Caitlin & Tim

I don’t know about you, but this is about the time when I get really sick of winter and want to run away to California… But since we cannot just drop everything and go, how about reminiscing about the beautiful fall we had with a wedding I did not have the time to blog in November. Still, I was dying to share it. The most gorgeous flowers of the season! Wait till you see Caitlin’s bouquet. Guaranteed to fall in love. Fresh and unique. Colorful like a bag of Skittles!!!!

The day started at the gorgeous Renaissance Hotel in Schaumburg.

The dress… I know… it was love at first sight. This beauty is a Lazaro dress (style 3063) – Ivory organza tufted ball bridal gown, sweetheart neckline, sheer jewel encrusted bodice with platinum silk satin ribbon at natural waist, tufted organza A-Line skirt, chapel train.

Betsy Johnson (FUN!!!!) shoes to complete the look!

The best part about these getting ready pictures is that even though we had the same amount of time we always do, there were two photographers in that room! A little crowded, I know, but so much fun! While I got to spend some quality time with the dress :), Konstantin took these beautiful candids of the girls. You can just feel the anticipation of the the first look in this image!

Sisters!

Here comes the big moment, the first look. They both cried, I cried. Bridal party cried. I brought extra tissues as always, just to be prepared.

We spend split up the time for pictures between inside hotel shots and outside in front of the ballroom because even though it was a gorgeous day outside, the hotel was too pretty to pass. Something to keep in mind for brides planning their 2012 and 2013 weddings – a pretty hotel is the best back up for rain. It won’t be crowded like all the other popular rain locations in the city, like Union Station for example and you won’t have to go outside at all to get there! Hair and dress intact! That is, if you are doing a first look, of course. If church is first and then pictures, this scenario can still work if everything is close together.

Metropolis Ballroom was just a short drive away so we had plenty of time still left for pictures outside.

Ready to walk down the aisle?

How is this for a ballroom?! So modern, elegant and gorgeous! And the over 6 foot tall topiaries – so unique and pretty! I just love the colors!!! The talented designers of all the floral arrangements are of Edward’s Florist and also the bride’s family. Good connection to have! 🙂

The room was transformed during cocktail hour into a stunning reception ballroom.

I will end this beautiful celebration with a nighttime portrait of the bride and groom!