Jenna and Kyle’s wedding at Morton Arboretum was full of magical touches and breathtaking scenery. All photos by Jennography.
“After meeting on a dating app called Let’s Date and talking via text for about a month, Kyle took me on our first date to each of his current work places: Mon Ami Gabi for lunch and a paint-and-sip class afterwards at Bottle and Bottega. That date was seven hours long because we didn’t know how to say goodbye! We compliment each other so well, and we’re able to talk about anything and everything for hours.
The night before the wedding, I slept at my sister’s house and in the morning, the girls and I (my sister, Kyle’s sister, my brother in-law’s girlfriend, mother-in-law, step-mother, mother, flower girl) all got ready there. We had a blast drinking mimosas and eating Panera for breakfast, and I felt completely at ease with how the day was unraveling. Meanwhile, Kyle got ready at the hotel we were staying at with his brother, his best friend, my brother, his dad, and my dad.
Kyle and I met at Morton Arboretum for a first look, which we both knew was the way to go for us because we wanted to share the intimate moment together. Kyle says that the anticipation of seeing me for the first time was his favorite memory from the entire day! Our non-denominational ceremony included Harry Potter elements woven in, and we had our rings inscribed with a quote from the books. Kyle’s says ‘After all this time…’ and mine says ‘Always.” We also included the Greek Orthodox tradition of the crown ceremony, and we used both of our families’ crowns. My favorite memory was walking down the aisle with my dad and having him place my hand in Kyle’s. It was such a touching moment and I was filled with so much joy in those moments that it was very difficult to contain. After the ceremony, we headed to the Arboretum’s Gingko Room. Our cocktail hour and reception included a live musician, a photobooth, and Greek dancing that everyone enjoyed.”
Jennography (photography), Morton Arboretum (ceremony/reception/catering), Vanilla Video (videography), Ocie Florals (decor), Cottage Hill Diamonds (wedding bands/engagement ring), Toast & Jam (DJ), Doug Bardolph (live musician), The Cakery (dessert), Chicago Trolley (transportation), JPW Productions (photobooth), The Black Tux (formalwear), Allure Bridals via Eleganza Tuxedo & Bridal Gallery (bride’s gown), Azazie (bridesmaids’ dresses), Nichole Murrin (bride’s hair), Mallory Schmitt (bride’s makeup), Epoch Beauty & Lash (bridesmaids’ makeup)
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