Sam + Hannah

Sam and Hannah were both living in Chicago, attending the University of Chicago at the same time.  They had mutual friends in common.  They never met while studying at the University of Chicago.

After graduating, moving to Los Angeles, and adopting an Alaskan Malamute named Draymond*, Sam moved back to Chicago.  One of the previously mentioned mutual UChicago friends invited Hannah to a party.  At said party, hosted by Sam with his signature ribs and beer, Sam and Hannah finally met. Sam and Hannah are now husband and wife.

I was thrilled to fly out to Chicago and photograph Sam and Hannah’s wedding.  They are two thoughtful, beautiful, kind, and talented individuals completely in love with each other.  They make each other so happy.  They planned the wedding ceremony in their friend’s gorgeous front yard, a couple blocks down the street from where they first met and now live, and picked an awesome historical concert hall venue for their reception.  Dynamite set-up.

There were so many moments during this wedding that I loved: watching Sam and Hannah see each other for the first time, their parents’ reactions during the ceremony, noticing all of Sam and Hannah’s nieces, nephews, and friends’ kids climbing over their laps and giving them hugs throughout the day, and all the fantastic dance moves throughout the evening.  At one point when I was taking portraits of Sam and Hannah I threw out the painting “American Gothic” for inspiration**.  In that painting neither person is smiling.  What I loved about Sam and Hannah was they couldn’t stop smiling.  They are holding hands and still have these calm smirks on their face.

This wedding was particularly special to me because Sam is the brother of my sister’s husband, Brian.  Kate and Brian have been together for about 16 years, so throughout that time we’ve been to weddings, concerts, family dinners, and most recently helped our siblings move out of their NYC apartment into their new home in CT.  I am so grateful to have been able to photograph this wedding and I am pumped to be able to continue to see Sam and Hannah over the years.  Congratulations Sam and Hannah!!

 

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This is my sister and her Family’s attempt at a family photo. We tried to get everyone together, and then I just starting taking photos.

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*Draymond’s namesake is Michigan State alum Draymond Green.  It would be careless of me to not have some sort of Michigan State mention when writing anything about any of the Martin men.

**I realize American Gothic is an odd  painting to reference when taking a wedding portrait.  Things fly in and out of my head when taking portraits…its fun, I promise!

Big THANK YOU!! to my second shooter for this wedding : Justine Bursoni Reception Venue: Thalia Hall Coordinator: Daniela, Lola Event Productions Catering: Duseks’s Cake: Windy City Dinner Fairy Invitations: Elyse Moore –(One of Hannah’s Bridesmaids!!) Band: The Company Band Makeup: Liz Pizzello Wedding Gown: Sue Wong  Tux/Suits: The Black Tux