We’ve been very lucky this wedding season to be able to photograph some very decadent and luxurious wedding venues in and around Chicago, and we continued our tour of elegance with Matt and Carmela’s wedding ceremony at Holy Name Cathedral and reception at the Palmer House Hilton in downtown Chicago. Matt and Carmela are the quintessential urban Chicago couple, and their special day reflected their big city lifestyle.
Sweethearts since their junior year of high school, Matt and Carmela have spent the last seven years learning to love each other, maturing together, developing private jokes, and building a life to share. As their relationship grew more serious, Matt realized that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with Carmela. On an annual family holiday to Calabria, Italy – Carmela’s father’s hometown – Matt surprised Carmela with a beautiful engagement ring and asked her to be his wife.
We met up with Carmela and her entourage at the Palmer House Hilton on a bright and cheerful Saturday morning. They had reserved a large suite for their wedding day headquarters and preparations were well under way. The team from Appease already had Carmela in the chair to highlight her European bone structure and tease her long hair into ringlets, and the hairspray mingled with the aroma from the roses, perfumes, and faint hints of leather. While the girls were finishing hair and makeup, we had a little photo shoot with Carmela’s gorgeous accessories. She had several strands of heirloom pearls to compliment her stunning Vera Wang gown, and the ladies had fun deciding on the perfect necklace length while Carmela wound a strand around her wrist. With some help from her bridesmaids, she slid into her sparkly shoes and her transformation into a beautiful bride was complete.
We caught up with Matt and his Groomsmen in their suite at the Palmer House as they were enjoying a little lunch while getting ready. We could already tell that it was not going to be a dull day with the shenanigans already taking place – these guys were a riot! Matt put the finishing touches on his attire – love the Burberry cufflinks – and we were ready to head over to Holy Name Cathedral.
After dinner and entertainment, Peter from AdmitOne DJ opened up the dance floor for guests to join Matt and Carmela. We’re pretty sure that we witnessed ‘The Worm’ at one point, and everyone was having a great time. Matt and Carmela, thank you so much for inviting us to photograph your wonderful downtown Chicago wedding! We had an absolute blast spending the day with you and your amazing group of people, and we hope to see you again soon!
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