YellowBird Wedding

because simple is beautiful

I was back at the Avanti Mansion on July 16th for Nicole and Rob’s big day. It was close to sweltering out, but you couldn’t possibly feel uncomfortable around Rob and Nicole. They are such a loving and welcoming couple, I wouldn’t have wanted to spend my Saturday anywhere else. When Nicole made her way out, looking absolutely beautiful, Rob seemed very moved, like the whole moment was hitting him right then. It was lucky they have some cute and lighthearted readings to give them a moment to laugh and really look at each other and take it all in. They were so focused on each other and I know I was grinning biggest of us when it was time for their first kiss as a married couple. Congratulations Rob and Nicole! I wish you a lifetime of happiness with your puppers, Max!

Ok, I’m just gonna admit it. I love Slavka and Keith! Their level of adorableness on a normal day is already surpassing a 9, so you can imagine how cute they were on June 15th at Banchetti by Rizzo’s for their wedding day! Slavka was literally shaking with excitement and nerves waiting for her first look with Keith. And Keith was smiling as big as a smile can get, waiting to stand at the altar with Slavka and declare his love. They are both so enjoyable to be around. You could feel their love and their guests were so excited for this beautiful moment to happen. Sometimes I leave work and head straight to a wedding, but am so reenergized afterwards because of couples like this! Congratulations Keith and Slavka. It was a true honor sharing in the moment with you. To all your future adventures!

Sometimes it rains on your wedding day, and sometimes it POURS. And that’s what was happening on July 1st at the Avanti Mansion for Krista and Luke’s wedding. I was nervous looking for Krista because I was afraid she’d be very upset and beside herself. I’ve seen a lot of brides on rainy days, and it isn’t always a pretty site. But Krista is the most go with the flow bride there is! Yes she was bummed, but she wasn’t letting it take away from her day at all. She was like, we still have the whole day, everyone is here, and it’s still going to be amazing. That is the right attitude to have! You don’t let yourself get disappointed by something you can’t control. I them immediately watched her change her adorable little baby, one handed while in her gown. Hero status over here. Luke was simply happy that Krista wasn’t disappointed and couldn’t wait for the ceremony to start. And when it did…I almost didn’t make it. Luke started crying when he saw his bride, and then sobbing, and then his mom was watching him and started sobbing and I was just digging my nails into my hand to keep it together! It’s hard to see such displays of love and not be moved by it. And since it was the two of them, holding hands, kissing at the end, it didn’t matter that it was raining outside. It only mattered that they were in that moment together. Congratulations Luke and Krista! You’re such a lovely family now with little Kennedy by your side.

June 24th was extra exciting not only because I got to spend it with Kylie & Adam, but because it was at a new venue for me! After 475 weddings, I’ve seen it all, so I was very excited to see Maison Albion, a breathtaking 1879 mansion! And it was the perfect spot for Kylie and Adam to get married. They were outside, in front of the pond with gardens all around them. That made it ok that lots of little creepy crawlers were interested in moving into Kylie’s dress 😂. But truly, nothing could have taken away from this beautiful moment. They held hands and looked into each other’s eyes and just radiated happiness that this moment had finally come together. You couldn’t help but beam along with them as they kissed for the first time as a married couple! Congratulations Adam and Kylie! Not only did you look perfect at a perfect place, but it couldn’t be clearer you found the perfect partner. Much love!

June 12th was another stunner at The Sterling at Arrowhead for Rachel and Brandon’s wedding. It IS a breezy spot though, so if you love the idea of your gorgeous veil blowing in the wind around you, creating perfect photos, then this is the place for you! And Rachel did look amazing as she stood at the alter with Brandon, veil lightly blowing as they shared their touching vows with one another. You should have seen how happy they looked as I asked their friends and family if they would always support and care for them and the crowd enthusiastically gave a heartfelt “WE WILL!” All in all, it was a perfect moment for a beautiful couple who I was honored to pronounce husband and wife. Congratulations Brandon and Rachel! You’re such a lovely couple and I won’t forget this special moment. I wish you a million more moments that are even half as happy as this one.

June 11th was a beautiful day for two beautiful humans! In the Rose Garden at Delaware Park, and inside The Terrace, Julie and Matt’s wedding was being set up, and it looked amazing. Outside in the garden, there were two musicians playing live music, and it was such a lovely and romantic moment. By the time Julie and Matt were ready to start, I felt they had to because they could no longer contain their excitement! Matt was escorted down the aisle by the Grandmas (adorable), and we were all lucky enough to watch Julie, looking stunning in her long, sweeping dress, make her way out. They immediately grabbed hands and although there was a beating sun on them, I’m not sure they noticed anything but each other. Congratulations Matt & Julie! I was so happy to be part of such a perfect moment, and I couldn’t be happier that the two of you found such a perfect person to share your life with.

June 5th was a stunning day at O’Brien’s Sleepy Hollow. I can honestly say only Holly and Justin could get me to miss the Gay Pride Parade and instead hang out with them! But it was worth it to see these two people, who love each other so much, share such a beautiful moment. It was a pollen filled day, and Justin and I joked about how we’d survive the billowing and blowing pollen clouds that were surrounding us. Little did we know that wouldn’t be the issue…As we made our way to the alter, and watched gorgeous Holly make her way out, I started to notice a cute little caterpillar on Justin’s shoulder. And while he laughed a lot during the ceremony, I didn’t find out until later that it was because he step-daughter who was maid of honor, was COVERED in them! They were all just smiling and laughing and having such a pure and wonderful moment. During the funny bits were the heartfelt bits and they seemed as happy as can be to be kissing as husband and wife. Congratulations Justin and Holly! I wish you endless joy and a caterpillar free future!

I was lucky enough to kick off Pride Month on June 4th at the Botanical Gardens with Samantha and Jasmine for their lovely wedding! When they arrived they both looked so beautiful and excited (ok nervous) to share this moment with each other and their closest friends and family. I don’t often get emotional at weddings, but when their two grandmas came down the aisle as flower girls, I almost lost it!!! They held hands at the alter and looked deeply into each others eyes, while I listened to the sound of bridesmaids sobbing next to me 😂. It gives you an idea of how special this moment was and how happy everyone was for it. Soon enough it was time to kiss as married wives and I felt as excited as everyone in that room. Congratulations Jasmine and Samantha! I’m so glad that you found each other in Middle School and kept that friendship and love alive until now. Best wishes always.

I haven’t had a wedding at the Hotel Lafayette in a minute, so I was happy to find myself there on May 6th for Melissa & Alex’s wedding! It’s a lovely spot that was made for a lovely couple. After checking out their perfect room, I made my way out to the courtyard to see where this special moment would take place. It seemed perfect for them and I was excited as Alex made his way out to lovingly watch Melissa come join him. They seemed a bit nervous, but took hands and smiled and repeated their vows to one another as people in the audience welled up. I was so happy when I was finally time to announce it was time to kiss the bride! Congratulations Alex and Melissa! I’m so happy you found each other (and Pretzel) and I wish you a lifetime of happiness!

April 23rd was a windy day that was trying very hard to be Spring. And since this wedding took place outside at Ravenwood Gold Club, I would say it succeeded! I found Megan and Shane looking very excited for this moment to begin. I’m not sure I saw nerves as much as I saw pure happiness. When they were standing at their alter, hand in hand, it was so clear that these two people were made for each other…or as much as I could see with my darn hair blowing in my eyes! I told you it was windy! But nothing could distract from how beautiful Megan looked and what a meaningful moment it was. By the time they were kissing as husband and wife, the space was erupting with joy. Congratulations Shane and Megan. This moment has been a long time coming and I’m so honored I got to share it with you. Much love always.