Liz + Brian : A Chicago Yacht Wedding Ceremony

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Lake Michigan, Buckingham Fountain, Millennium Park, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, Navy Pier, Oak Street Beach…and the list goes on.

It’s one thing to live in Chicago and have access to these amazing city locations, but to see them all in one night from a Yacht?!  Yep, this was a GREAT night! 🙂

Much like any normal wedding ceremony, Liz & Brian both got ready separately.  Brian met me first at the Goodtimes Yacht at The Chicago Yacht Club.

Soon after, Liz came walking down the pier (the aisle) and they saw each other all dressed up for the first time. 🙂 <3

All the guests at the yacht club waited around.  They were so excited to see the bride!

Love the ‘celebrity wave’ to the yacht club members watching.

How cute are these two?! <3

Never photographed a wedding on a yacht…or a boat for that matter.

There’s a first time for everything! 😉

Thanks to Good Times Yacht for an amazing night!

We of course had to take a few portraits before we started moving.

(Speaking of which, I now consider myself a pro at balancing on a swaying yacht while taking wedding portraits!)

It ain’t easy folks!

I don’t think it could have been a more gorgeous Summer day in the city!

With all the crazy Chicago Summer weather we’ve been having, this day was quite the opposite…perfect!

Their one requested pose for Patrick Mannelly on Twitter : #Mannellying 😉

The ‘stairs’ leading up to the top of the yacht.  This thing was so cool to explore!

Just beautiful.

They had so much food everyone had to take a doggie bag when they left.

(p.s. Thanks for that, the cake was amazing!) 😉

Her gorgeous flowers.

I spy a cake thief! lol!

After all the guests arrived (a little over 20 in total), we set sail.

Wave goodbye to your single life!  When we get back, you’ll be married! 😉

Hello Lake Michigan!

Amazing.  I was one happy photographer. 🙂

Groom portrait…

…and the lovely bride.

Such a beautiful couple!

<3 <3 <3

This is where you will say ‘I do’.

I don’t think it gets any better.

I loved how easy going this wedding was.

We stopped the boat, everyone grabbed a seat and Liz & Brian headed to the bow.

Ceremony starts. <3

Conch shell blowing in honor of loved ones.

This day was perfect, as was this ceremony. 

The moment Brian starts to cry while saying his vows…and then we all join in. 😉

Mr. & Mrs. Schultz!!!

MARRIED!!!!!!!!!!! <3

A small, intimate wedding ceremony with 20+ of your closest friends & family.

Perfection.

I am in love with this picture! 

One of their Facebook SNEAK PEEK’s…could these two be any cuter?!

More conch blowing.  Ha! Liz had a little trouble. 😉

The stunning bride.

😉 😉 😉

Overboard. (anyone know that movie?) Yep, exactly what I thought of.

After the ceremony : more sailing, drinks, food, & mingling. Such a cool night!

We were out from 4pm-8pm.

A photographer’s ideal time frame for taking pictures.

The many faces of Liz while cutting the cake. HA!

Remember when I said I became a pro at balancing while taking pictures on a yacht?

Yep, we all became pro’s…but not before almost falling many times. 😉

So happy. <3 <3 <3

And then the sun started setting behind the city…

I had suggested that they share a first dance as a married couple.

Could there be a more perfect background?!

‘Stand by your man’ just happened to be playing.  😉

This picture always makes me smile.  Every time.

🙂 🙂 🙂

We docked back at the club and had to do one last conch blow in celebration.

HA!  Love this Liz, but I think your mom was the conch pro. 😉

The sun is set, you are married, and this was one perfect night.

Liz & Brian – CONGRATULATIONS!

I cannot thank you two enough for letting me be a part of this day.

It was so amazing to one, experience a wedding on a Yacht in my favorite city, and two, to be able to witness such an intimate ceremony with your closest friends and family.

It was truly an honor.

I wish you all the happiness in the world!

HUGS!

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{A little about Liz & Brian}

1. When did you meet? Where?

Sunday, January 20th, 2013 (MLK weekend) – Beckett’s (former bar on Lincoln Ave) watching the Pats/Ravens playoff game.
2. When did you get engaged? Where?

Friday, March 7th, 2014 – Kenosha Metra Train Station
3. How did the proposal happen?

We both worked on Friday but were heading up to Brian’s mom’s in Sheboygan, WI for the weekend. Liz took the Metra to Kenosha so Brian didn’t have to brave downtown Chicago traffic for Friday rush hour. (Brian lives/works in Oak Park, just west of the city). Liz arrived at the station and Brian was waiting near the car. Brian told Liz there was a surprise waiting on the front seat. She opened the car door and there was a bouquet of red tulips, her favorite, on the front seat. When she turned around to put her work bag in the back seat, he was on one knee behind her and popped the question to which she answered “Absolutely.” They kissed and then jumped in the car to head north and of course start making phone calls…
4. Wedding Ceremony & Venue location/Vendor information : 

Yacht – Good Times Yacht (private)
Saturday Celebration – East Bank Club, Joe Crawford
Dress – Glamour Closet (costume change Saturday – Monique Lhuillier, Nordstrom)
Suit – Men’s Wearhouse
Hair – Salon Buzz, Erik Misher
Make-up – Nicole Kelly
Flowers – Ashland Addison Florist
Catering/Cake – Chicago Yacht Club/Dinkel’s Bakery
DJ – Joe Stephen, Standing Ovation DJs

5. Honeymoon? Where to?

Argentina Christmas 2014
6. What was your favorite thing about your wedding day?

While taking pictures, Brian and I were able to have time on the bow of the yacht by ourselves after the ceremony to talk and dance – by far best moment of the weekend (and it was captured on film!)
7. If you could do it all over again, what would you change, if anything?

Nothing.

8. What was your first dance song?

Yacht – Stand by Your Man, Dixie Chicks (unplanned haha) – It started as I (Photographer Liz) asked them to share a first dance on the yacht. Too perfect! 🙂

Saturday Celebration – Everything, Michael Bublé
9. Any advice for future couples?

If you can separate out the event over two days and keep the ceremony intimate, it’s very special and memorable.

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