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Matt & Emilee’s Wedding | Westin Chicago River North, Ascension Catholic Church, Galleria Marchetti – Chicago, IL

Chicago Wedding Photographer, Mary Beth Vreugdenhil, Simply Life Photography

Wedding Photography at Westin Chicago River North by simplylifephotography.comI’m so excited to show you this wedding – lovely and elegant every step of the way. Stay with me through this sure-to-be-very-long post – from the Westin Chicago River North Hotel to the Ascension Catholic Church in Oak Park, IL to the Chicago Riverwalk, to the gorgeous Galleria Marchetti. There were so many amazing people, stunning locations, and beautiful moments that I truly wish I could include every. single. thing.

The morning of the wedding gave us a little scare and definitely did not look like the photo above. Nope. It was raining cats and dogs. Not even sure why I bothered with hair and makeup as we were drenched just jumping into our Uber ride to the first venue. Let’s just say that many many prayers were sent heavenward that morning for clear skies! And bless it – blue sky and sunshine broke through about fifteen minutes before we started documenting the preparation at the Westin.

River North Hotel wedding by simplylifephotography.com Westin Chicago River North guest room wedding photography by simplylifephotography.com Westin River North wedding photographs by simplylifephotography.comThe area right outside the Westin Chicago River North Hotel was perfect for a few photos with all the girls before we hopped on a trolley to the church. And by the way – how gorgeous is Emilee?! I photographed her sister’s wedding about seven years ago and the minute Emilee contacted me I remembered her beautiful blond hair. Total hair envy.

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I adore this photo below of Emilee with her two sisters. It is evident these three share a very special bond. Plus – when your sisters pitch in to hold a reflector up for a wind screen while in dress & heels – you know they love you!

Westin Chicago River North wedding

River North Chicago IL wedding by simplylifephotography.com

Time for a trolley ride over to the church. I’ve photographed weddings in some pretty incredible locations and this one was the most beautiful church I’ve been in, hands down. Truly stunning.

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Chicago wedding photographer, Mary Beth Vreugdenhil, simplylifephotography.com

Ascension Catholic Church, Oak Park, IL Wedding

Ascension Catholic Church, Oak Park, IL Wedding

Ascension Catholic Church, Chicago, IL Wedding

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Michigan wedding photographer, simplylifephotography.com

Grand Rapids MI wedding photography

The moment a newly married couple walks down the isle and out the door is one of my favorites to capture. Congratulations Matt & Emilee!

West Michigan wedding photographer, Mary Beth Vreugdenhil, simplylifephotography.com

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Ascension Catholic Church, Oak Park, IL Wedding

What wonderful family and friends these two are blessed with!

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Ascension Catholic Church in Oak Park IL wedding

Ascension Catholic Church, Oak Park, IL Wedding

Back on the trolley – time for some fun photos in the city! Oh – and Mr. Best Man (aka the Groom’s brother) – your photo bombing skills are quite impressive. ::snicker:: 😉

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By this time I’m thinking how bummed I am that I left my fitbit at home. Photographing a gorgeous wedding party downtown Chicago while getting a million steps in? #winning

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Chicago Wedding River North, Chicago Riverwalk

Chicago Riverwalk Bride and Groom Photos
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And we are off to the reception at the Galleria Marchetti, Chicago IL. When a bride and groom combines a unique and beautiful venue like this one with incredible family & friends – they definitely have a night to remember.

wedding reception photographs by Simply Life Photography

You can never have too many photographs with your family and friends!

family and wedding photographer, Mary Beth Vreugdenhil, Simply Life Photography

Galleria Marchetti Wedding, Chicago IL, simplylifephotography.com

I have to give a shout out to my amazing friend and secondary photographer – Julie. Along with being a full-time 3rd grade teacher, she is my right hand at weddings and can seriously read. my. mind. (A pretty much impossible task – just ask my husband!) While I was in the reception tent capturing all the details, she surprised me by photographing these adorable kiddos. Maybe it is because we each have four children – but we definitely both have a soft spot for these little ones at weddings. Love!
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Time for some dinner and lots of DANCING!

wedding detail shots, flowers by Simply Life Photography

Grand Rapids MI wedding photography by simplylifephotography.com

Chicago Wedding Photographer, Mary Beth Vreugdenhil, Simply Life Photography

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Grand Rapids MI wedding photography by simplylifephotography.com

The father daughter dance was a surprise. As Emilee danced with her dad, other significant men in her life took turns cutting in. How sweet!

father daughter wedding dance, Galleria Marchetti

Chicago Wedding Photographer, Mary Beth Vreugdenhil, Simply Life Photography

Wedding Reception at Galleria Marchetti, Chicago IL

Seven years since their wedding and still as sweet a couple as ever. Nick & Monica – it was so nice to see you again and your little girl is precious!

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If your new wife looked like Emilee – you’d hold her waist tush like that too – just sayin’. So cute.

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And I’ll give you all one guess what song this dance is to. If you haven’t been to a wedding in a while, (especially one where the Jr. Bridesmaid and flower girls beg the DJ) ask a friend.

Wedding Reception at Galleria Marchetti, Chicago IL

Grand Rapids MI wedding photography by simplylifephotography.com

Wedding Reception at Galleria Marchetti, Chicago IL

Matt & Emilee – Thank you so much for choosing us to photograph your wedding. We loved spending the day with you!

~ Mary Beth and Julie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Monica - Mary Beth & Julie – you outdid yourselves again. These pictures are fantastic! You captured everything so well and Emmy and Matt look stunning.

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