Simple and Emotional Chicago Wedding

GAHHH where to start with Alexa + Collin’s wedding day? It was simple. It was sweet. It was silly, and emotional, and alllllll the things. Alexa + Collin kicked off wedding season, so Rachael and I showed up to Deer Path Inn in Lake Forest ready to go!!! It was the most beautiful day ever, and was the day right before it randomly snowed 5 inches in April!? We showed up just as the girls were getting ready and having finishing touches to hair and makeup done, so I got to work on details shots. Alexa had bright and colorful florals, a beautiful invitation suite, a dreamy boho BHLDN wedding dress, and even the cutest little makeup bags as gifts for her girls!

While the girls were all admiring Alexa’s BHLDN wedding dress, the boys were upstairs putting on their Star Wars cuff links and imitating the girls getting ready photos on the bed. Then it was on to the first look. Oh. My. Gosh. I walked with Collin while Rachael got Alexa. I stood and chatted with him for quite some time before Alexa got there. I always looove asking the groom questions that really help get him in the headspace for the beautiful insanity that is his wedding day. Questions like, “what’s been a highlight of your relationship”, or “what are you most looking forward to about married life”. Collin had the absolute sweetest things to say about Alexa. So she walked up. They read letters back to back. He turned around, and oh my. I will just let these photos tell the rest of that story. That was love. Real, raw, authentic, unwavering and unconditional love.

Their ceremony was filled with happy tears, their reception was filled with emotional speeches and the best dancing (I mean seriously… Africa by Toto came on and everyone was yelling “ALEXA, PLAY AFRICA BY TOTO”. It was freaking awesome), and then we whisked Alexa and Collin off to the water to catch the end of sunset into blue hour. I meaaaaaan how beautiful is this couple? SO much dang love for a bride who has a Tito’s and soda in one hand and a glass of wine in the other, and a groom ready to break it down on the dance floor. WHAT A DAY!!! Congratulations, Alexa + Collin!!! Your love is something so special and beautiful.

Lead Photographer - Grey Garden Creative

Videographer - DP Weddings

Venue - Deer Path Inn

Florist - Apple Creek Weddings

Baker - Lovin’ Oven Cakery

DJ - Admit One DJ’s

Makeup / Hair - Bridal Brigade

Invitation Suite - Minted

Bride’s Dress - BHLDN

Bride’s Shoes - Betsey Johnson

Bridesmaid Dresses - Lulu’s