kate + jeff | the onion pub & brewery wedding | barrington, il

Wedding day mornings are often a conglomeration of so many widely ranging emotions that it can be hard to determine exactly what it is you’re feeling in a single moment. You’re excited and you’re nervous and you’re trying to check boxes off your mental to-do list, and you’re doing all of this while trying to be present and drink mimosas with your friends and have your makeup done and not miss a single thing. I was chatting with Kate during hair and makeup on her and Jeff’s wedding day, and she turned to me with a nervous laugh and said, “it’s funny, the one person who always calms me down isn’t here with me yet”, and that’s when I knew that she and Jeff seeing each other in the aisle of their ceremony would be one or those moments that feel extra big.

Later that day, as Kate and her father stepped out into the aisle, Jeff’s eyes welled up and he clasped his hands and together, and the only other way I can describe it would be that he seemed completely overcome with how fortunate he was to be marrying this woman.  Kate’s eyes mutually filled up with tears, and their shared looks of acknowledgement and overwhelming admiration had me turning into a bundle of tears myself soon after. They wrote their own vows, and I watched as they read and the sheets of paper they held quietly quaked, and they took deep breaths and grabbed each other’s hands excitedly and proudly as they each made it through.

In her first email to me, Kate described the vision for their wedding day as being about “good food, great drinks, ridiculous dance moves, and just having fun with our most favorite people”, and from this moment on, that’s precisely what their day was about. There was a parade of hugs from their closest friends and family members immediately after the ceremony, and then one of their groomsmen brought them a couple of Coors Lights as they signed the marriage license with Kate’s brother. There were so many moments when I caught them looking at each other like they both recognized how surreal this day and these moments were, and how lucky they are, and as I put this sneak peek together, I felt that so hard in the many images of them sipping drinks and cheersing and busting out those dance moves and just having fun with their most favorite people.

Venue + Catering: The Onion Pub & Brewery
Florist: Avant Gardenia 
Dress Shop: Eva’s Bridal International
Makeup + Hair: Melanie Larson
Cake + Desserts: Jarosch Bakery
Ceremony Music: Chris James
DJ: Something 2 Dance 2

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