A Bride Bucks Tradition

Right from the start, I knew I was going to like Katy. There was such a relaxed way about her that you couldn’t help but be immediately drawn to her. She’s a woman who’s comfortable in her skin, and it came across in the way she planned her wedding.  

She didn’t go with a traditional wedding theme; instead she planned her wedding around the things that are a part of her everyday life.  Cooking and entertaining is something near and dear to Katy. When she decided to take her wedding photos at Whole Foods Market in Lincoln Park, I thought it was a cool and unexpected move for a bride.



Her photos have a casual air about them as she walks the aisles selecting regular staples like fresh fruit, cheese, wine, and let’s not forget something to satisfy a sweet tooth.


To get in a little exercise bride and groom took to the hoops.  Basketball in a wedding dress is definitely my idea of an awesome bride.


For her ceremony and reception, she chose the location A New Leaf Studio and Garden. This lovely location was perfect for her intimate affair.

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A New Leaf Chicago Flowers

At the reception, she again tied in her love for food and entertaining, and kept her guests busy by asking that they write words of wisdom for the newlyweds to live by. We can all agree that this bride walks to the beat of her own drum and bucked tradition all the way.


A Couple Honors Their Culture

 Although Michelle and Vince both have Asian heritages, they settled on a traditional wedding. However, they wanted to incorporate some cultural nuances to add an interesting twist to their wedding.

Photo by Dennis Lee

Photo by Dennis Lee

Vince, the groom, is of Chinese descent and bride Michelle is of German and Filipino descent. Michelle wore a traditional white dress and carried a bouquet of peonies, which in the Chinese culture is a symbol for new life or rebirth. How appropriate since the joining of these two people is the celebration of a new life together.

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Another Asian influence was found on the tables at the reception. The table assignments, which hung from gold trees purchased at Z Gallerie, were stamped in wax with the traditional Chinese “double happiness” character. This signifies the wish for marital joy for the newlyweds.

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It's nice to have professional photo's of your day, but Vince and Michelle wanted to make sure they captured candid and informal moments of the day. Each table was supplied with a blinged out camera so friends and family could get in on the fun.

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On a side note, one of my favorite things Michelle chose to do was have the groom’s cake made by Tipsycake. The nickname Yoshi was given to Vince back in his youth. It was inspired by the dinosaur-like character from the Super Mario Brothers Nintendo game. Over the years, the nickname has stuck, so how befitting that his cake was a representation of that.


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They were such a wonderful couple to work with. Revisiting their special day is one way for me to pay tribute to them and wish them much happiness and many blessings to come.  All wedding photos courtesy of Dennis Lee