Despite the rain and cloud cover, Bri and Rafael had a beautiful wedding day—and they didn’t let the weather steal the joy of becoming husband and wife.
Bri had her hair and make-up done at her aunt's house, and the girls hung out in cute white floral robes while they dressed. Her details were beautiful, and we love that they incorporated the tradition of something old (a charm necklace that her great-grandfather gave to her grandmother when he when to fight in the Vietnam War, something borrowed (the same charm because it was given to Bri’s aunt and she attached it to her bouquet of flowers), something blue (her nail polish).
The florals were created by Brianne, the Maid of Honor’s family and were simply stunning! Once the girls were dressed and ready, we headed over to St. Donatus Parish in Blue Island for the ceremony. Bria and Rafael’s parents participated in the giving away of their children to be wed, and the ceremony was a traditional one. Rafael kissed his bride’s hand and they were both so full of joy as their said their vows. Finally, they were pronounced man and wife, and after a sweet kiss they headed out of the church.
It had been raining that morning, and some of the streets were flooded from the heavy rain the day before. Once the bridal party exited the church, we headed over to Worth Waterfalls for portraits. The ground was really wet so we kept the bridal party on the walking path. I absolutely loved the location Bri picked out because the path was flanked with willow trees. There was just the perfect amount of wind and it was cloudy, but thank goodness no rain!
Once we finished portraits we headed to the reception. Bri and Rafael put a lot of thought into their details. When guests entered, they saw a sweet sign that told their story. There was a donut table, a unique cake topper and their guest book was an old vinyl with their names on it that reflected their love for heavy metal and rock music. After the bridal party was introduced, Rafael danced with his mother, Bri danced with her grandfather and Bri and Rafael surprised their guests with a special dance with a mix of several songs and Rafael brought out some tequila bottles to celebrate.
I love how, despite the rather gloomy weather, this couple remained full of joy and happiness. Their love for one another is evident and we are so honored to have the privilege of capturing these special memories for Bri and Rafael! Congratulations! We wish you a life filled with joy and blessings!
Bride's Dress: Bella Sposa Bridal Boutique