Old St. Patrick's Church

An Irish Wedding in Chicago

Megan & Buddy celebrate at historic Old St. Patrick’s Church

Chicago’s Old St. Patrick’s Church is home to hundreds of weddings each year. Our Associate Clare photographed Megan and Buddy’s celebration this past summer, on a beautiful June day in Chicago. They had a heartfelt ceremony officiated by Father Hurley of Old St. Pat’s. After the ceremony, the couple and their guests capped off the day with a reception at the Looking Glass Ballroom at the Renaissance Hotel.

The Wedding Day

Getting ready took place at the Renaissance Hotel. Like a traditional wedding, the couple decided to wait until the ceremony to see each other. The Groom and his groomsmen had fun with photos at Raised Rooftop Bar at the hotel. While Megan and her bridesmaids primped in one of the hotel’s suites. Megan’s looked stunning in her Allure Bridal gown. And her make-up by Courtney from Rare Bird Beauties was flawless. Her hair by styled by Louis Anthony Salon.

Before heading to Old St. Patrick’s Church for the wedding, Clare photographed one of our favorite wedding traditions. The bride and groom gifted hand written cards for each other. We love it when couples share their love in writing. In true Chicago form, Buddy’s note mentioned pizza three times. We think it is safe to assume their favorite date night meal is this Chicago staple. 

Post Ceremony Photos

After the ceremony at Old St. Patrick’s Church, the newly married couple and their wedding party traveled by trolley for location portraits. It was important for the couple to show off our stunning Chicago skyline on their special day. Portraits were captured at the hip Kinzie Street Bridge. This location has a wonderful vantage of Chicago’s architecture. Not to mention, the cool steel bridges that are trademarks of the city. Everyone laughed through to the photography session. The groom was the center of attention posing and cracking jokes. He made it easy for the wedding party to keep smiling.

Our photographers are always flexible. So when the bride and groom opted to skip the next location and ride around the city, Clare and her team captured some fun candids on the trolley. It was a mini party before the reception. Although, they did make one last stop at the Chicago Theater. This iconic location is definitely a classic backdrop for Chicago wedding couples. 

Ending on an Irish Note

To celebrate their Irish heritage, Megan and Buddy asked the Shannon Rovers Pipe Band entertain their guests. The band announced the couple into their cocktail hour. Everyone was excited when the bagpipes announced them. And it really set the tone for the party to start! Anthony Gowder Designs adorned their reception ballroom in dusty rose, ivory, gold and green.

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