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Carmina & Erick | A True Fairytale

Carmina and Erick are a truly incredible couple that I have had such a pleasure working with. Their Patrick Haley Mansion wedding was one that I don’t think I could ever forget. From hoping that the weather will hold off, to the Mariachi band, to the historic location, this wedding had so many elements that made it an event to remember.

The couple met at college but did not actually get to know one another until they were reunited on a cruise ship to the Caribbean. Their personalities really do suit one another. Erick is such a sweet guy who can make Carmina laugh even when she doesn’t feel like it. He brings so much joy to the relationship. Carmina is such a kind person and has always stuck by Erick’s side. It was an honor to capture their special relationship.

We started off the day with Erick and Carmina getting ready at the mansion but on separate floors. The couple had opted for a first look and to get the pictures in before the ceremony so that they could be present with their guests at the cocktail hour and reception. This just showed how much they valued their guests! A rainbow graced us during the first look which became a perfect backdrop to a special moment.

The weather became difficult to predict as the day went on but the decision was made to have the ceremony outside and it was the right decision!

An Outdoor Wedding Ceremony at Haley Mansion

The moment arrived. Pictures had been shot with bridal parties and family and it was time to capture the ceremony. I was nervous about the weather but the ceremony started 10 minutes early to ensure that they would get through without the rain! A string trio played as the wedding party walked down the aisle at the pergola outside Haley Mansion. It was a beautiful moment. The weather held off until just after the kiss and then it began to rain! Talk about perfect timing.

The Haley Mansion was a beautiful location to be at. Designed by the famous architect, Frank Allen, this 1893 mansion is the backdrop to many weddings and I definitely know why. The intricate detail in the mansion itself but also in the outdoor gardens makes this a dream wedding location and perfect for Carmina and Erick who wanted their fairytale wedding.

The couple danced the night away with the mariachi band and had a wonderful celebration. I am so thankful I got to capture this moment and give them all my blessings as they start their new life together.

Bride and groom wedding day portrait taken on a rainy day outside Haley Mansion in Joliet The fountain at Haley Mansion Bride is fluffing her wedding dress hanging on a window at Haley Mansion Wedding party getting ready on the third floor oval room at Haley Mansion Bridesmaids helping the bride getting ready for her wedding at Haley Mansion Bride looking herself in a vintage mirror at Haley Mansion Wide angle wedding portrait of a bride and groom standing at the stairs of Haley Mansion

Modern bride and groom wedding photo taken next to the fountain on the front of Haley Mansion Bride and groom kissing under the front porch arch at Haley Mansion Haley Mansion wedding photo taken at the arch outside the front entrance Bride wearing a long veil pose for a wedding photo at Haley Mansion Haley Mansion wedding image taken during the summer next to the fountain on the front yard A bride with an extra long vail pose for a wedding photo in front of the pergola at Haley Mansion Outside wedding ceremony at the pergola at Haley Mansion Bride and groom exchange rings during their outdoor wedding ceremony at the pergola at Haley Mansion An outdoor wedding ceremony at Haley Mansion Bride and groom hold umbrella on a rainy wedding day at Haley Mansion Haley Mansion wedding photo captured on a rainy day Bride and groom dance in front of a mariachi band at the sophisticated ballroom at the Haley Mansion Bride and groom first dance on a wedding day at Haley Mansion

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