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Wedding Day | The Wedding

Stile.Foto.WED | The Ceremony

Today’s the final installment from our wedding day. The Wedding. And all of the photos that inevitably come after that. Every familial combination you can think of, all the friends, bridal party combinations, etc. EVERYTHING.

The very definition of non-traditional

We wrote our own ceremony [read: Sarah wrote it and I said “yeah, cool!”] and threw so many traditions out the window. Zoe was our ring dog, we had mixed gender bridal parties, we let people wear whatever made them feel comfortable, we walked down the aisle together with our dads, and more. Our ceremony had references to Harry Potter in it [but only if you were paying attention]. Heck, we got married in a theatre! And served a vegan dinner! We’re just anything but traditional and I kind of love it. Giving a whole new meaning to DIY wedding.

The Venue

Stile.Foto.WED | The Ceremony

Stile.Foto.WED | The Ceremony

The Ceremony

Stile.Foto.WED | The Ceremony

Zoe says “let’s go! I heard there’s treats up there”

Stile.Foto.WED | The Ceremony

Stile.Foto.WED | The Ceremony

100% unstaged. Literal happiest day of my life.

Birdseye view of everything

Sarah’s sibling played viola

isn’t she gorgeous?

Stile.Foto.WED | The Ceremony

Stile.Foto.WED | The Ceremony

“Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress — adventure.” Albus Dumbledore

The Post-Ceremony Photoshoot

Stile.Foto.WED | The Ceremony

“can you believe it? I can’t.”

Stile.Foto.WED | The Ceremony

Classy.

Stile.Foto.WED | The Ceremony

Just Married booty bump

Stile.Foto.WED | The Ceremony

Flowers by Flowers for Dreams

Stile.Foto.WED | The Ceremony

Marriage-five!

Stile.Foto.WED | The Ceremony

I had the best attendants of honor.

Stile.Foto.WED | The Ceremony

Rings! And a Pinky Promise of forever

Stile.Foto.WED | The Ceremony

Possibly my favorite shot from the entire day.

Dinner, Dancing, Debauchery

Stile.Foto.WED | The Ceremony

At dinner, I instructed everyone to unroll their napkins, pick their utensil of choice, and do the thing where they clink and it makes us kiss. And then I said “That was your only freebie.” After that, any time someone wanted to make us kiss, they had to drop a dollar in the pot. All funds raised went to PAWS Chicago. In total, we raised $176 for them. All for the pups.

Stile.Foto.WED | The Ceremony

If you donated $20, you could request a kiss. A friend requested a “pupper kiss” which basically translated to kiss as our dogs. I made Zoe ears, Sarah made Tonks ears, and we went.

Stile.Foto.WED | The Ceremony

First Dance. Song: The Way I Am, Ingrid Michaelson

Stile.Foto.WED | The Ceremony

Dad/Daughter Dance. Song: Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle [read: how to make everyone at your wedding cry in less than 4 minutes]

Stile.Foto.WED | The Ceremony

Inevitable no more shoes shot. Yes, those are my slippers.

Stile.Foto.WED | The Ceremony

Did I mention we got married the night the Cubs cinched their spot in the Series? Yeahhhh… This wins for most memorable photo. Thanks, Dave.

Stile.Foto.WED | The Ceremony

Dancing with my family.

That’s it! We made it through all the wedding photos. Honestly, it was such a fun day. There were things I would change if I could do it all again but I also wouldn’t change the day for anything.

Vendors

Venue, Mayne Stage | Photographer, Johnny Knight | Flowers, Flowers for Dreams | My Dress, White by Vera Wang | Sarah’s Dress, David’s Bridal | Catering, Jewell Catering | Wedding Pie, Mariano’s

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  • Such a fun setting for a wedding!! I also adore that photo of you twirling in your dress!!