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Chicago DIY Wedding – Andrea and David – Chicago Wedding Photography

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I have been super excited for Andrea and David’s wedding since their first consult with Joshua – we immediately recognized each other as ‘kindred spirits’.  They shared their proposal story with their family and friends at, and it was a dream proposal!  David planned a series of surprises during a trip to Canada based on Andrea’s love for the Anne of Green Gables movie (I share the same love for the book series) and you absolutely must read the story – long or short version.  Not only did they visit the Green Gables home from the movie, David also surprised Andrea with a trip to Prince Edward Island to visit the home of the author, check out the Lake of Shining Waters, and hold hands and walk along the same Lover’s Lane that Anne traveled in the book/movie.

Oh. My. Goodness.


Just like the perfection that was their wedding.  We met up with Andrea at the Lynfred Winery in Roselle, Illinois, where Andrea had booked their gorgeous French Suite for the girls to get ready.

Andrea’s stunning Casablanca gown waited patiently while the girls enjoyed a few glasses of champagne, opened gifts and primped.  Andrea slipped into her gown and the ladies made their way over to the St. Walter Church.

With joyful tears in her eyes, Andrea met David at the end of the aisle and they were married by Father Guiney in a ceremony that engaged their loved ones in the blessings they were to receive.  Kasia from Flowers by KH did an excellent job tying the flowers into Andrea and David’s overall wedding vision – the eclectic, vintage feel of the bouquets perfectly complemented Andrea’s gown.

Andrea and David departed the church to bubbles and the sound of ringing bells, toasted to their new marriage, and hopped in the limousine to take some couples photos at the Lynfred Winery.  We couldn’t resist taking advantage of the beautiful sunset and the hand-carved spiral staircase in the winery.

On our way to the reception, we stopped at the Meacham Grove County Forest Preserve where we did our best to recreate the rolling hills and fields of PEI.

The perfection continued when we reached the reception at the Empress Banquets in Addison, IL, starting with their entrance to Green Day’s Today.  Andrea and David put Martha Stewart to shame with their DIY projects – from the burlap LOVE flags to the totally, completely, and amazingly handmade centerpieces and the magnet guest favors.  Jaws seriously dropped when you saw how much work and love they put into this wedding – they shared this video at their reception and it is another must see:  When I say they made their centerpieces, I mean they really made their centerpieces – from scratch.  From selecting the branches and mason jars to pouring in and painting the plaster molds to stamping and stitching the LOVE flags – the care they showed in the planning of their wedding can foretell only great things for their relationship.

The guys from MDM Entertainment started spinning beats that kept the dance floor full the rest of the night while we stole the bridal party away to take advantage of some great vignettes around the Empress Banquets.  So fierce.

Andrea and David, we’re humbled that you chose us to capture the celebration of love that was your wedding.  You put so much care into every detail and we thoroughly enjoyed joining you on this blessed day.  We’re sure to cross paths again both professionally (you can check out Andrea’s photography here: Andrea Dennis Photography) and personally – after all, we are kindred spirits.  We can’t wait to see you again soon!



  • December 23, 2011 - 10:46 pm

    Hilda Burke - This wedding is such great eye candy! The bride is gorgeous and so is her dress. Wonderful photography, you are a master of light 🙂ReplyCancel

  • December 30, 2011 - 10:29 pm

    Josh Mitchell - Nice work man!ReplyCancel

  • January 5, 2012 - 1:59 pm

    Lynn Dennis - Oh, these are exquisite!ReplyCancel

  • January 5, 2012 - 3:36 pm

    Mike Phelps - Ahhhh yes, it brings me right back to that day. Such beauts — nice work! I’m excited to see all the mysterious Lynfred pictures and get some of these guys for myself. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • January 5, 2012 - 5:30 pm

    Jessica Phelps - This was the most beautiful wedding i’ve ever had the privilege to attend. Such great photography, and such a magical couple 🙂ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2012 - 4:42 am

    Julie Simms - ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! I'm GUSHING!ReplyCancel

    • January 6, 2012 - 1:49 pm

      Allison McDaniel Simon - Now I see why…saw a pic of your sweetie in there! Cool wedding!!ReplyCancel

    • January 7, 2012 - 1:11 am

      Kelly Kivitts Simms - Beautiful…..ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2012 - 3:59 pm

    Lars - Hi David and Andrea!

    Sorry I couldn’t be there for your big day. The pictures are amazing!!ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2012 - 4:13 pm

    Diana - So jealous of the beautiful pictures….now to figure out a way to go back in time and redo all my pictures!ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2012 - 4:18 pm

    Ryan Dennis - These all look amazing!!!ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2012 - 4:41 pm

    Tristine Walker - These are fantastic! It was truly a stunning wedding. I particularly like the staircase shot, and the bridal/groom party portraits. Gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2012 - 5:01 pm

    Vanessa Rodefer - Amazing! Gorgeous! Beautiful! Romantic! Absolutely Perfect!ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2012 - 6:29 pm

    Lisa Debus - Reeally beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2012 - 6:39 pm

    Lisa Marshall Bashert - So proud of my beautiful niece and her tremendous groom. Their love shines out of these photos. The photos tell the true tale of an outstanding couple.ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2012 - 7:27 pm

    Kristen Dennis - Beautiful photos… perfectly perfect.ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2012 - 7:44 pm

    Laura Sittig - These are just gorgeous!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2012 - 9:38 pm

    Debra Dawe - Ridiculously beautiful pictures of ridiculously beautiful people, inside and out! And there's a photo of my wedding present! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2012 - 10:28 pm

    Cindy Rodefer - Absolutly Beautiful! Thank You for Including Me is Your Special Day!ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2012 - 11:52 pm

    michael todd - Absolutely beautiful pictures of you two once again congrats!ReplyCancel

  • January 7, 2012 - 12:20 am

    Rachel Taylor - I love it all!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 Andrea you are the most beautiful bride at the most beautiful wedding!ReplyCancel

  • January 7, 2012 - 2:31 am

    Sophie Luberda - beautiful photography! beautiful subjects!ReplyCancel

  • January 7, 2012 - 4:15 pm

    Siân Miller - Just gorgeous. Congrats you two 🙂ReplyCancel

  • January 7, 2012 - 8:52 pm

    Jim - Very nice photos!ReplyCancel

  • January 7, 2012 - 8:56 pm

    Lynn - Beautiful! I particularly like the composition of the photos of the bridesmaids and the groomsmen.ReplyCancel

  • January 7, 2012 - 10:14 pm

    Janet - Beautiful Couple! Beautiful Wedding! Photographs Are AWESOME! May you have a wonderful life together!ReplyCancel

  • January 7, 2012 - 10:39 pm

    Allen - Exquisitely stunning and remarkable photo documentation of a spectacular & emotionally charged wedding. A most professional, high caliber performance by the photographer(s). Many thanks to you for capturing the spirit of that wonderful day..ReplyCancel

  • January 8, 2012 - 12:12 am

    Tim Marshall - Such beautiful pictures Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • January 8, 2012 - 12:25 am

    TinaBW - FaNtAsTiC! Love, love the photos. Very creative & truly show the joy of the day. Especially like the meadow photo (very “Twilight” like…huge fan). Also a huge fan of “Ann of Green Gables” and the photos show the spirit of the wedding theme. Thanks for the photo link. CoNgRaTs again! ~~~~ReplyCancel

  • January 8, 2012 - 5:06 am

    Brooke Dennis - Wow, these are AMAZING! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • January 8, 2012 - 3:01 pm

    Shari Crowne Corley - Such simple elegance…stunningly beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • January 8, 2012 - 4:22 pm

    James Marshall Jr. - These are Amazing. What a fantastic time we all had. CongratsReplyCancel

  • January 8, 2012 - 4:58 pm

    Mary Jane Diskin - Beautiful pictures,of beautiful people. Some of them actually look like early 1900’s all are so well done.ReplyCancel

  • January 9, 2012 - 4:49 pm

    Ryan Dennis - Wow! Can’t wait to see the album!!!ReplyCancel

  • January 11, 2012 - 4:21 am

    Stace Lynn - these photos are absolutely stunning just like the bride that used to babysit us <3 absolutely loved the wedding.ReplyCancel

  • January 11, 2012 - 4:22 am

    Carly Beth Knowles - These pictures are absolutely fantastic. You can really tell the detail that went into the pictures and the wedding itself. Absolutely beautifulReplyCancel

  • January 11, 2012 - 4:25 am

    Bethany Taylor - These photos are stunning. Andrea you look like a dream! And David doesn't look too shabby either. I love you guys at the forest preserve – absolutely fantastic. Please continue being as awesome as these wedding photos. Gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • January 11, 2012 - 5:14 am

    Amy Shelton - Coming from a young adult with a keen understanding of photography, I understand how picky I can be when someone misses a decisive moment. Andrea Dennis not only as a photographer, but as a person is seemingly meticulous in life. Choosing Joshuaa Banese was a wonderful decision. These images are beautiful and an excellent way for this couple to remember an amazing start to their marriage.ReplyCancel

  • January 11, 2012 - 5:17 am

    Joan Marshall - These wedding photographs are as lovely, creative and unique as the truly magnificent couple they feature. Absolute perfection down to every last detail! So happy we could witness your beautiful love story. <3 <3 <3ReplyCancel

  • January 11, 2012 - 5:29 am

    Heather Havlicek - AHhh! These pictures are amazingly gorgeous and your wedding couldn’t have been more beautiful and creative. Can I love all of the pictures? So adorable. I can’t wait to start planning my own DIY wedding 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • January 11, 2012 - 5:30 am

    deanna m thomas - Exquisite photos. I was not there in person, but your photos captured the lovely couple so well that I felt that I was there …it as if you will leave them memories not only left in time to treasure but in mind to always imagine~ thank you.ReplyCancel

  • January 11, 2012 - 6:24 am

    mark - Photos look great guys. I wish we could have made it. I’ll recommend this photographer the next chance I get.ReplyCancel

  • August 31, 2012 - 10:53 am

    Chicago wedding photography DIY wedding reception - […] s1);})(); We’re so pleased that Andrea and David’s fantastic Chicago DIY wedding has been featured on the DIY Bride!  Andrea and David created almost everything for their awesome […]ReplyCancel

  • September 17, 2013 - 9:01 pm

    Sophisticated and Posh Chicago Greek Orthodox Wedding PhotographyChicago Wedding and Headshot Photographer - […] the reception to begin the celebration. We have loved The Empress Banquets ever since shooting Andrea and David’s wedding there last year, and we were beyond excited to see what they had in store for Joanna and […]ReplyCancel