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Rachel+Jacob | Patrick Haley Mansion Wedding | Chicago Wedding Photographer

This week has been personally intense for my family.  We packed the things most important to us and evacuated our South Florida home.   I had a plan and had a vision in my head of my two cars packed to the roof with stuff.   Then, when it came time to actually pack, I looked and realized it wasn’t important….it was just: stuff.   I packed my family photos, videos and all of my hard drives, a suitcase, my people and headed out.   I realized then, that on my wedding day, I didn’t just say yes to marriage, I said yes to building my own little pod of the most important things.    That is what is most exciting to me about being a wedding photographer.  I get to witness people starting their “pod”.  Watching Rachel and Jake, and the calm that came over them when they  were finally able to see each other just takes my breath away.  I know that look…I know that calm…and I’m so excited to see that they value the important things…..each other.    Of course they were both drop dead beautiful, perfect hair, with exquisite makeup.  Jake and the boys had an old school dapper look that would make anyone swoon.   The venue was gorgeous with lush florals.   But what stuck out the most was that after they said “I do”……. after they released butterflies and were introduced to a loud, standing ovation of guests over the moon with excitement for them……they walked to the dance floor, only looking at each other, and it was as it was an empty room.    They danced to one of my all time favorites “Free” by ZBB and it was absolutely the perfect song for them…It was them….and I cried.    And so begins another love story, and I couldn’t be happier that these two unique souls have found each other.   Thank you so much Mr. and Mrs. Jackson for your incredible hospitality and grace, to Mr and Mrs Pluister for your kindness and patience as we wrangled families, and to the new Mr. and Mrs. Pluister for including us in the beginning of your story.    Cheers to love and “The One”.    ….xoxo Autumn and Melin

Photographer: Autumn and Melinda Photography
Venue, Cake & Catering: Patrick Haley Mansion http://www.patrickhaleymansion.com/
Florist: English Garden http://www.anenglishgarden.com/
DJ: Tone Productions http://www.toneproductions.com/
Hair Stylists: Michelle & Moriah
Makeup Artists: Dani
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Mens Warehouse https://www.menswearhouse.com/
Brides Gown: Bella Sposa http://bellasposaboutique.com/
Bridesmaids Gowns: Sorella Vita https://www.essensedesigns.com/sorella-vita/
Day of Coordinator: Mikayla Shaw

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