Hello everyone! Katie here, I’m taking over the blog for a special post! Bill and I recently had the privilege to capture one of my best friend’s wedding days. For some background on why this post is special to me, Chelsea and I met when we were both going into our freshman year at The University of Illinois. We lived at the Stratford House and had the pleasure to room together for two of our four years of college. Chelsea and I quickly became best friends and she even stood by me as a bridesmaid on my wedding day in 2011. I love Chelsea and I am thankful for her friendship over the past 6 1/2 years! It has also been my pleasure to get to know Keith and watch their relationship grow. Keith is an awesome man of God and his love for Chelsea is so evident.
Chelsea and Keith married on a beautiful March day in Champaign, Illinois. The weather can be so unpredictable, however they were blessed with warm temperatures and sunny skies! Their love for each other was evident throughout their wedding day. Their ceremony was beautiful and also demonstrated their love for God. I could not hold back my tears as I captured my friend walking down the aisle to marry her best friend. We hope you enjoy this sneak peek of their wedding day!
Mike and I have quite a history. We first met in 8th grade, and he’s been my best friend since 9th grade. There are lots of stories to be told about our adventures in high school and even some from our college years when we didn’t see each other much. Then 2 years ago, he was my best man. Last month, the roles were finally switched, and I had honor of being his best man! I flew back to Illinois a week early for the bachelor party (sorry, no pictures of that), which was a blast. Katie flew up on the following Wednesday, and from then on, it was all wedding stuff! We helped set up the decorations at the awesome venue and got to spend a lot of time with Mike, Brittany, and all of their friends & family. Of course, I brought my camera for all the festivities, and while I wasn’t the official photographer, Katie and I tried to capture as many moments as we could. You couldn’t have asked for a more picturesque day to get married – sunny, clear, and a small hint of fall in the air. All the girls looked beautiful; all the guys looked like bankers from the 1890s (I had a full beard, so me probably more than everyone else); and the wedding was perfect from start to finish. It was truly a day to remember.
I only met Brittany about a year and a half ago, but we’re basically old friends at this point. She and Mike are perfect together – I’m so happy that God prepared them for each other, and I’m super excited to see where He takes them from here. Congratulations to the new Mr. & Mrs. Zajac! We’ll always be part of your lives – we wouldn’t have it any other way. Now move to Texas already.
While visiting my family & Katie’s family in Illinois this holiday week, we were able to carve out some time to spend with friends. My best friend, Mike, and his fiancee, Brittany, already had tickets to the Friday afternoon Cubs game, so we decided to join them, but not before a detour through the South Pond area of Lincoln Park Zoo to take some engagement pictures! I have always wanted to take engagement or wedding pictures at this location because of the really cool architecture and the combination of the outdoor/natural feel with the awesome views of the Chicago skyline. (The Hancock Building, left, and the Sears Tower, faint right, are both shown in second picture below, which I love.) And it works out perfect when you also get to hang out with really good friends who recently got engaged! Anyway, we spent about an hour and half taking pictures before finally catching a cab up to Wrigley Field, buying some pizza, scalping two tickets for me and Katie, and then watching the Cubs lose to the Pirates (sigh). It was a lot of fun, and nothing beats Chicago in the summer (Chicago in the fall is pretty close, though). These few images below were just the first few to catch my eye as I was reviewing them in Lightroom – expect more to come in the near future! Congrats to Mike & Brittany! Can’t wait for the wedding in September!