What a year! 2014 was the most weddings Erin Stefanik Photography has photographed in one year, and 2015 has even more booked! I truly cannot thank all my bride & groom's, client's, and guests' who have attended the weddings for all your referrals! Looking forward to a fabulous 2015 and welcoming all the new couples to our Erin Stefanik Photography family! To all the vendors (who are tagged in all the weddings blog posts) we have worked with this year, many of you are now friends, and looking forward to working with you in 2015 as well!
But first, this year wouldn't have gone so smoothly without the help of my 2nd Photographers/Teammates:
Katie Hall Photography
Ron McKinney Photography
Sandra Ortiz Photography
Now the fun part, this year I decided to do a 2014 year in Review for all my couples who made this amazing year happen! Next blog post will be on my portrait/family clients of 2014, get ready for a pretty extremely long post! I was able to photograph in some amazing churches & venues this year. Every one of Erin Stefanik Photography couples not only became clients, but we've grown to become friends and I share bonds with all my couples after getting to know each and every one of you & your amazing families, and even get to watch some your families grow when you become Parents, Aunts & Uncles.
Here is 2014 Erin Stefanik Photography's Couples:
[Introducing From Left to Right, my favorite image from each Wedding.]
Top Row: Meghan & Mike, Bob & Bridget, Chris & Meghan, Dominic & MaryKate
2nd Row: Jon & Clare, Richard & David, Taylor & Tony, Matt & Liz
3rd Row: Kevin & Stefanie, Sean & Erin, Siohban & Joe, Ashley & Tommy
And to the bridal parties, you braved the cold Spring, the Summer heat, and Chicago's cold Winter to help me capture my vision. I thank you!
[Wedding Wednesday, Dominic & MaryKate] Chicago Wedding Photographer, Spirit of Chicago
When I first met Dominic & MaryKate, at their wedding consultation, we it off immediately. From our personalities to interest and we grew into a friendship.
A March 29, 2014 Wedding Day, when we are all itching for summer to arrive, how perfect was it to be able to sail out on Lake Michigan aboard The Spirit of Chicago beautiful boat for a dinner & wedding reception? It was just that, perfect. Their wedding day started off seperated of course, MaryKate at her childhood home in Chicago and Dominc at his apartment in the city of Chicago. As they both got ready calm, and collected, everyone then heading to the gorgeous Holy Family Church where their ceremony was. During the ceremony, they laughed, cried and got married. We then headed to a local bridge, by bride & groom request and did formal photos with the bridal party and then headed to Navy Pier for dinner & reception. Even with construction going on around Navy Pier, everyone boarded the boat and arrived on time. The details from the beautiful square head table with pizza cutters on each plate as a favor, to the gorgeous flowers, and of course the sunset peaking through each window both upstairs and downstairs on the dock. As guest boarded, and we then left the dock and sailed Lake Michigan, on a gorgeous night. The guests' took their seats and the bride/groom made their way from the upstairs balcony to the main level during their annoucement as husband & wife, and cut their cake followed by their first dance with a little movement of waves from Lake Michigan, the song was, "Everythiing," By: Michael Buble, and a blessing by the Groom's Uncle Mike. Dinner was served followed by continued first dances (father/daughter & mother/son). Dance floor opened and champagne toast and speeches were made and the dancing didn't stop until we docked back at Navy Pier.
The Creative Team:
Photography: Erin Stefanik Photography
2nd Photographer: Katie Hall
Videographer: I Do Video By Leo
Ceremony Location: Holy Family Church
Reception Venue: Spirit of Chicago, Navy Pier
Wedding Dress: Vera Wang
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Sposa
Flowers: Windy City Flower Girls
Tuxes: Men's Wearhouse
Cake Artist: Naples Bakery
DJ: Provided by Spirit of Chicago