Kelli + Bill are two of my favorite people. One of my favorite parts of doing what I do is to get to know my couples. I love learning about them. What makes them them. Seeing how they interact with each other. The cute little things that make them who they are as a couple. At their engagement session, I immediately fell in love with their love. The way they are together. The way Bill makes Kelli laugh. And the way Kelli crinkles up her nose. Just love. I had been counting down the days until their wedding, knowing that the love would be amplified and their cuteness even cuter! Sure enough, I was right!
Kelli + Bill started their mornings both getting ready at their home at opposite ends so they didn’t see each other. I personally love when I get the chance to see both the bride and groom before the ceremony. And it gives me the chance to meet all their closest friends and family that they’ve chosen to surround them on their wedding! No only were Kelli + Bill so excited and glowing, but their bridal party were all so amazing!
As we go to the church, you could feel the excitement building. And when I saw Bill come out, standing there anxiously awaiting Kelli, oh man guys… I knew I was in for an emotional day trying to fight back tears. And sure enough, as Kelli started the walk down the aisle with her dad, my attention turns to Bill. And there he is. The way that every bride visualizes her man – at the front, feeling the moment, and fighting back the tears. It got me. Seeing the groom’s reaction to his bride is one of my favorite parts of the day. And as soon as I see a guy break into tears or fighting it back, oh man I lose it.
The day only got better as we arrived at Emerson Creek Pottery + Tearoom. Seeing them surrounded by their friends, each more overjoyed for them than the next. All the laughter. And the love. And speech after speech of outpouring support and absolute love and respect for these two humans. It truly was a beautiful day in every way <3 Congrats, Kelli + Bill!
Wedding Planning — Calli Lucas | Photography — Jenna Marie Photography | Photographer Assistant — Jenna | Ceremony — Ss Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church | Reception — Emerson Creek Pottery + Tearoom | Hair + Makeup — Jean Marie Salon | Invitations — Minted | Floral Design — Ipomea Floral | Cake — Sugar Fixé | Sweets Table — Orland Park Bakery + Nothing Bundt Cakes | Band — Lisa Rene Band | Catering — My Chef Catering | Bridal Dress —Kenneth Winston | Bridal Shoes — Brinley Co + Adrienne Vittadini | Bridesmaid Dresses — Jenny Yoo | Groom + Groomsmen Attire — Black Tie Formalwear | Film Lab — Photovision