MELISSA + PETER from Flydidee Films on Vimeo.


Gahhhhh, what a gorgeous wedding!

Seriously. Christmas is my favorite holiday, and weddings are my favorite always. So, this was a great combo for me right off the bat.

My husband Peter and I met with Melissa and Pete a few weeks before their wedding day at a Starbucks and immediately hit it off. We had such a lovely meeting, going over all of their details and chatting about their amaaaaazing upcoming honeymoon to Australia. (It's on our list, someday down the road!)

So, needless to say, we were both looking forward to seeing their day unfold on 12-13-14. Bill joined us as second shooter, and we took in the beauty that is St. Paul's in Chicago Heights. It's actually a church that has some family history for me, so it was really fun to see a wedding take place there. (Years ago, I'd go with my grandparents to the midnight Christmas Eve services there - way back when, they were spoken in German!)

Melissa was absolutely radiant. One of my favorite moments pre ceremony was learning that both of her grandmothers had picked out the exact same dress to wear for the wedding! They were absolutely adorable. Their ceremony went off without a hitch, and it was filled with love and a warm Christmas glow.

Bill followed the couple to a few photo spots (including the bar where Pete proposed!) while Peter and I headed off to Wicker Memorial Park to get establishing shots of the absolutely gorgeous reception site. We could sense immediately just how much effort went into every little detail for Melissa and Pete's celebration. From the cleverly designed chalk boards, to the handwritten ornament favors, every thoughtful detail was executed flawlessly.

Once the room filled with family and friends, the party began! The speeches were heartfelt and humorous, and the first dances were fantastic. Melissa and Pete's dance was inspired by the film Silver Linings Playbook, and they really had a blast. It was a perfect way to kick off a marriage!

The dance floor carried on late into the night. And, for those who opted not to dance, there was a fun photobooth, and a decadent hot chocolate bar that they could visit and enjoy.

Side note: We LOVED working with Catalyst Productions and Conforti Photography - fantastic people, beautiful work!

It was a perfect way to close out our 2014 season. Many congratulations to Melissa and Pete!

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