Most weddings are all about families. Sure, the spotlight is on the bride and groom - first dance, first kiss, reception toasts, etc. However, it's the little moments that occur throughout the wedding day that glue it all together.
I could tell right at the start that Eric and Maria had tight knit families that cared deeply about them. Our day started at Maria's parent's house in Cedar Lake, Indiana with her sister rewriting the speech she would be giving later on that evening. I love to photograph these precious moments and put them in the album that is to come after the wedding.
While taking detail shots, my assistant and I spotted something old, something new and something blue.
I could tell that Maria was a little bit shy with a camera on her while she was having her make up done. Nonetheless, she handled it all with good humor.
In the shot below, Maria's sister and bridesmaid get her veil secure because the mean photographer guy (that's me) has decided to take them outside on this windy and chilly day for some group shots!!
When you are the junior bridesmaid and your simply waiting for the bride to be ready, might as well curl up on the sofa with your shoe for awhile. I mean, it's going to be a long day, right?!!
Maria braved the cold to show off her dress underneath the blue sky and puffy clouds. Soon we were off to Saint Andrew the Apostle Parish for Eric and his family photos along with the groomsmen.
Saint Andrew the Apostle Parish is simply an amazing building. I can't wait to show off the images I was able to take during this Catholic wedding ceremony.
We took family pictures inside the church after the ceremony and a few outside as I left the couple alone to simply soak in the fact that they were now united together.
The reception took place at The Dream Palace in Lynwood, Illinois and once again the family atmosphere was everywhere in the celebration. Stephanie, the matron of honor finally got to deliver her speech and children celebrated by crowd surfing the dance floor while guests laughed it up during the cocktail hour.
A delicious dinner (with steaming hot bread rolls!!) was served along with cupcakes for dessert as well as a smores bar.
Can you guess what 1970's dance song these guys are boogieing down to?