Edyta Szyszlo Photography

September 16, 2009

Grace & Geoff’s Real Wedding – Chicago

Uncategorized — Edyta @ 4:00 AM

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Photo: Edyta Szyszlo Photography

Grace and Geoff (view engagement) were an absolutely beautiful and smiley couple!  Their wedding started the season of travels for me – flying back to Chicago from San Francisco many times until winter.  And what a fantastic one to start it all off!  They were completely smitten with one another and surrounded with fantastic family and friends. Thanks to Amy (my second photographer) for an incredible job! You’ll totally swoon over these images!

modern pattern real wedding

Photo: Edyta Szyszlo Photography

I wasn’t the only one traveling in for this wedding. Not only did Grace and Geoff come from NYC/Washington DC but their friends and family traveled in from all over the world! It was my first time shooting at the Blackstone Hotel downtown Chicago – a gorgeous, remodeled vintage venue. The decor details in their getting ready rooms were fun and frilly (lots of incredible fabric textures). All vendor links at the end of post.

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Photo: Edyta Szyszlo Photography

modern real wedding

Photo: Edyta Szyszlo Photography

I gasped when I saw Grace’s jeweled, empire waist wedding dress (Amsale from Saks NYC).  So girlie, so flattering on her!

modern real wedding

Photo: Edyta Szyszlo Photography

Grace wore her mother’s emerald necklace, jaw-dropping.

modern real wedding

Photo: Edyta Szyszlo Photography

modern real wedding

Photo: Edyta Szyszlo Photography

Even after some small schedule delays, Grace was able to still smile away!  Totally in love with her smokey eyes and light lip color, don’t you love this combo with her hair?

modern real wedding

Photo: Edyta Szyszlo Photography

So cute! Grace tripped over her dress a couple times going up the stairs to meet Geoff for the first time – it’s those kind of memories that make for a fantastic wedding day!

modern real wedding

Photo: Edyta Szyszlo Photography

The bridesmaids looked stunning! All wearing fushia dresses from Jenny Yoo with stylish gold strappy shoes. I heart the pencil dresses!  And lets not forget how amazing all their skin tones looked in this color!

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Photo: Edyta Szyszlo Photography

modern real wedding

Photo: Edyta Szyszlo Photography

We relived a moment from their engagement session above with the heart hands.

modern real wedding

Photo: Edyta Szyszlo Photography

My favorite memory of the day was that they never stopped laughing. No matter what was happening, they were in tune with one another and it showed – such playful spirits. I remember how nervous they were for the engagement session but these shots prove that if you spend some time with your photographer before the wedding you’ll feel more relaxed for the big day.

modern real wedding

Photo: Edyta Szyszlo Photography

modern real wedding

Photo: Edyta Szyszlo Photography

modern real wedding

Photo: Edyta Szyszlo Photography

modern real wedding

Photo: Edyta Szyszlo Photography

The ceremony was so thoughtful! They incorporated their Chinese, Iranian and Jewish traditions – simply amazing.

modern real wedding

Photo: Edyta Szyszlo Photography

modern real wedding

Photo: Edyta Szyszlo Photography

modern real wedding

Photo: Edyta Szyszlo Photography

modern real wedding

Photo: Edyta Szyszlo Photography

And all the cultures mixed well into the reception and celebration!

modern real wedding

Photo: Edyta Szyszlo Photography

Some of the most creative and thoughtful toasts of the year!  (I definitely teared up behind the lens.)

modern real wedding

Photo: Edyta Szyszlo Photography

modern real wedding

Photo: Edyta Szyszlo Photography

modern real wedding

Photo: Edyta Szyszlo Photography

All the vendors were a pleasure to work with!

Vendors:  ceremony and reception at the Blackstone Hotel, flowers from Asrai Garden, reception music from Style Matters DJs, chair covers from BBJ Linens, hair by Bridal Beauty Chicago, makeup by Beauty on Call, ceremony strings by Celestial Strings, cake from Take the Cake.



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