YellowBird Wedding

because simple is beautiful

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.

Intimate and beautiful. That is really all I can say about Abby & Jeff’s wedding on March 6th at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House. They are a beautiful couple, in a beautiful space, with a beautiful love for each other. They knew they wanted to be married and that they only needed the two of them there for it to be a perfect. It felt like such an honor that they chose me to share this private moment with them. They looked at each other with so much love and happiness and in that moment I knew it was absolutely correct that it was just them, because they wouldn’t have noticed anyone else anyway. Congratulations Jeff and Abby! You’re such a spectacular couple and I wish you a lifetime of happiness!!!

Pam and Tom immediately knew what they wanted for their wedding. A small, intimate ceremony at the beautiful Botanical Gardens on a Thursday afternoon, with their closest people and of course, their huge St. Bernard dog, Cooper! And it truly was a perfect moment. As I watched them hold hands (and a leash), I saw them become more emotional than they anticipated. I sometimes think that people assume since it’s a small wedding without all the bells and whistles, they will casually walk through it, but then you start listening to the words and thinking about your partner and THAT’S IT! The tears begin and I watch emotion sweep over them. It was truly a lovely moment and I got many, many dog pets. Congratulations Tom and Pam! I see such love and happiness in your future. Take care!

February 26th I found myself at The Sterling at Arrowhead for Kelly & Chris’s wedding. They are a couple who knew what they wanted immediately after meeting and I knew how special this moment would be for them. Kelly looked stunning in her dress and Chris was all pumped up, I think ready for this moment hours after first meeting Kelly. It was of course an emotional moment, I saw Chris really trying to hold it together, and honestly, WE ALL WERE once they started reading their vows. That one took some skill on my part, because they were so moving and I’m not sure how their families kept it together! All in all it was a spectacular moment, that was topped by their first married kiss! Congratulations Chris and Kelly! It was a moment as beautiful as the two of you, and I’m happy I got to share in it. Much love!

When the couple is as cute as these two, you don’t mind heading out on cold February 5th for a wedding. Especially when it’s cozy as heck at the Avanti Mansion. I found Allison and Jhon, both beaming and looking super happy. They also seemed pretty relaxed (unless I had a question and then Jhon was texting Allsion for the correct answer. ALL grooms take note), and ready to get married! Allison looked so beautiful as she made her way down the long staircase as Jhon watched her. Even though moments before we were lightly joking about grooms getting choked up, there was Jhon, wiping tears from his eyes. They shared such personal and beautiful vows and when I looked out into the crowd, I could see how moved everyone was. Soon enough, before I started crying, they were kissing as husband and wife! Congratulations Jhon and Allison. It was such a please to share in your day and I wish you a life time of happiness!

January 15th was special not only because it was my first wedding of 2022, but because I got to share it with an amazing couple that I married once before! During the height of the pandemic, Catherine and Vincent said their “i do’s” in a very intimate setting and this time, they wanted to share their love with friends and family. So I joined them again, this time at Pearl Street, and we celebrated in style! It really meant a lot to be a part of this moment again and even though they were married, and even though a few of these words they had heard before, you could see their love and appreciation in their smiles and in Catherine’s tears. Congratulations to both of you. I sure hope there is a renewal in the future that I get to be a part of. Thank you for starting my year off in the best possible way. All my love.