Mike and Jessica tied the knot in a sweet ceremony at Assumption Catholic Church, then celebrated their “I dos” at the Loews Chicago Hotel. All photos by Michael Paul Photographers.
Mike, on how he and Jessica met…
“We met on a half-blind date. Mutual friends put together a group happy hour, and told me that she was going to be there and might be someone I should meet. They left Jess in the dark, because they thought she’d sabotage it!”
Mike and Jess, on how they knew they were perfect for each other… 
“Well, after our initial half-blind we went on our first real date. We ended up going to a bar after dinner and discussing our favorite episodes of “The Office”, and the rest is history! We met each other’s huge, crazy families and it just seemed like it was meant to be.”

Mike, on the First Look…

“Because of it being a winter wedding, we did pictures beforehand to capture the daylight hours and I got to see her before the ceremony. It was just the two of us and the photographers, and when she came around the corner it was breathtaking. Making it even better, the boardroom that the groomsmen were in looked right into the area where we had the First Look. They told us afterward how cool it was to watch.”

Mike and Jessica, on choosing to tie the knot in Chicago…

“We’re both originally from Connecticut but wanted to do it here because Chicago has been our home for the last 5 years. We love this city, and it gave our families and friends an excuse to come out and visit…”

“…We chose December 3rd because we knew the hotel and the whole city would be newly decorated for the holidays. Everyone loved it!”

Mike and Jess, on one of their favorite memories from their wedding day…

“Drinking champagne on the party bus with all our wedding party, blasting 90’s and early 2000’s hip hop!”

Mike and Jessica, on their reception and The Loews Chicago Hotel

“The reception was just so beautiful, with the white flowers and dark gray linens lit by mercury glass candles. The Loews has such a dramatic modern color scheme, it was just perfect.”

“Instead of party favors, we donated to St Jude, and they gave us bookmarks to put on every plate letting our guests know about the donation. This was very special to both of us since Jessica lost her father two years ago to cancer.”

“Our DJ made the night so special for us. He played the perfect mix of music and had everyone dancing all night. He also worked with us last minute, and we were able to get introduced as husband and wife at the reception in an amazing soul train line! Our wedding party also needs a shout out for that- they came up with their individual dances maybe 20 minutes before we walked into the reception. Someone videoed that clip and sent it to us and we crack up every time we watch it.”


Michael Paul Photographers (photography), Assumption Catholic Church (ceremony), Loews Chicago Hotel (reception+catering), Fr. Michael Doyle (officiant), Everlasting Impressions (wedding consultant), Allure Couture (bride’s gown), SJP (bride’s shoes), Amarie’s Hair Studio (bride’s hair),Hannah Elisabeth Beauty (bride’s makeup), Diamonds on Wabash (bride’s jewelry), Adrianna Papell(bridesmaids’ dresses), Men’s Wearhouse (formalwear), Allen Edmonds (groom’s shoes), James & Sons (groom’s wedding band), Rachel Street Press (invites), LA Flowers Inc. (floral), Oliver Vasilopoulos of Entourage Mobile Entertainment (entertainment), Cake Chicago (wedding cake), Chicagoland Bus Rentals (transportation), Limos Alive (transportation)