It’s Wedding Wednesday again on the blog today!  This week I’m sharing the photos from our ceremony, which took place in December at St. James Chapel on the corner of Rush and Pearson (yes, right behind Topshop) here in Chicago.

Our programs were laid out and printed by Magnificent Milestones, but then I hand embossed each cover with the monogram I drew for the wedding.  On the right, one of our darling flower girls’ arrangements created by the floral superstars over at Forget Me Knodt.

My Mom being escorted into the chapel by my “little” brother, Donnie.

My handsome groom, and our amazing Priest, Fr. Jerry, walking in together.  We met Fr. Jerry here in Chicago when I started law school at Loyola, where he is the school’s Priest.  Before the ceremony we surprised him with a Hawaiian lei because he spends his summers at a parish in Hawaii, where he’s an avid surfer!

Our Bridesmaids and Groomsmen walked down the aisle together into the ceremony…

As did Peter’s Best man, Graham, and my “Man of Honor”, Greg.

I walked down the aisle with my Dad to a traditional song, that Peter spent time choosing to create the perfect moment for us.

Peter up at the alter with Father Jerry, and our amazing wedding party.

Getting closer…

For the most part, we had a traditional Catholic ceremony, though we did work a lot with Father Jerry to add in some personality and surprises along the way.

Peter’s cousin Kara was one of our readers, along with as many of our Aunts and Uncles as possible.  It was really important to us to have someone from each of parents’ immediate families involved at the ceremony.

One personal touch we added was having our good friend Laura read the prayer of St. Francis.  Laura is the only person that I went to elementary school, middle school, high school, and college with, and our elementary and middle school was named after St. Francis.  St. Francis is also important to me and Peter as he’s the patron Saint of animals, and if you follow me on Instagram you know we love our dogs!

Our flower girls and ring bearer on their best behavior during the ceremony.

Exchanging rings!

Our amazing photographer managed to get beautiful photos from the ceremony… but the reality is that I did the ugly cry through 95% of it.

One of the reasons we chose St. James was because of the intimate size.  The chapel only holds about 200 people, so we were able to fill it up, and be relatively close to all our family and friends.

The kiss!

Husband & Wife

Leaving the church.

And we’re off to the reception… next Wedding Wednesday!

[Looking for more wedding posts?  Check out: The Proposal, Our Engagement Photos, My Chicago Bridal Shower, My Bachelorette Party, Our Rehearsal Dinner, Our Wedding Wear, My Bridesmaids, The Men, Reception Details, Just Dance, Our Wedding Video]

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4 Responses to Wedding Wednesday: Our Ceremony

  1. mbk says:

    these are so beautiful…each and every wedding wednesday post. thank you for sharing such an important day!

  2. I love your Wedding Wednesday posts, Amelia! Everything you’ve shared so far has been absolutely beautiful – congrats again!

  3. I love following your blog. Congrats on your recent wedding! I am getting married in August and also getting married in a Catholic church. I am curious what readings & music you chose. I am currently researching and deciding all that. Hoping you could share yours!

    Keep blogging!

    • thechicagolifeblog says:

      Hi Diana, Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! We did a few traditional wedding readings (1st Corinthians and Song of Songs) then we had fun writing very personal Prayers of the Faithful that revolved around our friends and family, and we also had a friend read the Prayer of St. Francis, as that’s where I went to grade school and we’re big animal lovers! Or music was just the traditional wedding mass music that the church knew, my husband worked with them on that and chose the song I walked down the aisle to (though I forget the name?) my bridesmaids walked in to Pacabel’s Canon- one of my favorites! All very traditional- but special none-the-less! Hope that helps! xx

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