Whenever I post a wedding or session, I like to include a little story. In Kristin and Max’s case, the story of how I know them and their wedding is a long one. I could go on for hours and only touch on the first year. I could say that it all started with a chicken. But no, really it started with an elevator ride. Wait, no, it started with me falling asleep in orientation. Somewhere near the beginning of the story, we were in college. Then I moved back to Ohio, but I kept visiting Chicago. I had family there now. More towards the end, people got married and started having kids. Right near the end of the story, Kristin and Max were engaged, and decided to have a Chicago History Museum wedding.
You see, the whole story is measured in near geological terms. Family stories are measured this way. With Kristin and Max, it’s all a family story. I know them through close family. I probably met Kristin for the first time when she was 12, although neither of us remember it. I know her dad, her aunt and cousins. While I am not related to Kristin, her family is my second family.
Family is not just how I know Kristin and Max. Family was pretty much the theme of their wedding. Their St. Vincent DePaul Cathedral and Chicago History museum wedding revolved around family. Kristin’s mother helped her daughter get ready for the big day. Kristin’s dad was ever present in spirit, especially during the beautiful ceremony. Kristin and Max even presented communion to the gathered congregation.
Max’s family had no small part either. His brother kept the bridal party laughing all day, especially during his best man’s toast. His dad welcomed all the guests at the reception, and made sure each one left with a laugh, and a tear. Even Kristin’s sister and uncle played important roles. Kristin’s sister made sure Max was well, well roasted during her toast, while her uncle welcomed everyone in prayer.
Beyond family was the simple beauty of the entire affair. DePaul Cathedral and the Chicago History Museum served a classic backdrop for this gorgeous city wedding. Kristin’s dress, accented with a bolero, was the epitome of classic style. The bright champagne flowers glowed against the white woodwork of the museum. Max even changed into a classic white evening jacket for the reception.
I know I’m just scratching the surface of the story. I could go on forever, but I must stop here. To end, thank you to my family, Kristin and Max! Your wedding was the experience of a lifetime. I certainly hope you enjoy these highlights from a classic Chicago History Museum wedding –
In case you’re curious, you can also have a look at Kristin & Matt’s destination engagement session, held along the western shore of Michigan.