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GLEN VIEW CLUB CHICAGO WEDDING | CATHERINE & ANDREW by Kelsy & Butch McCartney

Catherine & Andrew were introduced by a friend and they started dating in the summer of 2013. One year later they had dinner plans and Andrew forgot his wallet, so he ran back to get it before they continued on with dinner at a french restaurant. When they got home afterwards Andrew's place was decorated with roses, petals and candles, serving as the most romantic setting to propose to Catherine with a stunning ring they hand selected together! :)

In planning for their wedding, Catherine & Andrew left not one detail overlooked! Catherine has a studio in downtown Chicago where she designs lovely wedding invitations & paper goods at Charm Studio. We can only imagine how many times she was asked what her own wedding invitation might look like leading up to her & Andrew's wedding day! ;) Needless to say, we were absolutely blown away. By hand, Catherine drew a crest combining elements from each of their family crests, which was used throughout their wedding on the invitation (with gorgeous calligraphy by Bien Fiet Calligraphy) as well as their escort board, menu chargers, table numbers and more!

After a beautiful ceremony at the church Catherine grew up with, we arrived to Glen View Club where her parents are members and were absolutely in love with its exquisite architecture and landscaping. With a beautiful palette of white, light green and hydrangea blue, Catherine & Andrew's wedding celebration was timeless and elegant! Their wedding day was blessed with endless sunshine and we couldn't get enough of the Club's giant oak trees, which made for a perfect portrait spot with this most classic bride & groom! :) 

Guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the patio before entering one of the most grand settings where greens hung from giant chandeliers, Catherine's hand-drawn crest marked each table, and Fleur brightened up the light-filled room with white & green centerpieces. Catherine & Andrew were seated at a long table with their bridal party, all of whom dined on the most darling hydrangea blue plates. After sneaking Catherine & Andrew out for photos during a perfect sunset, they cut their cake and were welcomed to the dance floor by High Society Band. We couldn't help but smile when guests immediately flooded the dance floor!

It's almost impossible for us to describe the amount of JOY overflowing in one room with everyone Catherine & Andrew love most; let's simply say, you had to be there to experience it. And goodness, are we ever feeling lucky to have been there with this amazing new couple and their wonderful families!! Thank you, Catherine & Andrew!

Love, Kelsy & Butch

Glen View Club Wedding Photography captured on Contax 645, Pentax 67 and Nikon F100 with Fuji Pro 400H, TriX 400 and Ilford 3200.

Ceremony: OLPH Church  |  Reception: Glen View Club  |  Wedding Coordinator: Rosa Perez, Party Service Chicago  |  Florist: Fleur  |  Makeup: Jonathan Breitung Salon  | Linens: La Tavoila  |  Ceremony Harpist: Mary O'Brien  |  Band: High Society  |  Invitations & Paper Goods: The Bride! Charm Studio, with calligraphy by Joi Hunt of Bien Fiet Calligraphy  |  Bride's Jewelry: made by Bride's Grandmother  |  Bride's Gown: Designed by the Bride  |  Bride's Veil: Designed by a friend  |  Bridesmaid Dresses: JCrew in Hydrangea Blue  |  Groomsmen Attire: Chambray Bowties from JCrew + Emanuel Tuxedo tuxes  |   Family Crest: Hand drawn by the bride for paper goods  |  Menu/Chargers/Escort Board: Designed by the bride

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY ENGAGEMENT | SAMANTHA & ROBB by Kelsy & Butch McCartney

northwestern-university-engagement-photos-001 As we wiggled our way over to Northwestern, we immediately fell in love with the charm of its intimate campus. Old buildings with stunning architecture, open spaces shaded by giant trees, and Lake Michigan – what more do you need? :) Clearly, the answer to that is Samantha & Robb because we had so much fun exploring their Alma Mater with them!! These two decided to have their engagement session on the campus where they met, and we always love when couples invite us to a place that is meaningful to them! It was adorable to see Samantha & Robb light up with each other as we made our way around campus :)

After photos in outfit #1 (how much do you LOVE Samantha's dress?!?), some very ominous clouds started following us and the rest of their session included a little game of hide and seek from the rain! At one point, with all of our hairs standing on end, it seemed like lightning might be coming as well -- YIKES! ;)

A treat in the form of Samantha's favorite – cupcakes! – were the perfect addition to her & Robb's photos along the lake, and it was the sweetest ending to a fun afternoon spent with these two. We cannot wait for Samantha & Robb's barn wedding this September in Door County!!

Love, Kelsy & Butch

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All images captured with Contax 645 and Pentax 67 on Portra 400 and Neopan 100.