I don’t think I’ve ever been to a more fun wedding than Liz and Sal’s this past weekend. Of course, of course, I love all of the weddings I work and attend in their own special way, but Saturday was just different.
I started the day at the Hilton Garden Inn in Tinley Park while Meghan, my second shooter, hung with the guys at Sal’s family home in Orland Park. Liz was as calm as can be and one of the most beautiful brides I have ever had the pleasure of photographing. Dressed in a breathtaking Kelly Faetanini dress and some killer Badgley Mischka shoes, she was just absolutely stunning. We just escaped a downpour after Liz had her first look with her Dad. He however, did not quite escape a wet face, and it was heart warming to see a Dad watch his little girl dolled up in her wedding dress.
The two got married at St. Julie Billiart in Tinley Park, Illinois in a gorgeous and personal ceremony. The rain subsided just in time for their bubble exit and we had clear skies and a refreshing breeze the rest of the day. We headed to CD&ME in Frankfort, Illinois for the reception. We were met with stunning grounds, plenty of cocktails to go around, and a beautiful new reception center. CD&ME previously only had a large white tent for receptions but oh my goodness, how they have transformed the space! Small details like greenery lined tables, funny matches (“let’s get lit!“), and even a custom neon, “The Salaitas”, sign were the perfect touches to the venue.
The night was filled with laughter, love, and some of the very best dancing I have ever seen. I could not be any happier for this beautiful couple, both inside and out, and feel so lucky they picked ME to help tell their wedding day story.
Hair // Salon Evangelos
Makeup // Adla Askar
Florist // Chris Tuttle
Dress // Kelly Faetanini
Shoes // Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaid Dresses // Azazie
Groom’s Suit // The Black Tux
Stationary // Minted
Cake // Creative Cakes
DJ // Yapremier DJ’s
Catering // Scrementis
Videographer // Something New Media
Getting Ready Venue // Hilton Garden Inn Tinley Park
Ceremony // St. Julie Billiart
Reception // CD&ME
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