Becca + Jason : Winter wedding at the Patrick C. Haley Mansion

From the story of how they first met to how Jason proposed, this couple is one for the books! <3

When I first met with Becca & Jason during their engagement session, I knew their wedding would be a blast.

These two never stop smiling and when you are around them, you smile too.  Friends since childhood, these two sweethearts embody what it means to be happy and in love.

Flash forward to their wedding day, and we are met with a big snowfall.  By the time I met up with Jason and the guys, a good few inches had already accumulated.

Needless to say, this was for sure going to be a very WHITE WEDDING.

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Here is the wedding of Becca & Jason.

Vendors :

 Photography : Elizabeth Greve Photography
Video : Impressions Cinema Photo
Cake : Creative Cakes in Tinely park
DJ : Rendition (band)
The Dress : designer – Stella York, purchased from Bella Sposa
The Suit : Black Tie Formal
Bridesmaid Dresses : designer – Jordan Fashions, purchased at House of Brides
Hair : Elise Carlson & Laura Paciorek with Planet Color Salon
Makeup : Brittani Sylvester & Gabby Raguso with Glamd/Pin me Up Chicago http://pinmeupchicago.com/
Florist : An English Garden
Shoes : DSW

The guys, all dressed in black. Very dapper looking.Last minute speech writing. 🙂Groom’s Gift : Ray Ban Sunglasses and Beats by Dre.Meanwhile, with the ladies…Everyone was very calm and chill, just enjoying the afternoon.Becca’s niece, Adelena, showing me the detail in the bridal bouquet.  A picture of her late Mom, Renee, and Becca (sisters).

<3The gorgeous ladies!So much anticipation…what must go through one’s mind at this point?

Only excitement. 🙂Love that the MOH was speech writing too!One last view before the dress goes on!A very white background (SO MUCH SNOW!) while Becca got ready.ALL DRESSED!

Everyone was in awe, including Becca. So many smiles. 🙂 🙂 🙂Bride’s Gift : A personal letter and framed pictures of the two of them. <3Love these pictures of Becca and her niece. So sweet! <3Becca, you are STUNNING!!!Limo is here, umbrella’s out…let’s do this!The church looked so pretty with the snow falling all around.<3 <3 <3So happy!These two did NOT stop smiling the entire time. 🙂Dad’s are the sweetest. <3MARRIED!!!They got to exit with a bagpiper.

Ha! Love Adelena‘s response…plug your ears. 😉Everyone threw coats on and ran outside quickly for the grand exit in the snow.LOVE!!! Snow in lieu of bubbles! 😉Alright, now come back in! LOL!The wedding party headed back to Jason’s parent’s house to hang out while we took a few pictures.Recreating a moment from their childhood…(scroll to the end to see the adorable comparison).SO SWEET! <3

You two make a snow filled wedding day look fun!Off to Patrick C. Haley we go…Before the reception, we headed upstairs with the wedding party for portraits around the mansion.

Check out our gorgeous bride!!! <3Cheers!The beautiful ladies!🙂 🙂 🙂The dapper gents.Boys and champagne. 🙂You two rocked EVERY picture taken!

So adorable together!This beautiful little girl (and spitting image of her mother)…that room was made to be her backdrop. 😉MR. & MRS. PECK!!!!!!!Loved this cupcake tower.A very sweet speech by Becca’s dad.Instead of clinking glasses, a hoola-hoop was set up.  If you wanted Becca & Jason to kiss, you had to hoola-hoop! 😉And people did!<3 <3 <3One of my favorite parts of the night…the Best Man and Maid of Honor speeches…so many wonderful reactions taken.

Becca, your smile is contagious! 😉Marissa, the MOH, spoke eloquently about Renee, Becca’s sister. Not a dry eye in the house.

<3 <3 <3And then, the laughter did not stop. 🙂Such an amazing speech from a wonderful friend.

<3First dance as husband & wife!Becca and her sweet dad.Jason with his mom. <3The band has started.

TIME TO DANCE!!!Becca, you are adorable. I love that you never left the dance floor. 😉DUDE! This is my jam! 😉So many great moments all night…After all that dancing, a step outside for a fun snow/night shot was just what they needed.

Thank you two for taking the time to do this. 😉

SUCH AN AWESOME DAY!!!

Becca & Jason – THANK YOU!

I had a blast and will always remember this day, snow and all! 

I hope you two enjoy all of your memories and I wish you a lifetime of happiness.

Keep laughing, and always smile. I know that won’t be hard for you Becca. 😉

HUGS!

<3 <3 <3 <3 <3

{A little about Becca & Jason}

 1. When did you meet? Where?

We were neighbors when we were little and I (Becca) moved away when I was 6 to a different house and went to public schools while he went to private schools. Fast forward 15 years and we ran into each other at a local bar when we were twenty-one. Seven years and a wedding later- here we are! His parents have pictures of us kissing on the front porch when we were younger that we recreated on the wedding day.

2. When did you get engaged?

We got engaged February 18th, 2014 at our, then, condo in Tinley Park.

3. How did the proposal happen?

I got home from work and walked in to a trail of photos from our childhood up until the current day surrounded by candles and rose petals. When I got to the end there was a love letter surrounded by more rose petals and when I finished reading he was there down on one knee. I cried like a baby!

4. Wedding Venue :

Patrick C. Haley Mansion, Joliet, IL

5. Honeymoon :

We spent an amazing week in beautiful Costa Rica.

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

That all the stress and madness of planning was over and to see it all come together was probably my favorite part of the wedding. We had such a long engagement that it was tough to picture all our visions come alive and seeing it for the first time literally took our breath away. To see each other be so happy and see everyone come together to celebrate our love was a feeling we will never forget.

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

If we did it all over again I think the only thing I would change would be how much I stressed over the little things! It may sound cliche, but our wedding day was the most perfect day, I would not change a single thing. The torrential snow storm may have upset some other people but for me, it was beautiful and made our day even more memorable.

8. What was your first dance song?

Our first dance was “Hold you in my arms” by Ray Lamontagne

9. Any advice for future couples?

It will all pay off in the end. Don’t waste your time on all the small details that no one but you will even notice.  And of course- ENJOY every minute of it.  No one could have prepared me for how fast it all went. Use your cocktail hour to mingle with everyone and say your hellos then enjoy the rest of the night.

10. 3 words to describe each other :

Jason is the most generous, caring, selfless person and I am lucky to call him my husband.

THANK YOU FOR SHARING!!!

😉

 

Now here is the adorable comparison from the same exact front porch…childhood to Wedding Day.

So cool to remake this photo!

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A HUGE thank you to my friend and 2nd photographer, Maria, of Maria Harte Photography for all of your amazing help throughout the day!

Maria captured me in the snow here outside the church…ha!

I’ll go anywhere to get the shot! 😉  I look so happy! LOL!Can you spot Maria? HAHAHA

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