Stephanie + Andy, the reception

Yesterday, I posted about Stephanie and Andy’s ceremony. Today, I’m posting all about the reception.

All photos by Paul Yamashiro.

For the escort card, the bride chose some flowers emerged in water with floating candles on top.


A DIY Queen, Stephanie made all of the escort cards. I loved the flowers attached to the corner of each card.


Guests enjoyed the cocktail hour on the balcony.


The couple made their guestbook with photos from their life together.


The ballroom looked stunning, as always.


The room is all set before the guests arrive.


Stephanie DIY her menus using a similar paper to the programs.


A view of the room from one of the tables.


An aerial shot of a table.

The couple’s Sweetheart Table was so cute!


I love all of the details.


The bride looks down and waves to guests that are arriving.


The Cake Girls made a stunning modern fondant cake.


I have to admit that although the wedding cake was beautiful, it was the groom’s cake that stole the show.
The groom trades corn, so it was the PERFECT cake and a huge hit.


Dancing all night! The guests filled the classic black and white dance floor.

Everyone remained energized by the late night snacks!


Guests took home a bag of Garrett’s Popcorn as their favor!


Congratulations Stephanie + Andrew!! I had so much fun working with the both of you!

Stephanie + Andy

Stephanie was an organized bride. It’s such a relief when you have a bride that fills out your spreadsheets and sends you lists of things to be done. As her Day of Coordinator, I appreciated it immensely. And she was very lucky, she had a perfect wedding day. It helped that all of her vendors were top notch.

All photos by Paul Yamashiro.

Isn’t she adorable? I kept wanting to pick her and her little brother up the entire day. I love babies.


The gentleman walked over from the Westin to the church.


The bride and her maids followed once the groom was out of sight.
The girls, of course, got a lot more attention than the guys!


Stephanie made the best looking DIY programs to date.
She found this gorgeous thick paper as the cover and then used ribbons to tie them together.


The bride walks with her father to the church.


The church is gorgeous.


The bride had a cord and veil ceremony to celebrate her Filipino heritage.


After the ceremony, the girls stood by while the bride and groom took photos.

Forth Presbyterian allows for some gorgeous photos.


The couple took some lovely photos together.


This one is my favorite!


The newlyweds radiate happiness.


I’ll be back tomorrow to post photos of their reception.

Future Real Weddings

I promise, more real wedding posts are to come! Until then, check out some recent blog posts by photographers about our brides.



Meredith and Jeremy had a gorgeous wedding at St. Michael’s before heading to what looks to be a fabulous party at the Chicago History Museum. The photographer, Joy Marie, took some fabulous photos that really capture the spirit of the wedding.

Paul Yamashiro did a post about a recent couple, Stephanie and Andy. The couple was married at Forth Presbyterian and then had the celebration at the Art Institute Ballroom. I can’t wait to see the rest of the photos! Until then, read Paul’s post.