Sheila + Michael | Wedding at St. Ignatius College Prep, Chicago

Sheila and Michael hosted one of the most beautiful weddings imaginable. The event was surrounded with grand architecture, from the arched ceiling of Holy Family Parish to the stunning courtyard and ballroom of St. Ignatius College Prep. Not to mention the Eiffel tower ice sculpture (Sheila and Michael were engaged in Paris) and largest dessert table I’ve ever seen. Love love love.

This wedding was also particularly special for me because I had help from one of the most amazing people I know. Stephanie Zilles and I went to high school together in DeWitt, Michigan, and we were always coming up with crafty ideas in our independent study art class (we had lots of fun with screen printing and other random materials). She lives in Arkansas now, but she was in Chicago for this wedding, and it was such a delight! I wish you lived in Michigan, Steph! We’d be a little dream team.

Sheila and Michael—thank you for letting us be a part of your wedding day. And Michael, I’ve never seen such an impressive mother, son dance. Maybe it’s time for me to get back to dance lessons!

If you were a guest at the wedding, you can view the wedding gallery and order prints in my shop (the password is the bride’s maiden name, all lowercase).

Allie Siarto Photography, Lansing Wedding Photographers

Stephanie grabbed the shot of the perfume below on the left and the fun detail shot of the bridesmaid’s shoes below while I was with Sheila. Teamwork for the win!

wedding shoes by Allie Siarto Photography, Lansing Wedding Photographers

bridesmaids' shoes by Allie Siarto Photography, Lansing Wedding Photographers

hairspray the veil by Allie Siarto Photography, Lansing Wedding Photography

bride getting ready, by Allie Siarto Photography, Lansing Wedding Photographers

Stephanie also snapped the detail photo below on the right and stayed with Sheila and the bridesmaids on the limo bus while I ran over to the church to get some shots with the guys. Love that lace.

bridal portraits by Allie Siarto Photography, Lansing Wedding Photography

Arriving at the church, by Allie Siarto Photography, Lansing Wedding Photographers

Wedding flowers, by Allie Siarto Photography, Lansing Wedding Photographers

bride enters the church, by Allie Siarto Photography, Lansing Wedding Photographers

Down the aisle, by Allie Siarto Photography, Lansing Wedding Photographers

Holy Family Church, Chicago by Allie Siarto Photography, Lansing Wedding Photographers

Ring Exchange, by Allie Siarto Photography, Lansing Wedding Photographers

More teamwork below—I stayed near the front of the aisle, while Stephanie stayed back (right shot).

Just married, by Allie Siarto Photography, Lansing Wedding Photographers

wedding portraits by Allie Siarto Photography, Lansing Wedding Photographers

Reception at St. Ignatius by Allie Siarto Photography, Lansing Wedding Photographers

Wedding reception in the courtyard of St. Ignatius, by Allie Siarto Photography, Lansing Wedding Photographers

Wedding reception in the courtyard of St. Ignatius, by Allie Siarto Photography, Lansing Wedding Photographers

bustling the dress, by Allie Siarto Photography, Lansing Wedding Photographers

Wedding seating at St. Ignatius, by Allie Siarto Photography, Lansing Wedding Photographers

wedding cupcakes and desserts, by Allie Siarto Photography, Lansing Wedding Photographers

First dance, by Allie Siarto Photography, Lansing Wedding Photographers

 

 

Going Retro

My family doesn’t do “normal” weddings. We all went a bit retro for my brother’s vow renewal with his wife last Friday. Jeff and I took kind of an early 60s approach, but many of the guests went for a late 60s approach (two very different styles).

Speaking of the early 60s, I just saw the movie The Help last night, and I sniffled my way through it. So good—I recommend it! But read the book first. Movies are never quite the same.

Mad Men Styled Shoot (wedding guest)

Jeff and Allie go retro

Renee and Joe | Beloved

I absolutely adore this couple. Renee and Joe have been married for two years, and it was so much fun to watch them interact—from laughing hysterically to sentimental moments. Renee and Joe, thank you for being so genuine. It was great to see you in Chicago!

Renee and Joe Beloved Session, Chicago

Renee and Joe Beloved Session, Chicago

Renee and Joe, Chicago beloved session

Renee and Joe, Chicago beloved session

Renee and Joe, Chicago beloved session

Renee and Joe, Chicago beloved session

Renee and Joe, Chicago beloved session

Renee and Joe, Chicago beloved session

Renee and Joe, Chicago beloved session

A Whirlwind Week

10 days. 900 miles. Two cities. Two weddings. Four couples. Three incredible assistant photographers. Eight coffee shops (countless cups of coffee and tea). Hundreds of amazing moments. Much more to come.

Chicago and Milwaukee weddings and engagement sessions

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