You can just hear the laughter. This is how one of Ginas family members described her and Aarons engagement images
, and I think once again, its the perfect fit for their downtown Chicago wedding day.
Im pretty sure that the Shafer women have a way of making fate work specifically for them. While Ginas cousin Emily
defied the geographical odds, Gina & Aaron have defeated the time odds. Having been friends in high school, it wasnt until 6 years after high school that their paths would again cross. Now, 5 years after that, here we are!! If you couldnt tell by the above photo, Gina is one of those confident ladies who isnt afraid to laugh out loud without care. And Aaron is the perfect guy to have right by her side, because in his own quiet, sneaky way, he is obviously always
making her smile.We started off the day at the forever classy, Palmer House Hilton
. Is it weird that I get excited about this popular downtown spot because I know they have great chairs? Abby & Pat
s nuptials last year had some killer green seats, and for Ginas morning, it was sleek classic white perfect for her gorgeous textured bouquet by Asrai Gardens
Gina, I freakin love your smile!!!
The following moment with Ginas mom right after she finished helping Gina into her dress and when Gina turned around to look at her mom for the first time probably would have gotten me choked up regardless, but given that I had the opportunity to get to know this outstanding family last fall at Emily & Ryan
s wedding, this excitement was all the more overwhelming. And now I will stop describing it because its making me sweat all over again!
First Look time and Aaron is CHECKIN HER OUT!
If you havent gotten a feel for how stellar this family is yet, the next few photos should make things explicitly clear for you (I know what you are asking: No, I did not prompt this but yes those would be duck lips. HAH!)
Ginas favorite place in all of Chicago is the Tribune Building
, so what better place for the nuptials than the brand spankin new Howells & Hood
restaurant right inside her favorite spot. With both the ceremony & reception being in the same location, I was able to capture all the simple little details, hand written
by Ginas Aunt Anne, before guests arrived. Seriously Anne, will you please teach me penmanship?!
Gina, we already expected your beaming smile, so lets talk about Aarons within the first moments after your vows! We warned him my ninja skills would catch him! :)
With family photos complete before the ceremony, we were able to sneak in a little time just for the new Mr & Mrs at a very special spot (and a 1st time location for me!)
(or Crown) of the Tribune Tower!! GORGEOUS!!!
We soon returned so Gina & Aaron could spend all their time with family and friends, which of course, meant the party rocked on
Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Marsh!! I am so glad I was able to be a part of the big day and honored to have the chance to spend more time with your family. Wishing you all of the happiness and comedy in the world for many years to come!
Thank you to Rebeca Marie Photography and Design
for the use of the blog photos.