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Dawes Park Evanston Wedding First Look

Mallory + John // Alice Millar Chapel + Navy Pier Crystal Gardens


Dawes Park Evanston Wedding First Look
Many people ask us if they should do a “first look”. If you’re not familiar, a first look is when the bride and groom see each other for the first time on their wedding day, but before the ceremony. It’s typically done in a location close to where the bridal party is getting ready or some spot of sentimental value.

In Mallory and John’s case, it was the place where John had proposed to Mallory. At the time of John’s proposal, he took Mallory to Dawes Park, which is near Northwestern University’s campus (the two attended the University together and met there). In a somewhat impromptu nature, John says he saw a small tree in the park and decided it would be the perfect place to propose to Mallory.

There was even a little bit of sentimental value in the spot. John’s idea was that they could come back to the park on occasion and watch the small tree grow into a large one…just like their relationship would grow over the years. Surrounded by their wedding party and family at the tree, Mallory and John saw each other for the first time on their wedding day. Needless to say, many surrounding the couple had tears in their eyes. Mallory and John, we wish you many years of happiness together!

Wedding Vendors
Bridal Party Accomodations: W Hotel Chicago Lakeshore Drive
Ceremony: Alice Millar Chapel at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL
Coordinator: Mandy Jezewski (
Catering: Phil Stefani Signature Events
Band: Entourage
Photography: Allusion Photography
Cinematography: Delack Media Group

After their wedding, we sat down with Mallory and John to talk about their experience of working with us and the importance of filming their wedding day. As an update, Mallory has since opened up her own wedding planning business, CHI Chic Weddings & Events and now refers her clients to us! Check out their story:

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Reyna + Eric // Chicago Cultural Center


Chicago Cultural Center Wedding Room Design Tiffany Dome Yanni Design Studio
Ceremony/Reception Venue: Chicago Cultural Center
Guest Accommodations: Palmer House Hilton Chicago
Day of coordination: Wedding DayOfs
Design: Yanni Design Studio
Bridal Party Transportation: Absolute Dream Limousines Inc. & Cosmopolitan Limousine1939 Packard
Photography: Melissa Diep
Cinematography: Delack Media Group

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