The Wit Hotel Chicago Wedding – Andrea + Darek
We are super excited to share the romantic story of the Wit Hotel Chicago Wedding of our best friends Andrea and Darek!
There was always some kind of magic between Andrea and Darek. That magic between them was ignited the night of Yaneck's birthday party last year at Vivo Restaurant. Ever since that night it was pretty clear that they were meant for each other. They took advantage of every minute they had to spend together. A month after they had met, Yaneck received a very pleasant text from Darek on February 13th "I LOVE this woman…" and shortly after that we found out that he has been ring shopping. Then in March Darek wrote: "Yan, I wasn't lying to you when I wrote before that she's the one :)" They were engaged shortly after that magical text!
We started out the morning with capturing Darek and his best man getting ready. It was a fun morning and Darek seemed to be very calm. He is the only groom we know that was ironing his own clothes on the day of his wedding and we actually got some great action shots from that. After capturing Darek getting ready, we went over to the Wit Hotel to capture Andrea getting ready. When we arrived there, Andrea had a gorgeous soon-to-be-wife-glow. She was absolutely stunning! Her mother made special shoes for Andrea to wear down the aisle, they were a Cinderella blue and were lovely (see below in the photos). Another detail we loved was that she had two dresses: The first was a long strapless dress to walk down the aisle in and the second was a short cute Vera Wang dress to put on after cocktail hour when the dancing will begin.
Andrea and Darek had a secret first look – their parents only found out after the wedding when they saw their wedding photos. It was exciting to do it so secretively. Their first look was a very special and intimate moment. Darek had his back turned from the stairs, he was so anxious to see his beautiful wife to be…He was so anxious that the time was going super slow for him. When he heard Andrea coming up the stairs, his eyes lit up. As she was approaching him, Darek turned to see his beautiful bride at the perfect moment as she was about to tap him on the shoulder. This intimate moment between them was one of our favorite moments in their day. Darek was so happy that he had a few tears down his cheeks. We see Andrea slowly reaching into her clutch…and she pulled out a Nutella snack pack for Darek because he loves Nutella so much and she knew it would calm him. It was very cute!
It was time to walk down the aisle, Andrea had butterflies in her stomach. As soon as she reached the aisle and saw Darek standing at the end of it, her butterflies were gone because she knew he was the one for her.
They had a beautiful reception that night and you can feel the love they have for each other throughout the room and; the unity of their families coming together. They had heartwarming toastes and speeches done for them by their families and close friends. After dinner the dance floor turned into a dance off. Their special day was pure excitement for us because it is amazing to see how powerful love can be. We were so lucky to be there when they feel in love and we felt so honored to be the ones creating the memories of their special day.