Real Weddings: Kelly & Scott's Intimate Chicago Trattoria Wedding

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Hello everyone! It's been a long time to feature a Real Wedding with you all! More on that in a minute... We are wrapping up the summer months it seems, and preparing for the Fall! It's still hot and monsoon-y here in AZ.  Fall isn't yet on the brink, though I wish, but the changing of seasons in the wedding industry is noticeable. It's been a very busy summer for me at my Etsy shop, and as the summer weddings are turning quiet, I'm able to turn again to my passion of blogging about all things concerning weddings, and that means sharing real weddings yet again! I took a break to take care of my now nearly 2 year old, to learn the ways of  being an Etsy shop owner, and being a wedding vendor. It's been an interesting change of course, which I'm so grateful for, with lots of personal growth.

I've so missed featuring wedding related photography on a constant basis, and have been grateful for the submissions I've received this past year, while I took a hiatus from Two Bright Lights, where most of my features have come from. Well, that hiatus is no longer and I'm happy to report I've signed back on! Let the wedding related photography continue onwards and upwards...fingers crossed!

One such photographer that emailed me a beautiful real wedding to feature is Monika Thorpe! She is a Chicago wedding photographer, and presented me with this cute couple's wedding.  I was drawn in as soon as I reviewed the lovely photography, and this lovely couple. The gleam in their eyes says it all! This will be a two part feature as we have Kelly & Scott's wedding, but we also have their post-nuptial pics, too! The wedding is quite intimate, and then the tempo changes a bit as the post-tying the knot pics take place one week after, in and around bustling Chicago! To see that feature, click here.

Monika shared a bit with us about Kelly & Scott's wedding:
Kelly and Scott had a beautiful city wedding in the most intimate venue, which also happened to be their favorite Italian restaurant, Trattoria Gianni in Chicago, Illinois. The day began at the W Hotel where Kelly and her bridesmaid were being transformed. At the same location, a first look took place. Post Ceremony photos were taken at the Nature Boardwalk of Lincoln Park Zoo. It was the perfect location to incorporate nature with the city architecture. Kelly and Scott looked stunning as they shared little intimate moments during their photo session... it couldn’t have been more perfect!

Please enjoy Kelly & Scott's Intimate Chicago Trattoria Wedding, beautifully captured by Monika Thorpe:

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groom and groomsman at the W Chicago
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father walks bride down the aisle
father gives bride away
wedding vows 
first kiss


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Such a sweet intimate wedding for these two. I love that they picked a little trattoria in Chicago! Many thanks to photographer Monika Thorpe for sending this our way! Beautiful imagery for such an adorable, loving couple. 

Photographer: Monika Thorpe//Venue: Trattoria Gianni//Wedding Planner: Creatively Yours