I cannot wait to share these photos from Chelsey and Mike’s Wedding day. I first photographed the two of them in Chicago about this time last year and it was easily one of my most favorite Chicago Sessions ever. Chelsey is sweet, stylish, and artistic and I knew that her day would be stunning. And it was! Mike is a super nice guy and his love for and support of Chelsey is evident. While their day was beautiful and filled with lots of love from family and friends, it was not without it’s challenges. It happened to take place on one of the hottest and stormiest days of the year (after months of almost no rain mind you.) But Chelsey and Mike were troopers and handled it pretty well.
I was so happy to have friend and fellow photographer Kaia Calhoun along for the day and she helped me tremendously when things got a bit chaotic due to last minute changes, etc… Wedding days are pretty fast paced and crazy for the photographer anyway, with very little time to sit down or pause. But this day was particularly challenging and Kaia pulled more than her “2nd Photographer” weight for me. I was so appreciative of her help. Plus, she just does beautiful work. She shot all of the Men’s Getting Ready and Groomsmen Photos as well as some of the other photos that I have noted below.
Their entire day was held at The Abbey on Lake Geneva, which I had photographed at before. I was very excited to be back there since I love the grounds and vintage feel of the facilities.
While everyone prepped, storms were looming and it was constantly sprinkling. Discussions were had about what the Plan B would be since the Ceremony was to take place outside.
The guys obviously did some amateur weather forecasting while waiting…
Then consulted the pros. And it was bad news.
Not a sight that a couple wants to see on their wedding day (although legend has it that rain on the big day is lucky.)
Everyone still had a great attitude though and just rolled with the punches.
One of my favorite moments of the day was this moment with Chelsey’s family and friends. Part prayer and part “Go Team”, it was so awesome to see everyone coming around her and giving her support and love.
Oh my were the kiddos so cute!!
*Both Kids Down the Aisle photos by Kaia
Because the Ceremony had to be shifted indoors at the last minute, it was incredibly cramped. In case you were wondering, “how close does one have to be in order to be “up in someone’s grill?” That’d be this close. THIS. CLOSE.
As a photographer, I am supposed to blend in and be as discrete as possible. I am NOT used to being this close to the bride and groom during the ceremony. But we worked it out. And they were once again, say it with me now, troopers.
*Thanks to Kaia for the lovely photo below, as well as half of the details shots in the 2 collages below.
It stopped raining just in time for outside photos which I know made Chelsey very happy and relieved (me too.)
I’m so in love with the following portrait of Chelsey along with so many of their portraits together. I think they just radiate happiness.
*The four photos below were shot by Kaia
Lovely Mother/Son photo shot by Kaia
One of the sweetest things I’ve seen at a wedding was their Mother Daughter Dance. I was pretty much in tears. Thanks to Kaia for getting this lovely shot.
And, I’ll end with this super awesome dance floor shot. This right here is why I love photographing the reception so much. Young and Old letting loose is what it’s all about.
Thank you so much Chelsey and Mike for allowing me to photograph your day!