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Mr. annd Mrs. Lukaszewski | Palais Royale Wedding | South Bend, Indiana Wedding Photography

I am so excited to share this wedding! Not only is it seriously gorgeous - but it was so much fun! The entire day was a celebration of Katy and Jamie and their 13 years of dating. Yes 13 years! They met back at good old John Young Middle School but didn't starting dating until their junior year of high school.  

They were in no rush to get married, they wanted to finish college, start their careers and then decide when it was their time to get married. When Jamie knew they were ready he planned out an elaborate proposal.  Jamie rented a boat on Lake Michigan in Chicago. He was waiting outside Katy's office on a dreery, drizzly Tuesday evening when she got off work, and walked her to the harbor. "Captain Chris" then took them on a sunset boat ride where the weather cleared up and the skyline became the perfect backdrop. Jamie acted like he 'wanted a picture' which completely gave away what he was about to do, since he NEVER takes pictures. Katy let him think she was completely surprised for the most part. He then organized a surprise dinner with all of our Chicago friends at Katy's favorite restaurant afterwards. It was perfect! 

And the wedding day was stunning! The Palais Royale is a beautiful backdrop and lent itself well to the black, white, pinks and golds that was inspired by the late Kate Spade. The ceremony was short and sweet and sealed with the sweetest kiss and then the party! As soon as it was time for the reception - the dance floor was packed with friends and family gathering to celebrate. And just a warning, I normally don't put too many photos of the garter and bouquet toss - but Jamie did a perfect rendition of what I hear was a Magic Mike dance (I have never seen it..) but I am told it was spot on by the groom himself. 

I am so happy for these two who just sold their condo in Chicago and moved back to the Bend! It was a perfect day and Miles and I felt so honored to be apart of it!


Photography: Cat Alkire Photography
Ceremony: Morris Performing Arts Center
Reception: Palais Royale
Wedding Planner: Rachelle Gingerich
Florist: Poppies
DJ/Videographer: 27 Entertainment
Donuts: Rise n Roll
Wedding Dress Designer: Christina Wu
Purchased At: Elegant Designs
Bridesmaids Dresses: Davids Bridal
Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse
Invitations: Minted
Hair: Amber Martinez
Makeup Artist: Hillary Horning - HHArtistry
Rings: JR Fox Jewelers
Officiant: Edgar Cabello

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Mr. and Mrs. Schumm | Elk Grove Village Wedding | Willow Creek Community Church | Belvedere Events

I am so thankful that I have such a strong network of brides and grooms. Ones that love what we do and have loved working with us. This is how Gertha found me and I am so happy she did! I have photographed her brother and her cousin's weddings and they are among some of my favorite weddings that I have been apart of and some of my favorite people I have come to know! So when Gertha contacted me I knew I wanted to photograph her wedding! Not only did it sound like it was going to be beautiful (and it WAS!!) but I knew I wanted to share what I have shared with so many of her family members and photograph her wedding too. 

Gertha and Alex met online,! I can relate, Miles and I met online as well and it's so great getting to know someone before meeting. I am a big believer that you can find your soulmate online. It connects you to people you never would have met otherwise! They met and hit it off and they knew they were meant to be. When he proposed they went to dinner and then to see Christmas likes at Morton Arboretum. They were surrounded by lights, no crowd, and her son CJ which was extra special! It sounds like something straight out of a movie and so was their wedding!

The ceremony at Willow Creek Community Church was short and sweet and the venue's grounds are gorgeous! I couldn't stop taking photos! She chose the colors yellow and coral because Alex really wanted yellow in the wedding and she really wanted coral - so perfect together, even the colors they wanted matched! Then we headed to Belvedere Events where the reception was. It was lit by candles and chandeliers. All of their friends and family gathered around them and shared the excitement for their next chapter. It was so special to be a part of and I can't wait to share these images! So without anymore talking - Enjoy!! 


Photography: Cat Alkire Photography
Ceremony: Willow Creek Community Church
Reception: Belvedere Events
Florist: Fabbrini Flowers
Cake: Delicity Cakes
DJ: DJ Fire
Videographer: I Do Videography
Wedding Dress Designer: Allure
Purchased At: House of Brides
Bridesmaids Dresses: House of Brides - Designer: Allure
Groomsmen Attire: Black Tie Tuxes
Hair: Erskine Reeves
Makeup: Jennifer Franz
Host: Romison Saint Louis