Hi, hey, howdy! I'm excited to share this wedding at the Woman's Club of Evanston on the blog today! Out of all the weddings I've been lucky enough to photograph, this one was absolutely the most meaningful to me. I've known Wesley's younger brothers, Will and Josh, for about seven years and counting. Then last year, his older sister Katie and I lived pretty close to each other in Chicago and became closer, and I've gotten to know Wesley and his now wife (!!!) Beatriz throughout all the other gatherings I've been invited to.

I cry at almost every wedding, which is crazy to me since I'm a pretttty cynical person, and after seeing wedding after wedding every month, I would never expect to cry at all of them. But this one didn't take much for me to get a little teary-eyed, especially while everyone was singing during the ceremony.

The day started with a thunderstorm, heavy rain, and dark skies, but by the time we were all ready for pictures outdoors, the weather was beautiful, and no one would have ever guessed it had rained. We got the good luck rain, and the good-photo sunshine :)

Not only was this wedding filled with people who I've known for years, but one of my close friends Rebecca, who I've only known for a little over a year, second shot this wedding with me, which made it that much more special.

green wedding shoes and invitations on a blush pink dress
entrance to the Woman's Club of Evanston with wreaths on the door and a wet driveway from the rain
three wedding rings on a green and gold wedding invitation

This combination of the red bowtie, the green invites, and the gold rings is giving me hard core fall/winter vibes. And I really love it together.

man putting on his cufflinks for wedding at Woman's Club of Evanston in Chicago, IL
three gold wedding rings stacked together on top of a teal and gold wedding invitation
close up of a maroon bow tie on a checkered shit and navy suit
blonde groom in navy suit and red bowtie and glasses smiling and sitting in the Woman's Club of Evanston sunroom

Meanwhile in the other end of the building, Beatriz + her bridesmaids were getting ready, having a blast, and looking beautiful as ever:

bride smiling while her bridesmaid helps put her earrings on before her wedding in Chicago
bride looks in the mirror at herself while bridesmaid puts necklace on her

I love love love when a couple does a first look, so I was THRILLED to hear they were doing one! A first look gives the couple a chance to get the nerves out before the ceremony, see each other, hang out in peace for a minute (since the rest of the day is filled with lots of excitement, but also lots of people...), and really feel like they're going into this together.

Plus, the sunroom at The Woman's Club of Evanston is a gorgeous, naturally-lit space for a first look.

groom's back is turned while he awaits his bride for a wedding at the Woman's Club of Evanston in Chicago, IL
bride and groom at the Woman's Club of Evanston see each other for the first time on their wedding day
bride smirks at her groom during their first look at Woman's Club of Evanston Wedding
bride smiles at her groom during their first look at Woman's Club of Evanston Wedding
bride smiles at her groom on their wedding day and holds her flowers at the Woman's Club of Evanston brunch wedding
bride and groom hold hands and stand together in the sunroom at the Woman's Club of Evanston on their wedding day
bride and groom hugging in the sunroom at WOman's Club of Evanston on their wedding day

In this case, they got a little extra time to see their officiant and friend, and pray before the day really kicks off for this fun brunch wedding at The Woman's Club of Evanston.

bride hugging her wedding officiant at the Woman's Club of Evanston for Chicago brunch wedding
bride hugs groom with eyes closed as pastor prays over them before their wedding day
groom and parents walking down the aisle at Woman's Club of Evanston before getting married
groom hugs his mother before he gets married at the Woman's Club of Evanston
parents of the bride walk her down the aisle at the Woman's Club of Evanston

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bride and groom hold hands in front of wedding guests at Woman's Club of Evanston
bride raises bouquet in the air and walks down the aisle with groom after just getting married
wedding guests clapping for bride and groom who were just married

Annnnnd they're married!

And feelin' like this:

wedding party in grey suits and pink dresses cheer for bride and groom in Woman's Club of Evanston garden
wedding party in grey and pink cheer for newlyweds at the Woman's Club of Evanston garden
woman's club of evanston garden with wedding party alternating in pink and grey

I'm totally into mix and match bridesmaids dresses right now, even when it's subtle. All the shades of blush and different shapes of dress fit everyone so well, added so much dimension, and can we talk about this walking image? Someone frame it for me. All these ladies are super talented too, because they helped arrange these flowers which I was, as you may guess, obsessing over all day (quietly). Flowers are always one of my favorite things to see since you don't get a sneak peek like you do with music selection, or the dresses, or hair and makeup...and they're always so much fun!

This was also the first of two wedding in the fall where the bridesmaids wore blush, and it just proves that pink and blush are awesome colors for any season! I especially loved them in the garden.

bride and bridesmaids in blush dresses walk through the garden during a brunch wedding at Woman's Club of Evanston
yellow, maroon, peach, and white wedding bouquet
bride and bridesmaids in blush hold bouquets and walk through garden laughing and smiling
bridesmaids in pink and bride hold bouquets and give a serious face
bridesmaids cheer for her bridesmaids in the garden at Woman's Club of Evanston
bridesmaids in pink dresses cheer for bride on her wedding day
groom standing with all his groomsmen in gray suits in the garden at Woman's Club of Evanston
groomsmen in gray suits lift up groom in the streets of Chicago
bride leans on groom's chest and they both smile in front of white hydrangeas
groom kisses his bride on the forehead in front of a white hydrangea bush in the garden at Woman's Club of Evanston

Cheers to being Mr. and Mrs. !

bride and groom kiss and dip in the middle of a rainy street in front of the Woman's Club of Evanston
bride and groom sipping champagne in the sunroom at Woman's Club of Evanston Chicago
two glasses of champagne and a plate of breakfast pastries with wedding bouquet on a table
all white chairs and tables with blue napkins at the Woman's Club of Evanston brunch wedding
waffles in a silver tray for a brunch wedding buffet in Chicago IL
mug with bride and groom names and wedding date
table of espresso mugs with bubbles in them as wedding favors
arepas set out for Chicago brunch wedding

The day at the Woman's Club of Evanston ended with sunshine and the happiest little bubble exit, and away into their neon orange Dodge Charger they went! Hope y'all are having a grand time on your honeymoon and being freaking MARRIED!!! Cheers!

bride and groom holding hands and walking through guests blowing bubbles at Woman's Club of Evanston wedding
bride and groom holding hands smiling and walking through bubble exit for Woman's Club of Evanston brunch wedding
bride and groom walking through wedding guests for grand exit and going to an orange getaway car