When I walked into Caitlin and Steven’s home on their wedding day, I knew the day was going to be absolutely beautiful. Caitlin chose to get ready in the home they had purchased, where they poured they heart, soul and talent into renovating a gorgeous older home just outside of the city. I always tell my Brides where they get ready sets the tone for the entire day. It’s where they go from being a fiancé to a Bride just before getting married, and where all the detail photographs are captured. Charming character and love filled their beautiful fixer upper, and Caitlin glowed.
After meeting in Wicker Park, and falling in love with one another, Steven planned the perfect trip for a romantic get-a-way. Caitlin was already looking forward to sun, sand, Mai Tais and spending some much needed R&R time at the pool. When they landed and got to their hotel in south Florida, Caitlin wanted to get in her swimming suit, and head down to the pool. Steven agreed, but was very eager to get to dinner later that night at 7pm SHARP. He wanted to make sure they wouldn’t miss the sunset on their first night there. That night, the two got ready, went to dinner and walked to the beach that was right in front of their hotel. Hand in hand, Steven kept walking back and forth… back and forth. After a few minutes, Caitlin sweetly suggested walking further out; but Steven had plans of his own.
All of a sudden, Steven threw their sandals down, got down on one knee, and Caitlin says, “asked me to marry him in the sweetest way possible.” She happily accepted his proposal and a short while later, a bed of roses and candles spelled out on the sand “WILL YOU MARRY ME?” That night, they celebrated getting engaged twice and spent the rest of their trip relaxing in the Florida sun, sand, Mai Tais, and daydreaming of the wedding they would be planning.
Caitlin and Steven planned the most beautiful Fall Wedding. Besides being two of the kindest people I know, they surround themselves with family and friends who share the same traits. The love they share makes my job of photographing two beautiful souls fabulous. Enjoy some of my favorites throughout the day. XOXO
I arrived at their beautiful home to THIS.
Caitlin just glowed as she got ready to become a Bride.
After hair and makeup were done, she and her bridesmaids celebrated with some bubbly.
Mimosas with your best friends before getting into your gown? Yes, please.
Oh, Caitlin! You are stunning.
A true Daddy’s girl… her dad seeing her for the first time!
While the Bride got ready at the pair’s home, Steven got ready in a nearby hotel.
Nothing beats black tuxedos and bow ties.
Just before walking down the aisle, a groomsman brought a gift from her soon to be husband. A gorgeous bracelet.
A very happy groom <3
A wonderful moment where the father of the groom kisses his new daughter-in-laws hand. Swoon.
And, this is exactly WHY you should have a second shooter. Photo credit to the handsome, Peter.
After family portraits, we headed outside the church for portraits of the Bride and Groom.
After portraits outside the Church, we headed to River Forest Country Club for more pictures before their Reception began.
During cocktail hour, the Bride, Groom and Bridal Party gathered in a private room before joining the party. Oh, and I love when the Bridal Party has a little fun;)
For the first time… Mr. and Mrs. Taylor!
An epic First Dance!
After thoughtful toasts, Caitlin and her dad started the dancing off…
After a tough act to follow, Steven and his mom were up for the challenge.
Celebrating the night away!
I’ll end with this picture, because I think it sums of their love! <3
A special thank you to the following amazing creatives…
Wedding Coordinator | Hayes Anderson at River Forest Country Club
Hair | Michelle Dilacova
Makeup | Pati Cantu
Bridesmaid Dresses | Bill Levkoff
Baker | Delish Cakes
Florist | An English Garden
DJ | An Enchanted Evening
Videography | Wynn Films
Photography | Annie Steele Photography