Pam & Brian were married during my absolute favorite time of year, cherry blossom season, in mid-spring. Here in Portland the streets are lined up with pretty white and pink flowering trees and it just seems so magical… the start of the new year’s life cycle with a hint of summer in the air. The perfect setting for a wedding!
We started our day with Pam’s family as she got ready in her parent’s Naperville home. I adore the beginning of a wedding day because the air is filled with nervous excitement and poignant moments with close friends and family. Plus, I get to see the DRESS and the SHOES. I’m such a girlie-girl in that way. I am always buzzing with joy waiting to see the beautiful bride buttoned up in her stunning wedding gown. Pam did not disappoint. Her dress was classically unique and complemented her frame perfectly. Pam looked amazing!
Once the gals were ready, they jumped in their limo and headed off to Cantigny Gardens where they met up with Brian and the groomsmen. Brian and Pam choose to see each other for the first time amongst the grand weeping willow trees that line the front lawn. They shared a private moment alone soaking up the overwhelming emotions that came with their wedding day. We always encourage our couples to have a “first look” before the ceremony for a variety of reasons but the most important reason is it slows down the day so there is more time for fun and photographs. It definitely helped them relieve some of the anticipation and relax too.
After spending some time in the park taking portraits we headed to Holy Apostle Greek Orthodox Church in Winchester, IL for their traditional Greek Orthodox ceremony and then to Cog Hill Country Club for their wedding reception. Their reception was elegantly designed with lavender and candle lit lanterns. The decor was simple and sophisticated and the party was full of traditional Greek dances and modern beats. We had a blast as always and it was such an honor to spend the day with such lovely people. We hope you enjoy the highlights!