June 1, 2015

Jenn & Bryan :: Evanston Wedding

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You know what they say: it’s good luck if it rains on your wedding day. But let’s be honest–that doesn’t really make anyone feel better, especially brides.

Jenn and Bryan were married this past Saturday in Evanston. You remember Saturday, right? It’s the day when the skies open, the streets flooded, and the temperature dropped 30 degrees.

When brides reach out to me and say that rain is forecasted for their big day, I usually say, “Oh, don’t worry! It can’t rain ALL day. We’ll get a window in which to get outside and take some photos.” Well, y’all, apparently it CAN rain the whole day, and it did this past Saturday.

I knew it was going to be pretty bad heading into Jenn and Bryan’s wedding, and, to be honest, I was STRESSED. I don’t really stress that much about shooting weddings (after all, I’ve been doing it for 10 years), but I do stress about making sure I deliver what my couples expect. I want them to have photos that they love, and I take that responsibility very seriously. So, when I know it is going to be difficult to get great photos, I start to worry. And I knew Jenn had hoped to walk to Northwestern’s beautiful campus for portraits.

When I walked into Jenn’s hotel room Saturday afternoon, I braced myself. To my surprise, however, Jenn was completely calm. Did she wish the rain would be replaced with clear skies and sunshine? Of course. However, she didn’t show it, and she didn’t freak out. She made peace with the hand we were dealt, and she was a total sport for the entire day. I can’t even tell you how big of a difference that made in my ability to make the best of a not-so-great weather situation.

So, we took photos under the awning of the hotel. And, when we realized we had an extra hour to kill, Jenn, Bryan, and I jumped into a car and drove down to the Alice Millar Chapel, where I knew we’d have some natural light and a little rain coverage. It rained sideways the whole time. Like, we had one of those comical scenes where our umbrella turned inside out, but–once again–Bryan and Jenn were calm, cool, and collected.

I’ve written a lot, but what I meant to write was this: THANK YOU, Jenn and Bryan. Thank you for being kind and considerate. Thank you for making sure that I was okay, too. Thank you for realizing that, no matter how much it poured, Saturday was YOUR day–and you should bask in the beauty that is your marriage to one another!

I hope you love these sneak peeks (which I’m posting right before you to jet off to Rome).

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Happy to have captured so many smiles and laughs!

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Brides are always SO excited to get dressed–and Jenn was no different!

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A couple sweet snaps from a windy–but lovely–first look.

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What? There is a monsoon happening two feet away? You’d never know. Look at these two!

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An emotional start to the ceremony.

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…but don’t worry! There were still more laughs.

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Married!

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A couple shots from the first dance!

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It’s no secret that Bryan doesn’t like to be the center of the attention. So, when the first dance ended–and he had survived most of the big events of the day–he had to celebrate!

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I just love how sweet and quiet this kiss is.

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