Having been friends for three years, Chris and Caitlin always enjoyed each other’s company. They shared a love of superheros, How I Met Your Mother episodes and good old belly-laughter. She had a bit of a crush on him from Day 1 but nothing seemed to come of it. Their relationship hovered in the ‘friend-zone’ for so long, Caitlin was pretty sure nothing would ever come of it.
Over time, they started hanging out with mutual friends of theirs, a married couple from church – just the four of them. Pretty soon when the four of them weren’t hanging out, it was just Chris and Caitlin. This went on for several months and Caitlin’s heart was smitten. (It’s interesting how being around love is contagious, isn’t it?!) She had falled hard. They hadn’t spoken about their feelings for each other but they were best friends. She wanted this more than anything and yet, the thought of losing him in a bad break up was more than she could bear.
Chris was her other half. He was drawing her closer to God, challenging her, praying for her, providing for her . . . She was in deep.
One Monday, he called her and asked her over for dinner. For some reason, she was just *sure* he was inviting her over to tell her he couldn’t be around her any longer. She was going to lose her best friend. She called her parents in hysterics. They tried to calm her down and told her she was making much of nothing. Reluctantly, she got ready for dinner.
That night seemed to go on forever. They tried to talk and carry on as normal, but inside, she knew something was up. They went for a walk after dinner and the tension mounted. Near the end of their walk, as the possibility of finding out *what* was going on in his head seemed to be escaping, she found herself holding back tears. They ended up on a bridge in Lincoln Park, with a beautiful view of the downtown skyscape. They turned towards each other in silence. She bit her lip and braced for the worst.
He broke the silence and said, “I have something to ask you and I’m pretty sure you know what it is…” He went on to list all the things he liked about her, about how their ministry goals lined up together, about how he loved the way she interacted with their community group and church family . . . He poured out his heart. It was no accident that they were on this bridge with this spectacular view. He had planned it that way.
She was bawling like a baby. Then he asked, “I’d like your permission to date you.”
Through her tears she answered simply, “I’d like that.”
God had brought the two together, never to be apart. And it doesn’t get more beautiful than that.
I think you’ll quickly see why my favorite pictures from the wedding day are the two of them looking at each other. Their love for each other just radiates every part of their being. Caitlin and Chris, congratulations. Your love is surely something to behold and I am thankful to have been able to capture that for you on film.
Designed by the groom . . .
Caitlin’s jewelry was handmade by her mother . . .
And the groom’s mother made the jewelry for the bridesmaids . . .
Had to capture a bit of their quirky side – rings photographed in their kitchen curio.
I adored this idea . . . image captured by cousin of the bride and texted to the groom before the First Look . . .
Caitlin and Chris wanted to keep everything local so I scouted a few neighborhood places to find just the right fit for some fun photos. Who says you have to get wedding photos done at all the “typical” Chicago places? I love that their photos are all distinctly Edgewater/Andersonville.
The groom’s cake (and even the wedding cake) reflected their quirky sides and love of superheroes. (He really IS her Clark Kent, you know.)
Of course, I had chills during the first dance when Chris sang Caitlin *their* song . . . Wonderful Tonight