On a sunny autumn day in Chicago, we had the privilege of photographing the fairy-tale wedding of two best friends. We couldn't be happier to be a part of it! From the time we shot the Chicago Engagement Session with Earon and Keziah over the summer, we were looking forward to their wedding day. Surely though not as much as they were!
We met Keziah at her home the morning of the wedding, getting her makeup done to perfection. The house was abuzz with activity, even the pooch could tell this was no ordinary day!
Included in Keziah's details was a broach bouquet bedazzled with jewels that included her grandmother's spider broach. The veil was also special because it was Earon's grandmothers, refaced with modern lace. What a beautiful way to tie the past with the present!
With a little help from her ladies, Keziah was dressed to perfection and looking gorgeous!
Meanwhile, over at their new apartment, Earon was getting ready...or getting ready to get ready. We arrived to find him waiting for his groomsmen to deliver his tux, passing the time by scrolling through a few favorite pics of his bride-to-be on his phone. It wasn't long after that the guys arrived with his tux and also helped him out with straightening his tie and such.
Soon enough, Earon was dressed and ready to go - but not before a few photo ops with the fellas. Looking sharp, guys!
We reunited with the bride before heading to the ceremony, and came away with some absolutely beautiful portraits. Stunning!
As it turns out, Earon made an unexpected stop by Keziah's home to pick up an item just before the wedding. Everyone scurried frantically to make sure he would not get a look at his bride before the ceremony. They were able to hold hands briefly around the corner of the door, but no peaking! (Actually we're pretty sure Keziah got a peak of you, Earon!)
Both moms were present to help Keziah with her veil, then it was off to the Kingdom Hall for the ceremony. Keziah's father had barely walked her through the door before bursting into tears. Fortunately his wife was there to wipe them away. What a sentimental guy!
Earon's grandfather gave the discourse, and Keziah's father regained enough composure to make it through the vows. (And somehow we managed to get this first kiss from both angles without either of us photo-bombing!)
We took a couple of portraits indoors before convincing the newlyweds to step just a few yards away from the Hall to a small park where the Autumn leaves were in full color. So glad these two braved the chilly suburban Chicago air - it made for some of the most beautiful portraits of the day.
We wanted to get a little closer to the vibrant red leaves of a nearby tree, so we asked Earon if he would spare his new bride's shoes by carrying her over to it. Of course, he was happy to oblige. We were just snapping away when all of a sudden, hail came pouring down out of nowhere. So we took that as our cue to get to our cars and make our way over to the reception.
We arrived at the Steel Metal Workers' International Association Hall to see it all decked out in green and gold. Lots of details meticulously planned by the bride :)
Finally, it was time for Earon and Keziah to make their entrance, and they did it in grand style! What a good-looking newlywed couple! Not too much longer after first dances and cake cutting, the dance floor was open--and the guests were not shy about making their way out there! The floor stayed pack through the entire night!
Keziah and Earon, we are so glad we got to be a part of your wedding day! You two are a beautiful couple, inside and out. Keep that spark alive and you will live that "fairytale" far beyond the wedding day!
Keziah's hair and makeup by Antonette White of Chicago