April 23, 2020
From flirty Facebook messages in high school, to marriage vows in front of friends and family! Megan and Andrew celebrated their St. Alphonsus Chicago wedding in early November.
These two are prom dates-turned-college sweethearts-turned-successful power couple in downtown Chicago. Megan and Andrew became friends in high school, and grew in love throughout college. They spent a few years in a long-distance relationship (including Megan’s 6 months studying abroad in Spain!), then started life together in Chicago in 2017. Andrew proposed to Megan at the ZooLights display at Lincoln Park Zoo in December. After celebrating with loved ones over the holidays, they planned their November wedding!
For couples who love bright, natural light photos, there’s an art to planning the wedding day timeline to achieve that style.
Megan and Andrew married on November 10, right after Daylight Savings Time ended. Their Catholic Mass ceremony was scheduled from 1:30-2:30, and sunset was at 4:30. Megan and Andrew also chose not to do a first look (which was so worth it – don’t miss Andrew’s sweet reaction during the ceremony!). Because their wedding involved travel through downtown Chicago, we knew we could be tight on portrait time. Here’s how I helped them plan a timeline for the photos they wanted!
Each of these choices was crucial to giving us enough time for natural light photos with the full wedding party AND Megan and Andrew before sunset.
Megan and Andrew got ready for their day at the Holiday Inn Merchandise Mart in River North. After a relaxed morning surrounded by bridesmaids, groomsmen, and family, we headed to St. Alphonsus in Lakeview for their ceremony. Emotions ran high throughout their heartfelt ceremony, that included their priest from their childhood church.
After a lively bubble exit and a few quick portraits in front of the iconic blue door at St. Alphonsus, we headed downtown to the Wrigley Building for more photos. Chicago looked beautiful, newly adorned with twinkle lights and red Christmas bows!
After tear-jerking toasts from parents and friends, Megan and Andrew danced the night away in the ballroom of the Holiday Inn Merchandise Mart!
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