“Ever since I was a little, I’ve dreamed of a black and white wedding…” Audra explained when asked about her design influence for her wedding day. Audra and Dan’s elegant winter wedding was like a fairytale – everything was grand, gorgeous and just perfect. From Audra’s ah-mazing Rosa Clara gown from Mira Couture to her princess like walk down the long aisle of the gorgeous Holy Family Church and everything in between, Audra and Dan’s wedding was simply stunning, and little Audra’s dream wedding was a reality.
I met the ladies in their gorgeous suite and the JW Marriott Chicago just as the finishing touches to hair and makeup were applied. The natural light was just incredible as Audra got into her gown and made for some gorgeous images.
We took a few minute before heading to the ceremony to capture some portraits at the JW Marriott. The beautifully restored landmark building designed by Daniel Burnham made for a stunning backdrop for a stunning bride.
The incredible orchid bouquets and grand floral arrangements at the reception were created by The English Garden.
Audra and Dan chose not to see each other until she walked down the aisle. I love the nervous anticipation that wait creates! But we did arrange for them to give each other a blind hand squeeze just minutes before the ceremony start.
Here she comes!
Holy Family was still decorated for Christmastime theme and the dramatic lighting filled the church with a warm glow. It made Audra’s fairy princess walk down the aisle even more magical.
Audra is the varsity girls lacrosse coach for St. Ignatius College Prep as well as the director of the Chicago Youth Lacrosse league. Her girls participated in the wedding day by creating a grand exit from the church with their decorated lacrosse sticks.
Despite the cold January temps, Audra and Dan braved the winter chill to get some shots along the lakefront. It was really important to them to get a wedding photo here – this spot is exactly where Dan proposed more than a year ago!
Audra and Dan’s wedding reception was held in the historic Rookery Building, another of Daniel Burnham’s masterpieces with interior details designed by Frank Llyod Wright. The elegant architectural details of the light court are simply gorgeous and added greatly to the grandeur of the day.
How fun are the guys argyle socks?! And a nice tie in to the other lime green accents.
Dan and Audra’s parents making their grand entrance into the reception…
One of my favorite traditions of Lithuanian weddings takes place as the bride and groom are formally announced at the reception.They walk through a series of sashes but cannot pass through some until they kiss – makes for some great photos!
After an amazing dinner, several meaningful toasts and first dances – the dance party went into full swing!
Audra & Dan ~ thank you so much for having me be a part of your fairytale wedding. It was such a joy to capture the love, excitement and beauty that filled your day!
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A big thanks to my second photographer Deonna Caruso who is not only amazing behind the lens but without her camera too!
Hair & Makeup: Tamara Hair + Makeup Artistry
Videographer: Jaysin at NightOwls Media - I loved working with Jaysin and his video from this wedding is amazing – highly recommend!
Wedding Cake: Toni’s Patisserie