Gorgeous Chicago Weddings: Julianna & Collins

Julianna and Collins' wedding (Photo by Nancy Beales, Studio This Is.)

Weddings are indeed the grandest “affairs of the heart,” celebrating not only a couple’s lifetime commitment to one another, but also the things that matter most in their lives — from heritage and religious traditions to family, friends and shared interests. There are truly no ordinary love stories and no two weddings alike. From special ceremonies, unique venues and stunning florals to unforgettable wedding moments, some of Chicagoland’s best wedding photographers share their favorite heartfelt images caught on film at weddings held in 2016.

Julianna and Collins

Ceremony Venue: St. James Cathedral Chicago

Reception Venue: The Field Museum

Photographer: Nancy Beale, Studio This Is

Planner: Lovebird Events 

Most Gorgeous Chicago Weddings: Julianna & Collins

“The timing for portraits at sunset rarely works out, but when it does, it can be quite magical because the couple is really basking in the afterglow of the ceremony,” photographer Nancy Beale says.

Gorgeous Chicago Weddings: Julianna & Collins

Brian and Alex

Venue: The Langham Hotel Chicago

Photographer: Rick Aguilar Studios

Florist: Richard Remiard Design

Planner: Barbara Moss Events

Most Gorgeous Chicago Weddings: Brian & Alex

Most Gorgeous Chicago Weddings: Brian & Alex

“I love the photo of me putting a ring on with Noah and the three of us breaking the glass because it shows how beautiful our family is and how committed we are to one another,” Alex says.

Most Gorgeous Chicago Weddings: Brian & Alex

Most Gorgeous Chicago Weddings: Brian & Alex

Andrea and Dih-loan

Venue: Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago

Photographer: Olivia Leigh Photographie

Planner: LOLA Event Productions

Florist: Exquisite Designs

“For any dog owner, you know pets are truly part of your family, and it was wonderful to be able to incorporate them in some of Andrea and Dih-loan’s new family photos,” photographer Olivia Leigh says.

Most Gorgeous Chicago Weddings: Andrea & Dih-loan

Most Gorgeous Chicago Weddings: Andrea & Dih-loan

Most Gorgeous Chicago Weddings: Andrea & Dih-loan

Most Gorgeous Chicago Weddings: Andrea & Dih-loan

Eliza and Dean

Venue: Chicago Botanic Garden

Photographer: Olivia Leigh Photographie

Florist: Naperville Florist 

Most Gorgeous Chicago Weddings: Eliza & Dean

Most Gorgeous Chicago Weddings: Olivia & Dean

“Dean and Eliza’s wedding was part of a number of celebrations, including a double 80th birthday party for two of their family members and a traditional tea ceremony the day before,” Leigh says.

Most Gorgeous Chicago Weddings: Elisa & Dean

Caitlin and Nello

Ceremony Venue: Our Lady of Pompeii

Reception Venue: University Club of Chicago

Photographer: Christine Brizendine, Dabble Me This Photography

Florist: Exquisite Designs 

Planner: Lisa Zimbler Events

Most Gorgeous Chicago Weddings: Caitlin & Nello

“From their personality to the love they showed for each other, it was clear the moment we started taking pictures Caitlin and Nello had something truly special together,” photographer Christine Brezendine says.

Most Gorgeous Chicago Weddings: Caitlin & Nello

Anna and Alex

Venue: Morgan Manufacturing

Photographer: KingenSmith

Florist: HMR, Rishi Patel

Planner: Reva Nathan

Most Gorgeous Chicago Weddings: Anna & Alex

Most Gorgeous Chicago Weddings: Anna & Alex

“My mother (Wendy Pashman of The Entertaining Company and online shop The Storied Table) didn’t leave out a single detail to create a special and personalized occasion. Every element was intentional and creative, and every time I look at pictures or hear a song from our wedding, I relive and rediscover the magic of that night,” Anna says.

Chicago Weddings 2016: Anna and Alex