It was a gorgeous, April day when Amanda and Todd were married! The sun shined and was slowly setting into the Chicago skyline when vows and tears were exchanged on the upper deck of The Odyssey at Navy Pier in downtown Chicago. Todd’s sweet kids served as the bridesmaid and groomsman as promises were made as a couple in love, and as a family. Family smiled on, and celebration ensued the rest of the evening when the boat set sail in Lake Michigan after the I DOs.
When I arrived in the early afternoon to The W hotel where the beautiful Bride-to-be was; she was in true Amanda form. Calm and cool, happy and excited as she finished her hair and make-up. When I hugged her, I knew in an instant how happy she was and excited to begin this wonderful chapter in her life. You see, I met Amanda a little over 12 years ago as a freshman in College at Northern Illinois University. We became friends, then roommates for a few years, and some of my best memories of college include her and her infectious laugh, watching Jack Bauer in 24, and maybe even slipping through a couple of fences in the early morning hours, making snow angels on the 50 yard line of the Huskies Football Stadium. Like I said, that may have happened;)
Amanda + Todd, What an honor it was capturing your special and gorgeous day! I adore the love that you have for one another, and the way Todd looks at you. It was an honor to be among your family as you vowed your lives together forever. We wish you a lifetime of happiness, health, and wonderful adventures! Much love, Annie
Enjoy some of my favorites!
The STUNNING dress just before the Bride got dressed
Amazing light is located The W!
Amanda… you are STUNNING. Inside and Out, truly!
The Bride + Groom to be decided to do a FIRST LOOK! It made for the perfect way to start an amazing day!
Right after, Family came in to see the beautiful pair!
So much love going on in the Bride + Groom’s suite!
Taking in the moment right before leaving for The Odyssey
Transportation provided by a horse and carriage ride!
Getting excited to get married!
A stop at Millennium Park provided some pretty amazing views!
Love the small details!
Arriving at Navy Pier and the moments leading up to the I DOs
Amanda is a financial planner and has her Masters in Accounting. If that doesn’t work out for her, she has a bright future in Invitation making;)
Boarding to get MARRIED!
Such a sweet moment!
Todd’s brother Married the Bride + Groom…and it was the perfect ceremony!
Congratulations you two! XOXO
A Special Thank you to the Creative Teams
Ceremony + Reception: The Odyssey
Hotel Accommodations: The W Hotel
Hair + Make-up: The very talented Bride
Honeymoon: Dominican Republic
Photography: Annie Steele Photography