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Marina + Vasiliy’s Wedding

Marina and Vasiliy are married!!! They tied the knot at European Crystal Banquets, and I have to tell you, the location was both incredibly convenient and regal. The ceremony and reception were at one location, which was great for guests, and gave us some additional time to capture some homegrown, heartfelt pictures in one of their favorite places – a blossoming tree in their very own backyard!

These two lovebirds met at a New Year’s Eve party and when their 10th anniversary rolled around, Vasiliy had the most romantic idea – to ring in the new year by popping the question to the love of his life, Marina. Their relationship has been full of the best surprises so far, and I know so much more joy is in store for them.

I had the pleasure to photograph the wedding of two of Marina’s closest friends, Anastasia and Michael, in 2015. Marina called me soon after the proposal to inform me that Anastasia would be her maid of honor this time around, and we had some planning to do!

The big day arrived without a hitch. The day before, Chicago was alight with thunderstorms, leaving everything crisp and dewy just in time for their wedding. After we captured some fun images at Marina and Vasiliy’s home, we jumped on the party bus and headed over to the Chicago Botanical Garden to take some beautiful images. The reception immediately followed the ceremony, and they partied the night away, surrounded by their dearest friends and relatives. They cut the cake at 11:30 p.m. and danced until 2:00 a.m. Despite the laughter, good food and insightful toasts – all of which were in great supply – the best part of the event, hands down, was seeing Marina and Vasiliy together…. over the moon, in love and MAN AND WIFE! Congrats you two!

Enjoy taking a peek at some of my favorites from this spring European Crystal Banquets wedding in Arlington Heights, and thank you Marina and Vasiliy for giving me the opportunity to photograph your dream-come-true wedding!


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