I had been anxiously awaiting McKenna and Matt’s wedding day for months. I knew we were “meant to be” after our first meeting together, but ever since their engagement session at the Adler Planetarium, I couldn’t wait to get these two in front of my camera again! Matt and McKenna are amazing in every way and are some of the sweetest people to be around. McKenna’s smile and laugh is so contagious and I just love watching the way Matt looks at her. Being able to capture the beginning of their marriage was truly an honor. They were married on April 28th at the St Joseph Chapel at the University of St Francis and ended the celebrtion at the stunning Patrick C Haley Mansion in Joliet, IL.
As I walked into McKenna’s parent’s home that morning, McKenna was getting her hair done and I greeted her with a big hug! She already had an array of stunning details waiting for me to choose from … Badgley Mischka heels, pink Coco Chanel perfume, a ring box, and so much more! Swoon! Her bridesmaids were getting ready downstairs in beautiful matching floral robes and sipping champagne out of the cutest gold glittered champagne glasses. Also accompanying them were two adorable dogs so, naturally, I was in heaven. I loved the blush bridesmaid dresses that the ladies wore and the rose and hydrangea floral bouquets they carried. Waiting for us to arrive to the chapel were Matt and his handsome groomsmen in their black tuxes. The chapel was decorated beautifully with white ribbon and greenery, and there was a pianist playing music. During the ceremony, McKenna’s grandfather sang a special song for the newly married couple and it was so precious to watch! Every second of this wedding was filled with love and joy, and it couldn’t have been a better one to start my wedding season off with! Congratulations Mr and Mrs Shine!
Ceremony Venue: St. Joseph Chapel at the University of St. Francis
Reception Venue: Patrick C Haley Mansion
Florist: Donna Figora
DJ: Steve with Admit One DJs
Tuxes: Calvin Klein from Men’s Warehouse
Cake and Catering: Patrick C Haley Mansion
Hair: Angie Seiler
Trolley: The Trolly Car and Bus Company