From the moment I met Cris, I knew I HAD to work with her! She is the definition of a fabulous woman! I met Cris at my usual “client meeting office” aka Starbucks. She was so sweet! You know how when you go on a really great date and you come home you just can’t stop talking about how great things went? Well, it was just like that. After we left Starbucks I could not stop telling Colby how excited I was that she hired me. She is super fabulous! She’s a lawyer, loves to talk, and has a super big personality! I so wanted to go home and brag on twitter that she was going to be the best bride ever, but I didn’t want to hurt my other bride’s feelings…. But she was the best bride ever! I’ve never shot a wedding/reception where I was forced to eat barbeque, mingle with family, play games, have unlimited sodas, dress casually, and best yet, where my super noticeable bright pink and orange flip flops. Well… I did second shoot for a photographer where I got to where my pink and orange flip flops at the reception (my shoes were digging blisters into my feet and I had brought my flip flops to wear between the wedding and reception), but that’s beside the point. We were treated like golden family and had a blast. Ok, I guess I should structure this blog entry a little better…. Here goes….
Pat and Cris met on a single’s cruise (although I heard something about them meeting at a Cub’s game) and were the only success story of the cruise. The wedding started off at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church here in Joliet (literally a 5 minute drive away). We arrived about 45 minutes early and met Pat for the first time. Later I met Deb and Vince, the maid of honor and best man, and before we knew it, Cris was there and the show began. The mass was beautiful (although I wish these amazing churches had air conditioning… I am so spoiled). Cris surprised Pat and had a bag piper come down the aisle and escort them down the aisle after the ceremony. After the mass we headed to Bicentennial Park for pictures. Then we had about 2 hours before the reception started so we went home and changed. Cris said we wouldn’t be allowed at the reception if we were still dressed up, so, what can I say? Cris is the boss! So we changed into our comfy clothes and shoes. The only problem is I was super tired from all the house drama from this past week (see my blog entry from a few days ago) that I HAD to go to Starbucks. So we hit up Starbucks on the way to Shorewood for the reception (grandecaramel macchiato with an extra shot of espresso!). The reception was held at Hammel Woods Forest Preserve. It was, again, fabulous! Cris’s brother bbq’d up some DELICIOUS ribs! Literally fall off the bone, incredibly seasoned ribs. There was also hamburgers and hot dogs. It was such a fun, family oriented reception. Everyone had a great time!
Cris and Pat, Colby and I truly enjoyed working with you both. This was an amazing wedding and surely stands out among them. You made us feel like part of your family and we couldn’t have had a better time. Thanks for being so fabulous!
Here are some sneak peak photos from the wedding 🙂
Jen Shannon Photography, Chicago Wedding Photographer