Chapel Wedding Intimacy
Brian and Audrey, like so many other engaged couples in 2020, had to redefine what their wedding day would look like. The pandemic forced them to strip away many of the trappings of a traditional wedding, downsize their plans, and enjoy the day for what it was–an intimate, small chapel wedding that was about to launch the beginning of a remarkable, enduring marriage.
Since they both live and work in Chicago, we started the day off with a casual approach and took what might be called “engagement” photos first. Of course, all members of their family were present, including fur babies Barney and Betty (BTW they have the same names as the main couple in the cartoon “The Flintstones”. Ironically, they got their dogs separately before even meeting and definitely didn’t coordinate the names!)
A celebratory brunch at the home of Brian’s parents kicked-off the festivities and led to a wedding ceremony at the Old North Chapel.
Q and A with Brian and Audrey
1)Tell me about your engagement.
Audrey: In one of our initial dates, I told Brian that I want to wait till at least one year to talk about marriage. So, he proposed on our one-year meet anniversary! 😉 On the anniversary day, Brian decorated our apt full of red roses (bc I love flowers) and candles, and we revisited a few places that were meaningful to our love story. After dinner we opened each other’s gifts and watched a short movie that Brian made with all of our photos. I was so touched by these sweet memories. Just when I thought that day was over, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him!
2) What do you love about each other?
Brian: Audrey has such grace, worldliness, intelligence, and beauty. She is also extremely talented, open and curious. I am constantly surprised at how capable she is with everything she does. I truly believe there is nothing she cannot do.
Audrey: I love that he’s super kind and empathetic towards people, but can be extra firm/assertive when it comes to ideas/perspectives. A bit contrary but charming combination! Also love his extraordinary talent in music!
3) What was your favorite part of the day?
Brian: The vows, when I was feeling everything happening, full of emotions and seeing our future together.
Audrey: Same, it felt so special when really hearing him say taking me as his wife.
4) Anything else you feel is important to share?
We just really appreciate that you captured beautiful memories for us!