Typically I’m not a fan of second reception dresses, because according to my logic, I’d want to wear my wedding dress for as long as possible, but in this case, I’m totally for it; One, because the first dress is an altered version of the bride’s mother’s dress, and two, because the second one is just fabulous. The dresses are just the beginning of awesome components to Shauna and Mike’s Chicago celebration, including a heartfelt ceremony, the bride’s gorgeous wrist flower, and the delicious looking cupcakes!
From the Photographer:
There are so many things that I love about this wedding, and about Shauna and Mike. I could tell from our very first meeting how very much in love they are. And not just giddy joyful love, but committed, lifetime love. It’s so beautiful to see. I had so much fun with them during their engagement pictures, I just knew the wedding was just going to be awesome. That love is the most important part, but there are SO many little details about their wedding that I just can’t help but share a few that I am so excited about. When I found out Shauna and Mike were getting married in a beer garden, I did a little happy dance. Then Shauna told me she was going to wear her mother’s wedding dress altered for the ceremony and a Badgley Mischka party dress for the reception!!! Then she wore one beautiful huge flower around her wrist instead of carrying a huge bouquet. And Mike walks in for the first look with a bow-tie on! Not only do Shauna & Mike clearly have such fun taste, but they’re so laid back (which is wonderful all the time, but especially on your wedding day!). It was raining when I arrived at the Westin so Shauna coolly decided to do the first look in their suite. I think it worked out beautifully, and then thank heavens the skies closed long enough for us to get some beautiful portraits outside. It rained again when we arrived for the ceremony, so again, totally calmly she pushed back the ceremony for 30 minutes. Hello cocktail hour before and after the ceremony! These two couldn’t be any more fun. And then it stopped raining again! They were able to be married outside, and enjoy a beautiful evening.