What an amazing wedding this was!
Vel had dreamed of a magical winter wedding in Chicago and her dream came true!
The lovely couple, both graduates of Saint Louis University, had enough snow to make it seem like winter but not too much to cause any travel problems for their family and guests.
By the time the reception started, the snow was coming down and created a painterly backdrop for their elegant wedding.
The couple stayed at the historic The Blackstone Hotel on South Michigan Avenue in Chicago. They got prepared for the ceremony — which was a Catholic Mass — at Our Lady of Mount Carmel on Belmont in Chicago. Then they had a brief (given the chill and fading light) bridal and bridal party portrait session that was fun despite the cold, near The Wrigley Building (Vel’s favorite Chicago building).
The reception was made extra special by the live music of the Blue Water Kings.
At midnight the party ended and the next day, Vel and Mike jetted off for their Hawaiian honeymoon.
Reception Venue: The Blackstone Hotel, Chicago
Ceremony Location: Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Chicago