Mariana + Matt – The Ceremony and Reception

Mariana and I met over lunch almost a year before her wedding. Like many of my brides, she was in control of all the planning, but wanted to be able to hand everything off for the day of the wedding and just enjoy being a bride. Perfect!

Cake Take the Cake
Ceremony Christ the Savior Church
Ceremony Chairs Classic Party Rentals
Cocktail and Reception Music Style Matters
Florist Golden Leaf
Hair and Makeup Mario Tricoci
Photographer Rachel Owen of Modern Image Studios
Reception Sofitel Hotel
Videographer Multihead Productions

All images by Rachel Owen of Modern Image Studios.

Mariana and her bridesmaids got ready in adjoining suites at the Sofitel. She left this note so the girls would know which door to use!


Putting the finishing touches on her ensemble. (I needed to get up on a chair for some height!)


Mariana was escorted down the aisle by her dad. The light in the church was so pretty.


Their sponsors took part in the Orthodox ceremony.


Chicago bridges are always popular photo locations.


I love the vibrant purples in Mariana’s bouquet.



The couple opted to sit with their immediate families at dinner.


They chose a classic song for their first dance: “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis.


Everyone loved posing in front of this great skyline painting.


In our next post, we’ll highlight some details from their wedding.

Sharon + Carlos

Sharon and Carlos were planning an elegant and sophisticated wedding, but they definitely wanted to have fun, too! Their wedding was a perfect blend of both – the dance floor was packed all night.

Band Latin Street Dancing

Cake Rolf’s Patisserie

Ceremony St. Ita’s

DJ ETV Productions

Florist Vale of Enna

Hair Alice Salazar

Makeup Nika Vaughan

Photo Booth The Traveling Photo Booth

Photographer Jeremy Lawson Photography

Reception Chicago Marriott O’Hare

Transportation The Trolley Car & Bus Company

Videographer Ben Mahoney Productions

All photographs by Jeremy Lawson.

All the girls got ready at the couple’s home. The lighting was perfect – a sunny day always helps get everyone excited!

The beautiful church where the ceremony was held.

Sharon and Carlos incorporated their Filipino and Cuban traditions into the ceremony.

After, they stopped at one of their favorite restaurants, 90 Miles, for a quick spin.


Jeremy always captures unusual and fun photos!


The Best Man signs the photo mat during cocktail hour. This is always a great keepsake for the bride and groom.


Sharing a slice of yummy cake.


Carlos and Sharon thanked all of their guests who traveled from all over the country, and kicked off the party.


Though many of my brides no longer toss the bouquet, I think it can be a lot of fun with the right crowd. Sharon seems to agree!


Leading the way onto the dance floor!



Tomorrow, I’ll feature some of the details from their wedding.