This wedding was a Wow from start to finish for me. Juliana and Jake were the perfect combination of class and kindness. Juliana – so so darling. I’m so blessed they found me all the way across the world. They live in Hong Kong and as you’ll see in the photos that follow they had adorable touches from home sprinkled throughout the day. I had a blast spending time with them on their wedding day and getting to know all of their families and friends. What a wonderful day!
And I have to of course mention the amazing vendors who helped pull this day off without a hitch!
Bakery – Elysia Root Cakes
Beauty – Brooke Klay for Hair and Joey Claeysson on Make-up
Catering – Blue Plate
Floral/ Decor – Fleur
Getting Ready- the Langham
Harpist – Lara Somogyi
Stationary – Crissie Vitale
Gown #1 – S. Nine by Susanna Soo
Venue- The Chicago History Museum
and last but certainly not least- Nicole Zenner from LK Events
A little therapy tonight. Memories for me… so I don’t forget.
Oh Winston, You came into my life unexpectedly but what a blessing you were. On a whim I decided to go with a friend to look at you. We came home with two. You and your sister. I told Brad don’t worry, he’s just little – a lap dog. Which you were not. But I fell in love with you. Winston and your sister Harriet. We called you two the old couple. You only lived a block from your sister. Everyone in the neighborhood knew you. The vet told me you were a “vintage” model. We got you before Goldendoodles, Labradoodles etc. became the hot new thing. You were one of the first. An original.
You quickly became my kid, a part of the family, an important part. No matter how much training we did you never stopped barking anytime anyone came near. Even though your tail was wagging the entire time and you couldn’t have been more gentle you scared people because of your size. My guard dog. Always taking care of me when Brad was out of town. You always jumped on your grandma Paula, no one else. I never could understand that. You loved all dogs except for the one beagle we would meet on our walks. There was something about that dog that rubbed you the wrong way, but I couldn’t blame you- he started it. We used to go on runs, as you got older we’d do one loop around the neighborhood and then I’d drop you off. Eventually our runs turned to walks. When I was pregnant with Emmy you went after a squirrel and drug me down in the driveway. When you wanted something there was no stopping you. You were so strong, but mostly gentle.
Neighbor Linda would bring you treats everyday on her walk. You’d take them but as soon as she was out of sight you’d spit them out and walk away. Always the polite guy as to not hurt her feelings. You really thought you owned the neighborhood. How many times did you run away across the street to the Markell’s and just hang out in their yard and visit Buck. Then he started leaving his yard and visiting you. When you met your sister in the street she would lay down on her back until you came up and she knew it was you – you two were two of a kind.
You absolutely loved the water. I remember you learning how to swim on the 4th of July that first summer. You flailed about until the more mature dogs showed you how it was done. And after that we couldn’t get you out. You’d often adventure into the thick weeds until we couldn’t find you, but you’d swim about happy as could be. I always worried you would drown when you were older but you could swim forever.
You were a wonderful parent to the kids. Crawling onto the foot of their beds after they fell asleep. (You only would try to sleep with me right after you’d get a hair cut). On walks always waiting for the slowest one to make sure we were all accounted for. Staying close to them after we’d bring them home from the hospital. Letting them ride on you like a pony, take food out of your mouth, pull your hair – never ever once growling. As you got older and they’d act up you’d give me a look, walk to the door and gently put your paw on it as if to say, I am just going to go outside until this blows over. Sometimes I’d go out with you until the tantrum’s would end.
Brad took you pheasant hunting. I thought he was crazy. No training, not ever being around a gun. But you were a perfect hunter. You were so good at observing the older dogs and learning on the fly. So smart. You were an expert hunter after that first trip. And you had many over the years. I’d get pictures of you sitting on top of the bar at the restaurants. Somehow you were okay being in there. The only time you would go into a kennel without a fight was when you were pheasant hunting. I had tried once in Brained to get you in a kennel. It was a battle. One you ended up winning and I thought I had a broken wrist.
You loved leaping after your ball off of the dock. Had to beat all other dogs to it. If you weren’t first you’d make a crying sound and whine the whole way in. You’d fetch but never bring it back. You’d go on walks with your Grandpa and neighbors would ask for playdates. They weren’t really inside dog people but somehow you ended up sleeping in their bed, and they were okay with it.
Nolan wants us to remember you loved steak. And vanilla ice cream. He is taking this hard. You were his dog too. But he thinks you live in the fluffiest cloud in the sky now. And your running with Micah and Sophie and Grandpa Paul met you.
You made me crazy the day you went after the loon sitting on her nest. And Brad would forget to shut our door so you’d love to tear apart my bed and it’s clean white sheets. And no matter how much I told you no sitting on the furniture I’d always find you there in the morning. I’d pile furniture, baby gates, boxes – anything I could find on the couch but sometime in the middle of the night, I’d hear a crash and know. I came home to you once laying on the dining room table- you looked up at me as I came home as if to say, I don’t feel good. You had somehow maneuvered yourself around my centerpiece and didn’t disturb it. I had no idea why you’d lay on the table. Maybe you wanted to make sure you got noticed. You did.
You touched so many hearts, most of all mine. You put your head in your lap. You knew it was time. It broke my heart but you looked right in my eyes. And then you were gone. And I will always love you. You were a good dog. I only hope you know how good.
I always enjoy my time with my couples getting to know them before their big wedding days. I can’t recommend enough an engagement session. It will help you get comfortable in front of the camera, get to know me and help you to be at ease on your wedding day!
What a way to really start off my wedding season. Amy and Kevin are just a joy to be around and are so sweet on each other. <3