Dave & Caitlin | A Downtown Chicago Wedding at River Roast

September was filled with seven beautiful weddings but Dave & Cait’s downtown Chicago wedding at River Roast was the PERFECT way to end the month! Ever since Cait first emailed me, I’ve been anxiously awaiting the big day and it did not disappoint — from start to finish, every detail was straight out of a fairytale.

We started the day at the The Westin Chicago River North to photograph Dave and his guys getting ready. Cait had the most thoughtful gifts (a watch & a bottle of aged whisky!) waiting for Dave that morning and you could feel the energy in the room! This particular wedding had a huge wedding party — 10 people on each side — but everyone was SO helpful and eager to take photos! Arriving at Cait’s condo, we were greeted with the BIGGEST smiles and hugs… I seriously felt like an honorary bridesmaid! Cait had the most stunning bridal details and I kept telling her how I was in a photographers paradise.

I always make it a priority to meet my couples for an engagement session or a cup of coffee prior to the wedding — I really don’t want that “client/vendor” relationship but rather a personal friendship with each couple so I can understand their love, their passions, and spend the day comfortably by their side documenting the joy that follows. Our schedules never quite lined up though and I wasn’t able to meet Cait & Dave prior to the wedding… we had emailed a TON but I went into the wedding day unsure of how Cait & Dave naturally interact with each other. Let me tell you this: it was unreal. Cait & Dave live & breathe each other. I truly felt like there was a magnetic force, drawing them closer to each other with every passing second…  I know it sounds silly but I promise, you’ll see it in these photos.

The thing that I love most about Cait & Dave (there are so many things to choose from but this was a clear choice for me) is their ability to be 100% in the moment and to not only feel but also embrace every single emotion. As a wedding photographer, I don’t create moments… I capture them. It’s truly the couple who create’s those moments — couples who embrace the butterflies in the stomach, the tears rolling down their face, the anticipation of a kiss, the hand-squeeze from Grandma, the pride as Dad gives his baby away, the nose-kiss from Mom, the trembling voices during speeches and the way you get to experience ALL of that (and more) with your best friend. With Cait & Dave, there were so many beautiful moments created and I truly believe it was because they allowed themselves to soak up every single emotion that day.

I could go on for HOURS about this couple — about how Cait is the most graceful & elegant bride, someone who radiates positivity. Or how intelligent Dave is (this man just passed the Illinois State Bar!) all while remaining humble & kind. But honestly? I think the photos from their wedding are worth far more words than I could ever write to explain the love between Cait & Dave.

Cait & Dave, I positively adore you. Thank you for sharing your love with the world and never stop living in the moment. Xo

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Cait, you are such an elegant bride!!!

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I LOVED Cait’s Mom & her reaction to seeing her baby in the wedding gown!

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When I think of your wedding, I think of this smile!!! ALL DAY!!!

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This is what “Just Married” looks like and it looks SO good!

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There were so many sweet moments like this between Cait & Dave all day. <3

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Obsessed.

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Oh my heart, it can’t take any more <3

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Now this is how you make an entrance!!!

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