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Ravenswood Event Center Wedding | Susan & Peter
Ceremony: St. Sargis Parish, Chicago IL Reception: Ravenswood Event Center, Chicago IL See Full Gallery
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Where do we even start with this wedding?! Maybe we should just sum it up in one word: Celebration! There’s just pure joy in every photo we took!
Peter began his day in Chicago spending time with his closest friends playing a bunch of kid games and some bags. Susan started her day at her childhood home with her bridesmaids and close family. The celebration began early with Khigga, a style of Assyrian folk dance in which multiple dancers hold each other’s hands and form a circle. This was followed by a traditional M’Pulata d’Chalo. This is where the groom’s family visits to take her out of the home and to the church. While in the house, the women sing tradition lilyaneh and dola and zurna is played as they dance. Before the bride leaves the house, a member of the bride’s family stands at the door and receives an amount of money from a member of the groom’s family and once an agreement is reached, the bride heads to church.
Before the ceremony, Susan and Peter decided on a first look at a special location, Montrose Beach Bird Sanctuary in Chicago’s north side. We had a bit of a challenge, as all entrances to the lake front were closed off by police maybe due to summer over-crowding. The guys took to walking the rest of the way but luckily, the girls had a pregnant bridesmaid, whom we used as a ticket to pass the police road blocks. After taking a few wedding party photos, we headed to St. Sargis Parish for an emotional and laughter filled ceremony. The rest of the celebration was just blocks away at Ravenswood Event Center in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, a truly unique and phenomenal venue.
Some fun details…Peter and his groomsmen wore wooden bow ties from Two Guys Bow Ties. Susan & Peter love to travel so it was fitting to have a vintage luggage for a card box. Guests were treated to Assyrian pastries at church as well as the reception. There’s so much more to write about but let’s just mention the biggest detail highlight which is their venue choice. The ambiance of this event space was perfect for Susan & Peter’s vision and huge celebration. You can see more of their highlights & details on our Facebook Page.
Congratulations Susan & Peter! It’s a true privilege to be able to take photos of a wedding where genuine fun memories are most important than anything else. So, thank you for having us!
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Eaglewood Resort Indoor Wedding Ceremony | Sarah & Jason
Ceremony & Reception: Eaglewood Resort, Itasca IL See Full Gallery
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11 years ago, we were privileged to be introduced to this wonderful family and since then, have shot a total of 4 weddings within their circle of friends and family. It’s certainly an honor and a treat to see everyone again with new additions. Most of the day took place at the Eaglewood Resort in Itasca, while Sarah started her day at home where her dress was surrounded with childhood memories. Chicago is very unpredictable so while it’s mid May, the weather seemed more like November so were held indoors for most of the day. But that did not take away from a lovely ceremony filled with emotional moments. The ceremony, while indoors, had great panoramic views of the golf course. We had a little break in the weather and got a chance for a few sunset shots on the bridge.
Some fun details…Sarah broke a “no gift” agreement and surprised Jason with an awesome electric guitar as a gift. While the girls had cute & sexy ribbon laced high heels, the guys had fun socks to accent their personalities, one of them had poop on it. Sarah & Jason donated to Hoosier Outrun Cancer in honor of a friend, always a great alternative to favors. Sarah’s brother did the speech for “her side” and got super creative, doing it with a poem to a slide show of fun life long photos, a hilarious treat for all the guests. See more of their highlights & details on our Facebook Page.
Congratulations Sarah & Jason! Thank you very much for having us back and giving us a chance to be with everyone once again and most of all, having us record your important memories! Hope to see everyone again in the near future!