I always looked forward to my meetings with Christine and Manny as they are a couple that is always happy, warm, kind and considerate. Who wouldn’t want to be around that? We would always meet at the Caribou between both of our places and there was always much laughter and merriment as we went through their wedding details.
The JW Marriott suite was alive with laughter, music and hairspray when I arrived on their wedding day. Tammy from Leathem Photography captured all of the little details including the handkerchief gifts for Christine’s mother and mother-in-law. With the girls all primed for the wedding day celebration, we traveled up to St. Vincent de Paul Parish to meet up with Manny and his groomsmen. Christine and Manny had decided they wouldn’t see each other before their ceremony, so we helped orchestrate the arrival of both groups at the church.
Christine & Manny’s ceremony was very heartfelt and prayerful and really reflected their faith as a couple. It was beautiful to witness. After the celebration at the church ended, Christine, Manny and their wedding party took photos in the church and then we boarded the mini bus for some photos by the Chicago River. Tammy was able to capture some stunning images – both of this amazing couple and our beautiful city.
As guests arrived at Fulton’s on the River for the cocktail hour, Christine, Manny & the Wedding Party boarded a River Taxi and pulled up to the patio balcony waving to all of their friends and family. Such a unique entrance! Guests were treated with passed appetizers of Firecracker Shrimp and Beef Tataki and soon we were moved inside for dinner. After an amazing meal of Filet Mignon or Seared Salmon, the dancing began. It was a night of celebration for both Christine and Manny featuring their beloved Dibs – the DePaul Blue Demons mascot – and a Chicago Blackhawks win over the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final – Manny is a huge fan!! Congratulations again to such a beautiful, faith-filled, and fun couple, Christine & Manny!
Hair & Make-Up: Salon V
Florist: Sweet Pea Floral
Hotel for Guests: JW Marriott
Lighting & Draping: Elegant Event Lighting
Musicians (ceremony): Choice Music Chicago
Musicians (reception): Toast & Jam
Photographer: Leathem Photography
Rehearsal Dinner: Lou Malnati’s
Stationery: Clementine Ink + Paper
Transportation: The Trolley Car & Bus Company
Venue (ceremony): St. Vincent de Paul Parish
Venue (reception) and Food & Beverage: Fulton’s on the River
Videographer: R.E.M. Video & Photography
Wedding Coordinator: LK Events