I’ve always thought it would be cool to shoot a wedding ceremony with the Chicago skyline in the back, and my dreams (unexpectedly) came true on Caroline and Matt’s intimate wedding day. Despite being their Plan B because of COVID, I couldn’t imagine a more perfect day if I tried. Close friends and family, DoRite Donuts, Happy Camper pizza, an amazing Chicago skyline view, and all in the comfort of their first home together, what more could you want? 

Their day was filled with the most special details; Caroline’s friends did her hair and makeup, they got their florals from their local Mariano’s, and the most important detail was Caroline’s “Something Blue”—a blue heart sewn onto the back of her dress that was made from one of her late-father’s shirts. She also FaceTimed her mom into the getting ready, ceremony, and toasts since she couldn’t be there in person due to COVID restrictions/not being able to fly in from Germany. Their relaxed ceremony took place right out on their patio where Caroline’s brother walked her down the aisle—with their mom watching on FaceTime—before her and Matt said their own vows to each other (not written down either, just from the heart!!!) in front of their friends and family who stood watching as the two of them promised forever to each other in front of a sweeping Chicago skyline. It was absolutely beautiful. After the ceremony, Matt’s dad gave a toast as the sun set behind the buildings and we did a few quick photos of the family and bridal party before the newlyweds and I ran down to the street to capture a few photos of them in their neighborhood (one that they’ll remember forever no matter how many places they live together because this was the one they got married in!).

After watching a heartfelt video from Caroline’s mom from relatives overseas, Caroline and Matt’s closest friends came over for a small reception/celebration. Their loved ones gathered around as they had their first dance in the middle of their living room and it was just one of the most special first dances I’ve ever witnessed—knowing it didn’t matter where they were, how much decor there was, or how many people were watching, just that the two of them were married and celebrating their love for each other.

To finish off the night, we did more photos on the deck, this time with the skyline lit up in the most magical way. Mid-photos, Caroline dipped out for a quick outfit change, trading her gorgeous classic wedding dress from Alice in Ivory for a shiny pleated skirt look that looked like it was taken from a 1940s movie star. I ended the night with a slice of Happy Camper pizza to-go, leaving this amazing couple and their people to a fun night of celebration.

Scroll on down to see the sweetest review Caroline left (before I had even delivered their full gallery!!), the vendor team details, and all my favorite photos from the day.

“I honestly can’t say enough great things about Marissa! It’s only been 4 days since she shot our wedding and I knew I had to leave her a review right away! Not only are the pictures stunning, but she managed to capture such intimate moments. Due to Covid much of our family couldn’t be there, including my mother who lives in Germany, yet the pictures that she captured of us on FaceTime allow me to have wonderful memories that truly make it feel like she was right there next to me. It’s so special and I’m beyond grateful for her ability to accomplish that. Beyond that Marissa is incredibly professional, talented, personable and friendly. We had never done a professional photoshoot before and Marissa’s personality and energy made us feel very comfortable in front of the camera plus managed to create genuine moments between us, family and friends. Better snatch her up quick because I know our friends were already thinking about it! Highly highly recommend!!” – Caroline

Dress: Alice in Ivory

Bridesmaids Dresses: Birdey Grey

Photography: Marissa Kelly Photography

Dinner: Happy Camper

Dessert: Do-Rite Donuts

Florals: Mariano’s

Intimate Chicago Wedding | Caroline + Matt


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