High school sweethearts Kirstie & Dale celebrated their love with an elegant wedding at The Westin Chicago Northwest. All photos by KayBee Photos.
Kirstie Dale classroom portrait

Kirstie and Dale met as high school students. Their love grew over the years until before they knew it, they were planning a wedding. Kirstie realized Dale was the perfect guy for her on NYE 2012 when she saw how fun-loving he was. They celebrated the New Year with plenty of dancing and celebrating, and still enjoy dancing to good music today. Since they are both from the Chicago suburbs, it was easy to land on the city for their Big Day. Kirstie said they both knew they wanted to get married where it felt like home. “It would feel strange getting married anywhere else,” she added.

As a wedding photographer herself, Kirstie had seen plenty of weddings to know exactly what she did and did not want for their own wedding. The Westin Chicago Northwest was the perfect venue as it had the draped-tent reception space Kirstie had dreamt of since she was little. The pair kept the space neutral and added champagne bridesmaid dresses, gold accents, and navy formalwear for the groomsmen to add a nice contrast.

One of the most memorable parts of their wedding day was the “first look” they had at the high school where they met. A nervous Kirstie walked into the high school gym where Dale had played basketball and said, “Having him turn to look at me for the first time was something I’ll never forget!” They really enjoyed the opportunity to spend time taking photos, hanging out, and enjoying the early part of the day before the ceremony officially began. When it came time for the wedding to begin, Kirstie burst into tears once everyone had walked down the aisle, leaving just her and her dad to walk toward her soon-to-be husband. She confided, “There’s nothing to prepare you for the feeling of walking down the aisle to marry the love of your life.”

At the reception, guests enjoyed a selfie station with props and “his and hers” custom drinks. A highlight for Kirstie and Dale was the heartfelt speeches from their Maids of Honor and Best Men. The speeches really highlighted how every person in the room was supporting their new life together, and it was touching to hear others describe Kirstie and Dale’s relationship from their own perspectives. After such a hectic and exciting day, how did Kirstie manage to stay calm and enjoy the moment? She revealed her bride-to-be secret– get a ninety-minute massage the day before for instant stress relief!

Kirstie Dale invitation hanger
Kirstie Dale groom's shoes
Kirstie Dale bride bouquet
Kirstie Dale groomsmen glasses and socks
Kirstie Dale pop fizz clink sign
Kirstie Dale bridesmaid champagne flutes
Kirstie Dale bride bouquet
Kirstie Dale bride getting ready
Kirstie Dale bride getting ready dog
Kirstie Dale dog
Kirstie Dale bridesmaid and bride with photos
Kirstie Dale first look in gym
Kirstie Dale high school hallway
Kirstie Dale high school gym
Kirstie Dale walking down aisle with dad
Kirstie Dale ceremony
Kirstie Dale ceremony
Kirstie Dale kiss with rings
Kirstie Dale picture frame shelf
Kirstie Dale table with flowers
Kirstie Dale bride with mother and grandmother
Kirstie Dale reception
Kirstie Dale wedding cake with caricature topper
Kirstie Dale table numbers
Kirstie Dale first dance
Kirstie Dale first dance
Kirstie Dale cutting cake
Kirstie Dale best man speech
Kirstie Dale groom and mother dance
Kirstie Dale garter toss
Kirstie Dale bouquet toss
Kirstie Dale selfie I love him I love her signs
Kirstie Dale portrait kiss

Venue: The Westin Chicago Northwest, Photography & Videography: KayBee PhotosOfficiant: Erik Andrews, Rings: Oliverio JewelersBride’s Gown: Essense of Australia via Bella SposaBride’s Shoes: David’s BridalHair: Wendy Bussie of LuBussie SalonMakeup: Cassandra Hutchinson, Formalwear: Diamond Formalwear, Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bri’Zan CoutureFloral: Flowers by Design by ReynaDécor: Boho Blush, Catering: The Westin Chicago NorthwestEntertainment: Double B Entertainment, Cake: Lovin Oven CakeryTransportation: Elite Chicago Limo

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