Ashley + Daniel : Wedding at Gaslite Manor

A day full of laughter, friends, happiness, and a sweet custom made UFC championship belt.  Does it get better? 😉

I’m so excited to share this wedding day!  Ashley and Danny are so very much in love and I knew it as soon as we met for their engagement session last year.  Smitten.  That’s the only word to describe it. 🙂  They make each other smile and it’s contagious.

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Photographer : Elizabeth Greve Photography (2nd : Maria Harte Photography)
DJ : Carlos Mendez 
The Dress : David’s Bridal
The Suit : Men’s Wearhouse
Bridesmaid Dresses : David’s Bridal 
Hair : Cassie Kroner (friend of maid of honor) 
Makeup : Lauren Bieritz (friend of the bride) 
Florist : Janet Hollon
Shoes : Converse (bride and groom)

One of my favorite parts every time is photographing the bride getting into her dress.

Everyone is so excited and it makes the day even more official watching the reactions.

🙂Quick, how many people does it take to tie the back of Ashley’s dress?? 😉As soon as she was in her dress, it was time for the white converse shoes!

LOVED this detail for her day!

It also took a lot of bridesmaids to keep her steady.CUTE & COMFORTABLE!

PERFECT!Ashley had a heart sewn into her dress as her ‘something blue‘.

This was the moment where everyone was searching to find it.Last minute touch-ups…Seriously Ash, you made one STUNNING bride!!! <3Outside for pictures before we head to the ceremony.And of course an official mini-alcohol bottle cheers to the day! 😉LOVED her hair! She reminded me of Priscilla Presley on her wedding day.

Meanwhile over with the guys…A pair of awesome Converse shoes and and a custom UFC ‘Daniel & Ashley‘ belt.

Awesome!The VERY dapper Danny. 🙂Off to the gorgeous campus in Mooseheart for the ceremony.Ashley wanted a moment with Danny before the ceremony without seeing each other.

What better place than the corner of the church where they were about to be married.

<3Loved catching her veil in the wind…Finally, time to get married! 🙂

Officially MR. & MRS.!!!I followed them outside as they circled around the church for their first pictures just moments after being married.

<3BUBBLES, BUBBLES, BUBBLES!!!

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CHEERS TO MARRIAGE!!!The outside of the church was so cool we had to get some pictures before heading elsewhere.Such a gorgeous day!

(Scroll to the end to see some fun ‘in-action’ shots of me taking this!)The Mooseheart campus was perfect for family and wedding party pictures.

Absolutely beautiful!I was LOVING these pillars for pictures! 🙂The handsome gents…The gorgeous ladies. 🙂And of course a few of just the bride and groom.One of their SNEAK PEEK’s on Facebook – LOVE this one!I mean seriously, that sky!!!!

PERFECT DAY!These two were so easy to photograph.

You can see just how happy they are when they look at each other.

🙂And off to Gaslite Manor for the reception we go!So cool to see the pictures I took for their engagement session used as table number cards!An amazing introduction!!!

Danny had it made for Ashley, an official Bruce Buffer introduction!When cutting one’s wedding cake, one must place the UFC wedding belt on.

😉You two are too cute!WOOHOO for speeches!

🙂So many fun reactions to a few heartfelt speeches.LOVED the detail in their rings!Another favorite part of weddings – the first dance.

<3 <3 <3That moment your guests start blowing bubbles at you during your first dance…🙂Sitting pretty for the garter toss! 🙂Love this sequence.  Thrown right to ya! 😉The ceiling was a tad low so Ashley’s throw went right into the wall and straight down in front of everyone.

Didn’t stop this lady from snatching that bouquet!

HA!Oh hey, it’s Kristen & Mark, one of my past couples from 3 years ago at the same wedding venue! 😉

I did a fun comparison shot for them on Facebook.

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Happy 3 years!Ashley didn’t leave the dance floor!

<3Just before leaving, we saw this amazing night sky.

A MUST for pictures of course!

🙂A walk back to their wedding at the end of the night under an amazing moon. <3

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{A little about Ashley & Daniel}

 1. When did you meet? Where?

We technically met on Match.com but our first official  meeting was at Hawkeyes Bar and Grill in Chicago and our first date was at Dao Sushi in Burr Ridge.  

2. When did you get engaged?

We got engaged on Sept. 14th, 2014, at Arlington Race Track- a year after our first date!

3. How did the proposal happen?

Danny took the day off and told Ashley that he was planning a “day date” for them. Danny told her they would be going to Arlington Race Track as she had mentioned wanting to that summer as it was a special place for her family. Danny bought her a Northface jacket that morning that distracted her from all of the other signs that she missed that something was up. When they got to the track, Danny did not want to bet right away. He said he wanted to “look around”. As we approached the picnic area, I noticed that there was a large group of people looking at us with smiles, and as we got closer I thought it was such a cool coincidence friends and family where in the picnic area already. As we got closer and closer, Danny got down on his knee and asked if I would marry him.

4.Wedding Ceremony & Venue

Wedding Ceremony- House of God @ Mooseheart

Reception- Gastlie Manor

5.Honeymoon?

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

6. What was your favorite thing about your wedding day?

Danny’s surprise for Ashley: the Bruce Buffer introduction with a UFC championship belt and having so many of our family and friends there to celebrate with us.

7. If you could do it all over again, what would you change, if anything?

Our wedding day was absolutely beautiful and everything that we had ever imagined it to be and then some! Looking back, the only thing that we would change if we could is that we would have waited to go on our honeymoon a little while…… instead of leaving 9 hours after our reception ended.

8. What was your first dance song?

Who I Am With You by Chris Young

9. Any advice for future couples?

Be in the moment- enjoy every second of your wedding day (and marriage)!

10. 3 words to describe your husband/wife?

Danny’s words to describe Ashley: loving, dedicated, thoughtful

Ashley’s words to describe Danny: witty, selfless, hardworking

THANK YOU FOR SHARING!!!

Thank you Ashley & Danny for having me be a part of your day! I loved every part, especially just watching how happy you made each other throughout.

I wish you all the happiness in the world.  Can’t wait to celebrate more milestones with you in the future!

HUGS!

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And for a little fun, a few ‘in-action’ shots of me capturing those moments of Ashley, Danny, and their day!

A HUGE thank you to my beautiful friend and photographer Maria of Maria Harte Photography for 2nd shooting with me.

You were outstanding as always lady! 😉

<3

 

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