Patrick Haley Mansion Joliet, IL Wedding | Catherine & Chris

We first connected with Chris and Catherine back in August of 2017. We connected via Instagram and I could already tell that these two were bound to become some of our favorite people!

When we met for their engagement session, in July of 2018, at the Arranmore Farm Polo Club, in Oswego, Illinois, it truly was like connecting with old friends. We laughed. A lot. And had such a fabulous time, hanging out, and of course, taking some photos too! They were naturals in front of the camera, but more importantly, you could feel their love. {If you’d like to come on over here, you can check out more from their session that day!}

Fast forward to March 16th, 2019. All the planning and all the hard work had come to fruition, and it was their wedding day. It was a gorgeous, winter day, at the Patrick Haley Mansion, in Joliet, Illinois. Chris and Catherine we’re surrounded by the people that are most dear to them, including Catherine’s mom, who was unable to be at the wedding, due to illness, but was able to share in the festivities via satellite! Which we thought was pretty darn amazing. Cheers to technology and to awesome friends who helped to make sure she was witness to it all!

There were nearly 300 people who attended this amazing couple’s special day, and the love in the air was palpable. I think everyone had goosebumps a time or two …

There were so many laughs. And quite a few tears. But they’re the kind of laughs, and tears you’ll remember. Because they’re the kind that made you feel something real.

This New York style wedding was fabulous from start to finish, and we can’t help but give a shout out to the amazing coordinators, Wendy and Krystle of Day of Divas for their amazingness throughout the day, Hunter, with Hunter Floyd Films, who is a badass filmmaker and you should go check him out when you get a chance! The amazing florals by Petals n' Bloom. And to one of the most spectacular bands we’ve ever heard! Green Fourteen got the party started, and kept it going into the moonlight! And as always, the staff and team at the Patrick Haley Mansion!

To Chris and Catherine ... you have become friends along this beautiful journey, and we are so lucky to have shared in this moment with you both, and your amazing family and friends. Thank you for letting us stand alongside of you and for letting us share in your one of a kind love. We certainly will never forget this special day. We adore you guys!!!

And just because we can remember it like it was yesterday … we have to share a couple of our favorite moments, which you can see below, too!

First, Chris & Catherine's first look. The way Chris looks at Catherine, and vice versa ... ladies and gents, find yourself someone who looks at you like this!

Second ... the fabulous bridal party! Such a fun group, filled with so much love for this pair!

Third ... father/daughter moments ... melt your heart folks ... 

Fourth ... the partay!!! Hire a band like Green Fourteen, and you’re sure to dance the night away, and have a blast too!

Fifth … the amazing, wonderful family and friends of this couple! The love was genuine, and beautiful.

Sixth … the BRILLIANT team of people who we were SO LUCKY to work along side of! {check em’ out below!}

Coordinator: Day of Divas LLC
Florals: Petals n' Bloom
Band/Dj/Rockstars: Green Fourteen
Venue: The Haley Mansion
Makeup: LG Makeup + Tans
Dress: Here Comes The Dress
Videography: Hunter Floyd Films
Photography: Hey Sisters! Photography | Emily Allison & Erin Elliott

Scroll down to see more of Chris and Catherine’s wedding at the Patrick Haley Mansion in Joliet, IL!

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Alex & Gina | The Patrick Haley Mansion

Alex and Gina first met in college. They both attended The University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, and over the next four years, they became the best of friends. They even studied abroad together in Rome, and decided in their senior year of college that there was something more than a friendship. 

Fast forward to November 6th, 2016. That's when we first met Alex and Gina. He surprised the love of his life with the most romantic proposal, EVER! And we were privileged to be a part of the surprise! CLICK HERE to check out how it all began ... and then be sure to come back here to check out their gorgeous wedding day! :)

Alex and Gina were married on January 13th, 2018 in Gina's hometown, Joliet, Illinois. It was a beautiful winter day and they married at the beautiful St. Joesph Catholic Church in Downtown Joliet. It was the kind of church that reminds you of the cathedrals in Europe. When you walk in, you're taken to another place; It truly was breathtaking.

The reception was held at The Patrick Haley Mansion. It is one of the most beautiful venues; it's full of such nostalgia and wonderful details. Not to mention the staff were incredibly kind, and awesome to work alongside of.

There were many beautiful details that Gina and Alex included in this beautiful celebration, that highlighted not only their time together, but also Gina's Italian heritage.

They chose the black beauty rose as their main flower, to pay tribute to Gina's late grandmother. She also wrapped her grandmother's rosary around the bouquet, which is an Italian tradition.

Once you get down to the reception photos, you'll see a beautiful, amazing tower of cannoli, and small cake, which when we saw that, I'm pretty sure my sister and I (and maybe everyone there) said "Holy Cannoli"! HAHA, but really. It was an amazing and creative take on a traditional wedding cake. The small cake that sat on top of the tower read: “Ti amo da qui ... alla fine del mondo ... di nuove qui ... all infinito”, which translates to: “I love you from here ... to the end of the world ... here again ... to infinity”. Both Gina and Alex studied in Rome, and while there, they came across graffiti along the Tiber River, which had this beautiful quote. We love that they included this on their beautiful day. 

When it was time for Alex and Gina to dance their first dance, as husband and wife, Gina's dad, Mike and four of her cousins played "Pistol" by Dustin Kensrue. It was so beautifully played and wow! They are quite the musicians! And for the father/daughter dance, Gina and Mike choreographed the most epic dance and they absolutely killed it! 

EVERYONE got on the dance floor during the Tarantella, which is a beautiful, Italian folk-dance! It got the dance party lifted off with a bang! Which brings us to the amazing entertainment for the evening ... The Walk-ins! These guys were so incredibly talented, entertaining and so kind! We loved working with them and hope that our paths cross again.

We cannot say enough good things about this special day, and these special people. Some of the kindest souls you could ever meet. Congratulations Alex and Gina! We are so humbled to have been able to be a part of your amazing day!

{If you'd like to check out Alex & Gina's wedding day slideshow, CLICK HERE!}

AMAZING VENDORS:
Ceremony: St. Joseph Catholic Church
Reception: The Patrick C. Haley Mansion
Caterer: The Patrick C. Haley Mansion
Photographers: Hey Sisters! Photography | Emily Allison & Erin Elliott
Videographers: Frank Slow Films
The Dress: Bella Sposa Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Sposa Bridal
Hair & Makeup: Salon: Tamara Makeup + Hair Artistry
Tuxedos: The Black Tux
Florist: Petals, Custom Wedding Flowers
Invitations: PS: I Love You
Wedding Cake: Creative Cakes
Reception Band: The Walk-ins

 

 

 

Scott & Jen | Four Winds Field

Scott and Jen were married on a crisp fall day in October. The day started with a torrential downpour and ended with an equally impressive torrential downpour.

Their ceremony was meant to be outdoors, but as the day transpired, there was some certainty that an outdoor wedding just wasn’t going to be possible on this day.

To most couples, this would be devastating, but Scott and Jen, and the rest of their family and friends embraced it all. They embraced the rain. They embraced the changes they had to make for their ceremony. But more so, they embraced every last moment. And despite the gloomy day, nothing could diminish the love that shined so BRIGHT between these two wonderful humans, who managed to find each other in this crazy world.

It was a perfectly, imperfect day, and we were so darn grateful to be a part of it.

Click HERE to check out their wedding day slideshow!