Makray Memorial Golf Club Barrington wedding photos | Saint Emily Catholic Church Mt Prospect, IL | Nicole & Chris
I feel lucky that I get to work with couples like Nicole & Chris…they are happy and willing to anything to great photos, which makes my job easy…. and it was just a huge bonus that their wedding was at my one of my favorite places to work Makray Memorial Golf Club .The staff and the food never disappoints, and this time I got an unexpected bonus…I discovered Nothing Bundt Cakes, so SO SOOOOOOO delicous! I’m running out this afternoon to buy some, YUM. See photo at the end of the blog post, but now let’s get ready for some Bridal prettiness 🙂
Wedding Shoes: Forbes by Nina Shoes in Grape Luster Satin
Florist: Purple Rose Florist
Wedding Dress: Brides by Demetrios
Jewelry: Merry Richards Jewelers
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Bridal Hair & Makeup: Debra Petrielli Freelance Hairstylist & Makeup Artist
Ceremony: Saint Emily Catholic Church
Reception: Makray Memorial Golf Club
Tuxedoes: Men’s Wearhouse
Cake: Lovin Oven Cakery
Florist: Purple Rose Florist
DJ & Lighting: MDM Entertainment
Snuck out for a few sunset photos, and the moon was up too!!
DJ & Lighting: MDM Entertainment
Desserts: Lovin Oven Cakery
THE BEST wedding favors ever!!! Nothing Bundt Cakes
From the couple…
‘Reception: Makray Memorial Golf Club – From the moment we first visited Makray, the venue and scenery took our breath away. The golf course grounds are beautiful and the inside of the venue is absolutely gorgeous. The wedding coordinators Jaci, Laurie, and Lynda helped us create the wedding of our dreams. From the décor to the food and service everything was amazing and we received nothing but compliments.
Florist: Purple Rose Florist – Purple Rose was the only florist that we visited. Ana helped us every step of the way and did an amazing job on all of the arrangements. She delivered flowers to the hotel location as well as the church and venue. Ana helped set up the arrangements at each location throughout the day. I was absolutely in love with my bouquet as well as my bridesmaids’ bouquets and the groomsmen’s boutonnieres.
Photographer: Angel Eyes Photography – While researching for wedding photography, I fell in love with Hilda’s pictures. Hilda was amazing to work with throughout the entire wedding process. Hilda and Carol have awesome personalities and kept us smiling and laughing throughout the entire day. They went above and beyond finding the perfect locations for pictures on our wedding day. Hilda and Carol are such a great team and work perfectly in sync with one another; they made us feel comfortable taking pictures throughout the entire day!
DJ & Lighting: MDM Entertainment – Our DJ’s, Robert and Sigi, did a great job from the announcements to the music. They kept everyone on the dance floor all night! MDM’s website made selecting music that much easier and the lighting and our name in lights looked beautiful.
Videographer: I Do Video by Leo – Phil Hosticka – Phil was easy to work with and really delivered on the video of our wedding day. The video truly captures our entire wedding day and allows us to relive every moment from getting ready in the hotel to ending the night on the dance floor with our friends and family.
Cake & Desserts: Lovin Oven Cakery – We loved designing every aspect of our wedding cake! We were able to incorporate both of our favorite cake flavors into the different layers! However the cannoli cake was by far our favorite!!
Wedding Favors: Nothing Bundt Cakes – We discovered these delicious bundt cakes a few years ago and it was love at first bite. We knew that these cakes would make delicious wedding favors.
Wedding Dress: Brides by Demetrios – I visited Brides by Demetrios twice before finding the wedding dress of my dreams. I knew I wanted a lace dress with a low back and that is exactly what I found. I fell in love with my dress immediately and couldn’t believe I had to wait a year to wear it. I never wanted to take my wedding dress off!
Bridal Hair & Makeup: Debra Petrielli Freelance Hairstylist & Makeup Artist – Debbie and her team did an amazing job! They were extremely accommodating and allowed each of my bridesmaids to have their own special look. I loved my hair and makeup and it stayed perfect throughout the entire day and night!
Our favorite wedding related purchase is difficult to choose, as we loved everything! However we would say our photography and our venue are our top two picks. Hilda and Carol were able to capture amazing pictures throughout our entire wedding day! They work so well together that we felt comfortable the entire time and absolutely love the pictures they captured on the golf course at Makray. Makray Memorial Golf Club allowed us to feel as if we were in Tuscany, Italy. The view off of the balcony was absolutely gorgeous! Our guests could not stop talking about how amazing it was to be able to go out on the balcony throughout the night!
Our favorite wedding memory is seeing each other for the first time when I was walking down the aisle with my dad. Chris and I were so nervous about the whole wedding ceremony, but all of our nerves went away as soon as we saw each other.
Overall we absolutely loved our entire wedding and feel we made the absolute best choices for us! However to add dimension to the reception room, we would have done a variety of centerpieces instead of one type.
Advice….Your wedding day will go way too fast; before you know it the last song will be playing and your special day will be ending! Remember to take the time to stop, look around, and take everything in! Have fun with your guests but remember to take time to enjoy one other as it is your special day!’
I loved so many things about this wedding, the pretty colors, the adorable kids, the all-in-one location, the happy couple and of course the epic cloud shots. The last photo in their blog post will definitely be one of my forever favorites. Thank you for climbing the hill in your gown Ashley, you were a trooper 🙂
Flowers- Bella Flora
The couple’s little boy was definitely the star of the show, he gave me so many great photo ops.
Make up by Gia Densford.
First look <3
Venue- Indian Lakes Resort, Bloomingdale, IL
Officiant- Kim Panzarella
From the Bride…
Yesterday I had the pleasure of photographing the most magnetic, beautiful couple…their love is just contagious. Can’t wait to share all the photos, but here’s a quick preview from their wedding at the Armour House.
I had the great pleasure of working with NightOwls Media, whom I very highly recommend for video.
When I first met Steve and Yana two things were obvious to me…they were passionate about life and each other. I just knew this was going to be a fun and beautiful wedding…my expectations were shattered. I almost hyperventilated when I walked into the Stan Mansion, it was absolutely the most beautiful setup, from the lighting to the flowers it was truly breathtaking. I love how the couples jobs were incorporated into the reception. The groom is an area manager for The Patron Spirits Company (plenty of great booze!!) The Bride is a project manager for United Airlines (check out the awesome ice sculpture) Man I wish I could go back to this wedding as a guest and partake of the 10 different appetizers and the best open bar ever 😉
Florist: Juliet Tan
Bride’s hair/makeup: Brides by Enrique
Wedding dress- Augusta Jones, Anita mermaid,
Ceremony: Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago
Photos at Chicago’s Grant Park.
Bridesmaid’s dresses: David’s Bridal
Groom’s & Groomsmen attire: Black by Vera Wang, Men’s Warehouse
Reception: Stan Mansion
Food/catering: LaMirage, Rolling Meadows
Florist: Juliet Tan
Décor: Art of Imagination
Cake – Lana’s Dazzling Desserts, Wheeling
Dance fuel by The Patron Spirits Company
DJ Steve – Chicagoland DJ Services
- Location of reception: Stan Mansion
- Cakes – Lana’s Dazzling Desserts, Wheeling
- Wedding dress- Augusta Jones, Anita mermaid, custom sleeve in ivory– Macys Bridal, State Street. Chicago
- Bride’s shoes- Carolyn evening pumps by Nina, ivory
- Bride’s jewelry: earrings and bracelet from My Diamond Zone, Chicago
- Bride’s hair/makeup: Brides by Enrique
- Bridesmaid’s dresses: David’s Bridal
- Invitations: Minted
- Food/catering: LaMirage, Rolling Meadows
- Entertainment Violinist- Kat V, DJ Steve – Chicagoland DJ Services
- Décor: Art of Imagination
- Florist: Juliet Tan
- Rings My Diamond Zone, Chicago.
From the Bride…
“Favorite purchase– my wedding gown. It took me 3 minutes to say yes to this dress. It was perfect and it made me feel absolutely beautiful.
Wedding memory – I was very worried that people won’t be able to stay around till 2am since we had an extended, late reception. When the DJ told us that we had one more song, he let us pick what we wanted to hear. We decided to replay our walk in song and at that moment I looked around and realized that I had my closest friends and family dancing and having a blast. Seeing people closest to me have a good time made me have a great time. Everything was perfect to me.
I want to tell the brides to find some time to completely remove yourself from all the chaos and planning the night before the wedding. Take that time to look back on your relationship with your fiancé and realize how lucky you are to be in the position to marry your best friend in less than 24 hours :)”
This beautiful and intimate wedding had many things that make my heart happy, amongst them a cute puppy and my favorite flowers! The ceremony and the reception were at Meson Sabika in Naperville.
Dress – David’s Bridal
Flowers – Celidan creations
Venue – Meson Sabika
Suit – Jo A Bank
Sandals – Vionic
I’m so happy we took the time to stop by their house to take photos with their baby Lini 🙂
From the Bride….
‘Favorite wedding purchase – handmade glass picture from our honeymoon in Aruba. Done differently- planned something for guests between ceremony and dinner while we were having pictures done Advice – don’t let the small things bother you too much Additional – So glad we had pictures taken with our puppy!’
This wedding was full of fun and surprises! One of them was Jim Cornelison singing the national anthem, and the other involved a bag piper…never a dull moment in this career 😉 I absolutely LOVED the Bride’s hair and dress, her look was just so beautiful and romantic! Thanks so much Brittnee and John for having such a fun and well organized wedding, the photos at the Lakefront will be some of my forever favorites. Enjoy!!
Shoes and belt by The Left Bank
Makeup and Hair by Kim Piech
Suit: Men’s Wearhouse
Dress: Glamour Closet (Chicago)
Ceremony: Highland Park Presbyterian Church
Reception: Highland Park Country Club
Cake: Oak Mill Bakery
From the couple….
‘Ceremony: Highland Park Presbyterian Church– Beautiful church and wonderful community that helped prepare us for the big day!
Reception: Highland Park Country Club– AMAZING service and group of people who went above and beyond in making the venue set up and incredible food services possible. The set-up coordinator, Izzy Rosas, even did our floral arrangements and bridal party flowers. Izzy is extremely hard working and helped in so many ways to make everything run smoothly.
Cake: Oak Mill Bakery– Many wedding cake options with various designs to select from. The bakery works closely with HPCC, so it was easy on our part for coordinating between the two venues. Our cake was a lemon custard flavor with simple frosting texture and a floral topper. We loved the fresh and simple look that flowed with the rest of our wedding decor and overall feel.
Dress: Glamour Closet (Chicago)– My wedding dress was from the Glamour Closet, which is a designer wedding gown resale shop. Most dresses there are very couture and runway looking so I only went originally for fun since I wanted a simple dress. The first dress I tried on was the most simple dress (designer Jenny Yoo) in the store and I fell in love with it. Material is chiffon with silk layers underneath on the skirt. The belt/shoes (Benjamin Adams designer) were purchased at a bridal accessory shop in Lincoln Park called The Left Bank. The bridesmaid dresses (Wtoo designer) were from a boutique in Glenview called GiGi’s Closette. Bridal jewelry were antiques from my grandmother.
Suit: Men’s Wearhouse- The groom’s and groomsmen/ushers’ suits were purchased at Men’s Wearhouse. The shop provides great service and it was easy for the wedding party, who was scattered across the map, to go to their local store and try on the designated suit. Groom’s shoes were purchased at Macy’s.
Rings: Engagement and wedding bands are from Kay. Love their policies and service.
Favorite wedding related purchase: The photography and party bus (Signature Transportation)
Favorite wedding memory: For both of us, it is when the bride walked down the aisle. The second favorite memory would be Papa Fitz’s surprises inclusive of the drivers brigade and Jim Cornelison singing the national anthem.
Something we wish we would have done differently: Not get stressed over logistics
Any advice for couples: Do not get too stressed over the logistics…it will all work out if you just simply keep working at it and your timing is right. Also, you cannot please everyone, just do what is right for you and everything will come together for your special day.’
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So freaking excited be published in the Chicago Splash 🙂 My gorgeous couple Yana & Steve recently got featured. Click here to read the article and see bigger, better, shinier photos 😉