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Joy and Steven - October 29, 2021

Updated: Apr 19, 2023

If life throws you the unexpected; even on your wedding day, and you can still turn it all into something breathtakingly perfect, that’s when you know you have found some truly special people.

October 29th, 2021 will forever be Joy and Steven Le’s day, and I had the amazing honor of being a part of it. Taking place on a cloudy, rainy day in Chicago’s West Loop, you would think that anyone who had to switch their outdoor wedding to indoors at the last minute would understandably allow it to dampen the energy of the day. But with these two, that couldn’t be any further from the case. Good thing I picked up some umbrellas because the weather was not going to stop us from getting these shots! Joy and Steven’s first look was on the rooftop, and they began with their backs to each other while reading the heartwarming vows they wrote to one another. The thick clouds in the sky ended up making this intimate moment even more dreamy than imagined.

The venue was Bridge 410 Chicago, a simple yet elegant room filled with soft, warm lights and friends and family that adore this couple. You could just feel the happiness and love in the air! To make an already special day even more so, Joy wore her grandmother’s rings on her right hand as she walked down the aisle in her beautifully detailed gown, her long train trailing behind, and with her mother by her side.

Between the guests blowing bubbles as the newlyweds had their first dance, the photo booth disguised as the cutest vintage camper, and the magical lighting with the bridge in the background, it’s safe to say the whole night was unforgettable. We got hundreds of incredible photos, including the breathtaking picture of them both lying on her dress.

With each and every wedding I’m able to capture, the most heartfelt and memorable seem to be the ones that prove love rises above all other outstanding circumstances. These are the ones that don’t stop smiling even when things don’t go as planned, simply because they’re living in the present moment and enjoying the ride together. These are the ones where you can walk around the city after the rain finally let up for a moment and they happily try out any and every creative pose I throw at them. These are the ones that make you feel like you’ve known them forever, and that celebrating them is the easiest thing to do in the world. It’s special couples like this one, Joy and Steven, that leave me feeling so grateful for what I do.

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