I’ve known about Molly and Erik before I ever met them. It’s strange how the loss of a dear friend has brought into my life this cherished and wonderful couple — a couple that I had the privilege of capturing their love as we traipsed around the Nunica farm where Erik grew up with their somewhat famous dog, Wesley, in tow. (No, really, he’s the braces-wearing dog whose photo went viral.) I’m grateful this profession lets me roam on farms, mingle with pets, climb trees and be reminded of the power of love.
The two met five years earlier at a birthday party but bumped into each other while Erica was walking her dog. Jerry found her on Facebook and fast forward to the weekend after Thanksgiving and the two were married and sharing their first dance to a Barry White tune (good choice, if I do say so myself.) I loved how the guests circled Erica in support as she danced alone to her late dad’s favorite country song. I loved how Erica’s nephew walked her down the aisle and I loved how Jerry’s laughter filled the room but he couldn’t hold back the tears while hearing his brother’s toast. Thank you, Erica and Jerry, for sharing your moments so openly with me.
Pre-ceremony preparations: Hyatt Place Hotel
Event planner: LaFloras Party & Event Planning
Ceremony: University of Chicago Rockefeller Chapel
Reception: Logan Center
Bridal gown: Peter Langnor
Bridal shoes: Badgley Mischka
Groom’s suit: Tommy Hilfiger
Makeup: Makeup by J. Jordan
Florist: Flowers for Dreams
Baker: Bake Me off a Piece of That
DJ: Matt Cannon
Second photographer: Jon Mills