It was a late September Indian summer day with clear skies, singing birds, and streets full of people out and about enjoying the last bits of summer. Chicago looked particularly beautiful and I was looking forward to spending a good portion of the day downtown.
As soon as I walked into Kelly’s hotel room at The Godfrey (one of my favorite hotels for getting ready photos) I knew the day would be special. Kelly opened her arms, gave me the warmest of hugs and told me how happy she was I could be there on her wedding day. Wow, I mean, only my 11 month old boy gets as excited when he sees me. I immediately felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude for having met and worked with another beautiful couple.
However, I’ll be totally honest here, when I received the timeline for the day I thought the multiple photo locations would make it an intense and over-stimulated day. It was far from it! We felt so exuberant and relaxed I quickly lost track of time. The 5 of us (yes 5, as Maid of Honor, Kimmy and Best Man, Hector play an integral part of the portrait part of the day) laughed, talked, bounced a happy energy off one another while I was taking photos. When we finally arrived at City View Loft where the ceremony and reception was to take place I was little sad. Being with Nick, Kelly, Kimmy, and Hector felt like hanging out with friends and I didn’t want it to end.
But the day had to end and it did for me in the most unexpected way. Those who know me know I love to dance and know I dance with my camera at weddings. I do that to not only feed my internal dancing queen desires but also to get some amazing shots because people aren’t shy of being photographed by someone who dances just as madly as them! To my surprise Kelly insisted that before I go home I put down my camera and dance with Nick. Boy, he knows how to dance salsa! What a way to end photographing a wedding. Dancing the night away.
To Kelly and Nick. Two people you want to call friends.