Claire and Sam’s wedding day was a classic, timeless celebration from start to finish! I love Claire’s choice to stick with neutrals with an emphasis on black and white (just peep those black taper candles at the reception 😍). The details of the day were plentiful and thoughtful, and the opulent Drake Hotel made for the most beautiful backdrop to a perfect wedding day! However, the ceremony was truly the most central and profound part of the day. Claire and Sam’s wedding day, albeit objectively gorgeous, was most impressive and touching as you heard their heartfelt letters they wrote to each other. I even heard multiple guests talking about how well written both letters were, should you think me bias 😉 It clearly stuck out to everyone there.
Claire and Sam have a comfortable, fun, and easy-going love, and that was on full display during the whole day. And while details are pretty and rooms can be stunning, THIS was clearly the showstopper. Their families and friends were such a great group to be with and, not to mention, kept the dance floor PACKED!
Claire and Sam- thank you from the bottom of my heart for entrusting me the honor of documenting your wedding day. I feel so lucky to call you not just clients but friends, and cannot wait to see what adventures unfold in your marriage! I hope you can enjoy your sneak peeks poolside in St. Lucia! Cheers!
Photography: Christi Elizabeth Photography // Ceremony Venue: First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton // Reception Venue: The Drake Hotel Oakbrook // Wedding dress shop: White Dress Bridal Boutique // Wedding Dress Designer: Justin Alexander // Hair stylist and Makeup Artist: Blush & Burgundy // Rings: Powers Jewelry Designers // Bridesmaid dresses: Azazie // Bride’s Shoes: Loeffler Randall // Groom’s tux: The Black Tux // Invitations/ Other Paper Goods: Minted // Florist: Avant Gardenia // Cake: DeEtta’s Bakery // DJ/Photo Booth: Sounds Abound, Tony Ho // Caterer: The Drake Oakbrook
Straight out of a Hollywood movie, a classic for all time! 💝 You two lit up the room like the 4th of July ~ so happy to be a part of your wedding celebration 🎉