Here I thought it would be extremely hard to write a wedding blog about a wedding I didn’t actually get to photograph, but after looking through the images and living the story through photos, it actually made me feel like I was right alongside Jenny and Nick the entire day. I may have cried once or twice while looking through them but then smiled a giant smile when I saw how incredibly happy they both looked.
Jenny and Nick were a couple I was absolutely ecstatic to work with when they asked me to photograph their big day over a year ago. I had met them at Emma and Chase’s destination wedding in Florida and knew they were my people. I loved getting to travel to Chicago last Summer to photograph their engagement session. It was like seeing two old friends and exploring the city with not a care in the world. Never did I think about the year that would lie ahead of us and the difficulties we would face just trying to make their wedding day happen. Jenny and Nick were set to get married back in early April, just weeks after the world shut down and no one was in any position to host a wedding. We quickly had to switch gears and figure out what was next. Jenny and Nick tried to have a mid-Summer wedding, but found it just wasn’t possible in the state of things. Finally, they were able to settle on a September weekend, but unfortunately, I was already booked. My amazing friend, Jill Gum, another local and very talented photographer, actually stepped in and photographed Jenny and Nick’s beautiful day, allowing me the opportunity to edit and share all of these lovely images of the sweet newlyweds.
From Jill’s perspective the entire day was completely relaxed and so much fun. Jenny is the most caring person and she sought to make every single person have an amazing time. Nick was slightly on the nervous side, and when he finally got to see Jenny for the first time walking down the aisle he sunk into a big puddle of tears (this is the part of the photos I started to lose it). Jill also told me that she didn’t think Jenny and Nick would ever take their eyes off each other long enough to take some pictures. They were both infatuated with each other and so relieved to finally be celebrating their love.
Their wedding planner, Jamie Patarozzi, did an amazing job with every little detail, from their floral covered arch which Jenny and Nick got married under, to all of the beautiful decorations in the tent where they welcomed guests for an intimate reception. I was told that their toasts were so heartfelt and sweet. Especially Jenny’s dad who was giving away his only child that day, but was so proud of the man him and his wife were handing over to. Jenny and Nick finally got to share their first dance together as Mr. and Mrs. and greet the guests they always wanted to celebrate with. With the intimacy of their reception they got to sit and speak with each table and truly get to nurture relationships which were already so important to them.
Judging by the amazing photographs that Jill and second shooter Angela took, Jenny and Nick’s wedding day looked absolutely amazing. I am sad that I had to miss most of it, but so excited that they will have so many amazing photographs to remember the day by. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Selvaggio, I am wishing you many many years of love and happiness!
Venue: The Rail Golf Course
Wedding Planner: Jamie Patarozzi
Hair & Makeup: Eye Candy Salon & Spa
Rentals: Signature Event Rentals
Florist: True Colors Floral Artistry
Catering: 5 Flavors Catering
Bakery: Incredibly Delicious
Bride’s Dress: Pronovias
Bridesmaids Dresses: Brideside