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This wedding is just plain pretty. But one thing I love is the story behind the ceremony location: This is the church where Rose and Casey Wenc, Michael’s Grandparents, currently belong. In addition to Michael’s family being actively involved in the church, this is also where Diane and Mike Wenc, Michael’s Parents, were married on May 24th 1981. I love that there is legacy and family behind the space where Emily and Michael united themselves. And as if the lovely images weren’t enough, we also have their video to feature by Captured in Frames!

From the Bride:

Michael and I met as students at Northern Illinois University, through mutual friends. Michael belonged to a fraternity and I belonged to a sorority. We met only a few months before Michael graduated; I still had another year ahead of me.When it came time for him to graduate, we decided to continue seeing each other even though I’d be living in La Grange Park and him in Bartlett.

So Michael landed a job at CDW downtown (was commuting from Bartlett) and I was commuting to Columbia. We continued dating ‘long distance’ only seeing each other on the weekends and occasional week nights in the city after work.

After doing that for about 2 years, we decided to move in together in Lincoln Park. We just loved the city life and decided to make it our home. We lived in a condo we were renting for a year and then decided to buy a condo in Wicker Park together. After living there for about a year we got engaged.

We got engaged on August 4th 2011, and married exactly a year later on August 4th, 2012. We had gone out to a dinner and comedy show downtown on a Thursday night. This is very common for us, we love trying new places and exploring Chicago. Once we got home, Michael left to get ready for bed, but I noticed it was taking a little long…when I went to go look for him, I found him on our back patio with tea light candles lit to spell “Will You Marry Me.” Of course I said yes and along with many happy tears, we called our family and friends.

The funny part about this story is that in our excitement and after I said yes, we just left the candles lit outside while we went in to call our family. About an hour later we realized we left the candles… most of them had blown out but some had actually burned holes through our new Crate & Barrel outdoor rug ($$$) and new wood patio!!! To this day, every time we see the burn marks, we think of the wonderful night we got engaged.

Photographer: Miller + Miller Photography / Ceremony Venue: St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church / Reception Venue: Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center / Groom’s Attire: Macy's / Bride’s Dress: Luna Novias / Bridal Salon: The Dress by Nicole / Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade / Hair/ Makeup: The Circle Salon / Flowers & Decor: Belmonte's Florist / Band: Greenlight Band-Rendezvous Music / Cinemetographer: Captured in Frames

One Comment

  1. Emily & Michael Wenc
    2:55 pm on August 20th, 2013

    Thank you for sharing our wedding story!! This brings back so many wonderful memories!

    Emily + Michael