April 5, 2016   |   Photographers, wedding

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My first wedding of the year is always an exciting one, and Claire and Max were the perfect couple to kick off my 2016 wedding season!

From the second we met, sharing a beer at Hopleaf, one of my favorite neighborhood bars, I knew they’d be great to work with. They kept describing their wedding as a “big party where there happen to be some vows being exchanged.” And that’s exactly what it was!

They got married at the W–Lakeshore this past Saturday. It was one of the wackiest weather days I’ve seen, yet. There was snow. Then rain. Then sunshine. Then snow. Then more rain. Well, you get the idea!

When I arrived, Claire said she didn’t want her day to be “weather dependent.” So, we opted to stay on site for photos, only dashing outside for a quick 10-15 minutes–just the three of us! But those 10-15 minutes were magical! There were snow flurries and near-empty streets. We got a lot of goodness in that short time, and I’m glad they were troopers, willing to take some photos in the freezing cold weather.

Here are some sneak peeks from Claire and Max’s day!

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Oh, look! Sunshine!

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Claire’s girls were so excited for her. They were a small, sweet bunch!

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We managed to score a private suite for a few photos, thanks to Jessie Pare, the W’s wedding coordinator extraordinaire. This suite + Claire’s style = PERFECTION.

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I love how vintage chic she looked!

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I also love the way Max is looking at his wife-to-be, here.

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They wanted to do this silly photo, which they were recreating from a previous moment, and I love that this biker happened by.

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Cute AND sexy!

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Like everything else, Claire and Max wanted a relaxed, casual approach to photos with their friends and family.

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The ceremony, which happened AFTER everyone had enjoyed cocktail hour, was impromptu but intimate.

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…and funny.

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Married!

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I love this sweet moment with the couple and some close friends, one of whom officiated their ceremony.

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The reception was basically one long concert. Max is a musician and had friends do the entertainment. There were TWO bands–and a DJ! Everyone had a blast.

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