’s Wedding was filmed! The grounds are so beautiful there – I could have photographed them for hours!

Nicole’s elegant long sleeve wedding gown and the groom’s Armani black tuxedo were something out of a fairytale. The ladies wore long pink bridesmaid dresses and carried gorgeous white and pink floral bouquets. Nicole and Jerry each chose to gift each other a little something special before the ceremony. I love when my couples do this! Jerry surprised Nicole with a beautiful green lady bug from Tiffany & Co. Nicole shared with me that ladybugs remind her of her father who passed away from cancer 2 years ago. So now, every time she sees a ladybug she smiles and thinks of him. Since her father could not be with her on her wedding day, Nicole’s godfather walked her down the aisle and also shared a first dance with her at the reception. It left the whole room in tears because during that dance, Nicole’s mother surprised everyone with some audio from an old home video that included Nicoles’ dad’s voice saying how much he loved her. That was just the first of many surprises that night! After that, another emotional dance was shared between Nicole and her mom. Nicole surprised her mom with her own audio recording telling her mom how much she loved and appreciated everything she’s done for her. The bride also surprised the groom and all of her guests with a Frank Sinatra singer named Antonio Duca. He was incredible! It was truly an amazingly beautiful and sentimental night filled with so many people who love Nicole and Jerry. Below are some of my favorites from their day!

Bright pink walls frame this gorgeous venue Gorgeous overlay of the brides ring with the grooms Bride is photographed opening the lady bug gift The bride's beautiful watch Groom prepares himself for the day ahead Bride is escorted down the aisle by her grandfather Jerry prepares himself for the exciting day ahead Couple marries at the National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe at Marytown Beautiful lace sleeves on this bride's gown Inside The National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe at Marytown Bride and Groom exchange wedding bands Couple is announced man & wife Bride and Groom exit the shrine as man and wife Beautiful portraits of this bride and groom Beautiful outdoor grounds at the Cuneo Mansion Photogenic bride and groom pose in the entryway The groom's Armani suit set the black tie affair on fire The bridesmaids wore long pink gowns Gorgeous wedding portraits of the bride and groom Bride and her bridesmaid line up perfectly outside the venue

Bride and groom walk and pose around the grounds Beautiful white roses filled every table Bride and groom snuggle up under the veil The stairs and outdoor area of the property are to die for Groomsmen pose looking dapper head to toe Light pink bridesmaid gown captured with link pink floral Family bonding moment Beautiful bridal bouquet Ivy walls for a beautiful background Classic table setting Paul Windsor Orchestra Beautiful tiered cake Beautiful moment between the newly joined family Live band throughout the event Cheers among the guests Bride and groom share a speech Mother and daughter shared a special dance Great orchestra performance Nicole's grandfather shared this dance with her Bride and groom sit happily at head table Beautiful outdoor terrace



Reception Venue – Loyola at Cuneo Mansion and Gardens
Ceremony Venue – National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe at Marytown
Videography – Delack Media Group
Catering – Bella Via Restaurant
Singer/Entertainer – Antonio Duca Crooner
Band – Paul Windsor Orchestra
Violinists – Rockford Symphony Orchestra
Gift from Jerry – Tiffany & Co. ring
Bride’s Accessories – Fallon Jewelry, NADRI, Inc.
Dance floor/Backdrop/Lighting/Linens/Chargers – SATIN CHAIR
Makeup – Makeup by Laura
Florals: Nicole Romano, Carl Ambruoso, Gloria Rojas, and Kennicott Chicago
Bridesmaid Gowns: Xscape Evenings from Nordstrom & Lord and Taylor
Cake – Oak Mill Bakery
Groom’s Tuxedo and Shoes – Armani
Groomsmen’s Tuxedos: Lorenzo’s Formalwear
Bride’s wedding gown: Evas Bridal InternationalAutumn silk bridal Swarovski Crystal
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmychoo
Bride’s hairpiece: Brides and Hairpins
Veil – Toni Federici Veils
Second Photographer – Janet


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