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There is a saying that goes “love happens when you least expect it”. When these two boarded a Southwest flight at Love Field (for real) I doubt they expected to be sitting next to their future spouse, but that’s what happened!  (note to self – start looking better when I fly, just in case haha).

When they told me their story it seemed like fate. I mean Love Field?! C’mon! I love that they gave plane shaped bottle openers to their guests. What could be more fitting?

They married on a gorgeous summer morning at the Lily Pool in Lincoln Park surrounded by their family and closest friends before heading over to Summer House for brunch. I had no idea that this awesome party room existed, but I feel in love with it instantly. With lots of natural light coming in it’s a photographers dream come true.

After some appetizers and cocktails I left them to enjoy the rest of their meal together. But not before I talked them into indulging me in a photo I had in my head since the moment we got to that room and just had to make a reality (it’s the last one in the post).

Here are some of our favorites!

Photography: Becky Brown Photography

Officiant: Marian Hale, All Ceremonies Beautifully Done

Bouquet & Bout : Christine Janda Design & Events

Brunch Venue: Summer House

Flowers at Summer House: Cattails Inc.

Meet Andrea & Kenneth! They got married on a gorgeous summer day in front of 40ish of their closest friends and family.

I met them pre-ceremony at Olive Park for some photo in the city and the park with them and their wedding party. Their flower girl was hilarious. I think I could have done an entire photo shoot of just her and she wouldn’t have had the same pose twice haha. From there we walked over to Pinstripes for their ceremony and reception.Rev. Eva officiated while they said their I do’s. Because it was so nice out guests enjoyed cocktail hour outside on the riverwalk before heading back in for dinner and dancing.

Congratulations to the newlyweds! Thank you for allowing our team to be a part of your day!

Photography: Becky Brown Photography

Officiant: Eva LaRoche, A Perfect Fit Rev

Flowers: Christine Janda Design & Events

Venue: Pinstripes


By definition an elopement is “an act or instance of running off secretly, as to be married.” Although these days more and more couples are choosing to elope for various reasons, Defne and Sinan decided to do it in more traditional terms. They flew in from Paris on Sunday .Got engaged on Monday. Contacted us on Tuesday. Got a dress, marriage license and rings on Wednesday and got married on Thursday! And they kept it secret from everyone. I think for a few days myself and Rev. Marian were they only ones who even knew they had gotten engaged!

I met them at The Drake Hotel where I was immediately caught up in their excitement and energy. We took some photos there and then headed out to meet Rev. Marian at the nearby park for their ceremony. I’ve been to a lot of ceremonies, in the hundreds, and yet there is something magical about watching two people who are clearly head over heels in love with each either say their vows. I was grinning from ear to ear behind my camera.

We headed over to the lake and explored Michigan Ave for some photos afterwards before I left them to continue their celebrations.

Thanks you to the happy couple for letting us be in on the secret! Here are some of our favorite photos!

Photography: Becky Brown Photography

Officiant: Marian Hale, All Ceremonies Beautifully Done

If you read the blog post before this you know that May 19th was a very cold and very rainy day! Thanks to those factors we decided to move Stacey & Jarrod’s ceremony inside their hotel at the Hilton Chicago. They were joined by a few close friends and some family members tuned in via Skype for their I do’s.

Thankfully by the time the ceremony ended the rain had let up and we decided to venue out for some photos. It seemed only fitting that these two busted out some dance moves as they met through dance! They definitely win the award for best dippers of the year! We ventured over to Buckingham Fountain for some night photos before they rejoined their friends to celebrate and thaw out!

Here are a few of our favorites!

Photography: Becky Brown Photography

Officiant: Marian Hall, All Ceremonies Beautifully Done

If rain on your wedding day is lucky than these two are the luckiest of all! Despite all my prayers to the weather gods it rained/drizzled throughout our entire photo session and ceremony. But Maggie and Eric were troopers! They didn’t let the rain dampen their spirits.

After their I do’s the Lily Pool and some photos in the park we popped into Hotel Lincoln for a cocktail to dry out and wait out the heavier rain a bit. Plus who doesn’t want a celebratory cocktail?! From there we headed back out to our final photo stop at LaSalle Bridge!

Here are some of my favorites!

Photography: Becky Brown Photography

Officiant: Eva LaRoche, A Perfect Fit Rev

Flowers: Christine Janda Design and Events

Hair & Makuep : Kate Johnson Artistry