Meson Sabika Wedding | Chicago Wedding Photographer
Justin and Moniques wedding day was nothing short of miraculous.
The first time I ever spoke to Monique, we had scheduled a time to talk on the phone, but her living DC and me in Chicago, we hadn’t accounted for the time difference. So, when she called me and I was driving home from the store in the middle of nowhere, I pulled over in a church parking lot and we talked for a decent while! I’ll never forget that conversation. She told me all about her and Justin’s life in DC and her BIG dreams for her wedding day! Little did I know then that what she described to me that day was EXACTLY what her wedding turned out to be.
Her biggest dream: to have her summer wedding outside on the lawn. So, of course, I was devastated when I checked the weather the day before and, in true Chicago Summer fashion, they were calling for RAIN ALL DAY! I knew the alternative to having the ceremony outside, and it was NOT at all what Monique and Justin wanted.
When I arrived at Hotel Indigo to see the girls that morning, they were all smiles. Monique had ordered umbrellas for everyone to hold for their portraits, and had resigned herself to having her ceremony inside. Despite the change of plans, everyone seemed in good spirits!! Once the girls were finished getting ready, we headed to the Naperville Riverwalk for Monique and Justin’s first look. It was actually miraculous, but it stopped raining just enough to get AMAZING photos of them and their bridal party!
Side note, there was also a Pokemon gathering happening that very same day, so we were not only competing with the weather, but I KID YOU NOT, about 200 or more people walking around catching Pokemon. I literally had to ask them to pause their line so that we could get photos of the bridal party walking through the bridge! Ha!
After the first look, I headed to Meson Sabika to check out the new ceremony site. While it wasn’t ideal, we knew we had to make the most of it. So, Ashley (my second shooter) and I started setting up. THEN something amazing happened…. the rain stopped. The sun came out. The forecast cleared up, and we were ALL determined to give Monique her dream ceremony. So, everyone pulled together and moved chairs and candles and flowers, and in less than an hour we were ready!
It turned out to be the most beautiful day for a summer wedding at Meson Sabika! The weather clearing up really was the best blessing, and it couldn’t have happened to a more deserving couple! Congratulations, Monique and Justin!
Venue | Meson Sabika
Planner | Day of Divas
Officiant | Jacob Cloud
Florist | LA Flowers, INC
Wedding Dress | White Satin Bridal
Menswear | Lorenzo’s Formalwear
Thank you so much for checking out Justin & Monique’s Meson Sabika Summer Wedding!